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//The (honest) Berlin city guide


PLACES. One of the first sentences I learned in English class back in primary school was: “I come from a city close to Berlin.” (This close is a very, very euphemistic close – it was still a two hour ride to get there…). We went to the capital from time to time on a class trip or to visit a museum, but from the beginning, I felt a slight aversion against Berlin. Okay, it was a big one: Strange people hung around on every corner, the streets stank and there was always a smell of the unexpected in the air. This surely wasn’t my place and since then, I avoided the city. I only used it as a stopover in-between trips and tried to get away as soon as possible. To be honest, I never understood the whole Berlin-hype. Maybe because there is no real “Berlin”: It’s so many different places mixed up, that it’s hard to grasp this city. You never know what to expect; sometimes Berlin has a good day, mostly not. Kennedy said he was a “Berliner” but I’m not sure whether he really knew what that meant… Anyways, during the last week I worked on my relationship with Berlin. Here are some things I learned:


DO’s in Berlin:

+ Walk. A LOT. I think I walked about 20km in total. Wandering through all the different districts taught me so much more than taking the subway (which also taught me some things but not the ones I wanted to learn 😉 )
+ Try Turkish food. Berlin is full of little stalls where you can buy snacks. I’m not a huge “Döner” fan but I loved the fresh Gözleme which I would say is the Anatolian version of a crepe 😉 A nice place to enjoy homemade Gözleme (for only 2€!)  is Güllü Lahmacun (Perleberger Str. 56, 10559 Berlin).
+ Pay a visit to the city centre. Berlin can be confusing with all its different influences and personalities. That’s why I enjoyed the city centre around the Reichstag a lot. It’s the classic tourist thing but pretty much the best place to start out if you’re a bit overwhelmed by the city.
+ Enjoy a park. Berlin is a very green place and the Tiergarten at its heart is the best place for some relaxation. If you’re closer to the Alexanderplatz, try the Monbijou Park.
+ Visit the old airport. The wide field at Flughafen Tempelhof is pretty impressive in its vastness. Come here on a sunny day to watch people flying kites.
+ Other nice places to visit: Café Frau Bäckerin (sweets&coffee): Eisenacher Str. 40, 10781 Berlin // TomShot (jewelry): Alte Schönhauser Straße 25, 10119 Berlin


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DON’Ts in Berlin:

Take people too serious. The mood in Berlin can be very, umm, moody. Don’t be irritated by that. After spending a week there, I believe that unfriendliness is part of Berlin’s charm. Or at least that’s what I try to tell myself 😀
Visit the boutiques on Rosenthaler Straße and Mulack Straße. Sorry! But I met the most unfriendly people here. Rule of thumb for Berlin: The hipper the place, the longer the face.

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Although I’m still not the Berlin-pro I wish I was, I think the capital and me made some huge steps in our love-hate relationship during the last week. And maybe that is what makes Berlin the city it is: It’s hard to love but neither easy to hate this confusing place and its odd inhabitants. Berlin halt.

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  • Wow. Thanks a lot for such an interesting post
    . Wanna visit Berlin someday
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  • Patricia

    I visited Berlin at 2007, but I think I prefer Munchen!! I enjoy a lot my days in Germany! Love the food and the beer!!!

  • anna

    waaas? die mulack str. ist ja wohl super gut!

    • Lisa_atleast

      Von der Auswahl her sicher 🙂 Es ging bei meinem Kommentar auch eher um die Leute, die in den Geschäften arbeiten. Von denen ging eine dermaßen schlechte Laune aus, dass ich nach dem sechsten Geschäft nicht mehr wirklich Lust hatte, noch irgendwo reinzugehen. Kann gut sein, dass ich sie auf dem falschen Fuß erwischt habe – aber das war leider das, was ich gesehen habe. (Ich nehme hier die Verkäuferin im Tom Shot Store aus. Die war sehr nett!)

  • Anna

    Es geht doch nichts über Hamburg 😉

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