Thursday, 3 September 2015

Interrail adventure #3 | BERLIN

City number 3: Berlin! Can you believe I've grown up in Germany and not once been to Berlin? It was so great coming back to Germany and discovering its capital along with its history and sights. We stayed 3 nights in Berlin in a hotel, which was by far the fanciest of the trip (and still wasn't any more expensive than the one in Amsterdam..). History is around every corner in Berlin, which makes the city so special and enticing.

Our hotel was situated a five minute walk from Potzdamer Platz so we there went first. Germany has by far the best Pretzels ever, hence that was our breakfast almost every day. Berlin also had amazing sandwiches ;). Anyway the Potzdamer Platz was pretty cool with it's modern buildings and skyscrapers. However it also had some pieces of the Berlin Wall on display, which were covered in TONS of gum.You literally couldn't even really see the wall anymore.

A piece of Berlin's history


Next we went to the Holocaust Mahnmal for the murdered Jews. It was pretty intimidating and fascinating, the artist has really created an impressive memorial.

The Holocaust Memorial

When you look like a ghost...

Afterwards we visited the Bundestag, even though we didn't go inside that day, due to the booking service being messed up. It's a pretty impressive building, however we could only access one side of it due to construction workings going on.


Right next to it starts the Tiergarten, which is a massive park right in the centre of Berlin. Situated inside it is for example the Carillon, which is a tall tower next to the House of World Cultures that functions as a manually played concert instrument. Pretty strange. The House of World Cultures is one of the most beautiful and unique buildings in Berlin which is used as a concert hall, but sadly it was under construction when we were there.

The Carillon

House of World Cultures (Haus der Kulturen)
We then went back along the river Spree to the German Chancellery. At that point the temperature had reached well over 35 degrees and we were desperate for something cooling. So, since there are water fountains near the German Chancellery, it just seemed right to play in them like the 5 year old kids next to us and get soaked. So worth it. 
The Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)

Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom) with the television tower in the back
Checkpoint Charlie (you had to pay for a photo with them...)

Look at that view!

I think you can see how happy I was :D

Inside the dome

Made it to the top

It got even better

That was the end of our amazing second day in Berlin, after that we had typical German dinner - Kaesespatzen which is kind of like Mac n Cheese but not really (and this is why I'm not a food blogger).

On our last morning we visited the Documentation Centre of the Berlin Wall, where you can see original standing bits of it as well as read about the stories of people who tried to flee. Many tragically died and it was a very emotional visit, but definitely a must-see!

The victims

A piece of the original Berlin Wall
After that we took the train to the Kurfuerstendamm, Berlin's most expensive and famous shopping street and walked through the KaDeWe, which is short for Kaufhaus des Westens. It's a big, posh department store that you have to have seen.
In the end we had to hurry to catch our train to our birth city, Munich. We stayed there one day to visit our grandparents and recharge our batteries (metaphorical).

I hope you enjoyed this very long blogpost and made it to the end. Berlin is SO beautiful and exciting, if you haven't seen it you should put it on your list of places to visit. Now the Italy posts will be coming up, which I am soooo excited to share with you. Spoiler: I will tell you where to find the best ice cream in Italy ;) Stay tuned!

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