It's often said that Berlin, despite being the capital, is not Germany. Long established as a rebellious, rowdy, and particularly down-to-earth place, it goes against the grain of many national stereotypes: organization, perfection, cleanliness, even wealth. While it can be gritty and chaotic, the city nonetheless offers cultural splendors, rich architecture, and green spaces galore — as well as world-beating nightlife, fascinating history, and some increasingly excellent cafes, bars, and restaurants. A typical weekend here can easily take a visitor through the turbulent 20th century. with stops for pop-up brunches, affordable street eats or exquisite fine dining, edgy gallery openings, and, finally, clubs that seem to never close.