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 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
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 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
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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