This is going to have to be a quick post since we are now in Amsterdam and there are things to do. But we loved Berlin and wanted to share some quick thoughts before moving on:
Do: Deck yourself out in glow sticks and dance at a club from 1am – 8am. The clubs are plentiful.
Don’t: EVER go to a concentration camp on your birthday. We realize this seems obvious. But we wanted to see a concentration camp and the only day it really worked with our schedule was on my birthday. We liked the beginning of our tour because we learned about the history of how concentration camps were started. NOT cool was two hours worth of details of how individuals were killed and tortured. I felt nauseous and had to leave the tour early. I had to have three beers before I was remotely able to celebrate being 27.
Do: See the East Side Gallery. This 1.3km-long section of Berlin wall is covered with 106 paintings by artists from all over the world as a memorial to freedom. We got lost in the beautiful murals.
Don’t: Go to the Checkpoint Charlie Museum. You can go to Checkpoint Charlie (an area of the wall that was open for crossing between East and West) but skip the museum. For 12.50 euro you see more details in the ways in which people escaped the East — in car trunks, under the river in a submarine, etc — but those stories are not worth the cost.
Do: Try out the many random outdoor activities around Berlin. We passed an outdoor ping pong tournament (free for all to join!) and a Hulu Hoop festival with a live band playing in the back (hulu hoops available for all!) .
Don’t: Leave home without an umbrella. Every day the sun was bright and sunny and then we’d get a sudden 10 minute torrential downpour. What is with that weather??
Do: See Sunday Karoake in Mauer Park!