Wednesday, 5 March 2014

Our Trip To Berlin

I booked our trip to Berlin as a birthday present for my husband Mark. We stayed for three nights at a hotel near Checkpoint Charlie (Kochstrasse) which was a fantastic central location in walking distance of all the main city sights.
On our first day, the hubby and I went on a free walking tour around the city. This is my hubby and the tour guide at the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. The tour is run by Sandemans New Europe, I have been on this tour twice now and it a fantastic and very informative introduction to the city, so I highly recommend it!
The Berlin Wall.
Mark and me during the coffee break on the walking tour.
Although much of Berlin was destroyed by the bombings of World War II, many of the buildings were restored after the war. This is the Konzerthaus.
Museum Island is my favourite area of Berlin, the architecture is stunning and it is home to five museums, The Altes Museum (The Old Museum), The Neues Museum (The New Museum), The Altes Nationalgalerie (The Old National Gallery), The Bode Museum and The Pergamon Museum.
Mark trying to look pensive and intellectual outside the Neues Museum on Museum Island.
This is the Old National Gallery, the highlights of which were the Impressionist works with some beautiful paintings by my favourite artist, Pierre Auguste-Renoir.
On our second day we went to Charlottenburg on the outskirts of Berlin to visit the Charlottenburg Palace. The palace is surrounded by beautiful royal gardens which are open to the public, so we decided to spend the morning walking around the lake and enjoying the sun (when it wasn't hiding behind the clouds).
I fell head over heels in love with this Belvedere tea house in the palace gardens and intend to have an exact replica built when we win the lottery for hubby and me and our future babies to live in.
Sitting by the lake in the palace gardens. It wasn't as cold as it looks!
A bridge in the palace gardens with love padlocks, similar to the Pont des Arts bridge in Paris but with only a small handful of locks. Unfortunately we didn't have a padlock on us at the time.
Enjoying a German pretzel after a bit of shopping! 
We spent our last day on Museum Island and visited my favourite one, The Pergamon Museum. I have been to this museum on both of my previous trips to the city and it never fails to impress me. It houses a range of Roman, Greek, Islamic and Middle Eastern artifacts and architectural structures. The reconstructed architectural exhibits are overwhelming in size!
This Ishtar Gates of Babylon, built in approximately 575BC as a dedication to the Babylonian goddess Ishtar.
Me at the airport, sad to be going home....
....but happy that I have a giant bar of Milka from Duty Free. I have no idea how celebrities still manage to look so glamorous at the airport.

Berlin is a very interesting city and a must-see for anyone interested in the history of World War II. It has a very tragic past and it is impossible to spend time here without constantly being reminded of the war and the holocaust. I think it is extraordinary how the city both confronts and teaches it's history. It is also hard to believe that the Berlin wall was still dividing the city during my lifetime, finally 'falling' in 1989, although I was far too young to remember it happening.

I have visited Berlin twice before, once for my 21st birthday and for a second time when inter-railing around Europe with a friend in 2010. If you ever take a trip to Berlin I highly recommend the walking tour and a visit to The Pergamon Museum.

Have you ever been to Berlin? Any recommendations for our next trip? I'm thinking Barcelona.....


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2 comments:

  1. These pictures are awesome, thanks for sharing. I have never been to Berlin but would definitely want to someday. And yes, Barcelona sounds great! :)

    Marie
    candidlymarie.com

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  2. That's what I was going to say when I saw the "Belvedere tea house" on the internet by luck and searched about and I saw your review and i was like….OMG :) someone share me my love for this house, oh by the way the movie called "Beautiful Creatures" interior design can fit well with the "Belvedere" circle design @:

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