Berlin is the eighth stop of my one-month Famous Hostels Eurotrip!
When people say New York is the city that never sleeps I always know they haven’t been to Berlin yet. The German capital is the city with the never ending-nightlife, countless hipster hangouts and full of history.
They offer a wide range of walking tours and I decided to join the Berlin History tour since the nerd inside me wanted to learn more about the city’s history, from rise of the Nazis to the fall of the Berlin Wall.
After the best night sleep ever (I can’t remember the last time I slept so well), I went down to have breakfast in a nice cosy cafe that’s part of the hostel too. I wrote my Copenhagen blog and then joined the Walking Tour that left from the hostel.
The walking tour started at Museum Island, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with five museums. In front of one the most magnificent buildings the guide sat us down and drew the history of Germany in the sand. It was a brilliant way to explain the past and how the Iron Curtain divided the country for nearly 45 years. From Museum Island we walked past a few iconic sites to Checkpoint Charlie, one of the points where you could cross the Berlin Wall from West to East Berlin during the Cold War.
To be honest, I think being a vegetarian or vegan has never been so easy anywhere as in Berlin.
We had a break there and together with other backpackers I met on the tour we sat down at Charlie’s Beach. This is very chilled area with German food and drink stalls. The guide recommended us to try Currywurst (German sausage) and I was happy to find out they even sold vegetarian currywurst!
After the break we continued to some very interesting places, such as the Bunker where Hitler was hidden and committed suicide at the end of the Second World, the Memorial of the Murdered Jews of Europe and ended the tour at the Brandenburger Tur. It was so interesting and I can recommend everyone to do this free tour. Just ask the hostel reception for more information!
Since I have been on party trips to Berlin before I decided not to go out that night. However, if you do (nightlife is the best in Berlin) make sure to go to Salon Zur Wilden Renate or to one of the festivals in summer! It truly is something you have to experience!
The next day I took the metro to the East Gallery. This is a 1316m long section of the Berlin Wall that’s full of amazing graffiti works and known as the international monument for freedom. It’s located in a really cool artistic area, with lots of other street art too.
After that I went back to the hostel to pack my backpack and take the train to Vienna, where I am now. I will write more about my time there soon. In the mean time make sure to follow my journey on the Famous Hostels Instagram!
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