Berlin is a city that never sleeps - perfect for young visitors like Samantha Topuzes from the United States, who spends an evening out on the town, enjoying the nightlife of the German capital.
Berlin's reputation makes the city a magnet for young tourists. Alongside all the museums and historical attractions, the club scene in trendy districts such as Mitte, Kreuzberg, Friedrichshain and Neukölln attract young party-goers. Popular venues include the White Trash club and the fabled Clärchens Ballhaus, where the dancing goes to dawn. And there are plenty of hostels for visitors on a budget - including some unusual ones, like an old warehouse that now sports an indoor camp ground.
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