In June 2015, I got to spend a weekend in Berlin. While my time there was mostly bound to volunteering work with EYP (the European Youth Parliament), I still had some time left to wander around and find cool little spots to share. Let’s have a quick tour!
If you look in the distance in the image above, you will see the Fernsehturm, the TV / Radio tower. One of Berlin’s famous landmarks and one of the tallest such structures in Europe, it is visible from many spots around the city.
Potsdamerplatz is one of Berlin’s central squares, populated with taller buildings and the massive Sony Center which, among others, houses a large cinema. The square definitely has a modern vibe to it, and the clear sky was a good addition to this.
The Berlin Wall
Walking around central Berlin, you will undboubtedly run into parts of the Berlin Wall. I took the following photo on an impulse, surprised how, 25 years later, people would be casually biking along this symbol of division. Perhaps thoughts of optimism - that even horrible things get better in time - or that there’s still more walls to tear down. In any case, if you ever find yourself there, don’t rush; take your time and let your mind wander.
On a lighter note, I am a big fan of transport in Berlin. Changing between the U-Bahn and the S-Bahn was a common theme during our weekend, and the circular line seemed surprisingly nice. I don’t have an urban planning and transport blog though (yet), so I’ll just leave you with pictures!
Cafe cinema, and the surrounding narrow streets (whose name eludes me) had some of the nicest street art I’ve come across, and the crowd was very pleasant to hang out with. There’s a bunch of photos that could fit into a further street art album, so I’ll stick to these for now.
Calm at 3AM
A two hour walk through an empty, sleepy Berlin was quite the way to wrap up this trip. Where busy streets are full of cars and people exist during the day, a sweet silence holds over them during the night. As a bonus, this gave us an exclusive view of the Brandenburger Tor and the calm waters of the small rivers.