Berlin is the capital and the largest city in Germany. It has one of the most destructive histories of any European city. Going back to world war I and II, as wells as the Berlin wall that dived the capital for decades. However, throughout the years the city has been rebuilt and is now one of Europe’s most popular destinations.
With all the history, art, and culinary delights, Berlin has become a hub for young professionals looking to live in Europe. Students, artists, writers, and creative individuals migrate to this city to start new lives and experience everything Germany has to offer. The overall appearance of the capital is a bit odd (for tourists). For example, it’s costume not to pick up after your dog, and the open beer policy takes you by surprise. While I don’t particularly like the overall look of the city, I certainly appreciate the history, the art and the food of this city/country. I strongly recommend you to visit this flourishing metropolis!
When to Visit
I think the best time to visit Berlin is all year-round. In the summer, specifically May to September, you can experience long sunny days, beach bars on Spree river, and outdoor dining. In the winter, Berlin is cozy, like a Christmas card. The streets are full of holiday markets, and restaurants are candlelit very romantic may I add. As well, winter is a great time to do indoor activities like exploring one of the many museums around the city they sure won’t disappoint.
What to Eat:
Berlin is a melting pot, infused with Italian, Vietnamese, Turkish, and German flavors. According to the 2019 MICHELIN Guide Berlin is home to 23 restaurants with a Michelin star or (two). As well let’s not forget about the kebab shops, sausage and fries joints that are spread out throughout the city. To get a taste of delicious food and to have a memorable experience visit the Markthalle Neun in Kreuzberg. This place reminds me of Chelsea Market in New York. Here at the market hall, dozens of international vendors prepare local-inspired meals.
GORDON restaurant & records, was where we had dinner, and let me tell you it was pretty amazing. Great food selection for both vegetarians and meat lovers. As well they have a neat record selection.
How to get Around:
Berlin is massive, more extensive than New York’s five boroughs. However, getting around the city won’t be a problem, thanks to the best public transportation. The U-Bahn, S-Bahn, tram, and buses are the most efficient ways to get around. As well as they operate 24-7. Tip: Download the BVG app to cheaply and quickly purchase tickets on the go.
Places to Explore:
This historical church is a great way to view Berlin. The 360 ° panoramic view from the cathedral dome is one of the most beautiful in Berlin. After climbing up, 270 steps, spectators are rewarded with a spectacular view of the historic city center. From above the Red City Hall, the Humboldt Forum, and the TV Tower can be visible. While walking around the top the eight bronze angels, which decorate the dome with their musical instruments, can be looked at a little closer. A tour of the cathedral, including the climb to the dome is seven euros, plus online booking fee. Tickets to this landmark can also be purchased on the spot.
The Berlin Wall:
Few events have captured the world’s attention in the last 30 years, one those was the destruction of the Berlin Wall, that divided the city from 1961 to 1989. While the majority of the wall is gone, two parts of the wall remain intact as a reminder of what freedom is. First, a noteworthy spot, The East Side Gallery. It is covered with numerous paintings from international artists. This gallery is the world’s largest and longest open-air art exhibit.
The other part of the wall that still remains is on the opposite side of Berlin. Here you will find no paintings by international artist, rather a blank canvas with a few graffiti spots. This side of the wall brings history to life. All thought sad everything was left in its original state. Untouched for us to truly understand what life was like and what this city has overcome. Both locations are free, and anyone can enter.
Not the architecture or the fact that the German Parliament resides here, make this building one of the most famous in the city. Instead, this building gained its fame from the role it played in the rise of the Nazi regime. During WWII the Reichstag’s dome and chambers were severely damaged by fire from the bombings. Now, after rebuilding and opening, its doors in 1999 the location has become popular with tourists. If you wish to visit this location, please note to bring your id/passport to be able to purchase a ticket and be allowed to go inside.
Formerly knowing and functioned as Tempelhof airport, now is a public park. The park has an area of six-kilometer cycling, skating and jogging trail. A 2.5-hectare BBQ area, a dog-walking field covering around four hectares and a large picnic area for all enjoy. Here you can witness the most beautiful sunsets in the city.