I took a 24 hour trip Berlin in June. We were staying near Hamburg at the time, so it’s not as jet-set as it sounds.
I went because I needed to apply in person for a work visa for the UK. [A side note: On the visa application I answered the question, “Have you engaged in any other activities that might indicate that you may not be considered a person of good character?" I know they’re looking to root out terrorists and crooks, but I found that to be a very theologically loaded question!] So the visa was the reason for the quick trip to Berlin, but I had a great time while I was there.
I had such a good time visiting with a dear friend, walking around in our old neighborhood, and treating myself to some of my favorite things in Berlin. In fact, I was having so much fun that I lost track of time and had to run full-out in order to catch the last bus back to Hamburg.
Berlin has so much to offer, especially for a cheapskate, adventurous eater, like me. There’s a surprisingly wide selection of Vienamese restaurants [One of which I love but can’t remember the name]. Coledampf’s, one of the best kitchen stores, I’ve ever visited. A fresh, modern take on German food at Lebensmittel in Mitte. Do I need to mention again the superb ice cream to be had in Germany?
Then there are the sights, like the compelling Holocaust Memorial, the Reichstag and the Fehrnsehturm at Alexanderplatz.
I love how you can see the Fehrnsehturm from all sorts of vantage points, depending on where you are in the city.
Walking past the Brandenburger Tor reminded me of a good book that I read a few months ago. The Brandenburg Gate is structure in the above picture, and it’s also the name of a book by Henry Porter. The novel is an engrossing story about the last days of East Germany, before the Berlin Wall fell. The book dramatizes a series of events that is so important in modern history. Berlin is a dynamic and exciting city, and you should definitely visit if you have the chance. But if distant travel isn’t in your budget, try picking up Brandenburg Gate for a wonderful read and an effortless way to learn a little bit about what made Berlin the city it is today.