Update from Berlin!

So…I’m not in Asia anymore! After a year of teaching in Korea and another year of travelling around Southeast Asia, I now find myself in Europe. Berlin to be precise. I’m planning to spend a month in Berlin followed by a few little weekend trips to other cities around Germany, but before I start writing about Berlin more in depth, I first wanted to introduce you to the city via a few Instagram snaps I’ve been taking:

 

This is what my neighbourhood in Prenzlauer Berg looks like. I love the creams and pastels along the street and I also have very musical neighbours: two singers who like to practice their scales in the apartment above me, a very talented guitarist in the apartment beneath me, and some experimental musicians who I think are trying to create music with pipes and glass bottles?!

 

A shot of the iconic Fernsehturm, also known as the Berlin TV Tower. The tower dominates the city skyline and it also acts as a bit of a personal compass for me, because I can usually tell what direction I need to head in based on where the tower stands.

 

While walking along the length of the East Side Gallery, my friend and I came across some of Thierry Noir’s pieces. I couldn’t resist kissing those big red lips! Thierry Noir is a French artist, and more importantly, he was one of the first artists to bring art to the Berlin Wall.

 

One of my favourite murals found along the East Side Gallery is that of a Trabant – affectionately known as a Trabi – bursting through the dividing wall. The Trabant was a car produced in former East Germany and they were on high demand. The usual wait time for one of these was 15-17 years!

 

Freidrichshain has been one of my favourite neighbourhoods to explore. The area is home to some cool underground art galleries, old warehouses covered in street art, and residential buildings that look like this. They also have a really cool Sunday Flea Market that draws people from across town.

 

My friend Rebecca flew in from London for a visit and we did quite a bit of art gallery hopping. On a particularly rainy day we decided to visit Berlin’s Museum Island, and armed with day passes we tried to tackle the island’s 5 museums and art galleries.

 

My time in Germany has also involved a lot of chocolate sampling. A few years ago during a previous visit to the country I visited the Ritter Sport Chocolate Factory (heaven!). They have since come out with a whole lot of new flavours, so I’ve been doing ‘research’…for a YouTube video, of course!

 

On Sundays, Mauerpark is the place to be. The park hosts a fun flea market where you can buy everything from vintage furniture to DDR paraphernalia. My favourite part, however, is the live music. You can catch performances at the Bear Pit (a small outdoor amphitheatre) or along the length of the paths where young bands set up shop and play indie rock, blues, and experimental music. It’s a really fun environment and a lot of people come with small barbecues and picnic baskets to spend the day.

 

I was surprised to learn that Berlin is home to a palace. While Berlin Palace (Berliner Schloss) was demolished at the end of WW2, Charlottenburg Palace (Schloss Charlottenburg) was reconstructed and is now open to visitors.  The palace was commissioned by Queen Sophia Charlotte, and it was fun to glimpse into her world of Baroque and Rococo style.

 

And lastly, a shot of Berliner Dom. You wouldn’t be able to tell from looking at it now, but the dome of the cathedral had completely caved in by the end of World War 2.

For more Instagram updates from Germany, you can follow me here @thatbackpacker.

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24 Comments

  1. says: Emily

    It’s been ages since I’ve been to Berlin and I was only there briefly, but it’s a city I fell in love with and definitely want to go back to!

  2. says: Lauren

    Berlin looks like such a fascinating place worthy of spending lots of time! I love all of the art on the buildings and the creamy pastel painted houses. I’m in love with your photos!

  3. says: Victoria

    Youre in Berlin too. Awesome! I’m living here for a few months. Would be great to meet for a coffee if you’re free sometime 🙂

  4. says: Jen

    Great shots Audrey! Looks like your really enjoying Berlin which I think would be difficult not to. Its such a cool city with so much history and so many things to see and do.

  5. says: Vid

    We absolutely LOVE Berlin. One of our favourite spots was also Mauerpark, but unfortunately the day we visited, it rained so heavily that they cancelled the live music 🙁

    We also relished our time in the area of Kottbusser Tor, what with all the delicious Turkish food on offer there. Have you visited that area already ? 🙂

    Cheers

    1. says: Audrey

      That’s too bad that you guys had bad weather. The weekends have been really sunny lately so it’s perfect for spending the day at the park and visiting the flea markets. I haven’t been to Kottbusser Tor, but I have been finding lots of great little Turkish stands. They make some good doner kebabs here. 😉

  6. says: Dennis Kopp

    Great to see that you are in Berlin, Audrey! It really is such a cool place to be and since the weather is finally getting better, you caught a great time to visit. I used to live in Prenzlauer Berg as well and I should actually be back there in about two weeks or so. If you are still around by then I could offer my services as a local guide. But after not having lived in Berlin for the past 10 years, you might actually know more about the city than I do at this point… 🙂

  7. says: EuroTripTips

    I’ve gone to the Christmas Market at Charlottenburg Palace and it was so lovely, complete with a colourful light show and delicious mulled wine.

    1. says: Audrey

      That sounds beautiful! I’d love to experience Germany’s winter markets. I know I would enjoy all the mulled wine and gingerbread. Isn’t that the best part about Christmas?! 😉

  8. says: Sam

    Hooray! I *love* Berlin. These are some great shots. Hope you enjoy discovering the city and all its odd little quirky nooks and crannies!

  9. says: Adrian Mendoza

    OMG! Berlin! I really envy you. Most of my relatives are from there and I am jealous whenever i see pics of them in that place. It is so beautiful and I know it really though I haven’t been there and seen it yet personally because my cousins always tell me how they enjoy being in the city.

  10. says: Katrina

    Germany is my all-time favorite European country, but I’ve never been to Berlin! Looks smashing! You should definitely take weekend trips down into Bayern for some postcard-picture-perfect scenery. 🙂 Then again, I’m a bit biased!

  11. says: Morgan Siegel

    Audrey–I absolutely love berlin! I spend 3 months living there and was never once bored–there is ALWAYS something going on in the city, from giant food fights between two of the city’s rival districts to free Tango lessons in the evenings… Such a wonderful place 🙂
    You mentioned you’ll be taking some weekend trips in Germany while there-consider checking out Quedlinburg. It’s not far from Berlin, and its a truly stunning town! Perfect for a day trip.
    Ps. if you happen to make it down to Freiburg, Germany, I’d love to show you around 🙂

  12. says: Lois B

    Terrific photos. 🙂 I think you’ll love it! We live in Poznan, three hours away and spend a lot of time in Berlin. There is so much to do and see.

  13. says: Amanda Kendle

    LOVE the Ritter Sport collection! (work-related, of course). I have a small addiction to the light blue “Alpenmilch” flavour – occasionally available here in Australia. I love Berlin – I am plotting a way to live there for a while (my husband is German, which obviously makes it easier).

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