Posted by Sarah
All this talk of recession has made me feeling pretty frugal when it comes to my lifestyle – even though I know the government wants us to keep spending. That said, a travel addict like myself can’t go too long without thinking about the location of their next adventure and I’ve already put the wheels in motion for my first overseas trip of the year – Berlin!
For a lot of seasoned European travellers, Berlin really does represent the pinnacle of style but I’ve so far never had the pleasure of visiting the German capital. France, Italy, Spain – I’ve explored all of western Europe’s primary tourist hotspots from head to toe, but Germany is somewhere of which I know woefully little. I suspect that this, in part, has to do with my grandfathers’ ceaseless stories about the war – the country just never really registered on my parents’ family holiday destinations of choice. I adored my grandpas to bits when they were alive and am still continually startled by what they had to go through then – but I’m pleased to admit their anti-German prejudice never rubbed off on me.
Recently, I made my first trip to Germany by visiting a friend in Munich and I have to say, I fell a little bit in love with the place. I was only there for a few days, but we managed to take in some fantastic sites – including the huge green expanse of the Englischer Garten, the world famous Glockenspiel in the city centre and a range of authentic Brauhäuser (“beer houses”) serving delicious home-brewed beer.
One day I’ll hopefully make it back there for Oktoberfest – the city’s legendary beer swilling extravaganza – but right now I’ve got my heart set on Berlin. I’ve been doing some research on what I should see while I’m there and so far I’ve got the impressive-looking Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and (of course) what’s left of the Berlin Wall.
But there are so many activities in the city, I just don’t know how to narrow it down. If anyone’s got any handy tips or suggestions for travelling and sightseeing in Berlin, I’d love to hear them. I’ll be sure to report back on my verdict after the trip is over!