New Year's Eve in Berlin
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.
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