48 Hours in Berlin: Photo Diary

48 Hours in Berlin: Photo Diary

Last weekend I jumped on a plane to Berlin to visit my pal, Liv.

Arriving just after 3pm on the Friday, and leaving at 3pm on the Sunday, we didn’t have long to see the sights. So, in classic Imii style, we decided to buy a two day pass for the Berlin tour buses. Lazy and practical, as always.

Berlin has been on my list for a long long time. It’s one of those cities that everyone raves about and everyone has an opinion on once they’ve been. It’s renowned for being one of the coolest, edgiest places on earth and I couldn’t wait to explore.

In the next few day’s I’ll be uploading a little video-log (I know, right) so look out for that, but in the mean time here are a few of my photos from the weekend. I actually took very few photos – for reasons I explain a little further down – but what I did record are right here. As you can see, Berlin is a pretty excellent place (and oh so different to Paris).

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Berlin is a really cool place – probably far too cool for me.

It’s also very obviously still recovering from everything that happened to its people throughout the 20th century. While I have no issue photographing the wall, I did not take any shots of any of the war memorials or museums because I just don’t believe that they can do them justice. The Holocaust Memorial was one of the saddest, most thought provoking places I have ever been, as well as numerous other places around Berlin. While they don’t feature here, if you’re ever in Berlin I can’t recommend them enough.

(Shout out to the people taking selfies because you all made me feel so ridiculously uncomfortable…)

However, for somewhere so steeped in tragedy, it is remarkably colourful. What’s left of the wall, especially the East Side Gallery, is stunning. As I say, Berlin is way too cool for me.

Unfortunately, we didn’t get to have a proper look at the Brandenburg gate either, owing to the protests over the weekend. I’m not sure if the UK news covered it, but French news did – people are getting annoyed at a lot of things, and then other people got annoyed at them. It genuinely was a protest, as well as a protest against the protest.

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What do you think of Berlin?
Which European cities are on your bucket list?


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  • Jessie Lewis says:

    Berlin looks soooo pretty! I’m desperate to go on a mini city break! xx

    Jessie | allthingsbeautiful-x

  • Patti Blue says:

    I’ve never properly been to Berlin, so I’ve never actually seen the sights. I’ve only been around other peoples flats, so it is definitely on my list to go visit properly soon. I totally understand that you felt uncomfortable with people taking selfies of memorials and such. Sometimes I feel like social media has the ability to make brains disappear 😉
    Patti Shifting Tales

  • MAY CHO says:

    Berlin’s street art is insane! I’ve only ever heard about the place from my brother who resides near the area and seen photos of the place through the internet, but gosh, I’d love to visit Berlin one day. Looking forward to your vlog, Imii!


  • Hannah says:

    oh my god amazing colourful pictures! begin looked so great!


  • Lucy says:

    I’ve always wanted to visit Berlin – your photos are gorgeous!

    Lucy | Forever September

  • Eline Punt says:

    Berlin is so different from any other city in Europe. When I went there a few years back I fell in love with it. Especially the wall. It’s so impressive and the place has such a history. I do agree with you that it’s probably a city that is a little bit too cool for me, but I love it nonetheless. Two cities that are on my european bucket list are definitely Lisbon and Barcelona. Luckily I’m visiting Lisbon in about a month.

    Eline | http://www.elinesreturnticket.blogspot.com

  • Charlotte says:

    I really want to go back to Berlin for a third time, it’s such an interesting city! Really looking forward to your vlog xx

    Charlotte / Colours & Carousels

  • Martha Jane says:

    I’ve never been to Berlin but I really want to. Your photos are incredible, Imii x

    Martha Jane | http://www.marthajanemusic.com

  • B Shannon says:

    Stunning photos as usual 🙂 Berlin looks so bright, colourful and pretty. I’d love to visit, I really want to travel more xx
    Becky Shannon xx – Life-by-Becky

  • Aimee Julia says:

    Berlin looks lovely – very colourful! One of the many places on my to-visit list when I have the money! x http://www.aimeeraindropwrites.co.uk x

  • Becky Bedbug says:

    I was SO excited to visit Berlin but it just didn’t stir anything in me as a city. I’ve been in love with the German language and the whole idea of Germany for a long time so I haven’t given up on it. I just think I need to try more traditional, Bavarian cities.

    I took photos of the Holocaust memorial because I feel really strongly about documenting such important, powerful reminders of the past. Seeing people climbing all over it with selfie sticks, however, was something that made me really angry. I think there’s a huge difference in respect between photoraphing a memorial and using it as a prop for yourself.

    • Imii Mace says:

      I felt exactly the same way about Berlin – it was brilliant but not really my kind of city!
      I completely agree about the memorials too – I felt I just couldn’t do it justice with my camera so turned it off completely, but there were hoards of people just running about and taking selfies and all sorts (at one point I saw a guy litter right in the middle of the memorial!)
      It really does all come down to respect, as you say! Tasteful photos are perfect!

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