Berlin, Germany

Bratwurst in Berlin.

2 October 2016

When I tell people I went to Berlin, 9 out of 10 times I get asked the question 'Why Berlin?'. To put it simply,  my motivations for going to Berlin: All the usual touristy points - The Berlin wall, The Jewish memorial, Checkpoint Charlie etc etc but more importantly, Bratwurst.

Bratwurst is the reason I woke up at 4am, got in a taxi to Stanstead airport and hopped on a ridiculously early Ryanair flight to Berlin Schoenefeld. Which to my surprise was super easy to navigate yourself to the city centre on the express train departing every 30 mins from the train station, located 5 minutes away from the arrival hall. 

If you don't know what Bratwurst is, where have you been?!?! Bratwurst is a type of German pork sausage made famous to many Brits by the European Christmas markets and Oktoberfest events held in most of the major cities throughout the U.K.  

Yeah, I really did go to Germany just to eat food. But in my search for food, I got to see some of the most beautiful sights in the German capital. 










Of course, no trip to Berlin is complete without a visit to the Berlin Wall. Well, what still remains of it as the wall was mostly demolished between June and November 1990. Luckily for the sake of tourists, there is a restored stretch along the southern border of Wedding and Mitte. The East Side Gallery is a one-mile stretch dedicated to art and preserves the paintings made on the eastern side when the Wall was brought down.

For those keen Historians, Checkpoint Charlie, the famous east-west border control during the Cold War is another place to visit. Ironically, the famous sign which states, 'You are leaving the American Sector' is surrounded by KFC, Starbucks and all things American.






A place I would recommend to visit is the J├╝disches Museum. This is one of the newest and most eye-grabbing section of the building designed by Jewish architect Daniel Libeskind. It's located right opposite the American embassy and is a short walk from Brandenburg Gate. It is not like any other museum I have been to, and I was absolutely mesmerised when walking through some of the 2,711 blocks. The museum experience is more about the effects of the space than the documents and artifacts.






I had to visit Europe's largest department store, KaDeWe where I got lost(!)




When you wake up at 4am, it is comfort over fashion. So I went for the Faux Leather Jacket in Mustard Yellow from Zara, which the whole world and their mother is wearing at the moment.










Berlin is such a cosmopolitan, beautiful place with loads to see and do. And I would recommend it to anyone looking for a weekend break in a European city. 

Bratwurst update: I walked around Berlin for nearly 12 hours and NO sight of Bratwurst.

Auf Wiedersehen.
Mx

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