When it comes to Berlin, what’s the first thing that comes to your mind? Brandenburger Tor, Berlin Wall, bear or beer?
Being the largest city and the capital of Germany, Berlin has all it takes to be a place worth visiting for people of all ages. For those who are interested in history, the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie will tell you, in an illustrative manner, how Germany, as well as Berlin, was divided into four occupation zones by the allied powers, and how people in those days could cross from one zone to another. Close to the Berlin Wall remains is the Topography of Terror, which was the headquarters of the Gestapo and the SS. It is now an exhibition about the institution of the SS and the crimes perpetrated throughout Europe.
The Berlin Wall is not only about history. If you are an art lover, take a stroll along the East Side Gallery to see the paintings on this 1.3 km-long section of the Berlin Wall. Alternatively, you may spend a day on Museum Island and do a museum crawl.
What’s more, this capital city of Germany is also full of amazing architecture. The famous Brandenburger Tor, Reichtag, Berliner Dom, and Marienkirche are all beautifully constructed and they stand out by their own unique styles. As these sights are not far from each other, wandering around in the city or riding a bike is a great way to explore the city, see the ubiquitous graffiti and feel the Berliner atmosphere.
While the city may already seem fairly interesting for travelling, there is indeed much more to explore. If you have a month or two, it will be ever better because you can get to know Berlin in a not so touristy way. Take shopping as an example, a typical travel guide will lead you to the most famous shopping malls and department stores. But if you get the chance to feel like a local, the flea markets, such as the Trödelmarkt or Kunstmarkt will amaze you because they sell everything, from your grandmother’s china to the latest hipster trends in vintage fashion.
In CTR, project members in Berlin usually work closely together for 1-3 months to produce a stunning tourist guide for young people. In the mornings, they attend classes to polish their German language skills and in the afternoons, members sometimes take journalism workshops and in other times, they go around the city to research on the sightseeing spots, museums, restaurants and beer garden, etc.. Project members also conduct interviews and write reviews on the entertainment that they enjoyed in order to make their tourist guide more intriguing and helpful.