Why I love Berlin

Ever since I was little, in my mind, Berlin was the place to be. Every movie, every TV show I watched was shot in Berlin, all the German actors and models and singers lived in Berlin. To me, Berlin seemed like this extraordinary place filled with interesting people from different cultures, living their free, non-judgmental life.
So this year I finally made it to Berlin – and it was all I hoped it would be. And more. I fell for this city hard, and here’s why.

 

THE STREET ART

Berlin has some of the most incredible street art – and it is everywhere. Especially in the “more alternative” parts of the city, aka Kreuzberg and Neukölln, absolutely everything is covered in posters or graffiti. Doors, bins, and sometimes even the sidewalks are colorful and usually contain a hidden political message.
The most famous street art can be found on the remains of the Berlin Wall between Kreuzberg and Neukölln – it is a definite must-see.

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THE FOOD

Even though Berlin is the capital of Germany, it is also known as being the second biggest Turkish city after Istanbul. Of course that is a little exaggerated, but you get the idea – Berlin is full of different cultures, and when you walk down the street, you might just hear more Turkish, Spanish and English than German.
And that is why Berlin has the best food in all of Germany. Here you can find anything and everything, from Turkish-German Döner to Italian pasta, Spanish tapas, and Thai sticky rice. Berlin is a literal heaven for foodies.

 

THE HISTORY

Germany’s history is pretty well-known, and what remains of the “then-Berlin” can still be visited today. The most-visited historic parts of Berlin are probably the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Brandenburg Gate, and the Holocaust Memorial – even though the latter is more a reminder of history rather than a part of history itself.
Here is a photo of Checkpoint Charlie – it connected West Germany to East Germany.

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THE PEOPLE

Berlin has it all: the hipsters, the punks, the retros, and the artists. Everyone looks completely unique, everyone is styled a little differently, everyone seems authentic and true to themselves. The people wear what they want to wear, they do what they want to do, and they are who they want to be.
There are so many people in Berlin and so many different cultures represented, that it is all just one big colorful mix. No one cares what the person next to them is wearing, if they are dressed in all black covered in tattoos, or if they are wearing almost nothing with everything showing. No one cares. And that’s the beauty. You can be you.

17 thoughts on “Why I love Berlin

  1. I love this. Thanks for sharing your thoughts about Berlin. I’ve only been there once, but feel the same way as you do about it.

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  2. This is such an interesting post! Berlin is a beautiful city, with so much history to it (I love history *blush*).

    Thank you for stopping by my blog and liking a recently published post there.

    Much love,
    Naima

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  3. I didn’t know Berlin was such a progressive place ( …. people not caring about race, clothes, etc.). I reeeeeally want to visit Germany before too long. Berlin will be on the list of must-see places. Great post!

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  4. I have never been to Berlin, but you aren’t the only one who raves about the city, a lot of ex coworkers, who aren’t white rave about how welcoming the city is and how much safer they feel in Berlin than in the United States .

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