Why you should go to Berlin !

Though the trains are still on time and a general feeling of orderliness attends even its wildest parties, Berlin has wrested a highly evolved culture of excess and sexual freedom from the last, terrible century. The metropolis has long been hospitable to non-conforming expressions of sexuality, and it has been argued that Berlin is the birthplace of "gay identity" and sexuality-activism.

All the trappings of Weimar decadence, sexual recreation, and the day-to-night-to-day party scene have survived as the city's trademarks. Unfortunately, both outsiders and insiders are not loath to turn profit off those very trappings, and at its worst Berlin trades in a cosmopolitan exuberance that can be striking in its dissonance with past cultural conflict. Since 1945 Berlin has been destroyed, divided, and then again reunited, lending itself easily to myths of reinvention. It is a city that, despite a palpable exhaustion, is always said to be finding its second wind, and then its third, and then its fourth.

But despite or because of its perpetual discontent, Berlin continues to be the destination for the creatives and the queers, for the techno-apostles and the Marx-thumpers. Few cities invite you, like this one does, to stake out a wild identity, make what you want to make, and party as long as you are physically capable. Everything in Berlin, from your coffee to your dance club to your sex life is full of potential and community-building. And yet, the city remains remarkably permeable. Even the foreign traveler (at least the one who is in the know and stands in line wearing the right shoes), can take part in its endless rising from the ashes.

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The museums of Berlin, its masterpieces of world culture, the altar of Pergamon, the gates of Babylon or the bust of Nefertiti. Plastic arts and history, monuments, The Bradden Gate, the cathedral, reminiscent of "The Wall", and some sadness. Unforgettable your Alexander Plazt, the Television Tower seen in a hundred of films ... Wenders. The subway full of visual meanings and its colorimetry in each season.

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Berlin is an amazing city and has changed a lot over the past 25 years. My first memory of it was when the wall came down in '89. I was a guest of the British Army, staying on the base in the West and as such, enjoyed a tour of the French, American and British quarters, all of which had a very different feel to them. Back then security was high, unlike today, which is far more relaxed. (You no longer have to pass through the many check-points and salute the armed guards as they inspect your papers and scan your vehicle for explosives before they let you pass from district to district).

Of the many highlights of Berlin are the landmarks which have become synonymous with the city, such as the Brandenburg Gate. This used to be flanked by the Berlin Wall - now in pieces in various museums across the word (and of course the huge chunk I hammered off and brought home that year as a souvenir). It seems a little twisted that something that represented oppression and misery would now be admired as art or visited by tourists as an attraction, but it's part the city's rich history and draws millions tot he capital each year. The museum is also a dark reminder of the WWII era, with some amazing stories that look at how people tried to flee from the East (the much poorer side of Berlin after the divide) including people actually being stitched into the seats of cars and travelling hundreds of miles across borders in attempt to escape to be reunited with their families.

I also had the privilege of joining my uncle - a senior officer in the British army - on the German Spy train. Whilst you may not be able to ride this now, the German Spy Museum opened in 2015 at Leipziger Platz near Potsdamer Platz and relives some of the amazing journeys and stories of the cold war era.

Sadly some of the other places I visited, such as The Blub - a swimmers paradise - have since closed as changes swept across the city and many attractions were left abandoned. However, I did manage to swim in the Olympiapark Schwimmstadion (the Olympic pool) at the site of the 1936 Berlin Olympics and this is still, today, an open-air baths, which you can enjoy for the rather hefty price of 19€.

But it's not all doom and gloom. The West was - and still is - prosperous and there are dozens of great sights and attractions, shopping malls, places to eat out, bars and of course a wild clubbing scene. If you are into fetish or hardcore clubbing, Berlin offers some of the best clubs in Europe and the community there are extremely liberal in expressing their sexuality; a stark contrast to their somewhat austere dispositions. You'll also have no trouble in finding a variety of gay hotels and hostels for all budgets as well as the better known chains if you prefer.

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I guess I need to go back and give it a second chance

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