Berlin really does have it all. Fantastic architecture, stylish fashion and an insightful combination of culture and history. I’ve always loved Germany, I’m a huge fan of the German national football team (seriously, I get super involved in international football) and I thoroughly enjoyed my trip to Munich a few years ago. However, I’ve never been to Berlin. Until recently.
If you haven’t visited the iconic city, you really need to. It’s fantastic. There’s so much to do, like visiting cultural sites as well as numerous art galleries and live music venues. I got to see a lot during my weekend break. A personal highlight was browsing the weekend markets by the River Spree. I even managed to pick up a few incredibly rare records by The Beatles.
Berlin’s most famous landmark, Brandenburg Gate is now a symbol of peace and unity across Germany. Built between 1788 and 1791, the military monument has over 200 hundred years of history. Thousands of people gathered by the Brandenburg Gate when the Berlin Wall fell in 1989.
The Reichstag is currently home to the German parliament. The iconic building is designed by Paul Wallot and modelled on the Memorial Hall in Philadelphia, America. It’s now used as an art venue, with various exhibitions and permanent collections.
It would be wrong of me to ignore the tragic history of Germany when writing about Berlin. It was heart-breaking visiting the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (also known as the Holocaust Memorial). Designed by Peter Eisenman and Buro Happold, the site covers 19,000 square metres and includes 2,711 concrete slabs to commemorate Jewish Holocaust victims.
Taking a leisurely stroll in the sunshine through the East Side Gallery along the Berlin Wall was incredibly inspiring. The open air gallery is 1.3km long and celebrates the collapse of the Berlin Wall with 100 incredible murals by 118 artists from 21 countries including Birgit Kinders and Dmitri Vrubel. I was impressed by the paintings, which celebrate the collapse of the Berlin Wall as well as making political statements.
I look forward to going back to Berlin in the future and exploring the superb city more! Have you ever been to Berlin?