“Every now and then one paints a picture that seems to have opened a door and serves as a stepping stone to other things.” ― Pablo Picasso
I hope that these ‘still moments’ you’re about to scroll through might spark a desire deep within your wanderlust soul to visit one of my favourite cities in the world, Berlin.
The Brandenburg Gate is simply magnificent! A neoclassical triumphal arc built in the 18th century. It was commissioned by King Frederick William II of Prussia as a sign of peace. Built from 1788 to 1791 by Carl Gotthard Langhans. A structure that is significantly larger than one would expect it to be. It is the entrance to the Unter den Linden, a boulevard full of tourists, linden trees and shops (that meet all tourist requirements). HOTTIP: My friend whom I travelled to Berlin with, would insist that you try the Currywurst, particularly from the mobile food cart about 400 steps down the boulevard, easily spotted by sun-umbrellas and postcard stands.
The Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral) designed and built as a place of worship and holds a Godly power just in it’s design, no matter who stands before it will be at the risk of losing a breath in its sheer beauty and architectural glory. Accompanied by water fountains, surrounded by art and history galleries, the Berliner Dom is definitely another one of Berlin’s most significant landmarks.
Fernsehturm de Berlín (Berlin TV Tower) built between 1965 and 1969 with the intention of it being a symbol of Berlin, which it still is today. It is the tallest structure in Germany, 368 meters high and is the second tallest structure in the European Union – by half a meter!
Beyond the Berlin Wall, this city is renowned for many things, namely the creative people that occupy it. And if there is one thing creative people in beautiful cities do well- it’s put on a good market. The most talked of Flea Market being on a Sunday at Mauerpark.
Stroll the park on a summer’s day with hundreds of other people, dig through thrifted piles of 70s styled clothes, flick through boxes of old records or bargain down the price in your broken german for that second hand Pellix Canon. Whether you’re there to spend money, taste the food or witness the terrible karaoke in amphitheatre, Mauerpark on a Sunday holds a one-of-a-kind atmosphere and is an absolute must for any visitor!
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe more commonly known as the Holocaust Memorial. 2711 concrete slabs arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. “An attached underground Place of Information holds the names of all known Jewish Holocaust victims”. Walking between the slabs, witnessing such a beautifully design memorial had the perfect combination of airy chill and peaceful beauty.
If you cannot get to Berlin anytime soon, I hope you dedicate your time to doing something good for your soul. And since it’s Friday I hope you have a fantastic weekend doing just that! (Even if it’s just buying a cheeky travel guide from your local bookstore and start planning your next trip).
Happy Friday travellers!
May you never lose your wander, Ash. xxx