Some months ago my french Friend and I went to Berlin. There were extremely many things to see and unique places to explore. In a few days we managed to see everything from cozy neighborhoods to unique monuments.
I have finally decided to write an article about this city: 5 things to do in Berlin as a tourist!
1) Visit Hackensche Höfe
This is eight connected courtyards which you’ll find between Rosenthaler straße and Sophienstraße in Berlin. The germans call it «Germany’s largest enclosed courtyard area», and it is a must-see if you visit the city. In these eight connected courtyards you’ll find cozy coffe-shops, restaurants, clubs and bars. (Oh, and really good chocolate, which I guess is the most important thing). This was definitely my favorite place in Berlin.
2) Walk the Berlin Wall/ East Side Gallery
I guess this is almost mandatory during a Berlin-trip. The Berlin Wall (which you probably have heard about) cut the city in two August 13, 1961 to November 9, 1989. The remaining segments of the border are placed at Invalidenfridenhof and Niederkirchnerstraße. (Please don’t ask me to pronounce that loud)
3) Visit Various Museums
Berlin is filled with various museums. It even have a Museum Island! This Island consist of an extraordinary ensemble of five different museums. Pergamon Museum is one of them, in fact- the first we went to! This beautiful museum has collections and sculptures from the archaic to Hellenistic ages and art pieces from Greek and Roman antiquity. Here you will see unique architecture,sculptures, inscriptions, mosaic, bronzes and pottery. To name a few!
Another Museum I recommend you to visit is The Holocaust Memorial. This is situated the Mitte neighborhood and is a memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. There you’ll find 2711 blocks at different heights places on an outer area. These different-heighted-blockes are supposed to symbolize several things. Uncertainty/confusion/frustration- different feelings which was felt during the Holocaust. There is also a main house where you can walk inside. There you’ll read about Holocaust, see letters, diaries and notes from people who were in thee concentration camps.
4) German Spy Museum.
If you feel like looking at something different: visit The spy museum! Here you’ll see mysterious espionage cases, secret operations and read about spies and their operations during the human existence. Have you hear about The Bulgarian umbrella for instance? Well shortly said: A Bulgarian umbrella injects a small amount of poison which used to kill people. (And yes- I will always fear umbrellas from now!)
Much of the things in the museum are showed through multimedia, which makes it even more interesting. However after visiting it you may become a bit…nervous.
5) Go to Brandenburg Gate
This is one of Germanys most important monuments. This monument have three main symbolizes: Berlin’s Cold War division in East and West, the fall of the Wall and last but not list: a reunified Germany. Oh, and by the way: If you go there: be prepared to see a bunch of people taking photos, extremely long selfie-sticks and impressive poses all over the area.