|An old church on Museum Island|
When we arrived at our hostel, the person at the front desk checking us in told us about a free walking tour that would be departing from the hostel at 1pm. We decided that since we had no plans for the day, it would be great to be shown around the city for free. We met up with the tour in the lobby of our hostel and were on our way.
|Memorial for the Murdered Jews of Europe|
When you walk toward this monument, at first it is difficult to tell what it really is. But, when you begin walking around inside it, you can really feel the impact and an utter feeling of lonliness and sadness that the monument was intended to give. When we visited it, we spent a good 20 minutes just wandering around inside, through the winding pathways lined with cement towers.
|In this square, the Nazis held a book burning, now a monument|
By the end of our tour, we were all exhausted, so we ended up getting street food for dinner and then returning to the hostel and sleeping.
The next day, we spent the morning wandering around on our own, taking pictures. At lunch time, we made our way to a beer garden to have delicious sausages. I was super proud of myself because I was able to order in German and have the cashier understand me (phrase book for the win!).
Overall, I loved Berlin: the youthful and artistic vibe, the history, the food, and the people. I definitely would love to go back there again someday.