On my third weekend traveling abroad, I visited Berlin, Germany with my roommates. None of us knew what to expect but we were nervous about the language barrier. None of us knew a lick of German, so we expected the weekend to be dysfunctional – which it was. However, it ended up being one of the most memorable weekends for all of us.
The first morning we went to an amazing brunch place called Chipps. None of us had eaten eggs for breakfast in quite some time (because a typical breakfast in Barcelona consists of pastries and jamón sandwiches) so we were excited when we found out Chipps was known for eggs. I ordered a delicious plate of toast, avocado, and eggs (pictured below).
Chipps also has a delicious lunch menu and drinks. I would high recommend this restaurant to anyone who visits Berlin.
After brunch, we went to the Jewish Museum. This was an incredibly historic museum that displayed events which expressed the minority of the Jewish people in German-speaking countries. It was extremely interesting because the museum did not only focus on one time-period, but many different periods throughout the history of the Jews. I really enjoyed learning about this because I am Jewish and proud of my religion.
Later that day, we went to the Monkey Bar, a bar located on the 10th story of the building that overlooks the Berlin Zoo and the city itself. It was an incredible view with great vibes from the waiters.
We ended our day visiting the spot where the terrorist attack in Berlin took place in December 2016. It was extremely sad looking at all the candles lit up for the victims. However, it was powerful knowing that those people are still being honored.
The next day, we began our day on a historical tour of the city. The tour guide took us around to all the important places in Berlin. We saw the Berlin Wall, Memorial to the Murdered Jews, the spot where Hitler committed suicide, and much more. It was an incredible tour and our guide was amazing.
This video covers many parts of the tour.
After the tour, we walked to the Topography of Terror. This museum displayed events from the Nazi Regime from 1933-1945. It was very interesting to read about how the Nazis took control, but it was also extremely devastating to see how many Jews were affected during this time. Right after this museum, we went inside the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, also known as a Holocaust Memorial. This was also extremely devastating to see, however I went inside anyway because I am always interested in learning about my religious background. It was definitely worth visiting.
On a lighter note, we ended our night at at a restaurant and biergarden called Hofbrauhaus. This was one of the coolest experiences. This place was filled with locals who were passionate about Berlin. There was live music, dancing, endless schnitzel, and of course, beer. The band sang well-known American songs in German (like Sweet Caroline) so we were able to sing along.
The weekend was so much more fun than expected. We did have problems communicating with locals, but we made it out alive (barely). Berlin is one of the most historical and exciting cities I have traveled to. If you study abroad, I highly encourage you to visit Berlin!