Deutschland, Deutschland über alles

After a very eye-opening experience in Magaluf this summer, I decided on a more gentle City Break to Germany for some last minute time away before returning for my second year at University. 5 days in the Capital of Berlin, to witness the sights of a Country landscaped over a lifetime of wars and history.

Whilst on my visit to Berlin I visited the historic landmarks of the Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Wall, TV Tower, Checkpoint Charlie and the Reichstag, to name but a few. On this particular visit, I was not able to visit one of the humbling sights of the Concentration Camps enforced by Adolf Hitler, but the history and the education in the other sights were enough for me to feel grateful not to have lived through such an experience.

The iconic Brandenburg Gate which allowed people entry into Berlin

The iconic Brandenburg Gate which allowed people entry into Berlin.

An iconic sign at the site of Checkpoint Charlie, a crossing point in the Berlin Wall between East and West Germany

An iconic sign at the site of Checkpoint Charlie, a crossing point in the Berlin Wall between East and West Germany.

The TV Tower, completed in 1969 is visible across Berlin and is the tallest structure in Germany. Looks particularly nice at night-time

The TV Tower, completed in 1969 is visible across Berlin and is the tallest structure in Germany. Looks particularly nice at night-time.

A full day of spotting the sights of Berlin was enough to entice me with two days of more relaxing exploration of the city, of which I took the time to visit the Berlin Zoo home to the most species of animal in any zoo in the World, and the Olympic Stadium which has been renovated since the 1936 Summer Olympics. The bad reputation of the stadium linked with Adolf Hitler left the Stadium looking worn down, but the victory of hosting the 2006 World Cup meant the stadium got a much needed face-lift and looks exceptional again today.

The zoo was home to some very lively lions, and with so many pictures I have tried to select my favourite from all the possible photographs, it was a very tough decision though!

One Tired Chimp

One of my favourite captures from the Zoo, one of the Lions roaring in the distance

One of my favourite captures from the Zoo, one of the Lions roaring in the distance.

The significant roof of the Olympic Stadium on a clear, sunny day.

The significant roof of the Olympic Stadium on a clear, sunny day.

So that’s a little overview of my time in Berlin, I would advise people to take the time to do City Breaks as well as beach breaks because they offer so much more personally and are a lot more original, you have the chance to take in some wonderful sights and value what you have in life. You can also get them for a fraction of the price, so what isn’t to like when its easy on the pockets!

Deutschland, Deutschland über alles

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