BERLIN,  EUROPE

“THE UNEXPECTED BERLIN” Part -2

Hello Backpacker,

I’m glad you liked the first part of ” The unexpected Berlin” last week. If I inspired you to visit Berlin for the very first time, well, I am sure this post will be very useful for you.

Berlin Graffiti

If you are still waiting to book your flights, do like me, check the Ryanair website to get the cheapest fares online. But remember to be flexible with your calendar if you really want to save some money.

“About the accommodation?”

If sharing a hostel room doesn’t suit you, “Booking.com” and “Airbnb” are the two websites I use for my own reservations. I think sharing is a great experience if you are travelling by yourself or with a friend because it helps you to meet fantastic people from all over the world and build amazing friendships.

Alexanderplatz

Regarding the accommodation, when you are booking a room I recommend checking first where it’s located on a map. See what’s around in terms of landmarks and transportation. Especially when you’re visiting big cities like Berlin, London, Paris or New York for a few days, if you’re not paying attention to the location of your room you will probably risk spending a lot of time and money on public transport. That’s the reason why I booked my accommodation in Alexanderplatz when I visited Berlin – everything was very close and well connected. Berlin offers an impeccable transportation service. With all of the local buses and metros I was able to go everywhere without stress and within a short time.

“Public Transportation”

Berlin is divided into three tariff zones:

Metro map Berlin

Most of the monuments are all pretty close to one another but of course there are also some other places where that are a bit farther. Check the map before you go, it will help you to don’t get lost and waist then lot of times.

Thanks to my friend Valentina, who knew Berlin very well, my all experiences were great. We spent some time visiting the most important and memorable landmarks of the city and then she showed us some cool stuff that were not very touristic.

My travel lifestyle in 2012 wasn’t the same as it is right now, in that period I was only traveling for fun and photography, without paying attention to restaurants, local food and events. But I’m sure one day I will go back to Berlin to deepen my knowledge!”.

I’m quite sure that today I can guide you with my photos through the beauty of Berlin and I hope you will be able to visit this great city very soon.

Caffe Kotti

Caffe Kotti, Berlin 2012

(The owner of this Cafe was super friendly and as soon as he knew I was a graffiti artist too he gave me some pencils and some watercolours to paint the ceiling of his Coffee shop).

“East side gallery

East side gallery

Located on Mühlenstraße, this is the longest open air gallery in the world, more than 100 images are painted directly on the wall that divides the east from the west side of Berlin, famous for it’s history this place is a great spot for photographers and street artists from all over the world. In fact, more than 3 million visitors comes every year to visit it.

Graffiti Berlin

Reichstag Building

The Reichstag Building Is the national parliament of the Federal Republic of Germany. The Construction of the building began after the unification of Germany in 1871.

“Brandenburg gate

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

The Brandenburg Gate is one of the Berlin’s most important monuments. When Germany was reunified after the fall of Berlin Wall in November 1989 the Brandenburg Gate became a national symbol of peace and unity.

“Altes Museum”

Altes Museum

Oberbaum Bridge

Oberbaum Bridge

The Oberbaum Bridge Is one of the most photographed bridge in Berlin. Located 3.1km from Alexanderplatz square this beautiful bridge links the east side of the city to the west, both known for the interesting nightlife.

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Jewish Memorial

This memorial to the murdered Jews also known as the Holocaust memorial was designed by Peter Eisenman and Buro Happold. Is located near Brandenburg gate and it’s dedicated to the Jewish victims of the Nazi genocide of World War II.

“Teufelsberg”

Teufelsberg Berlin

The Teufelsberg was built 20 years after the Second world war,  after being abandoned became a magnet for street artists. From the top of the Teufelsberg, you can enjoy fantastic Sunsets and meet incredible artists.

Teufelsberg sunset
Street artists

“Victory Column”

The Victory Column was designed by Heinrich Strack. It is a major tourist attraction in the city. Inaugurated the 2nd September 1873, the Victory Column was built to commemorate the Prussian Victory in the Danish-Prussian war.

There are also lot of different museums spread all around the city and I’m sure there’s still lot to visit but of course 5 days isn’t enough to visit such a fantastic city like Berlin.

I’m sure one day I’ll find the occasion to go back to Berlin again, but for now I’m focusing on new destinations!!  I hope you enjoyed reading this “Unexpected Berlin” posts and get ready for something new next week!

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