"Berlinerin" for the Weekend!
Trip Start Mar 03, 2012
11Trip End May 12, 2012
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During then 10 hour train ride I got to see a few other train stations, villages, and some German countryside (mostly farms, fields and vineyards)
On the first day we got up bright and early to take a tour of the parliament building. It was a nice way to start the trip because from the top of the dome you have a
360-degree view of the surrounding cityscape! After that we walked to the Brandenburg Gate, which was very impressive, and saw Checkpoint Charlie. I learned a lot about the history of the Wall and the politics involved
Sunday morning we went to a huge flea market by the Wall Park. I really loved the atmosphere there; energetic, busy, people selling vintage leather bags and furniture, lots of stalls with hand-made jewellery, photographers selling their pictures. The park was also full with performers, people having picnics or just hanging out.
On the last afternoon we went to the Pergamon Museum. This was one of the highlights of my trip! In the museum they had hundreds of recovered artefacts, statues, walls, even entire columns from old Roman times. There was even an alter and giant stone walls that once surrounded a city. I think that because what we learn in school mostly revolves around the Christian calendar, we forget how much history took place before that. I especially loved the city walls. They were surprisingly high and very colourful! It's amazing to think that each stone or brick was cut by hand, and the entire structure was constructed without any electricity or machines. The walls were painted bright blue with yellow flowers, lions, and other designs.
We spent a lot of time walking around Berlin so I got to see the big shopping district, regular family neighbourhoods, artsy shops and boutiques, lots of cafes and ice cream parlours.
While it has a lot of history, Berlin is also very hip! One of the things I liked best about the city was how a sky-scraper with huge windows and fancy glass doors could stand beside an old stone building with ivy growing around the windows.