To tell you the truth, I didn't have very high expectations from Berlin. After all, I was coming here after visiting London, Paris and Switzerland. Sure, Berlin's nightlife was legendary but that's not really my scene. So, I came to Berlin ready to be underwhelmed.
I am happy to report that I was monumentally wrong. In fact, Berlin may even edge out London and Paris. My first night here I went to the East End Galleries to view paintings on the remnants of the Berlin Wall. In many ways, this experience summed up Berlin for me: it is historical, beautiful, terrible, open, seedy, artistic and downright bizarre. Berlin has the one thing that is becoming increasingly rare in a McDonalds dominated world: atmosphere. And lots of it.
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I did walking tours, visited the Holocaust Memorial and various museums (which I shall talk about it in a different post). The one thing that struck me about Germans was how wonderfully honest they were. There was no covering up or dilution of the country's terrible past. They didn't pin the blame for past state crimes on someone else or blame it on media propaganda (which believe you me would have been the case in India). They were honest, contrite, apologetic, cautious and in my books that is the only way to move forward.
|Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe|
Berlin also has some incredible street food. Here's a list of my top 3 places:
a) Mustafa : I adore this place. Their Gemuse kababs are tasty, filling and easy on the wallet. Meatlovers must try their donor kebabs.
|It tastes fabulous|
|Brave the long queues at Mustafa|
b) Burgerweister: I have never been a huge fan of burgers but theirs made me a convert : Huge, juicy and with an explosion of flavours. Vegetarians need not despair. They have a pretty good veggie burger with an interesting mango sauce.
c) Curry 36: Famed for its Berliner Currywurster, this place is perenially plagued with long queues. There was too much ketchup in it for me to really enjoy the dish but it is something you must try when you are here.