travel photos: berlin

After a short stay in Prague, it was off to Berlin where I had planned to stay with a friend. After a bit of miscommunication, phones running out of credit, and a rude introduction to the U-Bahn  – we met at what I later learnt was one of the more notoriously dangerous stations – we made it back to her apartment in one piece. Unfortunately she was leaving for the weekend and wouldn’t be able to guide us around Berlin, but she left a more than comprehensive insider’s guide to the city (read: a jam-packed A4 piece of paper covered in barely legible notes). So when I wasn’t off visiting famous monuments such as the East Side Gallery, Brandenburg Gate, and the Reichstag; I was living like a local in Neukölln. Unfortunately I didn’t get many photos of the ‘local’ stuff because I felt like a bit of a dork whipping out my camera while everyone was going about their day-to-day business. There were a lot of missed photo opportunities but I’m not too fussed – you can’t capture every moment. Below are a few places to check out if you’re ever in Berlin. These were the ones I actually remembered. There were a lot of other places that I forgot to take note of. Like the slightly derelict garden that was home to a double decker bus and cafe. Or the bar I went to on a Monday night with the cool decor and cheap beers. Travelling fail, I know.

Noewkolln Flea Markets which are on the third Sunday of each month. We timed that one pretty well. If I actually had room in my backpack I would have gone crazy buying stuff.
Hamy Cafe for amazing and cheap Vietnamese food and fresh fruit smoothies. The daily offers are always under 5€ and they are big serves too.
White Trash Fast Food for finger licking good (and slightly greasy) food. They also make a mean vodka and freshly squeezed lemonade. And vodka and freshly squeezed orange juice. And really strong Old Fashioneds. They even played Edward Scissor Hands on the TV at the bar! I really liked this place, in case you couldn’t already tell.
– Cinema Cafe and the adjacent alleyway (Rosenthaler Straße 39). Make sure to follow the alleyway to the very end and go up the graffiti’d staircase where you’ll find a cool bookshop. Very underground. Very Berlin. Although much to the chagrin of my friend, who is a Berlin local, even this is now apparently too touristy. I found that comment a bit ironic considering the circumstances. The shopping in this district is pretty good too.

I seriously could have spent weeks and weeks exploring Berlin. What was initially going to be a three night stay ended up lasting nearly a week. That’s how much I loved this place!


  1. Blithely Unaware September 12, 2011

    AMAZING photos!!
    Such awesome street art/installations, I love art like that where it just happens in your day to day life.


  2. Iva September 12, 2011

    I like Berlin, I stayed there for one day (unfortunatelly) and I want to come back one day! It´s the best european city – no Barcelona, no London – but Berlin!!!
    And how was in Prague? (I am from Czech Rep.=))

  3. soph (owl vs. dove) September 12, 2011

    @BlithelyUnaware: I LOVED all the street art in Berlin. There was this giant metal moving sculpture thingy in the alleyway I mentioned but refrained from taking a photo after my friend made the tourist comment *face palm*. Such a good vibe to that city.

  4. soph (owl vs. dove) September 12, 2011

    @Iva: I loved Prague too! I wish I could have explored more of the Czech Republic. I travelled by bus to Berlin so got to see a bit of the country side to the north and it was so picturesque, especially the towns by the rivers.

  5. Rachel, Cold Knees September 12, 2011

    Ah I love Berlin, I've been three times! It's all amazing, the street art, the culture, night life, thrifting.. I went to cinema cafe, which was full of locals and tourists 🙂 xx

  6. Sofía Haltrup September 12, 2011

    Wow, love the drawings in the buildings 😀

  7. The Headless Mannequin September 12, 2011

    I visited Berlin a few years ago just for a weekend and my boyfriend had to drag me to the airport at the end of it. I looooved it and these great tips have me wanting to go back! Will definitely be bookmarking them 🙂 Your pics are amazing too! I actually thought the first one was one big painting at first glance.

  8. janet September 12, 2011

    wow… berlin looks fun! nice photos !!
    enjoy your trip! 🙂

  9. Jane September 12, 2011

    Berlin looks and sounds amazing, despite your lsight mishaps at the beginning of the stay. I'm so excited to visit, now!

  10. Sweet Harvest Moon September 12, 2011

    I would love to go there!

  11. liza September 12, 2011

    These are fantastic photos! I'd really love to visit Berlin, it looks like such an interesting city.


  12. rebecca September 12, 2011

    i have always, always, always wanted to visit berlin, especially seeing as i studied german for seven years! that derelict garden sounds fantastic, the best places are definitely the ones you just stumble upon. xxx

  13. Sharmaine Ruth September 12, 2011

    Those are amazing! I wish I could visit Berlin!

  14. Emma September 13, 2011

    I've been visiting Berling this summer as well and have to agree with you; It is great! 🙂 absolutely love it! have you been to the Mauer park as well? they have karaoke every sunday and a great flea market…

  15. soph (owl vs. dove) September 15, 2011

    @rebecca: I studied Japanese instead of German at school. Kind of wish I had done it the other way around. I would move to Berlin in a heartbeat if I could at least speak conversational German.

    @Emma: I didn't get out to Mauer Park. Sounds pretty cool though!

  16. julianne. September 17, 2011

    wow! what amazing pictures.
    they look to illustrate such an amazing time.

  17. The Velvet Bow September 19, 2011

    It's rather incredible seeing your photos of a bright, sunny Berlin – when I was there everything was covered in a foot of snow! There's so much energy to the place, I just can't wait to go back.

  18. Anh September 19, 2011

    Amazing photography! I'm so envious! I wish I could travel as much as you 🙂 Hope you had lots of fun!


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