Berlin, a city whose division long symbolised a world split into two blocs, was re-designated the capital of Germany in 1990 and is today experiencing a new heyday. A city of innovation and bastion of alternative culture, it is synonymous with artistic freedom and its lively cultural life, pulsating late-night scene and reasonable rents attract artists from around the word. Half the size of London, but eight times that of Paris, Berlin may be bewildering but it never ceases to impress.
Located in a green area dotted with lakes, Berlin has numerous opportunities for swimming, all within easy reach by metro. There’s nothing better than a refreshing waterside escapade to enjoy the "dolce vita" Berlin style.