Berlin – Tea and the Gang

Berlin

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‘Berlin, the greatest cultural extravaganza that one could imagine.’ — David Bowie, Singer, 1970s

Europe’s fifth largest city – Berlin is a place packed with artists and creative types. Although the city might look a little old and is steeped in history, there is no doubt that this city is under rejuvenation.
A city that once was so divided with ‘the wall’ is now reunited, with a new generation of hip, young individuals coming from all around the world to enjoy what Berlin has to offer.
The 24 hour nightlife is famous, but Berlin is also home to many new tech start ups, unique fashion designers, top artists and has some amazing international cuisine. One thing is for sure this city is now becoming one of the most enjoyed cities in Europe.

Berlin skyline at night. Photo credit - Alexander Cahlenstein

WHERE TO STAY?

MYER’S HOTEL

This 4 star hotel has a fantastic location, situated in the peaceful Mercer Street and only a 20 minute journey from the airport, Myer’s hotel is a really great place to relax and unwind. With the tram just a 1 minute walk away and with Alexanderplatz only a 10 minute walk from the hotel, this really is a great location to stay, when visiting Berlin.

Myer’s hotel boasts fifty rooms, many with a unique classic design style, which all have individuality, flair and quality. The hotel also has a large lobby lounge, a terrace,  an idyllic garden (with an exhibition of sculptures from Marco Flierl),  it’s own art gallery and a brand new Spa, where guests can enjoy a complementary dry sauna, steam sauna, or ultra-red cabin.

Every morning a delicious buffet is laid out with a large amount of hot and cold options. As well as many different types of sausages, cheeses, light salads and vitamin-rich foods, there is an impressive choice of breakfast cereals, all served with delicious fresh coffee or loose leaf tea.

Whether you are visiting the city on business or for pleasure, Myer’s hotel is a great location to find peace and tranquility, in a very unique hotel.

Visit Website: myershotel.de

The Myer's hotel entrance, leading to the garden and hotel lobby.

Myer's hotel has many different rooms available, including a suite - for the ultimate in comfort.

Premium rooms are kitted out with whirlpool baths, a great way to unwind after a long stressful day.

The garden is beautiful and a great place to sit and relax during the warmer months.

Escaping the Rat Race in the Myer's hotel garden.

WHERE TO EAT?

UMAMI

This Vietnamese restaurant is extremly popular with the locals, a short walk from the Myer’s hotel, located on Knaackstrasse, Umami’s menu is very different from what you would normally expect. They have a great selection of meat or vegetarian options and a great Asian take on the classic burger, which comes with Sweet potato fries. The drinks menu is very impressive and if you get the chance try their Matcha latte, which is made with Soy milk, pandan leaf & coconut flower sugar it is delicious.

Visit website umami-restaurant.de

Yummy beef rolls are just some of the delights found at Umami

The BanhBao-Burger, available with sweet potato fries.

THINGS TO DO?

FERNSEHTURM TELEVISION TOWER – ALEXANDERPLATZ

Located in Alexanderplatz the Fernsehturm started construction in 1965 and was finished in 1969 and was built with the aim of demonstrating the strength and efficiency of the socialist system in mind. The German Democratic Republic planned to build a new facility in Berlin intended primarily for the broadcast of GDR television programmes. With its height of 368 metres (including antenna) it is the tallest structure in Germany.

Today the Tower defines the silhouette of Germany’s capital city – a symbol of the reunified Germany and is one of the must visit places for anyone visiting Berlin.

The Fernsehturm Television Tower stands out from a distance but is even more impressive close up, Photo Credit - Groman123

BRANDENBURG GATE

Brandenburg gate is one of Berlin’s most iconic monuments and is a must see for anyone who visits Berlin.  It is not only a landmark but also has a long interesting history spanning over 200 years. Once a symbol of a divided city (East and West)  it is now a symbol of unity and a city reunited.

The gate was commissioned by Frederick William II as a entrance to Unter den Linden, which in turn led to the Prussian palace. The gate was originally built in 1788–91 and stands at approximately 66 feet high,  In 1793 a statue of the goddess of victory, bearing a symbol of peace was added. During the French occupation of Berlin in (1806–08), Napoleon decided to take the statue to Paris, where it then remained until 1814. The gate was later used heavily in Nazi propaganda, and a parade was even held there on Adolf Hitler’s ascent to power in 1933.

From 1961 to 1989 the Brandenburg Gate came to symbolize a divided Germany as it shut off access from East to West Germany . It was also a famous the backdrop for Ronald Reagan’s famous speech in 1987, where he asked the Soviet leader, “Mr. Gorbachev, please tear down this wall” The gate then reopened on December 22, 1989 and underwent some restoration in the late 2000 and officially reopened in 2002, it still remains closed to this day for any traffic to pass.

The iconic Brandenburg Gate, Photo credit - fidel_barto

BERLIN VICTORY COLUMN

Berlin’s victory column – also known as the Siegessäule has a very interesting history – Starting as a symbol of the Prussian victory in the Danish-Prussian war in the 1800’s, to becoming one of Berlin’s favourite tourist hotspots today.

The 67 metre high statue of victory was originally located in front of the Reichstag in the former Königsplatz and today can be found located at the Platz der Republik. It was relocated to the Tiergarten’s main roundabout by the Nazis in 1938.

The victory column standing in it's full glory, Photo credit - Thomas Wensing

BERLIN WALL

One of the most famous stories in recent history: ‘The Berlin Wall’ was a guarded concrete barrier that divided East and West Berlin from 1961 to 1989. It was constructed by the German Democratic Republic, starting on 13th August 1961 and had armed guard towers located along a large concrete wall, that completely cut of (by land) West Berlin from surrounding East Germany (and East Berlin) until is was finally re-opened in November 1989. In practice, the Wall served to prevent the massive emigration and defection that had marked East Germany and the communist Eastern Bloc during the post-World War II period.

The demolition of the wall officially started on 13th June 1990 and was finally completed in 1992. Many families and loved ones had been separated for over 28 years and were finally reunited.

The Berlin wall memorial is a must visit place, as you really get a feel for what it would have been like and the Berlin Wall East is a great place to visit to enjoy some of the art that has been graffitied onto the wall.

For more detailed information you can visit Wikipedia here.

The Berlin wall can still be found in some places across the city, photo credit - SarahTz

Feature Image Credit: Matthias Ripp