2012/05/24

days in berlin




When I think of Berlin, I think of the color grey. This is really odd, 'cause when I look at my 400 photos from the city they are all full of colors. Not just ordinary city colors from trees and shops, but really strong colors. All kinds of colors. Even the photos with big grey (East German?) building complexes have colors in them thanks to the yellow trams crossing Alexanderplatz every two minutes.


Berlin is amazing. Even before leaving for Berlin, I knew I was gonna like it. It is definitely not a beautiful city in the traditional meaning of the word, but it is so charming. It's so free, so bohemian, so relaxed, so open. It seems like Berlin has room for everybody. A bit ironic when you think of the past. But maybe it's a natural reaction to all the horrible things, that have taken place here. Maybe it's the Berliners' way to make sure that certain things will never be repeated. 

Here are some general impressions from my five days in Berlin:

- Berliners are extremely friendly and helpful. I don't think I have ever met a people so helpful. 

- Berliners don't speak as bad English as my travel guide had warned me about. 

- Berlin is really cheap. 

- Berlin has cool, like really cool, cafes all over the city. How do they manage to survive?


- I had great coffee in all of the cafes where I went. (and I went to a lot).




- I did not eat one bad meal while in Berlin. We had simple, yet delicious vegetarian food in all the places, where we went.

- The presence of history is overwhelming in Berlin. Since I had my daughter with me, I didn't manage to see as much as I would have liked, but I'm definitely going back some day to explore museums and places. Seeing the rests of the Berlin wall, old DDR buildings, the Holocaust monument, Unter den Linden etc. was an amazing experience.




- Even though Berlin is the capital and of course also a tourist magnet, the city seemed so quiet and not at all overcrowded. 

- My favorite neighborhood in Berlin is the one, where we stayed: Prenzlauer Berg. (Separate post coming up).


More to come from Berlin...

13 comments:

  1. Those are great pictures of Berlin! Especially the one of the Holocaust monument. I think, it is one of the best I have yet seen.

    I also very much liked your thoughts about Berlin and its "Berliners" (your travel guide really warned about the bad English? *lol*)!

    Great Post!

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    1. Thank you! Yes, apparently it is a common opinion that Germans (not just in Berlin) only speak German :-)

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  3. I have to say I was a little disappointed the first time I visited Berlin... I guess I have to try it again!

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    1. Well, people are different and we all react in different ways to cities. So who knows, maybe Berlin just isn't for you :-)

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  4. Erik Griswold24 May, 2012 11:54

    Nope, those buildings at Alex weren't built by the DDR...

    http://www.heimatsammlung.de/topo_unter/10/mitte_05/images_01/alexanderplatz-1024.jpg

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    1. I thought so :-) What about this one? http://instagr.am/p/K29P6VrRGL/ It's right next to Alexanderplatz as well. Looks very DDR'ish to me :-)

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    2. Erik Griswold24 May, 2012 21:06

      Oh yes definitely. Very prefab and seen in all the Communist Bloc countries.

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    3. Thanks, Erik. I thought so :-) Even though these buildings are so ugly I can't help but kind of like them just a little bit.

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  5. Hi Birgitte! We didn't meet during The Hive, but I just dropped by to check out your blog. I agree with all your observations about Berlin, and I love your photos! I wish I had seen more of the city, and you captured exactly what I wanted more of... good food and great cafes!

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    1. Well, as I have just written on your blog: You did an amazing post as well. Love your words about Berlin.

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  6. Det var så hyggelig å møte deg - synd vi ikke fikk tid til å snakke så mye - for om den weekend gikk fort :D Jeg håper du hadde en god weekend.

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