The Reichstag, in Berlin. The German parliament building was firebombed by the Nazis and damaged by Allied bombers during World War II but was later reconstructed. Photo: Alamy

Berlin: the good, bad and ugly sides to German capital for tourists

  • There is an embarrassment of riches when it comes to tourist attractions, not least the excellent Christmas markets
  • However, high crimes rates, filthy streets, rude locals and dismal airports have contributed to one newspaper describing the German capital as a ‘failed state’
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The Reichstag, in Berlin. The German parliament building was firebombed by the Nazis and damaged by Allied bombers during World War II but was later reconstructed. Photo: Alamy
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A beach in Cyprus. Photo: Alamy

‘Tourist’ doesn’t have to be a dirty word: the destinations delighted to welcome record numbers of travellers

  • From Turkey to Tunisia and Australia to Iran, international arrivals help to boost economies
  • In increasingly popular countries, like Vietnam and St Lucia, it is easy to escape the hordes
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