One year later, I finally found the time to write about my trip to Berlin. If you ever had a weekend escape with your girlfriends, than you must know how much fun it is, especially since it’s Berlin we’re talking about and especially if you’re going on your friend’s bachelorette party . We went there by plane, as we did not want to waste much time and enjoy as much as possible.
As soon as we arrived, we noticed that Berlin was completely different from Munich. I was used to identify Germany only with Munich, but Berlin gave me another perspective of the ‘cool’ and hipster side of Germany. There were no perfect clean streets, upper class people and lederhosen. Instead there was art, dirty streets, cool and modern people, street artists and hipsters 🙂 Berlin is creative, liberal, has strong, individualist neighborhoods and an ‘anything goes’ ethic that doesn’t care if you’re gay, straight, student, punk, professional or freak. The Berlin Bürgermeister himself proclaimed the now famous Berlin anthem: “Berlin: Poor. But sexy.”
There are so many places you can visit and even though we had only 2 days, we managed to visit a lot. Hamide (my bride to be friend) was amazing; she had organized almost everything and got us these cute shirts and some other small presents. Of course we wore the shirts during the day, took a lot of cool pics and met many interesting people and surprisingly noticed other groups of bachelorettes wearing matched shirts or outfits as well 🙂
It doesn’t matter if you’re interested in history, food, art, nightlife or culture – in Berlin you’ll find exactly what you’re looking for. Even though we went for a bachelorette weekend, we were all interested to visit the historic places, therefore we went and checked the typical touristic places like Brandenburg Gate, Holocaust Memorial, Checkpoint Charlie and the East Side Gallery – an open-air art gallery along a section of the old Berlin Wall.
First stop: Alexanderplatz
It’s the biggest public squares in Berlin and in any city in Germany. Named after Tsar Alexander I, who visited the Prussian capital in 1805, most people simply call it Alex. This square was largely destroyed in the Second World War and did not take its current shape until the 1960s. It contains a shopping centre, a multiplex cinema, a department store, shops, hotels – more and more facilities are being built.
The Berliner Dom is the largest church in Berlin and it was built after the split of Protestant and Catholic Church, as the Protestant answer to Catholic cathedral of St. Peter in Vatican. It has an amazing architecture and view. It costs around 7 Euros to enter inside, but we didn’t have enough time, so we just took some cool pics outside and enjoyed the sunshine outside.
The Brandenburg Gate is a military monument that has come to symbolize peace and unity. It is the only remaining gate through which people used to enter Berlin. From 1961 to 1989 the Brandenburg Gate came to symbolize divided Germany, as the Berlin Wall shut off access to the gate for both East and West Germans.
Checkpoint Charlie was Berlin’s best known crossing point between what was before 1990 communist East Berlin and the American-controlled sector of democratic West Berlin. In 1961, the East German government unexpectedly constructed a wall along its borders to restrict the flow of East Germans trying to permanently flee East Berlin.
There were 2 ‘American’ soldiers and for 3 euros you could take a picture with them. Since one of the guys was turkish and it was our friend’s bachelorette party, he allowed Hamide to take a cool picture with them. How cool is this? 😀
We also visited Berlin’s stunning monument to the Holocaust, dedicated to the Jewish victims of the Nazi genocide of World War II.
We had dinner at a Turkish restaurant, it was one of the bests I’ve ever tried. It reminded me of Albanian food and i enjoyed it soooo much i can’t even explain.
After dinner, we went back to the hotel and made ourselves pretty for a night out. When checking online for the best night clubs in town, ‘Watergate’ was always the first and had the best reviews. As soon as we went there, we realized that our high heels and dresses didn’t match at all with the people waiting outside the club. Most of the girls were on jeans and sneakers lol, a rock band was performing that night. So of course we didn’t stay and decided to go instead on another rooftop club which was pretty good and we had a lot of fun.
East side gallery
Berlin is one of those European cities that has been defined by war. Everywhere you go, the city’s painful past is evident. East side gallery is painful reminder of Berlin’s past, which has been turned into a positive symbol of hope and freedom via the medium of art. It is the longest open air gallery in the world with 1,316 meters formed part of the border between East and West Berlin.
Our short journey in Berlin ends here 🙂 It was a weekend i will for sure remember for a long time as we had a lot of fun and made a lot of memories.
In the end i was happy to go back home (Munich). While i like the aesthetic and coolness of Berlin, i really think i’d never give up the class and the beauty of my beloved Munich 🙂