A wise man- J. R. R. Tolkien, to be precise- once said, “not all those who wander are lost.” He had a point, however sometimes those who wander are just plain lost. Getting lost is not always a bad thing. If you fall off the beaten track, you might get to see the real city, find places which you never thought you’d see or stumbled across hidden gems. Yes, it can be a nightmare, I’ve had horror film scenes flashing through my mind and you can lose valuable time if you’re in a city for a limited amount of time but I’ve found that it usually turns out for the best. At the end of the day, you’ll probably at least get a decent story out of it.
This post is part of my series of city guides, designed to give you a bit of an introduction into the city in question: activities, accommodation, transport, restaurants, food and nightlife. It’ll also basically act as a contents page for everything I’ve ever written about the place. With this is mind, I have updated my initial ‘a guide to Prague on a shoestring’ article to fit with the series. During August 2013, I was staying in Berlin, a mere five hour train ride from Prague. On discovering Berlin’s fantastic train links, my travel buddy and I decided we had to take advantage of them and so, one weekend, off we went for a whirlwind trip to the Czech Republic. Although we were only there for two days, and while you could surely spend longer in Prague, I think our stay was pretty perfect for travellers on a budget/tight schedule.
“It’s nice to go out but it’s nice to come home”, my mum would always say when we got back from a family holiday. For me, she’s always had a point. As much as I love going away, as much as I crave jetting off abroad, I always look forward to coming home again and sleeping in my own bed, eating my favourite food and seeing familiar faces. That was until I met Australia. After 4 weeks of travelling up the east coast, I was in love. Sitting on the curb in the early hours of the morning, my bag backed, waiting for the shuttle bus to take me to the airport- I felt sick. I still had adventure ahead of me, Asia was calling, but all I wanted was to stay.
Originally posted on Misadventures with Michael:
I’m excited to welcome another guest blogger today. Ellis from Ellis Goes on Holiday has a great blog with lots of lists and guides to places across the globe. Hailing from the UK and having spent some time in Berlin, Ellis is here to share some of her favorite things to do in Germany’s Spree City along with some great pictures. So without further ado, here’s Ellis! Last summer, I was lucky enough to spend August in Berlin and within a few days it had quickly become my favourite place, with its masses of street art and quirky, relaxed atmosphere. Even after a month, I’m sure that I still didn’t see everything there was to see and it’s hard to recommend just ten things to do, but I’ll try: Free walking tour (the Brandenburg Gate) #1: Free walking tour Walking tours are a fantastic way to get to know any city. In Berlin, there are various different tours you can take; I took a general one, looking at historical sites with the…
One of the most distinguishing features of Berlin is its street art. It’s everywhere. Like literally everywhere. Walking around Berlin is like walking around an outside gallery. You’re wondering around, if you’re anything like me then you’re probably lost, and suddenly- BAM- there it is.
Berlin has a renowned nightlife- mostly revolving around techno-based music. During my month’s stay, I probably didn’t experience as much as I should have but here are the places I did discover:
Berlin really is a hipster haven. For one reason or another, several areas have been abandoned, however these places are not just left to become derelict and lonely.
One of the most identifiable features of Berlin is the sheer amount of street art that simply covers the streets. Over the summer, I took many a picture of the streets of Berlin and here are some of them:
You cannot go on holiday without trying some of the local cuisine. From sampling the local delicacies, you can tell as much about a place as you can from museums and sightseeing.
My trip to Berlin was drawing to a close and our final week started with the arrival of a couple of guests. When we first moved into our flat, the owners told us about a hipster market by the river on Saturdays. This was our last Saturday in the city so it was now or never, so off we went to Hipster Mart.