Cool Things to do in Berlin

A round-up of cool things to do in Berlin

Photo via Flickr Creative Commons: amira_a

Berlin is one of the most dynamic and cool cities in Europe (at least says I). Thanks to a burgeoning street art scene, embracing of the vegan lifestyle and funky spots to explore, it’s easy to see why it is one of my favorite places in the world.

It’s packed with a fascinating history, friendly locals, and so many things to do that no trip ever seems long enough. So, after checking into your Berlin hotel, I suggest you get out and experience all of the cool things to do in Berlin:

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Hipmunk City Love: Planning an Artsy Trip to Berlin

Planning an artsy trip to Berlin, Germany

Berlin is no stranger to art.

From the ever-growing street art scene to the more traditional art enclaves, Germany’s capital is one of the best places in Europe to go to become immersed in the creative – and unique – art scene.

It’s hard to miss art in Berlin – it can be found pretty much everywhere.

The key to planning an art-focused trip to Berlin is to know where to look for the ultimate art-lover experience.

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Daily Wanderlust: Berlin’s Holocaust Memorial

There are few places which resonate with me more than memorials to those who have been killed due to simply being who they are. In my travels, I’ve always sought out places like this to pay my respects for the atrocities the human race has befallen onto others. In Rwanda, I visited the Kigali Memorial Centre. In Bosnia, I spent time exploring the skeleton of a bank where snipers had taken the lives of people in Mostar. And of course, there was Auschwitz.

In Berlin, the Holocaust Memorial  was on my list. Stark columns fill nearly three acres of city space to honor Jewish victims of the Holocaust. Ironically, one of the same chemicals used in the gas chambers was used on the more than 2,700 columns to prevent graffiti on the memorial.
Berlin's Holocaust Memorial

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Daily Wanderlust: Bebelplatz in Berlin, Germany

There is a lot of history in Berlin, Germany. Without a doubt. The Wall. The old artist squats and street art. The stark Holocaust memorial. The reminders of a recent dark past can be found throughout this gorgeous an historic city.

During my time in Berlin, I took two tours — one that dealt with the history of the city, and another that took me around to see the street art.

The first tour took us to the typical haunts of history, where Michael Jackson dangled Blanket from Hotel Adlon’s balcony, the public square in Mitte, St. Hedwig’s Cathedral and Bebelplatz (located in the square).

Bebelplatz, created by Micha Ullman, marks the day in May 1933 when the SS, Hitler youth groups and more held a very public book burning, torching approximately 20,000 books. The memorial, which is inset into the square, reminds visitors of this day by showing empty bookcases and one simple sentence which translates in English to:

“Where they burn books, they burn people.”

A look at the haunting Bebelplatz monument in Berlin, Germany

 

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Daily Wanderlust: Berlin’s Hotel Adlon

The palatial Hotel Adlon, originally built in the early 1900s, was resurrected in the heart of Berlin following WWII (the main portion of the building was damaged in a fire caused by a Soviet soldier during the war).

In history, it is known as one of the most famous hotels in Europe between the two World Wars. It’s welcomed politicians, celebs, and has even been used as a set for movies. However, you may know it for something entirely different …

Look closely.

That balcony? It’s where Michael Jackson dangled his baby son, Blanket, in November 2002.

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Daily Wanderlust: Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church in Berlin

My first night in Berlin was … interesting, due in large part to my couchsurfing experience. Fortunately, along the first of many walks (I spent two days basically walking the city, exploring the underground Berlin art and more), I came across the historic church,  Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church.

It stood before me, against the Berlin night sky, bruised and battered, but alive. Originally built in the 1890s, it was damaged during a bombing raid in 1943. Today, the splintered spire still stands, while the ground floor is now a memorial hall. I’m pretty sure this photo is the moment I fell in love with Berlin.

 

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