I was finally able to check out Berlin over a recent weekend and I can say with 100% confidence that I will be returning in the near future. Berlin won't win any beauty contests any time soon, but it's crusty and funky and rough around the edges in all the right ways.
Berlin is pretty spread out, but is very walkable (especially if you're not in a rush) and the public transportation is well-connected and super easy to figure out. That characteristic crust and funk is exactly why so many people have moved there sure that they'd realize their dreams of becoming a famous artist or musician. David Bowie was already famous when he escaped to Berlin to clean up and you can visit the apartment he shared with Iggy Pop during their time there. It's nothing special - nowadays, the building sports a prominent sign advertising physical therapy and massage services, but if you're a Bowie fan, it's still fun to go see the building and imagine what went on there.
And then there are the photo booths. I recently listened to a podcast about a girl who is attracted to photo booths. She is really struggling with the fact that photo booths are disappearing. Somebody, please tell that girl to move to Berlin where they are alive and well and just about everywhere!
Of course, Berlin is known for its art scene, so checking it out is almost mandatory. We decided to give taking a guided tour a go and would definitely do it again. We booked an art scene tour through Context Travel. Our tour guide was knowledgeable, has been part of Berlin's art scene for years so had some insider insight, and switched gears throughout the tour based on our preferences. Plus, there were only three of us total on the tour so it was really personal.
And last, but really not because this was probably the highlight of the trip for me, the food scene in Berlin is incredible. There were so many options that we decided to make life simple and eat vegan the whole time we were there and we still didn't eat everywhere we wanted to. Seriously, from the second we got off the metro from the airport and walked into the amazing vegetarian buffet-style restaurant, Seerose, to the vegan currywurst we had washed down by a few beautiful cocktails, like this Dark n' Stormy from Chaostheorie, the food options were endless. There were even food trucks parked outside the airport! And Berlin's bars? They're just my style: dimly lit with cozy, worn couches and lively conversation.
Berlin, I hope to see you soon!