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January 12, 2014

Berlin

Everyone seems to have glowing praise when they come back from visting Berlin, but I find myself a little torn. I enjoyed our stay and had fun, but I don't feel like I connected with the city itself. Maybe it was the bad weather we ran into (gloomy and foggy) combined with how big the place is and how imposing some of the buildings are. Despite how I feel about it, Berlin is a really diverse city with something for everyone, and with a lot of important history.


Christmas Markets at Alexanderplatz on our first night. Germans definitely know how to do Christmas.



Holocaust Memorial. Definitely visit this and the museum if you're in Berlin.


Brandenburg Gate at night.


Really good burgers at White Trash Fast Food, this restaurant/bar with this awesome kitsch decor and swear words on the menu.


Museum Island. We visited the Neues, Pergamon and Bode Museums, and they were really good.


The Neues Museum has lots of Ancient Egyptian artifacts, including the bust of Nefertiti (which you're not allowed to photograph).


I loved the reconstructions in the Pergamon, these are the Ishtar Gate and Pergamon Altar (I think).


The interior of the Bode Museum is amazing. We were there at the end of the day, so there were very few people around, and coupled with the weird Medieval artwork, the place felt sort of spooky.


Charlottenburg Palace. I don't have any photos of the interior because you had to pay for a photo pass and at the time, I was like please, no. I sort of regret it though, because the decor is amazing, practically ridiculous in its extravagance. It's fancier than Chateau Versailles. Have a look on Google; there's this room filled wall-to-wall with porcelain objects.




A nice lake involving swans.


Museum für Naturkunde, a natural history museum. There's a room filled with preserved animals in glass jars, pretty awesome.


The top of the Reichstag building. There's supposed to be a good view of Berlin from here, but the weather was bad and the glass had all fogged up that night. The building is quite interesting though, give it a go if you're in Berlin - it's free, but you've got to make an appointment on the website first and bring along your passport.


On our last day, we met up with Carrie, who's travelling in Europe, and went to check out East Side Gallery.




As you can see, we finally had some good weather.


Ate burgers under a bridge.


Afterwards we hopped over to the last Christmas market on our list of Christmas markets and drank some mulled wine. We then went home to cook ourselves a pasta dinner, with a side of salad-in-a-bag (which we got very familiar with over our trip).

33 comments:

  1. Haha, I'm glad you had a good weather experience in
    EU :P lovely pictures as usual! Xx

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  2. Oh wauw! I visisted the museum for Natürkunde, Alexanderplatz, memorial and gallery as wel! When I was there they were building the market, I was there in November!

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  3. Gosh those fries look de-li-cious!
    Great photos, great city :)

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  4. Beautiful photos! Berlin looks nice, despite the weather. When i visited London I was annoyed with all the rain and it made me enjoy it less, but when I went to Paris it was sunny blue skies every single day,, weather can really make or break a city.

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  5. I appreciate the honest opinion, I've felt the same at times (not Berlin as I've never been) and I've been left feeling like I'm the weird one. But I don't mind say. Horses for courses. It's somewhere I'd love to visit. Sometimes a guided tour does help, else you can miss tones.

    Those chips/chili looks extreme!


    Buckets & Spades

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  6. Oh Lord, those burgers YUM! I loved all the photos, obviously.
    "Everyone seems to have glowing praise when they come back from visting Berlin" - Yeah, people say it's crazy cool in Berlin and sooo good... Is it because of the nightlife too? x

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    1. The nightlife possibly plays a part - I couldn't tell you though, we're not night owls and I don't know how I could have stayed up past midnight while travelling haha.

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  7. I must say I didn't feel like Berlin was anything special or fun when I was there with my family 2 years ago. I do want to re-visit with a friend or something, to explore it more, since I've heard from a lot of people that it's amazing. I want to find the amazing things too & change my opinion of Berlin!

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  8. I am so desperate to visit Europe - and so keen to visit anything that involves Holocaust history. Definitely one of my favourite things to research in history. Could've been the overly tourist nature of Berlin that left you feeling a little disconnected from the city - definitely don't scrap it from your return list though, it's so beautiful!

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  9. It's a shame the weather didn't work out for you at first, but if anything I think it adds to the eery feel of some of these pictures! I've never really thought about visiting Berlin before, but it sounds like an amazing place to visit if you know about the history :)

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  10. Really lovely photos! You got to see a lot more than I did, when my class had a 1-week trip to Berlin few years back.. Well, next time it will be just me and friend(s) so it will be better :) We were there during this light event City of lights I think, and that church was really beautifully lid - like a chess board. We walked around to see all sorts of cool light installations. :)

    x Satu
    Indie by heart

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  11. Just found your blog and love it! Beautiful photos :) One day I hope to travel to Europe one day too.

    Nikki

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  12. Even though the weather seemed a bit down, the fog made such a great atmosphere for your photos. But I guess that's completely different to being in the fog. And Berlin (as a city alone) seems incredibly packed with cultures. I can't wait to see it all next year when I'm there.

    www.rosa-dyn.com

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  13. I really would love to go to Germany one day, kind of interested in doing a proper beer tour over there as I've finally grew an appreciation for it. Plus, that architecture looks amazing!

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  14. These photos are wonderful, i would love to travel to Germany - looks amazing!!

    feel free to visit / comment/ follow: phoenixful.blogspot.com

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  15. Wow, the photos are gorgeous. I can't wait to visit these places for myself one day but just looking at your photos makes me feel like I am there. :)

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  16. I went to Berlin in winter a few years ago and it is such an interesting place but I total agree with you, I think it's history is still very much alive and the feel of the city isn't like any other I have been too.
    Bella x

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  17. It sounds like a very mixed experience you had Jane. But as long as you enjoyed it and took something from it, that is what matters! Oh, I never knew about paying for a photo pass…that is very unfortunate :(

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  18. It's a shame the weather was bad, it makes the city so much less pretty in my opinion :( I'm so proud you visited to many museums, the Museuminsel has so much history to offer... I love the pictures though, I feel like travelling soon :)

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  19. Those fries!!
    So many museums and yet I'd like to believe I could enjoy all of them at once!!

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  20. Oh this definitely looks like you went to a lot of gorgeous sights and had delicious food! I definitely agree that some cities feel a little "eh". Sometimes I feel like we're pressured to totally love wherever we travel, but sometimes a city just doesn't click!

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  21. I've never been to Berlin but everyone I know seems to really like that city. But I'm guessing that it's a different experience during the spring or summer! Loved your photos!

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  22. i've never been to berlin either, but i would love to visit some day! i've always wanted to travel and hope to, and take lots of photos like you have!

    the holocaust memorial seems like it would be really interesting, but kind of an emotional/haunting visit. Did you feel anyway about it when you were there?

    I love the photos of the food... yum! Even though you don't feel like you connected with Berlin that much, it seems like it was a great experience! thanks for sharing these photos with us!

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    1. The Holocaust Memorial was definitely really moving, I was quite upset afterwards actually and felt a bit unsettled for the rest of the night.

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  23. I can relate about Berlin, I enjoyed my stay although I didn't get the same buzz as I got when visiting some places, even closer to home. Although I found the Holocaust Memorial very interesting and touching. I also went to Sachsenhausen concentration camp which was a little way from Berlin but I'll always remember that feeling forever, perhaps one of the first times I've been truly speechless and helpless.

    Hope you managed to get a diary too! love to see it!

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    1. We didn't get the chance to go to Sachsenhausen, but the Holocaust Memorial was really moving for me and I can't imagine what it would've been like to see a concentration camp itself.

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  24. I've actually never seen a photo of a real German Christmas Market and have only experienced the Vancouver version. At first glance I almost thought you went to Vancouver because the two look so similar!

    Berlin looks beautiful in these photos. I hope I could go one day, the Holocaust Memorial and Charlottenburg Palace interest me a lot. It's unfortunate you regret not getting the photo pass but now you have a reason to go back :)

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  25. Everyone I have spoken to about Berlin do seem to have glowing things to say about the city. I haven't been myself but everyone is different. Ireland was one of my favorite countries for the most random reasons while I didn't particularly enjoy Taipei. Go figure.

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  26. awesome awesome pictures! the 11th photo - wow!

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  27. I love seeing your Europe photos! I'm sorry you didn't click with Berlin. When I went with my family I fell head over heels for the city. The thing with Germany especially Berlin is that obviously because of WWII most of the cities didn't have any money after the war to rebuild everything the way it was before so there's a lot of ugly post war buildings! I went to the Holocaust Memorial and Museum and was in tears afterwards and felt incredibly on edge the whole day. It's so heart wrenching but the museum was very well done and presented. So touching though.

    I'm excited to see your Munich post because that is my ALL TIME favourite German city.
    xxx
    Nina from little nomad

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  28. This is so funny anyhow. Me, German, sitting now in sunny, hot Australia. But well, I've been last year to Berlin. It's such a nice city! Did you also go to Potsdam? I really loved Potsdam with all its gardens and castles! So beautiful!

    And now I am really glad to be in Australia having hot weather, cause I won't freeze haha. Oh gosh, what am I going to do next winter in Germany? I got so used to always have hot weather. :D
    Hope you're enjoying your Europe trip! Looks amazing! x

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    1. Unfortunately we didn't have the time to go to Potsdam, I've heard it's nice though! Maybe next time!

      Haha I must say, I'd prefer a German winter to the crazy Australian summer heat!

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  29. haha pasta was definitely a staple when i was last travelling, it's just the easiest thing to cook in a hostel and it's super cheap too. it's funny you say that about berlin, i really loved it when i was there but i didn't really "get" or connect with barcelona but everyone always says it's so amazing. i guess it just depends on where you're at and what kind of experience you have, etc.

    anyway, great photos, so glad to see you posting all of them and looking forward to more! :)

    little henry lee

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