Is this real life?

Upon arrival the very question of “Is this real life?” may pop into your head. It may be after your first time seeing someone face down on a park bench with a Pilsner beer in hand, or perhaps it will be after you read a German menu for the first time and attempt to order […]

Upon arrival the very question of “Is this real life?” may pop into your head. It
may be after your first time seeing someone face down on a park bench with
a Pilsner beer in hand, or perhaps it will be after you read a German menu for
the first time and attempt to order your food. Nevertheless, the culture shock
is one to note.
The city of Berlin is known for its unique and anti-corporate economy with
independently created lifestyles. Poor but sexy, Berlin is a diverse and vibrant
city with a tumultuous historical past. Noted as Europe’s ‘Capital of Cool’,
Berlin is Germany’s largest city.
Berlin is a city of culture and is shaped by encompassing a diverse range of
creative industries and serves as a popular tourist destination. Berlin is home
to the famous Humboldt University, where Albert Einstein and Karl Marx studied.
If that groundbreaking historical fact doesn’t enthral you, maybe the art
will. studied. If that groundbreaking historical fact doesn’t enthral you, maybe
the art will.
The whole city is a canvas made up of street art, graffiti and stickers leaving
little space untouched. Art covering everything from telephone poles, shop
fronts to U-Bahn stations and even the pavement itself.

Artistic talent can also be seen in the city’s architecture such as the
emblematic Reichstag. This building features the glass dome designed by
Norman Foster.
Other lesser known buildings from the GDR era have been converted into
distinctive night clubs. Whether a historical outing or a night on the town,
visitors are sure to get a taste of the old and the new.
A guide to Berlin would be incomplete without mentioning the vast array
of food the city has to offer. From traditional spätzle noodles to the more
prominent kebab, all taste buds are catered for, even on the strictest of budgets.
Not to mention the copious amounts of coffee and cake consumed daily
such as the rich German chocolate cake complimented by a steaming latte
macchiato.
When you’re not eating cake and drinking coffee Berlin is the perfect place
to practice retail therapy. For those with more than a pretty penny in their
pockets, The Gallery of Lafayette is the perfect place to take a stroll through
designer When you’re not eating cake and drinking coffee Berlin is the
perfect place to practice retail therapy. For those with more than a pretty
penny in their pockets, The Gallery of Lafayette is the perfect place to take a
stroll through designer stores. Those shopping on a shoe string budget will
appreciate the plethora of second hand shops and markets scattered all over
the city. -MC & HH
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CTR Travel Writing Team 2011

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