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A Weekend Break in Berlin

Arriving in Berlin

We recently spent a weekend in Berlin. We didn't go for any particular reason, and just spent our time there exploring the city.

It is a huge city, but we really loved it.

Arriving in Berlin
Arriving in Berlin

Berlin is huge, but thanks to its great public transport it is easy to get around.

Berlin Underground Map
Berlin Underground Map

Exploring the city...

You can see the TV tower from all over Berlin - it is huge.

It was constructed between 1965-1969 by the German Democratic Republic (GDR). At a height of 368 meters it is the tallest structure in Germany, and the second tallest structure in the EU.

Berlin TV Tower in background
Berlin TV Tower in background

The Brandenburg Gate is a huge arch in Berlin that dates back to the 18th century. It is a huge landmark in Germany, and when we were there it was busy with tourists taking photos. It suffered a lot of damage in WWII, but it was fully restored about 16 years ago.

Brandenburg Gate
Brandenburg Gate
Berlin TV Tower
Berlin TV Tower
Flags and Ukrainian Support
Flags and Ukrainian Support

It isn't unusual to see lots of graffiti in large cities, but it seemed much higher quality graffiti in Berlin than what we had seen before. This is just one of many examples (the better looking graffiti art was too far away for a decent photo).

Berlin: A city of nice graffiti
Berlin: A city of nice graffiti

Getting some food and drink

Currywurst is amazing! It is the classic German fast food dish, which is basically a sausage with ketchup and curry powder (often served with chips). Landlopers have a good guide to Currywurst here.

Currywurst in Berlin
Currywurst in Berlin
Berlin Pub
Berlin Pub

Museum Island Area

In this area are lots of huge and old buildings...

Berlin Cathedral (German: Berliner Dom)
Berlin Cathedral (German: Berliner Dom)

...and a museum about day to day life in Germany under the DDR regime. It is a fun (althoguh a little small) museum that we would definitely recommend.

Old newspapers from the Berlin DDR Museum
Old newspapers from the Berlin DDR Museum

Museumsinsel, or Museum Island is on an island in the Spree river in central Berlin. There are five museums in this area, dating back as early as 1830.

Berlin Altes Museum
Berlin Altes Museum
Alte Nationalgalerie
Alte Nationalgalerie
At the Egyptian exhibition
At the Egyptian exhibition
At the Egyptian exhibition
At the Egyptian exhibition
Berlin
Berlin

Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie

Berlin is of course famous for its Berlin wall. There are small portions of it on display throughout the city. Also, in most souvenir shops you can buy bits of the wall to take home - although how genuine they are we are not sure!

Berlin wall
Berlin wall
Berlin wall
Berlin wall

Checkpoint Charlie

was the most famous crossing point on the Berlin Wall between East Berlin and West Berlin. Nowadays it is a tourist destination, and there are people dressed up as US soldiers ready to take photos with you...

Checkpoint Charlie sign
Checkpoint Charlie sign
Checkpoint Charlie
Checkpoint Charlie
Near Checkpoint Charlie
Near Checkpoint Charlie
Checkpoint 'Curry'
Checkpoint 'Curry'

Reichstag Building

The huge Reichstag building dates back to 1894. Like many things in Berlin it was damaged in WWII. But now it has been restored, and it is where you can find the German parliament.

The Bundestag Dome is open for visits (you have to sign up on their website, but the tour is free. Remember to bring some form of ID with you).

We went in the evening, and got some great views of the city at night.

German Bundestag Dome
German Bundestag Dome
German Bundestag Dome
German Bundestag Dome
Inside German Bundestag
Inside German Bundestag
Outside the Reichstag building
Outside the Reichstag building
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Thu 5th May, 2016
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