The capital of Germany. Rich in culture and history, as well as coffee shops, galleries and naughty back street alleys. But what's really worth a visit, and what's better left 'unsaid'? Read our guide to the hits and misses of one of our favourite cities - Berlin.
In a slightly secluded part of the city, the museum seems oddly placed, its classical building adjacent to a huge angular ship of steel, the juxtaposing buildings both do not follow the style of the mundane buildings surrounding the museum. You begin your journey below ground, and continue up the layers of exhibitions, ranging from the Jewish persecution all the way to the basis of the religion and its progression from origin to today. With guest artist exhibitions this is a hybrid of museum and gallery.
Only a few metres from the Jewish museum, and also sign posted from the museum, the gallery does not appear to be anything out of the ordinary from outside. Clearly exteriors can be deceptive as this gallery is enormous inside, with gloriously tall ceilings, allowing the exhibition of some monumental works of art. Not only an architectural masterpiece the gallery houses a range of works from contemporary sculptures to portraits and landscape work.
Home to the work of Andy Warhol, this palace-like gallery is a beautiful white building housing a great range of art from ready made to still life. Maybe under appreciated by an art novice as myself this is still worth a visit purely for the buildings interior aesthetics.
Unmissable for a visit to Berlin a visit to the memorial really is a personal experience as the concrete maze is capable of evoking difference experiences for each person who visits. Not to be missed.
Museum of Photography
Whilst visiting with my sister, avid for a future in photography, I was initially visiting to please her. However the current exhibition on Helmut Newton ties in everything from sex, fashion and photography for a really exciting exhibition. You don't have to be a professional to appreciate this place.
Checkpoint Charlie - adjoining exhibition
Plastered on every postcard and magnet, checkpoint Charlie is just disappointing. Positioned slap bang in the middle of the road there is little pedestrian access, with cars freely driving through the area. The 'monument' has clearly been used by all nearby cafes and restaurant chains to bump up their prices. The adjoining exhibition is small and appears to be in a temporary building, just too touristy.
Topography de terror
For history buffs this is probably more significant than it was to me, whilst it was interesting to see the choice of graffiti left on the remainders of the Berlin Wall, the site has little else to offer.
When initially planning my visit I anticipated buying fast-lane tickets to visit the television tower, but at €17 per person only for a lift ride this seemed a little overpriced. I didn't book the tickets and I'm glad, it's hard to prebook (especially when visiting during winter, it was foggy during our trip so we would have been lucky to see anything)