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My name is Patrick, I'm originally from Sydney (Australia) but grew up in England (my second home) - and I love exploring cities (and writing about it!)
I work online in marketing, which gives me the opportunity to travel around the world full time.
So while I am away, I keep this blog updated with full travel info. I tend to stay in a city for a few months at a time, to really get to know it - then I write guides on it.
We recently spent a weekend in Berlin. We didn't go for any particular reason and just spent our time there exploring the city.
It is a huge city, but we really loved it.
Berlin is huge, but thanks to its great public transport it is easy to get around.
You can see the TV tower from all over Berlin - it is huge.
It was constructed between 1965-1969 by the German Democratic Republic (GDR). At a height of 368 meters, it is the tallest structure in Germany and the second tallest structure in the EU.
The Brandenburg Gate is a huge arch in Berlin that dates back to the 18th century. It is a huge landmark in Germany, and when we were there it was busy with tourists taking photos. It suffered a lot of damage in WWII, but it was fully restored about 16 years ago.
It isn't unusual to see lots of graffiti in large cities, but it seemed much higher quality graffiti in Berlin than what we had seen before. This is just one of many examples (the better-looking graffiti art was too far away for a decent photo).
Currywurst is amazing! It is the classic German fast food dish, which is basically a sausage with ketchup and curry powder (often served with chips). Landlopers have a good guide to Currywurst here.
In this area are lots of huge and old buildings...
...and a museum about day to day life in Germany under the DDR regime. It is a fun (although a little small) museum that we would definitely recommend.
Museumsinsel, or Museum Island is on an island in the Spree river in central Berlin. There are five museums in this area, dating back as early as 1830.
Berlin is, of course, famous for its Berlin wall. There are small portions of it on display throughout the city. Also, in most souvenir shops you can buy bits of the wall to take home - although how genuine they are we are not sure!
was the most famous crossing point on the Berlin Wall between East Berlin and West Berlin. Nowadays it is a tourist destination, and there are people dressed up as US soldiers ready to take photos with you...
The huge Reichstag building dates back to 1894. Like many things in Berlin, it was damaged in WWII. But now it has been restored, and it is where you can find the German parliament.
The Bundestag Dome is open for visits (you have to sign up on their website, but the tour is free. Remember to bring some form of ID with you).
We went in the evening and got some great views of the city at night.
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