If Berlin is beckoning and you’re planning a visit, Yvonne Zagermann has the rundown for you in, “I Heart My City: Yvonne’s Berlin.” As I read her post, I was transported there reliving the adventures Adam and I had in July, August, and September of 2011. We even got to have dinner with her after our friends, Dan and Audrey from Uncornered Market, arranged a get together. Since Berlin was our first non-United States anti-vacation destination, it will always have a special place in my heart.
Zagermann recommends something for everyone from visiting the Jewish Museum Berlin (I’m disappointed we missed it), to people watching on Kastanienallee in Prenzlauer Berg because it’s called “Casting Alley” (we spent many days strolling there), to visiting the Berlin Zoo which is the oldest in Germany (but we skipped this attraction because zoos aren’t really our thing). I could go on and on because there’s so much to do in the city and surrounding areas. What makes the experience even more pleasurable is that Berlin does it without a lot of pretense. Overall, the vibe was casual and as she says,“This city doesn’t expect anything from you but to be yourself.”
We used to work at a place Zagermann mentions called St. Oberholz in Rosenthaler Platz and the collective creative vibe there was invigorating. There was plenty of natural light coming through the floor-to-ceiling windows and the wood floors made for a warm environment. Every time we went, there was a sea of MacBooks being used by the patrons. Sometimes it could be mistaken for an Apple store. This area of Berlin is called “Silicon Allee” (allee means avenue in German) because of its high concentration of tech start-ups. St. Oberholz held a special place in our hearts because we love third places like it that serve great coffee and alcoholic options to enjoy while we tap away on our laptops.
The natural beauty of Berlin is also impressive. We were lucky enough to visit many of the lakes there and spent time at Straus Lake which is just outside of the city. Like Zagermann suggests, these are not to be missed!
Yes, I truly heart Berlin and will definitely return there someday. If you’ve been to Berlin, are there any experiences you had there worth sharing? Use the comments section below to join the conversation.
To read Zagermann’s entire article, click below:
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