Tom and I spend a lovely few days in Berlin last week. It was a proper last minute decision, but it was great. We were very lucky with the weather, it wasn’t too cold nor did it rain. The weather always makes or breaks a city-break in my opinion. It’s just too hard to fall in love with a city if you’re constantly cold and wet (although it makes it easier to fall in love with a city’s bars and cafes since you’ll be inside the whole time!).
Anyway, here are a few of my favourite snaps of our trip.
Our hotel was called Das Stue and was built in the old Danish Embassy. So it had huge big rooms, which high ceilings. It was really lovely – a massive bed, a sliding wall to split the bedroom and bathroom/toilet/sink area (although don’t worry, the toilet was in its own special room!). It also had a cosy, funky little bar where we sampled some of their lovely cocktails and port.
The most interesting part of the trip was learning all about the Berlin wall. I remember seeing it in the news when it was torn down in the 80’s, but I never really knew much about it’s history – why it was built, how it was build and patrolled etc. It was really interesting learning about the history of the wall, as well as seeing it and speaking to people who’d lived in Berlin their whole life and had experienced it all. If you’re interested in knowing more about it, here is a very brief video that explains the basics.The above stone slabs picture is actually a Holocaust Memorial. Looking at it, it all appears flat, like the slabs are all a similar height, but when you get deeper into the middle, the ground slopes, so soon you’re smaller than the slabs – hidden away between all the stones. It represents how quickly someone can just disappear – out of sight, lost and never to be seen again.
So what’s my verdict on Berlin? Well it was lovely, but not amazing. Not like Paris that just grabs hold of your heart and soul. Berlin was interesting, but nothing really grabbed me about it. There was loads of construction, literally every street had something being built on it. Maybe that’s why the German’s are doing okay right now – the government is investing in the construction industry. Who knows? But it did make it difficult to love a city that’s surrounded by cranes! But our hotel was lovely, the food and drink were great and it was lovely to get away just the two of us.