December 27th, 05:00: time to wake up, I have a plane to catch. Germany I’m coming !
If you have been following me on Social Media recently, you probably know that I was in Berlin for the Christmas holidays. Now that I’m finally back, I want to share the highlights of this journey as well as my top tips if you plan on travelling to the Capitale of Germany.
Everything was set. Traveling light and in good company — I was out to discover the World. More than just discovering a new foreign city, I was eager to discover this particular one: Berlin. For some reasons I fail to understand myself, the German Capitale had been arousing my fascination for years on end.
So when, a few months ago I had the opportunity to visit, I didn’t have to think about it twice.
“ I take pride in the words Ich bin ein Berliner.”
— US President John F. Kennedy
Most people don’t like Berlin, or Germany. Or even the german language for that matter. Why? Maybe it’s some bad blood from the war or something else. All I know is that everytime I told my friends or my family about my plans to go to Germany, they would retort “why do you even go there: it’s cold, it’s ugly … Go to [insert city here] instead”. How about not?
I spent 8 days in Berlin from December 27th to January 3rd and I enjoyed everyone of them. For a reasonable price I had found on AirBnb a gorgeous appartement in the center so travelling around the town was rather enjoyable, getting to see the monuments and iconic places in the process.
“Berlin, the greatest cultural extravaganza that one could imagine.”
— David Bowie
Some will say that the Capitale feels old and “fixed” in the past but I don’t think this way. I overall felt less stressed than I feel most days in Paris: the buildings as well as the density of population seem to be considerably less high. Even the subway stations felt less crowded and … most importantly: way cleaner and recent than their Parisian cousins.
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If this article fired you up and you are ready to pack up your bags and head off to Berlin right now, don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. Here is what I enjoyed the most during my journey there :
Weihnachtsmarkt (Christmas Markets): Beautiful! Just beautiful. Lots of different kinds of food, souvenirs and animations. There are located pretty much all around the city. Though, obviously, you would have to actually be there for the Christmas season to see them !
Visit the FernsheturmTower: It’s not like you were ever going to miss it (you literally see it from everywhere in town), but you should definitely pay an actual visit to the Alexanderplatz and its Tower.
Visit the Brandenburg Tor: Right in the center of the City, in the middle of the Partizer platz and close to the Chancellery / Parliament. The Brandenburg Gate is one of the historical monuments you can’t miss.
Visit the Berlin Wall: #1 historical place to visit in the City. I sadly didn’t get to visit it by day and it was very cold, but I definitely recommend you to visit ! The “street art” part of the wall is in the South of Berlin.
Shakespeare & Sons: Last but certainly not least, as a bonus. This little café / book store also know as “Books and Bagels” is absolutely gorgeous. I had the chance to discover it a few days before leaving and … well my book lover heart melt. And yours just might too.
If it’s down to me, there is no doubting it: I will go back to Germany. But, now, comes the question: will you?
Thank you for reading, I hope you enjoyed this article. Did you ever visit Germany? Or do you have some ‘travel tips’ to share? I’m really curious to find out in the comments!