In 2003, the mayor of Berlin was quoted saying “Berlin ist arm, aber sexy.” (“Berlin is poor, but sexy.”) It’s a catchy thing to say, but it really suits the city so well. Berlin is still working past it’s crazy history, but it is undeniably hip. I wouldn’t call Berlin a pretty city–the city has been hit by so much war and conflict that there aren’t a lot of old elegant European buildings left. It has a completely different vibe than a city like Vienna, which feels like the epitome of European elegance. Berlin is multicultural, young, artsy and creative.
A few weeks ago my brother visited me from Texas. We spent a few days together in Prague, and then took a weekend trip to Berlin. Berlin is about 5 hours by bus and a definite must-visit.
First thing we did in Berlin: bike tour! Berlin is flat and has bike lanes on the sidewalks all over the city. Berliners bike everywhere, and biking is really a great way to see the city.
Berlin is known for its street art. One of the most famous spots in the city is the East Side Gallery, which is a collection of paintings made on the Berlin Wall in 1990.
A few other pieces of art on the streets:
That’s all for now. Auf Wiedersehen!