Berlin, Germany | Interrail

As A said whilst making our way through the (amazing) Berlin train station: “Berlin and I are not meant to be. We are not two peas in a pod”.

Something just didn’t ‘fit’ with Berlin. I’m not sure what it was. It could have been the transition from scenic views of canals to tonnes of buildings covered in scaffolding; It could have been the increased toughness of navigation around the main sites; Or it could have just been that it wasn’t my type of place.

We chose to visit the East Side Gallery first (The Berlin Wall), as it was more out of the way than the other landmarks. Some of the art on it was incredible. The meanings of some were so potent, whereas others were more disguised, but still powerful. It angered me how people could have been so disrespectful as to scrawl over the art silly things such as ‘Craig woz ere’. We don’t care about you Craig, stop ruining art. We also don’t care who you currently ‘heart’ or what year you were there. Sod off.

Afterwards, we headed back to the ‘main part’ (whatever and wherever that was) to try and discover what Berlin had to offer. Beginning with the Brandonberg Gate…

Hahahaha, I know, I know it’s not the gate. I genuinely thought it was for a good amount of time though. Turns out it was the Central Memorial of the Federal Republic of Germany for the Victims of War and Dictatorship *takes breath*, which is more simply known as the Neue Wache. Inside, there was a single hole in the ceiling, where, at the right time of day, the spotlight would shine right down the centre and onto the statue of the woman below. When we were there, the spotlight was the other side of the room, but I believe that it would be beautiful :)

As for the actual gate, it was surrounded by a huge football festival, and so any photos would have been photobombed by several Barcelona and/or Juventus fans.
Yep, I had no idea until we got to Berlin, but we managed to be there for the build-up of the Champions League final. As the guy in our room said when I mentioned not knowing “but it’s like the biggest thing that’s happened in Berlin”. I feel that was a slight exaggeration, but boys will be boys.

Because of the festival, the holocaust memorial was sadly fenced off – so it was a matter of tiptoeing to get my camera over the fence or hoping the lens wouldn’t capture the fence if I tried to zoom through it. I do wish we could have seen more of it, but “the biggest thing ever to happen in Berlin” was happening, so we had to just make-do.

Walking around it though allowed us this view...

We didn’t actually know what it was at the time, but after having a little research, I discovered that it’s actually the victory column (I know, I'm so unenducated, pfff), so that was nice, seeing something we weren’t expecting to see :)

Next up was the Reichstag...

This was pretty much where our Berlin adventure ended.
Due to being two separate peas in a pod, we did decide to leave earlier the next day in order to get to Prague earlier and to spend more time there.

I am glad that I have visited Berlin, and that I got to see some of the beautiful architecture, but it isn’t really my cup of tea. Maybe my mind would be changed if I managed to find somebody local to show me some hide-outs though! But as unlikely as that it, I’ll appreciate the time I had there as a newbie tourist.

Little bits of advice:

  • Be prepared to walk. The landmarks look a lot closer on the map than they actually are. Day tram passes are good if you don’t fancy the treks.
  • Read what each landmark is about. Staring at the Reichstag with no clue what the reason for its attraction is feels like a bit of a waste of time.
  • The bus 100 takes you past all of the main landmarks. You can use your day tram pass on this and so you don’t have to fork out for a sightseeing bus.
  • Don’t buy water from a vegan shop. Turns out it’s all sparkling, and you’ll probably be clueless until the ‘tssssss’ when you turn the lid. Gutting.
  • The signposting is terrible. Buy a map.
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