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Berlin

Posted by on August 21, 2011

Last month I spent a weekend in Berlin. Unfortunately it was raining like 80% of the time (only not raining at night) – I hate this summer!! – but I still managed to see a lot of sights again and some that I always wanted to see but didn’t manage the previous times I was in Berlin.

I’ve been to Berlin already several times but I have never been to KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westen). Somehow there was never the time or my friends were already there, well there were always reasons. This time I was by myself and so I made sure that the first thing I go see was the KaDeWe, being only a 15 minute walk away from my hotel. I went in there and I was stunned from the very first moment. The ground floor is the paradise for every woman! Full of make-up, perfumes, designer shops, bags, … I just went around looking at everything but it honestly was too much information to process. I think I circled the ground floor at least two times, amazed by all those colors and scents and then went further upstairs to have a quick look at the clothing floors and game / toy floor to finally spend some time in the upper floor where they have the gourmet section. 🙂 Again, I spent quite some time walking around, enjoying all those scents of chocolate, cheese, tea, … and then went back to the hotel because the rain got worse and I almost got blown away with my open umbrella crossing the streets. Must have been a funny sight – but it wasn’t only me that was almost flying away 😀

In the evening my friend took me out to have Sushi for dinner at the Hackesche Markt and then we went for some bars in Neukölln. It’s a great experience to be taken out by someone who lived quite a while in Berlin already and knows where to go to – I would have never found these small little clubs and bars, hiding in ordinary looking buildings if he didn’t show me! I’m not even sure if I’d be able to find them again 😀

The next day I went the typical tourist route to the Brandenburger Tor, the Holocaust Memorial and the Bundestag and then decided that it was time to go see one of the museums as the rain made it impossible to stay outside any longer.

I went to the Old National Gallery and spent more than 2 hours there until it closed. I had to rush through the last set of paintings as I was being chased out 🙁 Next time I have to remember to go to a museum much earlier before it closes, I didn’t expect to spend that much time in there. So far, it is my favorite museum I have been to. I really enjoyed the paintings and the way they arranged everything. Visitors were even allowed to take photos, so here are a few:

 

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