Berlin is the largest city and the capital of Germany. The city is home to a lively history of all happenings from the thirteenth century onwards. The ruins of the Berlin Wall feature a close review of twentieth-century general history and the Holocaust memorial. The Brandenburg Gate, a standard figure of unity in Berlin, was a symbol of the division during the cold war. Modern architectural designs marking the cityscape include the Berliner Philharmonie, built in 1963, complete in golden colors as well as the swoop roofing designs. The district of Tiergarten, located close to the Brandenburg Gate, is home to the parliament buildings of Germany, constructed in the nineteenth century. Close by lies a beautiful natural park that adds to the magnificence of the area. Archeological displays and exhibitions are found in Museum Island, across the Spree River. Some of the museums in Museum Island include the Neues Museum, which exhibits a massive Egyptian collections' display, and the Pergamon Museum, which displays a comprehensive exhibition of Islamic, Greek, and Roman artworks. For great nightlife, Berlin offers anything ranging from bars, clubs, and even the hip restaurants, both in the industrial areas and the high-end neighborhoods. For shopping, classy, posh boutiques in Kurfurstendamm are available, with alternatives of the stores along Friedrichstrasse, and the shops in Kreuzberg.
The peak of the tourism period is from May to December. In May, the celebration of the Carnival of Cultures is celebrated, amid parades and good music. The Berlin Pride Celebration is partied in June, as is the Bierfestival. The Christmas Markets and The New Year Eve street parties happen in November and December right at the Brandenburg Gate. During the Fall, Berlin remains lovely to visit, only changing during winter as it gets icy and gray, with the streets full of sleet and snow.