THE PLACE: BERLIN, GERMANY
Posted by Emily
Some of the best things about traveling, I’ve found, aren’t the planned, well thought out destinations (although they can be amazing) but the surprises. It’s these places, the ones you didn’t really know that much about, that really blow you away. When planning a trip for late last year, I wasn’t quite sure where to go. I knew I would be going to the UK to visit a friend, but apart from that the travel list was wide open. So I asked around. It was my brother who told me that I would love Berlin. So I put it on the itinerary and booked some flights.
Rather than ramble on about why it’s so great, let’s get right into a little slideshow…
THE SPOTS: TO GO
Checkpoint Charlie (the name given by the Western Allies to the best-known Berlin Wall crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War) is definitely worth the visit, although it was a quick one for me, the area is full of tourists, and something in me didn’t feel quite right about getting my photo taken with “US soldiers” in front of the checkpoint. But that being said there are some great museums and place to get right into the story behind the Berlin wall.
Fernsehturm TV Tower and Alexanderplatz are located in the heart of Berlin and a main shopping area. I would go here just the look at those green tiles in the subway!
Michelberger Hotel – I couldn’t rave about this hotel more! A must for those after a more quirky hotel, but also with a real homey feel. I hung out in the cafe to do some work most days I was there, bonus is the cafe turns into a bar at night with pop up bands every now and then (I missed Arcade Fire, damn it!).
Topography of Terror – a sobering place to really get into the history of WWII.
Brandenburg Gate – I mean how can you not go here! And bonus was the bubble guy out the front where I spent a good … lets just say way to long… taking photos of him!
The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe – Another sobering place and amazing memorial, the way the light captures this pillars is amazing.
Grosser Tiergarten is a great place to get lost. I love parks and this one is like the central park of Berlin. And even better that is was autumn.
The Barn – when you work for a coffee place (like I do), you are going to get amazing cafe recommendations. I visited their 2 locations and was not disappointed.
Bauhaus Archiv was for the design nerd in me. This place is a collection of art and design of the famous Bauhaus School of Design.
East Side Gallery – This was the first place I saw when arriving in Berlin as it was just down the road from the hotel. This 1.3km section of the Berlin wall is covered in amazing murals.
Friedrichshain – I spent my last day here after a recommendation. This quirky area reminded me a lot of Newtown here in Sydney and was great shopping.
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church – I mean, who doesn’t want to see a beautiful church that has been blown to smitherines, and is half standing. The Berlin Victory Column stood in all its glory.
Five Elephant was another great recommendation and the cheesecake was tops!
If you ever have the chance to visit the fine city of Berlin, do it!