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Berlin In Your Pocket city guide

Summer in Berlin brings the best of times and the worst of times. The parks are green and luscious, the cafés and beergardens are all open with plenty of seats available, and with half the city on holiday, the streets are blissfully calm. The increasing influx of summer visitors does bring queues at the main sights and crowds at the Brandenburg Gate – but this is easily avoided by quickly checking off the main attractions and then heading elsewhere in Berlin where it's just you, the locals and a fabulous time.

As always we've included a list of recommended sports and cultural events this late summer season (see our Berlin events listings for recommended events) as well as the usual restaurant, café and bar recommendations for Berlin's coolest districts.

Whatever you do this summer, write in to tell us about your experiences, tips and complaints, at

Enjoy Berlin.

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Berlin In Your Pocket is the English-language city guide to Germany's vibrant capital; appearing bimonthly and distributed in hotels, it's the essential guide to anything a visitor needs to know.

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Berlin is regularly mentioned as Europe's party capital, and there are dozens of great clubs - from techno to indie - that attract thousands of partygoers each weekend. To make sense of the multitude of options, visit our (German-language) partner website, which has photos, reviews and other information about Berlin's vibrant nightlife scene.

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