BACKPACKING AROUND EUROPE DAY 2: BERLIN

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For our second day we made our own breakfast at the hostel and then started our day at Checkpoint Charlie museum, which was built to document the “best border security system in the world” and had displays of all the ways people tried to escape East Berlin. As it went on though it seemed to veer off topic onto things like the Iraq War, NATO, the Human Rights Convention and there was SO much reading it got kind of boring and didn’t really seem to go in a logical order.

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Next we went to Gendarmenmarkt, a beautiful square which is surrounded by the Konzerthaus, the Franzosischer Dom and the Deutscher Dom.

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We had some pizza for lunch at an Italian restaurant down Unter den Linden (you’ll see a pattern emerging here).

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Next we went to look at the Brandenburg Gate, The memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and the Reichstag, the home of the German parliament. We wanted to go in the Reichstag but the queues were really long and the dome was closed for maintenance the whole time we were in Berlin.

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That night we decided to go out and check out Berlin’s nightlife. We had some beers at the hostel then headed over to Tresor, where the bouncers were super stern and hostile. We’d heard about another club Berghain that is really hard to get into but we managed to get in this one just fine. The Finnish boy we were with couldn’t believe it when they searched his bag on the way in and said he had a ‘very bad feeling’ about this place. Apparently they ‘just trust you’ in Finland. Inside it was very hipster and had an abandoned warehouse vibe going on. But the music, oh god the music was heavy, repetitive techno and we literally couldn’t last longer than 30 minutes in there. Don’t go if you don’t like heavy techno.

Find out how much I spent on this day here.

Previous day interrailing here.

Next day interrailing here.

Lily x

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