B. Ok to be fair, I didn’t give Berlin much of a change. The whole thing is a blur. I was supposed to visit Berlin with a group of friends for three nights; that was back in 2007. The whole thing didn’t start well since anyway since I missed my flight to begin with. Too much to drink the night before see… Anyway that’s another story I might share in another post (awesome story by the way).
So, I arrived in Berlin alone and took a taxi to the hotel. Hotel was not bad – if my memory serves me right it was the Holiday Inn in east Berlin. First order of business, shower and go out. Yeap… they were those times. It was not great… To be honest, I found Berlin a bit of a scary to move around late at night (at least compared to London) and the clubs not super. I’m sure that some of them are but at least the two clubs I’ve been at wouldn’t say much.
Weather was also a bit worse than London during our stay but ok, we didn’t let that get in our way. We took the Big Bus tour around the city: drove around the wall (whatever was left out of it anyway), took a stop at the great Brandenburg Gate, and the Neptunbrunnen square. Oh, and yes, we visited the Aquarium which was surprisingly interesting – not simply because of its fish – but because of its structure and build (see photo left).
Two were the highlights of the trip, at least in my mind: the Fernsehturm tower near Alexanderplatz and the Sony Centre.
Fernsehturm is a television tower which has at the top a bar restaurant. The food (from what I heard) is not great but you can just go and have a few drinks, at least that’s what we did. The view of Berlin from there is wow and get this: the floor around is spinning! So while you are just sitting, the floor takes you around, allowing you to see Berlin from all angles! Indeed marvellous! Spinning around Berlin, on a huge tower, while you drink, is something else!
The Sony Centre now, is something entirely different from what we’ve seen until then. It is a very modern and huge structure, more like a mall, made of glass and guess what! Full of tech related stuff. Remember, B. – tech freak! I think you can understand, or at least appreciate my enthusiasm.
Anyway, from what I hear, I may have misjudged Berlin. After all, in my experience whether you like or not a destination depends greatly on two things: the weather and your ability to effectively communicate (yes, I forgot to mention that Germans in Berlin were not very keen on speaking English).
I think now that I’ve also have a couple of friends living over in Berlin, I should revisit and give it another chance, perhaps in spring or summer.