The best thing about Berlin is the greenery. No matter where you are in this huge, crowded city you are never far away from a grabbing breath of fresh air & a break in one of the many well taken care of parks.
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I love wandering through the many thrift & secondhand shops Berlin has to offer and there's nothing better than a lazy Sunday spent strolling through the flea markets for a bargain.
As I only use upcycled & recycled materials for my projects I don't shop in craft supply stores, however I have spied large crafty sections in discount shops TEDI & Woolworth and the cheap & cheerful textile shops found on every main street are a fab source for sewing notions. DaWanda, the second largest online marketplace for handmade items, is based in Berlin & the Markthalle Neun offers lovely stalls to rent in their funky weekend market.
Simply walking around Berlin provides an inspirational feast for the senses! The East Side Gallery is a 1.3 km long section of the Berlin Wall that has been transformed into an international memorial for freedom. The Gallery consists of 105 paintings by international artists & is possibly the largest and longest-lasting open air gallery in the world.The paintings at the East Side Gallery document a time of change and express the great hopes for a better future for all people.
Berlin is jam packed with historial buildings & monuments: Checkpoint Charlie was the name given by the Western Allies to the best-known Berlin Wall crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War; The Reichstag (German Parliment Building) with its large glass dome, open to the public, which provides a 360-degree view of the surrounding Berlin cityscape; The Brandenburg Gate is a historical city gate that was rebuilt in the late 18th century as a neoclassical triumphal arch; The Berlin Wall cobblestone trail follows the course of the former GDR border (a.k.a: The Berlin Wall) & is a great hike or bike through the city.
Eat & Drink
The Friedrichshain area of Berlin is chock full of fabulous bistros, restaurants & cafes. A stroll down Simon-Dach-Str. will have you spoiled with mouthwatering choices! One of our fave spots for grabbing a quick bite is the Soup Tank in Schlossplatz Koepenick - delicious, traditionally prepared German soups & sausages are served from an original 1940's portable army "Soup Kitchen"!
We love the Chocolaterie Catherine in Old Town Koepenick. Their handmade chocolates, pies, cakes & made-to-order coffees & teas are divine!
The river Spree runs straight through the city & if you're lucky enough to be able to craft-on-the-go, getting comfy on a park bench or spreading a blanket on the river bank just might mean a visit from the friendly swans & ducks that make their home along the Spree.
See Something Special
The Beate Uhse Erotikmuseum is definitely an eye opening (& hilarious) look at the history of sex!
Take Home A Souvenir
My super duper top tip for souvenirs: hop on a train, head to the east side of Berlin & browse around the Euro and discount shops. You'll find the exact same souvenirs as you would in the tourist areas of West Berlin for a fraction of the price...plus more than few quirky extras to get with the money you save!
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