Berlin is a treat for all senses, we ate copious amounts of food, drank a lot and saw some amazing art. What more could you want from a place?
We couldn't have been more touristy if we tried, we may as well have had our money belts and cameras strapped to us!
Of course it would have been practically criminal to go to Berlin and not visit the Berlin wall and Checkpoint Charlie, so we headed there first.
Checkpoint Charlie is what separated Berlin into the American Sector, this is made very evident by the huge sign as soon as you reach it!
The remaining part of the Berlin wall is on the East side of Berlin, easily reached by tram. The East has a very edgy urban vibe with people everywhere sporting creative and colourful style. I loved how relaxed the place felt. I loved the colours that were splashed everywhere we went.
The Remainder of the wall had been painted/graffitied over with various designs to combat the oppression that the wall once symbolised, the colours used in the art are amazing, so vibrant and cheerful it really does make you forgot for a second what the wall actually symbolises, a country once torn apart.
There is a lot of quirky and amazing art dotted around Berlin, everywhere we went we saw something.
Whilst there we also paid a visit to the Jewish Memorial, which is a very sobering piece of architecture built to represent the number of innocent Jewish people who were killed during the war. It was quite upsetting to see and the plain solid brick reflected the mood.
You can't miss the opportunity to snap a few photos of the Branden Berg gate and after wander over to the Berlin Cathedral and laze for an hour in the gardens.
If you want a different drinking experience to your usual bar then I recommend climbing the TV tower and having a cocktail (or beer) in the Bar 203.
And we continued to eat and drink.....
Delicious. If you are as much of a chocolate lover as I am then you definitely need to go to Ritersport and Fassbender & Rauch, they are two of the most amazing chocolatiers in Berlin. It's fair to say we spent a small fortune on chocolate here to devour on our next train journey!
I'd love to return during Oktober fest as I think the atmosphere would be electric!
Have you ever been to Oktober fest?