Berlin is the capital of Germany and the largest city by population and area. It is a centerpiece of the country, and it is really different from the other German cities. I would personally characterize it as cinematic. It’s probably the darkest city I have visited so far, and that’s not only in weather terms. Even so, it left me with great memories and images.
We visited Berlin in early December, when everything was decorated for Christmas and the city was filled with Christmas markets. That made Berlin even prettier and warmer, in a way. The temperature was pretty normal for that time of the year, and the weather was rather gloomy.
If you are ever in Berlin you shouldn’t forget to try the delicious currywurst, which you will find in every corner of the city. One of the most famous places that serve it is “Curry 36”.
In our first night, after a small walk, we found ourselves in a rather famous spot, called Kino Central. It’s an alley filled with graffiti on the walls, a bar, a cinema and the Monster Kabinett, where we saw something really unexpected. It was a show with robots/monsters that made scary sounds and had rather aggressive tendencies, hehe.
The night life is surely one of Berlin’s strongest cards, with all kinds of bars, pubs and more importantly, some of the most famous techno clubs in the world. One of them is called Berghain, which features three floors with just techno music – and possibly a lot of drugs. It’s a place that you will not easily gain access to though (we didn’t). Another place is called “Suicide Circus” and is definitely one of the hidden gems, you just HAVE to go there if you are a fan of techno music. The word “underground” perfectly describes this city, especially at night, as you can find bars in all kinds of places, under abandoned bridges, in dark alleys and even in old public toilets!
One day we will definitely not forget was when we visited Charlottenburg, the palace of the famous Sophie Charlotte. The wealth and grandeur of this place sends shivers down your spine, and you can actually see every room in the palace, and its history.
Probably the most famous place, mainly for historical reasons, is the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. It’s a really interesting place for a photographer to take pictures, always with respect to the monument.
In our last day we decided to visit a lot of museums, one of which was the Photography Museum at the Berlin Zoologischer Garten. You shouldn’t miss the Museum Island, which is essentially a small island in the middle of the Spree river that goes through the entire city. That island hosts a complex of internationally recognized museums, and is a UNESCO world heritage site. Museum Island is connected by short bridges from the main part of the city. We visited the Pergamon Museum and the Neues Museum, where we saw the great Gate of Ishtar and the bust of Nefertiti. We partied and we literally didn’t sleep until the next day on our flight back to Athens.
My trip to Berlin surely left me with great memories, despite being similar to other European cities, because its atmosphere is unique.
- Girls/women should use Uber or the mass transportation means during the night, because there is not as many policemen in the streets as you would expect. Also, strangers might approach you and try to sell you drugs.
- Berlin is a great city for walking, but don’t underestimate its size. Use the Lime scooters to cover bigger distances, and experience the city in a different way!
- You should definitely go up the Berlin TV Tower when the sun is about to set, because the view is stunning (when the weather allows it).
- My hotel recommendation is the Meininger Hotel, which is great in many aspects, really awesome location at the East Side Gallery, with polite staff and “new age” rooms. It right next to the Berlin Ostbahnhof Rail Station.