The former symbol of a divided Europe is now the most multicultural city in Germany, one in which creativity and tolerance flourish. The wall that once divided Berlin in two is now the East Side Gallery, the world's largest outdoor gallery. The city's cultural offering is unparalleled: Berlin is the home of three opera houses, more than 150 theatres, over 170 museums and more than two hundred art galleries.
Cafes, restaurants and bars in Prenzlauer Berg, Mitte, Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain are full of life from morning until late into the night. Rarely do you find a city where delicious food is available at such affordable prices. Shopping prices are low as well: in addition to the Kurfürstendamm shopping street, be sure to check out the bargains in the small boutiques of local fashion designers. Checkpoint Charlie, or the Berlin Wall Museum, the Stasi Museum and the DDR Museum bring to life Berlin's tumultuous past. The city's zoo with the most varied selection of species in the world is an attraction for children and adults alike.