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The fact that this weekend in Berlin was finally happening was a small miracle for me. With my 26 years of age I have already been to over 23 countries in the world, have experienced so many cultures and seen so many beautiful corners, but I had never made it to my “own” capital – and not even on purpose. All attempts failed so far, no matter if it was a cancelled concert or a flu, it shouldn’t be – until now.
Weekend in Berlin – expectations
On Friday we boarded the ICE, which travels directly from Munich to Berlin in four hours. And although travelling could certainly be more pleasant at the moment, wearing masks four hours was easy. Admittedly I had rather low expectations of Berlin. But these were positively filled in the first few moments.
Berlin reminds me of New York. “My” New York 2013, the New York I was allowed to call home. It is the wonderful sounds of the most different languages, the diverse faces I look into and the closeness to the water that reminds me so much of that time. And maybe also the graffiti, the odour in the heat of summer and also the obvious gap between rich and poor. It is exactly these things – may they be more positive or more negative in some eyes – that give me a feeling of home in a city.
If someone had asked me on Thursday evening whether I could imagine living in Berlin, I would have answered with a clear NO. But with every second longer in this city the no became a maybe. Although you can’t get a picture of a whole city on a weekend, I’m sure that I got the right picture for me.
Berlin is full of beauty and diversity, you only have to look closely to discover it.
Favorite spots in Berlin
Hackeschen Höfe: How wonderful must it be to live there? A dream. It’s understandable that the apartments there are now among the most famous and expensive in Berlin. The cute little shops, restaurants and also the cinema, the small courtyards have done it to me. A small oasis in a huge metropolis.
Victory Column: It is certainly an extremely touristy place, but the view is still beautiful. And also sitting on the first platform, having the Berlin noise in my ears, was a place to relax.
Spreeufer Nikolaiviertel: Every (or almost every) spot on the Spree is certainly perfect for relaxing. I also noticed this during our 2.5h Spree boat trip. But sitting there and looking at the Museum Island has made it one of my favourite places for me.
Gendarmenmarkt: What can I say, these buildings impress me. No matter how many I’ve seen. The elegance that such a concert hall radiates is indescribable to me.
My favorite places to have food in Berlin
- Maison Umami -rarely eaten so well Vietnamese food and rarely seen such a wonderful, detail-loving interior.
- Zimt&Zucker – cute little café, ideal for a relaxed breakfast.
- Italofritzen – for my perfect moment of happiness in Berlin, that restaurant was responsible. The view directly to the Spree while eating pizza was indescribably beautiful.
- Ristorante DaVicni – because a good pizza can’t be huge enough and the location below the S-Bahn line gave me the Berlin vibes.
A weekend in Berlin – impressions
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