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Berlin, Germany

Introduction

I've always heard amazing things about Berlin, so last week Charlotte and I packed our bags and headed over all courtesy of Adagio Aparthotel who were our amazing hosts. Berlin was supposedly a city with a lot of history which, we had both been wanting to go and explore for a number of years. Check out what we got up to below...


Accommodation

The guys at the Adagio were amazing! From the moment we arrived they were super helpful, showing us on the local maps where our nearest overground and underground stations were, as well as telling us all of the things that we had to go and see.


Museums

Berlin is a city full of museums which range from art to architecture. During the two days in Berlin we tried to see as much as we could, everything we did is here for your pretty little eyes to enjoy...

East Side Gallery

The East Side Gallery is said to be the longest-lasting open air gallery in the world. The gallery consists of 105 paintings by artists from all over the globe back in 1990. The paintings are on the East side of the Berlin Wall and document a time of change and express the euphoria and great hopes for a better, more free future for all people of the world.


Topography of Terror

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Now the Topography of Terror was one that was hard to take in. Back in 1933 this is where the main buildings of the SS could be found. Now stands a museum that takes you through step by step of how the Nazis took over Germany, and committed some of the most brutal atrocities the world has ever seen. I would recommend this one to anybody visiting Berlin but, be aware that there are some graphic stories and images which, will leave their mark on you.


Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Inaugurated on May 10, 2005 the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and opened to the public two days later. This is something that I would recommend to anybody visiting the city. Below the 2,711 concrete slabs you can visit the "Place of Information," which gives you the names of approximately 3 million Jewish Holocaust victims.


Jewish Museum

The Jewish Museum is the largest in Europe. The museum tells the stories of Jews during the Nazi reign between 1933-1945. It tells the stories of Jews that managed to flee the country to different parts of the world, and also has voids which, were designed by the architect Daniel Libeskind which embodies absence. This is another museum that is extremely moving and educational.


Museum of Technology

To lighten things up a little we went to see the Technology museum which, was awesome on so many levels. To see how everything started to how it had developed for use in the modern day, this place was really fun.


Architecture

Now, there are amazing buildings all over the city. Everywhere you look there are amazing buildings just waiting to excite you. If you're into that sort of thing like I am! Here is a few of my personal favourites from around the city. I've kept it short and sweet because I don't want to ruin it too much for you.

 Brandenberg Gate

Brandenberg Gate

Berliner Dom (Cathedral of Berlin)

Olympiastadion Berlin

Atles Museum

Berliner Fernsehturm, Television Tower


Summary

The only thing I can think to say in the summary of Berlin is that you need to go. Go and experience everything for yourself. It's educational and beautiful.

Despite the weather which I haven't really touched upon, I had an amazing few days in the city. It's a place I'd love to go back to in the future for sure, I left feeling like I could have done so much more.


LINKS

If you want to plan your trip to Berlin then you should definately check out Visit a City who help you organise your days in the city with minute by minute precision.

Also check out Adagio Aparthotel if you are looking for somewhere to stay!