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Berlin Travel Diary I

Berlin Travel Diary I

I’m so excited to share with you guys my Berlin travel diaries! I know this is such a delayed post but better late than never right? I had so much fun there and if ever you’re planning a trip there anytime soon, I hope this will be informative. We stayed at Sofitel Hotel Kurfürstendamm which was very convenient for my parents since it’s the shopping district is close by.

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First stop: Reichstag Building. Reichstag, also known as the Imperial Diet, was the Parliament of Germany from 1871-1918. This building is a historical edifice in Berlin, Germany and it was constructed to house the Imperial Diet of the German Empire. It opened in 1894 and lasted until 1933 because it was severely burned. No full restoration was made until after German reunification on 1990. After its completion in 1999, it once again became the meeting place of the German Parliament- the modern Bundestag. It’s a must-see!

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Tiergarten is an urban public park that’s just a few minutes walk from Reichstag Building. According to our tour guide Boris, it’s like their NY Central Park. At the end of our walk. there’s you’ll get to see this:

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The Berlin Wall barrier. Well it’s not the actual wall since they already tore it down. Just a brief background about the Berlin Wall: it was a barrier that divided East Berlin and West Berlin from 1960-1989. The barrier included guard towers placed along large concrete walls which circumscribed a wide area and later on became “the death strip”.

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Speaking of the death strip, the Brandenburg Gate is an 18th-century neoclassical triumphal arch and is one of the best-known landmarks in Germany. During the post-war partition of Germany, the gate was isolated and inaccessible immediately next Berlin Wall. Yes, it was in between the Berlin Wall.

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Well hello Hotel Adlon. This is the hotel where Michael Jackson held a baby outside his hotel window and my tour guide Boris was around that area when it happened!!! What a coincidence! #jealous

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Next stop: the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, also known as the Holocaust Memorial. It’s located one block south from Brandenburg Gate and it’s a memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold. If you see it from this angle, you’d think it’s just a couple of blocks here but….

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It goes deeper and deeper when you walk towards the middle area. The blocks are huge and you can actually get lost inside the memorial. It’s like a maze in a way and the stelae are designed to produce an uneasy, confusing atmosphere and the whole sculpture aims to represent a supposedly ordered system that has lost touch with human reason. It’s also a resemblance to a cemetery.

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While walking, I saw a couple of buildings and museums where the statues outside were headless and their hands were also cut off. It all happened during the war.

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Don’t you wish our man holes were this cool too?

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I got so depressed when we went inside Typography of Terror. It’s an indoor and outdoor history museum in Berlin and is located on Niederkirchnerstrasse, on the site of buildings during the Nazi regime from 1933-1945 were the headquarters of the Gestapo and the SS, the principal instruments of repression during the Nazi era.

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Inside the museum you could see actual pictures of what happened during the Nazi era. One of the saddest photos inside the museum were this one, where the guy was hung and everyone else was taking a photo of him.

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This used to be the basement cellars were the people would get locked up and tortured. I couldn’t go near it because I was already so depressed at this point.

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Lunch time! We went to Löwenbráu and tried authentic German food for the first time.

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We even had non-alcoholic flavored beers! Also my first time.

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Thank you Boris of Berlin City Tours for the wonderful experience. My family and I had such a great time and we all learned so much during the tour. I highly recommend you guys to request for Boris if ever you’re going on a tour in Berlin! Can’t wait to share my second Berlin travel diary soon. BMS.

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15 Comments

  1. Zarrah
    2 years ago

    AMazing place.
    I love your laid back look in here too
    XO

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    1. Laureen Uy
      2 years ago

      Thanks xx

      Reply
  2. lesly anne
    2 years ago

    kuya vince and ate liz are with you!!!! perfect!! <3

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    1. Laureen Uy
      2 years ago

      <3

      Reply
  3. Nona
    2 years ago

    wOW, berlin is just beautiful!

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    1. Laureen Uy
      2 years ago

      It is!!!

      Reply
  4. richard quillang
    2 years ago

    I’ve always wondered how you take your photos!

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    1. Laureen Uy
      2 years ago

      I just ask help from my friends! 🙂

      Reply
  5. DANIELA
    2 years ago

    Berlin with love. <3

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  6. DANIELA
    2 years ago

    BERLIN WITH LOVE <3

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    1. Laureen Uy
      2 years ago

      <3 <3 <3

      Reply
  7. Unika oba
    2 years ago

    I always love your pictures. so bright and clean!!

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    1. Laureen Uy
      2 years ago

      Thank you x

      Reply
  8. Jezza Cuenco
    2 years ago

    hi lau, i wonder what is the best way to tour the city is it by foot or rent a bicycle? thanks <3

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    1. Laureen Uy
      2 years ago

      Bicycle is more convenient!! x

      Reply

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