Berlin is the capital city of Germany which is located in the EU and Schengen community. Berlin offers the following points of interest for tourists and photographers;
- Brandenburg gate
- Berlin wall
- Checkpoint Charlie
- Reichstag building
- Museum island
- Memorial to the murdered jews of Europe
- Charlottenburg palace
- Berlin cathedral
- Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
Berlin is one of the cheaper cities of Europe. The hotels in Berlin are great value, you can find some great hotel deals, and there are plenty to choose from too! The city is not really walkable but there are lots of hop on hop off buses you can choose from to take you to the famous city sites. Alexanderplatz and Brandenburg gate seem to be major hubs for the bus tours.
Believe it or not, the Berlin wall still exists, or 1.4km of it anyway! It’s referred to as the Berlin wall memorial and is there to give an impression of how the wall looked. It also commemorates the lives that were lost there.
For me, the Reichstag building is the most beautiful building in Berlin. Reichstag is German for the Imperial Diet, and this was the building of the imperial diet from when it was built in 1894 until 1933 when it suffered from a severe fire. In 1945 it suffered more damage from bombings during the second world war. By 1999 the Reichstag building had been restored to its former glory and it’s now possible to visit inside the building and go to the top and inside the dome. The dome offers great views of the city, day and night!
The Brandenburg gate is probably one of the most popular places to visit in Berlin and in Germany. These are effectively the city gates of Berlin, you’ll have probably seen these during the new years celebrations of Germany or World cup celebrations. For those Michael Jackson fans amongst us, behind the gates is the hotel Adlon, which is the hotel from where he dangled his baby, Blanket, from the balcony. Also the Liam Neeson movie ‘Unknown’ was filmed in the hotel Adlon.
Flixbus from Berlin to Munich
The bus to Munich was very cheap with decent sized seats, free WiFi and phone chargers, so it wasn’t too important that the journey was 7 hours. For the price difference between flixbus and the train, the flixbus was the best option. The train station in Berlin is very modern and new, compared to a disorganised bus station a metro ride away. In the Munich bus station however, it is nice and new, and right next to the train station.