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welcome to one of Europe’s biggest and
edgier cities this trip marks my fifth
time in Berlin and I couldn’t be more
excited to be back amongst the insanely
interesting history Berlin is a
cosmopolitan hub that’s grown and moved
on with the times leaving it with a very
open-minded spirit its history is a
story of two parallel worlds the end of
World War two saw Germany divide the
East became communist was the West was
capitalist in Berlin a 12 foot high
concrete wall mut the division for more
than 28 years until the borders finally
came down in 1989 and the people were
able to move freely once more this tale
of two cities has profoundly shaped the
Berlin we know today
any more free will
now the East to find cool Berlin when
the wall came down rent is cheap and
attracted artists who have transformed
it into a hipster haven the West has a
more sophisticated feel with remnants of
medieval buildings and luxury shopping
centers Berlin draws some 13 million
visitors a year including us our journey
started at London Gatwick was lunch in
an airport lounge before taking a
two-hour flights to Tegel Airport in the
from there we opted to take an easy
25-minute taxi ride to our accommodation
in the centre of the city we have two
days plan to explore Berlin venturing to
food markets historical landmarks and an
eccentric museum like no other this is
our story in Berlin and we’re starting
it at a Reichstag building the Reichstag
building is in the heart of West Berlin
right by the river spree and it’s
totally free to enter
so just got down from the observation
deck at the top of the Reichstag
building right behind me here so the
rice start building is home to the
German parliament and it’s a really cool
building to come and look at really
where you’re going to come here it’s to
go to the top of the observation deck
and see across the whole of Berlin so
you can’t just rock on up you’ve got to
pick an appointment and I would advise
to pick it early so we actually picked
like a 9:00 a.m. appointment
oh we pretty much went straight in and
now it’s about 10:00 10:30 and the
queues have got really busy there’s
loads of school groups here so my advice
is to book an early appointment also
when you do go through you’ve got to go
through security it’s a little bit like
going through airport security and you
have to remember your passport otherwise
they won’t let you in so now I’m going
to take a little stroll over to the
Brandenburg Gate one block south of the
Reichstag building is the iconic
Brandenburg Gate an 18th century
neoclassical monument that came to
represent German division during the
Cold War US President Ronald Reagan’s
famous 1986 speech tear down this wall
was delivered mr. Gorbachev tear down
this wall the gate has become a symbol
of peace and it’s now the backdrop to
many tourist photos it’s very central
and the surrounding areas include the
huge tear garden and the humbling
Holocaust memorial just around the
corner now I’m quite hungry it’s
lunchtime so we’re gonna head to an area
called hootsburgh
to check out a food market and to do
that we’re gonna try the public
transport before we start here’s a quick
primer and transport Berlin is huge and
finding the fastest way to get around is
really important
Google Maps usually prompted us to use
the Metro which is split into the u-bahn
and s-bahn each of which has multiple
numbered lines
the u-bahn is mostly underground and
generally operates in the center whereas
the s-bahn is a hybrid of a local train
service and a metro with lines running
from the middle of the city out to the
suburbs Berlin also has a tram network
which mostly operates in the East half
of the city but for now let’s go back to
our journey to heights bag so Google
Maps has been my best friend whilst I’ve
been in Berlin so far right now it’s
brought me to the brandenburg taut
station to get a couple of different
trains to get to the food market you
want to end up at so i’m going to go
down find out what ticket i need to get
and then make my way back all of
Berlin’s public transport is run by the
same company BVG meaning that your fare
covers everything
thanks for universal ticketing system ok
so found the ticket machine and gonna
work out what ticket to get so connect
yep so you can choose what language you
want in simple English metro stations
will have a ticket machine like the one
that we found here a single global costs
2 year is 80
but we went for the 24-hour unlimited
ticket 7 euros if you’re here for longer
then you get 7 day ticket for 13 euros
tickets must be validated as there are
no gates instead there are plain-clothed
ticket inspectors riding the trains that
issue fines to anyone who has an
unbalanced to it now if you have a
24-hour ticket like we had you only need
to validate it the first time you use it
after which there is no need to punch
into the machines at every station just
keep it on you to show the inspectors so
after taking the s-bahn to
Friedrichstrasse er we switch to the
u-bahn for girl it’s a ban HOF before
taking a short walk through hoist berg
to marked illinois total journey time of
about 40 minutes so we’ve just got the
train at Garissa van’t hoff for using
google maps again to find mark tell
annoying to get all that food let’s go
in 2011 marked an annoying reopened its
doors to the public 120 years after its
original opening in 1891 it’s the ninth
of the original 14 market holes and
these days is a trendy spot serving all
kinds of food from vegan to Turkish
German classics craft beer and more so
there’s loads of different international
cuisine here up see there’s a sign of
there’s a tap pass but then also there’s
a sign here we just translated a
seasonal and regional food and I think
they want to try and marry the two here
that’s the impression I get they want to
celebrate the fact that Berlin’s an
international City we lots of
international cuisine but they also want
to celebrate regional food as well you
know good honest local produce oh and
before I forget
so we’ve loaded up a currency card with
euros which we’ve been able to use
everywhere in Berlin so far but I
understand that here in Market Illinois
you can’t use card you can only use cash
so make sure you bring a little bit of
cash with you if you come choice Berg
has a large target community so I
decided to use my cash to try some of
the Turkish food on offer well the crew
tucked into a huge plate of pulled pork
and beef one thing we learnt here is
that the best day to visit marks head
annoying is on street food Thursday’s a
weekly event that runs until 10:00 p.m.
however we’re told that it’s super busy
so get down here for 6:00 p.m. before
the good stuff is all gone so with our
stomachs full we headed to the final
stop of our first day the center of East
Berlin Alexanderplatz
so I’m now in
Alexanderplatz which is a center of East
Berlin so this place is full with loads
of shops it’s a real hub for transport
admittedly it’s not the prettiest place
in the world but that doesn’t matter
because we’re actually here to go up the
tallest building in all of Germany the
TV tower built in the late 60s as a
symbol of communist power the 368 meter
high TV tower or fernsehturm dominates
berlin skyline now of course the reason
we’re here is that there’s a viewing
deck and bar right at the top that gives
the best views in Berlin so I’m now at
the top of the TV tower and I must say
the views really are pretty amazing
it is quite busy here though as my
advice would be to do what we did and
pre-booked your fast view ticket so you
can do this online and it just means
that you avoid any of the queues at the
entrance and get up here a little bit
quicker now if you want to indulge in
those views you can book a table at the
restaurant we did try to do this a few
weeks ago we wanted to get a window seat
and there was nothing available so like
I said if you want to do that really do
do that in advance and but saying that
we’ve managed to get a beer at the bar
which seems like a pretty good way to
end up first day in Berlin so I’m going
to enjoy this enjoy the views and I’ll
see you
so with our first day over we can look
forward to our second day where we’ll be
checking out some of Berlin’s history
taking a food tour through the east side
and paying homage to one of Germany’s
most popular adopted sons but before we
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we begin our second and final day by
heading over to museum island to check
out the boat museum today here’s the
Berlin loves a museum and in fact they
boast have more museums in the rainy
days allegedly so we’ve decided to come
to museum Island which is in the center
of an area commit just off the Spree
River and we’re going to go and see at
the bode museum which is home to some
historical art and sculptures and of
course in true start of this trip the
three boats tickets of course so we can
avoid any queues and go straight in so
that’s what I’m about to do
originally named the Kaiser Friedrich
Museum the bode museum was renamed in
honor of its original curator Phil Han
bowed in 1956 the building suffered
heavy damage during the Second World War
and was repaired over the second half of
the 20th century after a period of
extensive renovation the bode museum
reopened to the public in 2006 and it
now houses one of the greatest
collections of historical European
sculptures in the world the bode museum
was seriously beautiful both inside and
and it’s huge so if you want to really
appreciate it I recommend giving
yourself at least two outlets there and
here’s a thing most museums don’t open
till 10:00 a.m. and tend to be closed on
Mondays so keep that in mind when you’re
scheduling your trip right we’ve got
loads more to fit in let’s crack on next
we’re heading south to one of Berlin’s
most significant historical sites
checkpoint charlie
Checkpoint Charlie was the third border
crossing opened by the Allies between
the old East and West Berlin it grew
into a symbol of Germany’s divide during
cold war with American and Soviet tanks
even having a standoff here during the
burning crisis of 1961 these days
checkpoint charlie is a big draw of
tourists with many posing for selfies
with actors posted at the site there’s a
museum and an open-air gallery where you
can learn about the history of the
Berlin Wall and the Check Point so right
behind me here you’ve got checkpoint
charlie which is a huge part of Berlin’s
history and it has become barely
touristy if I’m honest and secrecy
there’s loads of people here so I’m
actually ready to move on now we’re
heading to the east side gallery which
is the last standing part of the Berlin
Wall and to do that we’re going to jump
in the taxi our taxi for the four
kilometer journey to the east side
gallery took 12 minutes and cost 11
euros and 70 cents on the way our taxi
driver described his time growth up in
the divided Berlin and how graffiti was
common in the west side of the wall but
to do the same in the East was to risk
being shot and so when the wall came
artists blocked the walls East Side
create works about freedom and
one of the most famous paintings is my
god help me to survive this deadly love
depicting the 1979 socialist paternal
kiss between the leaders of the Soviet
Union and East Germany the East Side
Gallery is one of the last remaining
parts of the Berlin world still standing
and to know what coming here for me is
really interesting it just puts into
context how Berlin has changed it was
nearly been 30 years since the wall came
next is the penultimate stop of our stay
here in Berlin we’re meeting up with
Jonathan Lewis carton from original
Berlin walks to learn more about the
city’s food and history originally
hailing from Venezuela jonathan has
lived in Berlin for eight years and it’s
a tour guide food lover and musician the
tour starts outside the Viner stephannie
restaurant next to the hakushin mark
station which was also the first stop on
our tour after trying mal Taschen a
traditional dish of pasta and vegetables
we hit the streets for some sightseeing
through some of East Berlin s courtyards
before arriving at our second stop eat
Berlin stocking their own sauces which
they’ve been making since 2011 and lots
of regional produce it’s a great shot
with some really interesting products in
particular they’re five times distilled
elderflower di yeah however for me the
highlight of the tour was finally
getting to try some curry Wurst I’d
heard a lot about it and was curious to
see if it lived up to expectations yeah
so you’re gonna have the curry Wurst
yeah classic sort of sausage turned
Berliners sausage with curry powder and
spices and tomato ketchup and a lot of
things going on this is a classic way of
eating it you take get a little paper
tray yeah and you get your little fork
and you just have fun however it’s very
quick it’s very much fast food it’s very
quick and it’s taken out it’s like a
satisfying you this is happy makes you
happy it makes you want to go on okay
well go for that I’ve got to try just to
see what you think okay I could only
taste sauce that’s kind of the idea yeah
yeah actually first you taste the sauce
and then the taste of the sauce comes in
later and the result you can buy tickets
to the tour through the holiday extras
online ticket store which will link to
below Jonathan is a fantastic tour guide
and really helped me to understand
historical context behind a lot of the
food in Berlin but what really stuck out
with me was how he said Berlin’s night
life should be enjoyed you know talking
about food and bars I think that’s the
other recommendation I would have for
Berlin it’s very simple just be curious
you know just when you get here don’t
don’t get stuck in one neighborhood you
can have great and after the tour
Jonathan was kind enough to stick around
and help me brush up on my German skills
let’s start with a basic hello
so hello is very simple you take the
unit turns it from a you say hello hello
hello okay and then goodbye
very formal would be a few dozen or my
personal favorite is shoes and pays well
it’s quite useful how do you say and can
I have the bill if you’re in a
um the easiest way is to say you
actually say we want to paint okay you
can say yeah Valen talent and never ever
forget to say good to Victor like these
are really important words and terms
bitches please whenever you order
something a beer and let’s lie in the
restroom whatever I always say thank you
thank you and I thank Shannon Thank You
Ann would be the more formal way of
saying thank you okay if you want to be
really cheerful about it I’m so feeling
that a huge thank you to Jonathan and
original Berlin walks the teaching us so
much about city so to finish up our time
in Berlin we’re heading to the basement
of the circus hostel
I bring you the David Hasselhoff Museum
come right in
this is it all of it and so here’s the
thing David Hasselhoff is a bit of a big
thing in Germany so they’ve got a bit of
a shrine to him right here in the circus
hostel you’ve got some lovely Baywatch
memorabilia right here some photos of
David at the wall
singing looking for freedom a beautiful
photo of David sewing right into your
eyes and then some hot facts here’s one
for you and in Germany David shares his
dubbing voice with Kermit the Frog but
you didn’t know that so that’s pretty
much it for the chambered Hasselhoff
Museum it won’t take you long you do
decide to come and what’s great about it
is that the hostel itself has its own
Ferrari so you can finish up with a pipe
there which is exactly what I’m about to
do now but before we finish I just want
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destinations to come so what time in
Berlin has come to an end and this is in
fact being my fifth time in Berlin and
I’m still discovering new things to do I
really like that Jonathan our tour guide
said to us so you said be curious in
Berlin and that totally sums it up yes
there are the obvious things to do and
they’re really interesting but also
expect the unexpected so what better way
to end a trip then with a big old Stein
of beer trust
scream and shout