Germany is an amazing and diverse country filled with a great many attractions. The infusion of old world charm and a modern city make it an interesting destination for travelers. Another reason why tourists find Germany a great destination is because of how easy it is on the wallet, compared to other European countries, and Berlin is even more so. In this article I’ll highlight some of the places that make Berlin the desirable destination it is.
There are many reasons why Berlin is a great city, I cannot hope to cover all of them, but there is perhaps one thing that draws me to the city more than all other things put together. It is the feel of the city that makes me think it is alive; it is a gigantic, beautiful living thing which affects all those who walk its sprawling streets in some minute way. Berlin may be crowded and sometimes a little clustered too, but it is alive! And I think there is no finer city anywhere.
1. Brandenburg Gate
The Brandenburg Gate (see main picture), the icon of the city of Berlin, is perhaps the most visited landmark in Germany. The gate has played a great many important roles during the 300 years since it was first built. It has been considered all at the same time a symbol for war, peace, terror, victory and unity as well as it is an embodiment of change and the adaptability for Germans. The citizens of Germany hold it in very high esteem and with good reason. It is where Ronald Reagan said the famous words “Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate. Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall”. I personally went out to see it at night; the lighting brings the statues atop the gate to life. My visit here was definitely one of the highlights of my tour. The history of the place is palpable, and the very air is thick with it. Definitely something you should make time for.
Berlin’s richness in history is clearly reflected by the large number of museums that are sprawled across the beautiful city. The most important of museums are all conveniently located in one spot called “Museumsinsel”. The Museum Island on the Spree River is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The museums here are full of interesting and important historical artifacts from antiquity like the famous Ishtar gate of ancient Babylon and the bust of Egyptian queen Nefertiti. Berlin’s Museum of Natural History has perhaps the world’s largest mounted dinosaur skeleton. I found the trip extremely educational and interesting, an enlightening experience. I took away much from just one visit. I hope to go a few more times soon (hopefully).
3. Fernsehturm the TV Tower
Fernsehturm was built in the 1960’s in the section of the city that was once called East Berlin. The TV tower is the tallest structure in Germany with a breathtaking height of 368 meters! The observation deck at the top of the tower provides a beautiful and precious view over the city of Berlin, and on a clear day the visibility from the observation deck is said to be over 42 kilometers. You may have been told that the Fernsehturm is called “Telespargel” or maybe you’ve heard another strange nickname. I visited the tower multiple times as I simply couldn’t get enough of the Berlin skyline. It has a vantage point like none other.
Ah, German cuisine is truly a delight! The first thing you need to try in Berlin is Currywurst. Currywurst is the name used for a fast-food made up of slices of delicious German hot sausages, seasoned with ketchup and curry powder. It was invented in Berlin and is said to be the most popular fast food in Germany. I personally went to Konnopke’s in Prenzlauer Berg and I found it better than most other joints in the city.
5. The Berlin Wall
The Berlin Wall holds an important position in history and was the famous symbol and passage between the West and East Berlin during the Cold War. Sometimes called Checkpoint Charlie, it is said that it was used by many German Democratic Republic or GDR citizens to go from East to West Berlin. Also the famous standoff between the US and Soviet tanks took place right here. And here at “Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, Mauermuseum” you can see some of the most interesting escape vehicles including the one-man submarine and some other exhibits that document the time during the division.
Author’s Profile: Mary Brown is travel blogger and a freelance Editor for Buggl (Popular for Travel Guides). She is a 20-something fun loving and ambitious female who loves to write about all of her amazing personal and professional travel experiences in witty, informal and honest blog posts. She has visited luxurious hotels and destinations around the world including Marrakech, Mauritius, La Reunion, Sardinia, Munich and Greece and aims to inspire fellow travelers to pursue their dream career in travel.
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