A legacy to enjoy and reconnect
Art events throughout Berlin, amongst concerts, theater and exhibits, are the daily bread of everyday in this city blessed by a universal culture, on the other hand, it’s record variety, bars and parties make a night out an authentic opportunity to live an atmosphere of freedom and celebration.
To arrive at Berlin by boat is possible through Warnemünde, a port that reaches the Warnow River, which you can access through the Baltic Sea. This place is an authentic and charming fishing destination, which is ideal to know with a bike and whose beaches are a delight for their soft and white sands.
One of the first things to see in Berlin is Brandenburg Gate, a historic structure that today represents the peace and freedom of the united Germany, although its origins are attributed to the ancient past of the German people. In the Egyptian Museum you can admire the legendary bust of Nefertiti; a walk through the Botanical Garden, which generates the most sublime mood.
One thing must be clear; every activity in Berlin is bound to be memorable and can only be discovered in a very personal way, because it is a complete guarantee that Berlin has a different perspective for each of us.
In Germany there are nearly 40 sites inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list, it is crowned by the Berlin Museumsinsel (“Museum Island”), a group that protects some of the best and most visited museums worldwide. Comprised of the Pergamon Museum (Pergamonmuseum), Old Museum (Altes Musum) New Museum Berlin (Neues Museum), Alte Nationalgalerie (Alte Nationalgalerie) and the Bode Museum (Bode Museum), no visit to Berlin can be complete without this tour.
As for souvenirs, Germany is full of them. Few know that the teddy bear is a symbol of Berlin and Germans in general, because in reality it is an original creation of Margaret Steiff, German designer of toys who created a line of stuffed animals in 1880, including a teddy bear who later was popularized by US President Theodore Roosevelt (hence the concept of Teddy bear).
Other souvenir that predominates is the Ampelmännchen, or the “traffic light man”. This character is so iconic, it even has its own store in the German capital: Ampelmann Shop. Created in the 60s by psychologist Karl Peglau for East German traffic lights, the character of the hat was successful and after the unification an attempted to remove the traffic lights was made, causing demonstrations to those who had retired, which was achieved in 2005.
“It is said that in communist Germany, the Ampelmann was the only worker who was happy to work,” says a Berlin expression.
In addition, in Berlin cuckoo clocks from the Black Forest are made by hand; originals come from the region of Schonach, but also in Berlin can be easily found and as we know, the German watchmaking is excellent and there are many artisans who practice in this land.
Berlin’s Christmas markets are a tradition that many enjoy, plus they are very diverse and specialized. In them you can find the Lebkuchen and Herzlebkuchen, delicious gingerbread cookies decorated in charming ways; some of them even have written messages, as some are very tender, but others may contain racy notes, so if your German is not good it can be confusing and create a comic and awkward situation.
Another thing that you must do without a doubt-even if you are not a lover of this drink-is to have a good German beer. This activity is made under a law that operates from 1516 and among the most popular brands of Berlin you can find the typical: Becks, Paulaner, Veltins, Warsteine and Königpilsener. The Weißbier is a beer originated in Berlin and it has a refreshing fruity taste. Incidentally, during the first weekend of August, the traditional Beer Festival of Berlin takes place, a party in every sense of the word.
Meanwhile, German sausages are a national secret whose creation is only known by local butchers, especially the Thuringia sausage recipe, which has over 600 years of existence, it’s taste has also acknowledged by Goethe in a legendarily matter. In Berlin there is a museum dedicated to the sausage and the local specialty: the Currywurst, a plate of this sausage made of pork and cut into pieces, seasoned with curry and ot spices, bathed in a delicious sauce. We find this delight everywhere, from street stalls to elegant pubs.