We couldn't not include Berlin. Despite still bearing the scars of two world wars and a divided past, the city has everything you need for a memorable trip. Today it’s teeming with trendy neighbourhoods, culture, world-class restaurants and a high-octane party scene that’s second to none. One of the best ways to see the sites and landmark buildings is to hire an eclectic scooter or book a walking tour – Free Walking Tour operates excellent trips around the city, led by a local historian. The main tour, which lasts around four hours, passes the TV tower, Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag building, Hitler’s bunker site and the Jewish Holocaust Memorial. Other must-sees include Schloss Charlottenburg, the Neues Museum which forms part of a Unesco World Heritage Site, and, of course, what remains of the 160km-long Berlin Wall.
Katz Orange is a slick restaurant in the Mitte district. Try and get a reservation in its atmospheric courtyard to enjoy modern German dishes. Markethalle Neun offers a diverse range of food stalls spanning pasta to BBQ to oysters, while Nobelhart & Schmutzig is known for its fine dining. It also hosts special dinner experiences (known locally as Überall) at places in the city where you wouldn’t normally eat – think artist studios, clubs, churches and factories. Other casual restaurants we rate include Chipperfield Kantine for salads and sandwiches, and the nearby Yumcha Heroes for moreish dumplings, sticky noodles and other southeast Asian dishes.