Berlin is a special city. There are many charming European cities, but Berlin is… different. In my opinion, Berlin there for everyone: for lovers of culture, for historians, for people looking to party, for families… Whether you are looking for a getaway with your partner a weekend, just as if you want to escape from the routine to get into a dark café to read a good book while listening to jazz background (as always said my friend Ele), Berlin is your destiny.
In my case, Berlin was part of a tour van through Europe and stopped in the city two days, enough to discover its main attractions. Of all the places we could see, these are my favorites:
Checkpoint Charlie. It was our first stop in the city and I still remember the bittersweet feeling of face to face a real border crossing used to report the East and West. The poster “You are leaving the American sector” is a claim all the souvenir shops.
The Brandenburg Gate. You can not visit the city without seeing its most significant monument, without appreciating its best. If you looks beautiful in photos, expected to see it in person, leave you speechless.
The Berlin Wall. Although you can see small chunks of wall in different parts of the city, the most famous stretch is the East Side Gallery: above 1 kilometer of wall decorated with hundreds of graffiti artists from around the world. Each graffiti intended to express your own message or protest related to the wall, and is considered the largest art gallery in the world outdoors.
Iglesia Memorial Kaiser-Wilhelm. Although there are reminders of German history throughout the city, which impressed me most was this church located in the city center. The church was bombed by the Allies during World War II and today is preserved as it was: demolished and blackened. Inside you can see a permanent collection with images of the church during the Blitz.
Kurfürstendamm. After seeing the Church, nothing better than to venture into the main street of Berlin and stroll among shops, Restaurants and shopping malls to see the most current and cutting edge Berlin. Maybe the kids do not like too, but if you are sure to enjoy it girl. When I was, There was a street performance of Tarzan swinging on everything he could, simply unforgettable.
German parliament Bundestag. Located very close to the Brandenburg Gate, is another must-see on any visit to the city. It's so big to fit entirely in a photo have to wander around 100 meters! Although we do not enter, is possible to visit the inside.
Beach Bars. Yearly, on the banks of the River Spree bars that try to emulate the beach bars arise. There is something for all tastes and prices, and many of them even have their own arena. In esta web You can investigate further. Personally, Best beach bar is Yaam, a meeting place where as soon as you see people playing basketball as a reggae concert, and where you can just sit and relax sitting on the sand while you drink a can of Coca-Cola.
Although my stay in Berlin was memorable (Visit monuments, I drank German beer, I was in places that tourists do not normally go…) everything was good. In relation to the rest of Europe campsites, Germans leave a bit to be desired, and to top it did not stop raining. For next time, I would definitely go to a hotel or even better, to one of the there are many apartments in Berlin.
Have you been to Berlin? Would you add any other place to list? Feel free to leave your comments below. Thank you!