A Guide to Berlin

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Berlin is not as popular amongst tourists as other cities are around the world, like Prague, Amsterdam, Tokyo and Paris. Although it is a big city, not to mention the capital of Germany, it is also one of the best spots for tourists all around the year, rather than just for the summer.

A few activities include learning the history of Berlin, through the Holocaust Memorial and the Bibliotek Memorial. The Topography of Terror is another great – if chilling – place to visit. Tears are likely to be shed when gazing at the stories and anecdotes of the people who suffered during the second world war. If you want to learn more about the evolution of Judaism, then the Jewish Museum is for you. There are four floors to explore and begins from the start of Judaism.

Visiting a country allows you to learn more about their culture, and Germany has a lot to offer in terms of food stalls. No matter what street you end up in, there will always be popular German street food available to try, such as Currywursts, Fried Potatoes and Döner Kebabs.

If you search for nearby market stalls, you will come across a variety to choose from and check out each week. Most market stalls are usually set up in big parks, so that the public can come, walk around, and browse at the selection available. Some stalls that are quite common include jewellery, food, antique, craft and clothing markets. Food stalls even offer testers, which I never turn down and neither should you!

When going abroad, it can be helpful to try and speak to locals to learn more about the area you are staying in. Once, when I visited Berlin myself, I asked a lady to point me towards the nearest supermarket. She not only gave me directions, but she continued to suggest other places I can go to for sightseeing or great food. I ended up finding great spots for breakfast in Alexanderplatz, which was never too busy because other tourists weren’t aware of hidden gems like these cafés.

Although some people may not be travelling abroad for the first time, for those that are, it is always necessary to keep checking if there is enough money, travel insurance, emergency contacts, a working phone, a dictionary of the country you are visiting, and a map. Learning key words would be useful before travelling abroad as well, to keep safe and make sure that you are able to communicate with others to some extent.

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