The final postcard from Berlin highlights my last few days visiting this city of contemporary design and art. I very much enjoyed walking as much as I could in the beautiful weather (after the weekend thunderstorm it really cooled off!). I must say, my favourite part of Berlin is Unter den Linden, a boulevard located in the Mitte disctrict (the grandest street in Berlin during the 19th century). It is dotted with beautiful linden trees and leads the way to Pariser Platz where the Brandenburg Gate marks the West. The boulevard also crosses into Friedrichstrasse – where I enjoyed a yummy pretzel and raspberry smoothie while re-connecting with social media and of course: shopping.
I also visited Potsdammer Platz which is approximately 20 minutes walk from Budapest Street. This newer developed district had quite a historical and rocky past; serving as a trade post where several country roads converged just outside of Berlin’s Customs Wall. This key point also allowed expelled religious refugees to settle in this area in the early 1600’s.
The commercial highlight here is Sony Centre, a popular landmark which is distinguished by its large covered dome. Walking inside – the centre is now made up of cafes, shops and a remarkable cinema; not too far away is also Mall of Berlin (however I sadly had no time to visit).
Jasmin and I also wandered to Kreuzberg – an area, in my opinion, the most “hip” place I have ever seen. This neighborhood was once enclosed on three sides by the wall and instantly attracted hippies, artists and immigrants while the city was divided.
While this part of town is definitely not polished like Mitte, it has its own charms. With its impressive and ever changing graffiti laced street art, yoga centres, alternative music shops, trendy bars and the smell of international cuisine in every corner – Kreuzberg is a melting pot of cultures in one hipster hotspot.
And so as my first Berlin adventure comes to an end, I highly recommend a trip to this diverse city, I guarantee you will be amazed by the East vs. West footprints masked by the global changes of today’s world. A special thank you to my amazing friend for her expert hosting skills, and for sharing a travel passion with me <3.