A NEW YEAR TO REMEMBER IN BERLIN, GERMANY

Leave your heels at home ladies-
 
Berlin will not appreciate your stilettos. Master the art of layering in advance too. Berlin doesn’t care about your fancy clothes, save that for another city like Paris. The more individual you are, the more you’ll fit right in here. I spent six days over the New Years period in Berlin waiting for a buzz to hit like your first drop of MD but it never came. Maybe I’ve outgrown the scene, or maybe I’m not ready to be back in that game.

Berlin would be a great place to have no cell phone, I think. Especially if you were able to live in a central location.
Alex Ebert 

Regardless of the buzz that never occurred, Berlin is a fantastic city of museums, galleries, monuments, memorials and Parliament buildings at your fingertips. I was fortunate enough to visit the Pergamon MuseumTopography of Terror and Museum for the Murdered Jews of Europe.

There are plenty of Free Walking Tours meeting at Brandenburg Gate daily at 11am and 2pm but if you’re lazy like I was, hop on a sightseeing bus with an English speaking tour guide.

I had a premature taste of Paris at  Galeries Lafayette where I browsed around and naturally found myself in the luxury shoe section. I ended up purchasing a pair of sparkly brogues ahead of my visit to the city of love. Located on Friedrichstrasse, this department store is no Harrods or Selfidges and consider yourself lucky if you come across excellent customer service if there isn’t a single German word in your vocabulary. I was lucky to have a bilingual young lady in the shoe department but I had to go through a few rude trolls to get there. No language barrier will ever prevent me from buying another pair of shoes I don’t need.

If you have some time, make sure you visit Fassbender-Rausch for some dessert and coffee. Delightful staff, delicious sweets overlooking a decadent Berlin street. Fassbender-Rausch also comes with a diabetes warning.

I didn’t like Berlin, I didn’t connect with the vibe but I do appreciate how people consider Berlin to be one of the best cities in the world.  I felt the city was just too cold and concrete for me. Have you been to Berlin and felt the same way?

 

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