Wednesday 7 November 2012

Berlin was everything I had hoped for and more.

It was bigger than I expected and busier than I expected but I LOVE that city.

From the moment we started putting together travel plans for our time in Europe, Berlin was at the top of my list.  I have been fascinated by it's history for quite some time and while I'd never personally visited before, I felt like I knew some of the city.  In fact, as we drove into the centre from the airport I was pointing out the Reichstag, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews, Brandenburg Gate, Victory Tower and the Tiergarten.  I think I surprised Joe.  To finally see and experience these places in person was so exhilarating.

Berlin has this edge to it - there's graffiti everywhere, it's not particularly clean but it has personality.  Some may not characterize it as a pretty city but there is something endearing about it's boldness and it's individuality.  It's not trying to be something and I like that about it.

We had 4 full days in the city and I feel like we hardly scratched the surface.  I had no idea just how much there is to do and how much I'd want to do.  We filled our days walking, sightseeing, exploring, learning and by the end of the day my mind was bursting and my feet were aching but we were excited for what the next day would bring.

From the wall, to memorials, to museums, we saw a lot and over the next few posts, I'll break it down day by day and hopefully can convey just how cool Berlin is.


  1. I am so glad you enjoyed your time here in my adopted homecity. Berlin has something magical about it, and definitely something for everyone. :) I can't wait to see more photos!

  2. Deliriously jealous. It's right at the top of places I'd love to live someday.

    Did you know there are more working artists in Berlin than any other city in the world? So. Cool.

  3. Amazing! Berlin is defiantly on my list! -Heidi

  4. I just started thinking about a trip to Berlin! Excited to read about your experience!

  5. I love Berlin! Was lucky enough to stop there with colleagues as part of a work trip a few years ago. I hope to visit with the hubs & new baby next fall!
    As cheesy as it seemed, the city bus tours that started at Checkpoint Charlie were fantastic! We got to see the layout of the city before starting out on-foot discovery.
    I paid to have my passport stamped at Checkpoint Charlie and got more than I bargained for though-they filled up almost 3 whole pages with all the souvenir stamps!

  6. Ah! I've always wanted to visit Berlin! It sounds like such a funky and edgy city. Can't wait to see more of your photos and hear more about your time there :)


  7. One of our all-time favourite cities for sure!

  8. Lovely! I'm glad you had such a great time and look forward to reading about your trip post by post. :-)

  9. I wish I had your experience. We only had about 2 days there, and I did not understand the city until just before we left. I thought it was dirty, old, deteriorating and full of construction everywhere... But then finally at the end I kinda started to understand the vibe, and wished I could start over!

    Can't wait to see your photos. Relive it a little through you :-)

  10. berlin is definitely at the top of my travel list.... i have been to a number of different cities in europe, and a few in germany, but still need to make it to berlin!

  11. Happy to hear you had a great time in my new hometown! I agree that it's not the most beautiful, but it's rough edges have a wonderful charm and energy. Definitely one of the favorite places I've ever lived. Looking forward to checking our your photographs!

  12. My boyfriend is from Berlin and we're dying to move back!

  13. Berlin was never a city that I wanted to visit, but I only hear great things about it! Everyone who goes seems to love it there.. Its now on my list for when I move back to Europe next summer :)


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