At first glance Berlin could pass for an American city. The modern buildings, the crowds of diverse people, and the abundance of shopping malls made me feel like I was back in the States. But if you look past the façade, you’ll find the history held within the city. I was fortunate enough to have a very knowledgeable tour guide who shared information about the rich history that covers every block of the city.
I found the history to be very interesting. Berlin was heavily bombed in World War II, leaving only a few original buildings standing. We explored a church that had withstood the bombings, though only about a quarter of the building was left. It was not rebuilt and thus serves as a reminder of the background behind the structure. Many buildings were under reconstruction to maintain the cities original appearance.
On the last day, I visited the Berlin Wall, which once separated the city to the East and West sides. The wall has a somber history behind it, but it was nice to see the city embracing a part of the remains with creative and colorful artwork.
Berlin is definitely worth the visit; the city is bursting with fascinating history (and superb shopping)!
The world awaits…discover it.