Thursday, 17 March 2011

Berlin - A reunited city

If you are thinking of visiting an European metropolis, Berlin can be a good choice.
With a population of around 3.4 million it is not just the capital but also the largest city in Germany and it can offer almost anything you have ever wished for.

The second most famous wall on the planet (right after the Great Wall of China) can still be seen in the German capital.
Authorities sealed off free passage between East an West Berlin in mere two days in August of 1961 and started building the Wall which stood for the next 28 years until the army finally started dismantling it in November of 1989.
Even now there is an obvious difference between the two parts of once divided city.

Whether you are on a tight budget, or you are looking for a luxury destination - Berlin can offer you both and everything in between.

There is no true top season for a visit. During every time of year Berlin has something to offer. Most of many festivals and other outdoor activities take place in warmer months, but even during winter (when temperatures can drop way below zero) there are many cute stalls offering Glühwine and Schnapps set up all over the city. These stalls really add-up to the whole December holiday spirit feel. Streets literally look like they were taken from a cheesy movie, with cheesy Christmas carols playing in the background and loads of useless souvenirs on offer.
Don't get me wrong, I actually liked the whole thing. Everything else would have looked out of place.

Recently an opportunity to visit this interesting city arose and I took it. Last December I decided to join a group of friends visiting Berlin. Obviously it was the right decision.

It was a five-day budget trip. We stayed in a very nice and clean hostel for a very reasonable price. It is called EastSeven Hostel and is situated at a great location. I would easily recommend it to anyone looking for such an option.
We simply tried to enjoy ourselves while there. I must say we succeeded in doing just that. Berlin is definitely a place I could definitely visit again.

Stay tuned for more!


Mandy 20 March 2011 at 00:06  

I'd love to visit Berlin one day and it looks like it is fun and festive at Christmas time! I bet it was freezing though!

Travel-PB 20 March 2011 at 21:29  

Christmas time really is a nice time to visit. You are right about the cold though. :)
If you go this time of year, be sure to bring warm clothes. A lot of them.

However, despite the cold, falling snow and strong winds, locals didn't seem to mind and were driving around on bicycles. Brrr...

Mandy 20 March 2011 at 21:43  

Bikes?? That is crazy!

Jennifer Bowen 15 April 2011 at 14:31  

We're hoping to visit some time this summer. Thank you for all the great info on the area. =)

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