for the love of nike

Art is Alive and Weird in Berlin

I recently visited the beautiful, odd, and eclectic city of Berlin. Everywhere you turn there is something packed with history or something covered in graffiti. It has a very distinct personality–one of resilience and the bizarre. As you wander the streets, you get the feeling that many of the residents want to give the old, strict, insanely symmetrical order of German stereotypes the middle finger. I quite like their spirit. In terms of my originally-from-Texas mind, it feels like Berlin is what Austin thinks it is and wishes it was. They are truly keeping it weird and subversive.

Here’s a bit of what I got up to:

  • stayed at Cosmo Hotel
  • drank my very first traditional Berliner Weisse–it’s shockingly green and made with woodruff, a grassy herb
  • took a historical boat cruise along the river
  • walked about Museum Island
  • visited a museum dedicated to Currywurst (a German fast food made of fried pork and curried ketchup)
  • explored Checkpoint Charlie and the surrounding area (this was particularly fascinating to me because I knew so little about it since I was only 3 when the Berlin Wall came down)
  • roamed along the Eastside Berlin Wall Galleries
  • enjoyed a beer at Holzmarket (this place is great! it feels like a artist commune, with little shops and art all haphazardly nailed together, right along the river)
  • walked through the Memorial for the Murdered Jews (a sight, while sad and contemplative cannot be missed on a trip to Berlin)
  • strolled around Brandenburg Gate and the other government building in the area
  • took a little beer / food tour of Kreuzberg (a happening neighborhood full of young people and artists with a large Turkish population)
  • tried out a few beers and made friends at Stone Brewing

oh! And you don’t want to miss grabbing a burger at Burgermeister, located in an old public bathroom under the train.

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Art is Alive and Weird in Berlin / for the love of nike

Art is Alive and Weird in Berlin / for the love of nike

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Stay tuned, I’m off to Copenhagen next!

19 comments

  1. Casey Maddren

    I’m jealous. I’ve always wanted to go to Berlin. Hopefully some day. The photos are awesome. I love the one of the angel framed by the doors. And who did the one of the guy in the valley with the star overhead?

  2. Nice pictures. I liked the Pergamon Musuem, the Brandenburg Gate, and the mix of modern and old architecture. The Murdered Jews site was somber, despite children running back and forth through it. Many things to see in Berlin.

  3. Great post! Just went to Berlin for the first time this summer. Hackescher Markt had some great dining and the Memorial of the murdered Jews was on the top of our list. We also visited Sachsenhausen memorial camp about 40 mins away by train. It was such a somber experience but something everyone should visit.

    • You are so right. I firmly believe that you must visit a concentration camp if you go to Germany. A few years ago, I visited Dachau, outside of Munich. It was utterly heartbreaking, but we must keep the memory of those who were murdered alive.

      Thank you for stopping by and sharing your experience. I appreciate you!

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