Grantourismo in Germany

New Year's Eve in Berlin

Berlin Wall After Krakow, our Grantourismo team headed off to Berlin to celebrate the arrival of the New Year and learn more about the city's culture, history and cuisine. From their cosy apartment in Prenslauer Berg, Lara and Terry explored their local neighbourhood with its lovely vintage clothes, atmospheric bars and rich history. They visited nearby markets, ate and drank locally and got an insight into the history of the Berlin Wall.

Read all Lara and Terry's posts on their trip to Germany

Living locally in Berlin

Once a lot more edgy and alternative, the neighbourhood of Prenslauer Berg, Lara and Terry's 'home away from home' in Berlin, is still quite bohemian, dotted with vintage clothes and furniture shops, interesting boutiques owned by young local designers, record and design stores, and plenty of restaurants, cafés, bars and beer gardens. Having so much to explore right on their doorstep, Lara and Terry decided to centre very much on their neighbourhood during their stay in Berlin.

As always, the couple started off by visiting their local market, the Mauerpark Flea Market. Every Sunday this buzzy flea market is being held in a public space created along a section where the Berlin Wall once stood in Prenzlauer Berg. The couple knew about the history of the Wall but they wanted to learn more about its impact on their neighbours and Berliners more generally, so they decided to sign up for a Walking the Wall tour with Context docent Julian Smith-Newman.

Often the best way into a local culture, the best way to discover a place, is through a local, so in Berlin the Grantourismo team met with Gerd Tepass, a bar manager at the Michelberger Hotel. What's more, during their stay, Lara and Terry also met travel writer, guidebook author, and Slow Travel Berlin founding editor Paul Sullivan and chatted about his blog, slow travelling and Berlin in general. 

And as their neighbourhood offered them plenty of opportunities for drinking, shopping and eating, the couple also sampled some inviting bars in the area, shopped at the nearby vintage clothes shops and experienced the diverse food scene, from Turkish, Vietnamese and Indian restaurants to hearty German cuisine.

Property 541340 Property 541340 - Lara and Terry's 'HomeAway from home' in Berlin was a stylish apartment located on the 4th floor of a restored 1900s building on Oderberger Strasse, one of the most popular streets in Berlin. The property consists of a living room with a design sofa-bed, a bedroom with a leather king-size bed, a fully equipped kitchen with ample space for cooking and dining, a large bathroom with bathtub/shower and a balcony with great views of the whole street. The apartment has been completely remodeled and renovated while maintaining original features like arched windows and beautiful hardwood floors and is decorated with an eclectic mix of contemporary design furniture and vintage pieces from the 60s and 70s.

The property is available to rent on (Property 541340).


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