Travel Blog: Berlin

Discovering Cold War Berlin: Six Places to Visit

One could think that reminiscences of the Cold War era are long gone with the fall of the Berlin Wall, but that’s not the case. If you are interested in this intriguing period of history, Berlin is the place to be. The German capital has preserved and taken care of the sites and stories of the Cold War era so that today we can visit them, learn about the circumstances of the time, and hear about the lives of the victims of the period. Our free walking tour all about the Cold War, just one of our Berlin walking tours, is the best way to explore this topic, but if you are venturing out to discover it by yourself, there are six places that you cannot miss.

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Urban Graffiti and Street Art: Another Side of Berlin

Cities have soul and character; there are an undeniable charisma and vibe about them and, often, there's a sort of personification of the city, somehow ‘speaking’ to us. Berlin is one city with a lot to say, expressing it’s voice through many kilometres of intriguing street art, urban murals, and graffiti. But graffiti and murals in Berlin is not merely an aesthetic ploy to enhance the alternative edginess of the city or play into the Instagram culture of the times, street art in Berlin is a reflection of the city itself.

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Remembering Bowie's Berlin

Berlin has always attracted great artists from all of the world. One of those artists was David Bowie, who moved to the city in 1976 in search of a new career, in a new town. At the time, Bowie was one of the world´s biggest musical stars and had left Los Angeles home to escape his decadent lifestyle and the negative influences that fame had brought. He moved to Berlin to focus on his next musical projects, and what followed was arguably his most prolific period. Over the next two and half years he wrote and produced three of his most artistically acclaimed albums known as the “Berlin Trilogy”. Here is your guide to the famous sites of Bowie’s Berlin:

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The Tour Guide's Inside Track To Berlin

Time can be a precious commodity when it comes to travelling, particularly when you are limited to just a few days in an incredible city, and even more so when that city just so happens to be one of the world’s best in Berlin. The German capital is a cultural and historical mecca for travellers and backpackers alike, offering a widespread range of activities, sights, smells and sounds. 

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10 Reasons Why Berlin Should Be on Your New Year's Resolutions List

We know. Resolutions are overwhelming - or worse - boring. But Berlin is a babe when it comes to taking care of all your needs - whether it's indulging or detoxing. So even if you don't have "travel more" on your list, here are a whole bunch of other reasons to tempt you into smashing those resolutions this year.

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The 5 Best Views of Berlin

Since the dawn of time man has always sought to climb the highest peaks and for modern day travellers, it's no different. The desire to feel like a giant is almost immediate when arriving somewhere new. Looking out at sensational vistas gives you a sense of calm, allows you to pick out famous spots and draw a mind map of the place you are visiting. While Berlin may be lacking in mountains, it more than makes up for it with great spots to gaze out over the city.

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Budget Eats in Berlin

Bored of your travel diet of microwave noodles? Then you'll be pleased to discover that along with exceptionally cheap beer, Berlin is the perfect city for eating out on a budget. Boasting a multitude of cafes, restaurants, and takeaways, it's easy to eat your way around the world without breaking the bank. Renowned for its bustling food markets and multicultural cuisine- whether a kebab from the infamous Mustafas, Vietnamese curry, or healthy vegan salad  - Berlin is a city where even the fussiest of eaters can satisfy their bellies. Intrigued? Here's my essential list for the best budget eats in Berlin for under €10:

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Berlin on a Budget

Berlin understands. It knows you want the trip of a lifetime but don't have your whole life to work for it. It sees you're counting your cents and not having cream with that. And it reaches out to you with free history museums, street food, and pay-what-you-want wine. No single thing on this list will lighten your wallet by more than five euros a pop.

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Berlin, city of flea markets

Berliners traded high streets for flea markets long ago. Whether you're furnishing a new flat or hunting for old East German memorabilia, it's a given that you'll pay a flea market a visit. Here's a list of the best and the boldest that Berlin can put out on the streets.

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Hide and seek: Berlin's tucked away bars

Berlin is the Aladdin's den of bars. You'll find all sorts of treasures here, but the best ones don't always make themselves easy to find. Maybe they're behind an unmarked door or on a roof, or trick you into thinking they're more of a restaurant than a late-night paradise. Go off road with this list of essential establishments.

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