A Weekend in Berlin

We had gorgeous weather for our long weekend in Berlin, perfect for the ‘friend-cation’ it was. I posted earlier about our adventures in food and beer, but we did also manage to see quite a bit of the city as well.

We took an excellent walking tour, which I’d recommend to anyone visiting Berlin, as much of the history can be seen where it took place.  We stopped by all the most important points, the Berlin wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the memorial to all victims of war and tyranny and the car park that sits where Hitlers bunker used to be. It’s a difficult history to hear about, but it was interesting and worthwhile to see where it all happened.  We also stopped for photo ops at the Brandenburg gate and learned about the famous East German crosswalk man- you can basically buy any piece of clothing/souvenir with him on it.

The DDR Museum (no, not the video game, the museum about life in East Germany during the cold war) provided great insight as well.  It wasn’t as interactive as it was billed to be, but it had all sorts of interesting propaganda and artefacts from daily life in East Berlin, including an interrogation room and a car driving simulation.

Located on the site that formerly held the SS, the Topography of Terror is interesting architecturally, and discusses the rise of the third reich. It reviews everything from the propaganda to the aftermath and punishment of war criminals.  It’s an intense and somber exhibit, but worth wandering through.

Though we stayed on Museum Island, we didn’t actually make it to any of the museums there! I suppose that’s a good excuse to visit again though!

5 Comments Add yours

  1. J says:

    I really liked your post, I also have an affinity for the Ampelmännchen (crosswalk man).
    If you are interested, I also have a post discussing my five recommendations for Berlin at adropintheoceanweb.wordpress.com/2016/06/26/travels-berlin/.

    Happy Blogging,

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    1. Thanks! Berlin is one of my favourite cities, and I enjoyed checking out your post on it as well.

      Liked by 1 person

      1. J says:

        Thank you so much, I will look out for more posts from you also!


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