Art is on every street corner of this city, from the famous graffiti walls, the murals and even street poetry; the vibrant colours stand out against the formidable concrete structures. As the birthplace of Bauhaus, Germany is known for its strict precision and blocky architecture but over the last few years modern Germany has started to break away from this and become a lot more exuberant.
Waldsiedlung Onkel Toms Hütte is an unsung hero of the Bauhaus movement, tucked away in woodland thirty minutes outside the city, it's one of Berlin's finest modernist housing estates designed by architect Bruno Taut.
Boasting the largest European example of trompe-l'œil artwork, it covers a whopping 64 thousand square metres of an otherwise dull concrete tower block in the heart of Marzahn-Hellersdorf. Completed in 2008, this grand illusion is all credit to some carefully placed paint!
For a beautiful example of early 20th-century architecture the ornate façade of Victoria Versicherung is just a few minutes' walk away from the Jewish Museum. It showcases an extravagant façade as well as the remains of an astronomical clock sitting in sharp contrast to the inner courtyard house's calm green space.
Some other amazing architectural places include The Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus in Mittle which forms part of the city's parliament building along with the main central railway station Hauptbahnhof and Ludwig Erhard Haus, an iconic steel and glass construction inside the Berlin Stock Exchange.
But not all of Berlin is so polished, with rent prices on the rise homeowners have started to occupy abandoned warehouses and have embraced the industrial charm of concrete; softened with delicate fabrics and natural materials. As part of this, the upcycling trend is big in Berlin, the city being awash with cost-effective décor trends that suit dense city living with an added touch of relaxed bohemia.
This aesthetic is not only present in the residents' homes but also the city's restaurants and shops. Bosco, in the centre of Kreuzberg, Neni and dóttir are just a few examples of this rustic aesthetic combined with modern and often multi-cultural food. Whilst shops like Voo and Mykita lend a sleek designer led feel to this industrial aesthetic.
Take inspiration home in the form of concrete-effect tiles, rustic wood and worn or distressed prints that have a vintage feel. Mix these with the sleek, minimalist nature of Bauhaus inspired furniture and you have a heady mix of contemporary city living with minimal effort.