72 Hours in Berlin
Earlier this year, Jessica Edwards spent 3 days visiing a vibrant, interesting city, a place where both history and modern life is intertwined - Berlin, Germany. Berlin pays tribute to its turbulent history through some of the best museums in Europe, memorials and landmarks left from the past. But, it is far from just a history-lovers paradise. The city has some of the best nightclubs in Europe, and bars, restaurants and cafes at every corner. Berlin is one of the most exciting places Jessica has visited and she completely fell in love with the city. If you would like to have an amazing time in Berlin these are her top tips for the best sights and things to do…
1. Visit the TV Tower
The tower, which is located in the AlexanderPlatz area of the city, dominates the Berlin skyline. The second tallest building in the European Union, the tower was built in the late 1960s, and remains an iconic symbol of Berlin. At the top of the 368m tower, is a cocktail bar which (in the evening, when I visited) was bustling with tourists, ordering relatively reasonably priced drinks. The top of the tower offers the best views of the city, making the tower well worth a visit.
2. Tour of Berlin
There are many tours of Berlin available, but the one I took – the New Berlin tour – was incredible. And free (although tips are very much appreciated – and completely deserved)! The tours are available in English, and the one I had was led by a British guy who had moved to Berlin a couple of years before. The walking tour lasted around 3 and a half hours, and began at the Brandenburg Gate, going across the city to Checkpoint Charlie, towards a segment of the Berlin Wall, and finishing at the old Royal Gardens. The tour offers an extensive look at the city, and the tour guide is extremely knowledgeable and friendly, answering any questions about the city.
3. Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
The memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is one of the most thought-provoking areas in the city. Situated in the centre of Berlin, the 2,711 concrete columns are different sizes, and offer a hauntingly beautiful memorial to the victims of the Holocaust. Beneath the concrete columns is a museum, which offers a further insight into the Holocaust, with stories of the fate of many families affected by it. The memorial is a perfect example of how Berlin confronts its past, and it should definitely be visited.
4 . East Side Gallery
The East Side Gallery is a 1.3 kilometre stretch of the Berlin Wall, covered in murals and artwork, and dubbed as an international memorial for freedom. The gallery features both professional work and amateur work, and displays people's hopes for change and freedom throughout the world. The professional work was created in 1990, and attracts many tourists each day. It is well worth a visit.
5. Berlin Nightlife
Berlin is home to some of the best clubs in Europe, in particular Watergate and Tresor. Both clubs are infamous throughout the continent, and often (in particular Watergate) host internationally famous DJs. The clubs also have relatively affordable entry prices (Tresor is around €8), and are a must visit to anyone who loves house music.
By Jessica Edwards