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 best place to be if you are gay or even straight!

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Wow... Berlin!!! Ich liebe so sehr diese Ort!

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The perfect city for LGBT pride!

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Gay hostels and hotels, big parties, people can be a bit snobby.

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I love Berlin! I think it is a very open mind city, full of very different experiences to live

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Getting around

Even for short visits, seeing most of Berlin is a perfectly manageable. The subway is unimpeachable and bike thoroughfares, in typical German fashion, are all thoroughly and safely marked. Buses can be pretty much ignored for those who don't mind a little extra cardio, though night buses and taxis can be ideal for those times when the bike, for one's own safety, is best left for next-morning pick-up.

Though lacking the infrastructure of a city like Amsterdam, Berlin is more amenable to biking than most metropols. With wide streets, bike lanes carefully marked, and generally conscientious drivers, there is no better way to see the city than on two wheels. Follow the former path of the Wall, visit one of the many lakes within they city-limits, or push all the way into Grunewald. Find a German-speaker and sign up for Deutsche Bahn's Call-A-Bike program, which offers subscribers free touring bikes stationed around the city.
Berlin's U- & S-Bahn reaches every imaginable part of the city, though depending on it alone does not mean there will still not be occasionally demanding foot travel. The tickets are also not the cheapest, but always cheaper than being caught Schwarzfahren ("riding black"), which costs the culprit now a hefty 60 Euro. And no, you can't get away with not validating your ticket and claiming ignorance: Berlin's increasingly ubiquitous plainclothes ticket-checkers are ruthless. For the bikeless and short-term tourists, the Berlin WelcomeCard is the most bang for your buck. Bikes can be taken in the marked subway cars and cost an extra 1.80.
The buses run as well as the metro but are really only necessary for those who are traveling after 1 am or have no desire to walk at all. For those without bikes, or those with bikes but otherwise impeded, the night buses (the N lines) will be essential. They follow the route of the U-Bahn and generally come every 15 minutes.
Uber is as present in Berlin as any other city, and there are always taxis on the streets, especially near the clubs. Renting a car, unless the traveler wishes to explore outside the city limits, would be as much overkill as it would be in New York City.