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Berlin City tour Day 1

After hopping a very early train from Stuttgart hbf, I made my way to Berlin for a weekend of education and adventure.
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Well, onto my brief explanation of my time there. After getting in, I went to information to find out exactly where Brandenburger Tor (Bradenburg Gate) was so I could go on my first tour. Once again, I used SANDEMANs for the free city tour of Berlin. And once excellent. This time our guide was Claire, a hilarious and wonderful girl from the UK who is in the process of making Berlin her home.
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After making our way to most of East Berlin's iconic attractions, we took one step and hopped into West Berlin.
Brandenburg Gate
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the Polizei! there was a silent protest going on so the polizei were out...just in case
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the silent protesters...literally as their mouths were covered with a black strip of cloth. you gotta love Germans. they always fight for their cause
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Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
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It was a great tour actually. I recommend everyone use this company as even the tours you do have to pay for are usually under 15,00€ which is damn cheap compared to most of the other tour companies in Europe.
part of the Berlin Wall
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checkpoint Charlie
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After the tour, I walked around the city and took it all in. Berlin was sort of grimy but in a good and interesting way. It is just so different from other parts of Germany. I still can't get over it!
Cathedral in the Gendarmenmarkt
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concert hall in the Gendarmenmarkt
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a famous statue of a woman holding child. i forget the name completely. it depicts the ravage and struggle of war that Germany underwent
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Berliner Dom
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At the end of the trip, I asked myself the following questions. Did I like Berlin? No! But did I enjoy anything about it? Yes. Unlike other German cities I have visited though, I would not like to return to it's capital. A lot of people like Berlin and that is fine. I think the overall consensus is you either love Berlin or you hate it. There is no room for a middle ground and after being there for a few days, I understand why. One of the other reasons I didn't love my visit is because I didn't see much of anything that was beautiful about Berlin. I associate Germany with beautiful landscapes and surroundings, none of which I was able to get in Berlin. Anyway, more on Berlin to come in my next posts.

Posted by CanaGerm 14:03 Archived in Germany Tagged backpacking

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