Now for the second half of our weekend in Berlin! Be sure to start with the first post if you missed it (;
Like I said before, we really enjoyed our weekend in Berlin, as short as our three days seemed to be. It was such a unique city and we didn’t experience anything else like it during our whole four months in Western Europe. I don’t think it felt like a settle-down-and-spend-years-here kind of place, but we’d return in a heartbeat to soak up just a little more of this fascinating city!
^^^ We got up early one morning and headed out in search of some local flavor. Across the city, we visited the Turkish Market and spent a good couple hours just wandering around. It was packed so we figured we’d made a good choice in coming. Our senses were overloaded with the sounds of multiple languages all shouted out, mingling together like the dozens of bodies tightly packed in the narrow market stall rows. Each stall we came upon boasted more and more ridiculously good looking food. From fruit to sausages, groceries to full-on meals, there were plenty of options to choose from and smells to savor. We bought some snacks as well as a little lunch, and it was all delicious.
^^^ Because Tyler and I are both frugal and health-conscious, we do a lot of walking. I mean a lot of walking. Some days I think I’ve actually found new muscles that I had no idea were involved in making your legs swing by each other over and over and over. And it’s a little gross, but my feet are just now recovering from the blisters I inflicted on them over the course of several months of frequent walking. But (!!) all that walking allows us to save some pennies and see all the special little streets throughout the city that are often overlooked by tourists. Like the ones above that are quiet and stately with their hidden courtyards and beautiful architecture.
^^^ Like I said in the last post, we packed in a ton of history during our visit! Above are some photos from just one of the museums, the DDR Museum. It showed what life was like in East Germany, and we found it really fascinating. A downside was that it was super crowded– like to the point of being hot and uncomfortable– but the upside was that it’s a really creatively curated museum with plenty of hands on experiences. (If you know Tyler, you know “hands on” is thing. Does that sound creepy? It sounds a little creepy. It’s not really though...)
So that’s a wrap! Again, a weekend in Berlin is hardly enough, but we packed it full and enjoyed every moment. Even the bitter cold couldn’t squelch our spirits. In case you’re interested in all the museums and places we visited, I’m including a list (of the ones that weren’t covered in our posts) below. We just want to convince you to put Berlin on your must-see list!
Places the Murphmans visited/ate during a weekend in Berlin:
– Outdoor museum by Checkpoint Charlie- Typography of Terror
– Hipster coffee shop- Fluorescent Coffee Bar
– Admired from outside but didn’t pay to go in- Berlin Cathedral
– A highly anticipated (by Tyler) treat: an American brewpub- Vagabond Brewery
– Upscale Vietnamese restaurant- Madami
– Didn’t end up going in since we didn’t want to wait for tickets but we would have gone if we’d thought to get tickets in advance!- Reichstag Dome
– Concentration camp outside of the city- Sachsenhausen