Destinations Europe

Berlin Pt. 2 – Shopping and architecture

October 24, 2015

Considering the last post, you might think we only headed from restaurants to coffee shops and snack booths during our trip. Well this is certainly kind of true but we didn’t ignore the other attractions of Berlin completely. Although I didn’t buy anything at the Mauerpark flea market, I enjoyed being among a cool bunch of people. I’m not of a big shopper anyway but I don’t mind browsing around. The market is so big that I got a little tired though 😛

Sometimes selling clothes is simple as that, but it looks like people are busy in their phones.

Berlin35Berlin36I’m not a huge Starbucks fan but I bet this cute booth can save a coffee addict’s life.

Berlin36-3We stumbled accidentally into this cool designed mall: Bikini Berlin. My bf totally geeked out on its architecture.

Berlin38It’s right next to the zoo and from the window you can watch monkeys in their outdoor enclosure. What a cool spot to hang out!

Berlin37Berlin39Berlin40Last time I missed the online registration for visiting the glass roof of the Bundestag, the national parliament of Germany. The structure is very interesting and smart, unfortunately the view was a little restricted because of the rain. However don’t forget to book an appointment if you’re planning to visit it.

Berlin41I thought the spiral architecture would look better in b/w 😉

Berlin44-2Berlin42Berlin44-3Berlin45Berlin46The East Side Gallery is another must-see. This one is probably the most famous artwork of the open-air gallery showing Soviet leader Leonid Brezhnev and East German leader Erich Honecker giving a fraternal kiss. Yes, fraternal – this graffiti isn’t a joke someone made up, it’s based on a real photograph!

Berlin48Berlin49Tempelhof airport is a huge complex in the middle of the city but not operating as an airport anymore. However it’s a place of rich history and monumental architecture. Too bad that we missed the guided tour which is the only way to get a peak inside. Oh well, it’s on my list for my next visit!

Berlin50Berlin51So do you have a favourite place in Berlin? Let me know in the comments!

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26 Comments

  • Reply mintnoti October 24, 2015 at 7:18 pm

    Wow, looks like you had an amazing time! I’d love to visit someday. By they way, I love your photography style. Those black and white photos are so pretty! 🙂

    http://www.mintnotion.com

    • Reply sileas October 28, 2015 at 3:23 pm

      Thank you so much!! I’m also quite happy how they came out 🙂

  • Reply Nat Worldwild October 24, 2015 at 9:47 pm

    Klasse Fotos! Die schwarz-weiß Aufnahmen sind wirklich spitze geworden!

    • Reply sileas October 28, 2015 at 3:23 pm

      Dankeschön 🙂

  • Reply rae tashman (@lovefromberlin) October 24, 2015 at 11:17 pm

    Really lovely photos – looks like you had an incredible time in Berlin and Bikini Berlin is def. a fun place to check out if you are into design.

    Rae | Love from Berlin

    • Reply sileas October 28, 2015 at 3:25 pm

      I did, thank you! I’m glad we found that mall randomly!

  • Reply SueT唐 梦 琇 October 25, 2015 at 7:08 am

    I also love the black and white photographs…they are excellent.

    • Reply sileas October 28, 2015 at 3:25 pm

      Thanks a lot Sue 🙂

  • Reply The Tastemonials October 25, 2015 at 9:54 am

    Du hast recht, der Reichstag in s-w sieht wunderbar stylish aus. Wenn ich in Berlin bin, gehe ich immer im Traditionsrestaurant Zur Letzten Instanz (http://zurletzteninstanz.com) Buletten essen. Die sind eine echte Institution! Viel Spaß noch, liebe Grüsse Heike

    • Reply sileas October 28, 2015 at 3:26 pm

      Hmm das sieht ja nett aus! Danke für diesen Tip!

  • Reply Mitzie Mee October 25, 2015 at 11:15 am

    That glass roof looks amazing! Not really sure about my favorite place in Berlin, but I really liked the hip, dynamic vibe, which is everywhere. When we were in pilot school, my husband managed to snatch a training flight to Tempelhof right before it closed:)

    • Reply sileas October 28, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      Wow pilot school – how exciting! You’re right, Berlin feels so hip everywhere 😉

  • Reply annie lee October 26, 2015 at 6:20 am

    omg that starbucks booth is the cutest!! you’ve captured some amazing shots of the city sileas 🙂

    • Reply sileas October 28, 2015 at 3:29 pm

      Thank you Annie! Yeah I loved that booth. I almost feel bad that I don’t drink coffee 😛

  • Reply Tiffany Ang October 26, 2015 at 5:46 pm

    Bikini Berlin!!!! That’s a kind of place I love to hangout the whole day 😀
    And the cute lovely Starbucks stand, haha…is there any special flavor coffee or tea in Berlin? I am always looking for special flavour around different country 🙂
    Oh~ I just love this post, it gives me that weekend vibe of exploring a new place!

    http://tiffgoesto.com/

    • Reply sileas October 28, 2015 at 12:14 pm

      Unfortunately I’m not drinking coffee, so I can’t tell you anything about the flavours 🙁 But Berlin is full of hip coffee and tea shops, so I’m sure you’ll find something 😉

  • Reply dayinmydreams October 27, 2015 at 4:21 am

    totally beautiful! love the color, the city looks so alive
    http://dayinmydreams.com/

    • Reply sileas October 28, 2015 at 11:47 am

      Thank you! It’s a lot going on there…

  • Reply Paleica October 27, 2015 at 9:14 am

    du warst am tempelhof flughafen? so cool. das haben wir leider nicht geschafft. auch sonst hast du ein “ganz anderes” berlin gesehen als ich 🙂 (mit ausnahme der east side gallery). die s/w aus dem reichstagsgebäude finde ich übrigens besonders toll!

    • Reply sileas October 28, 2015 at 11:45 am

      Danke! Schon witzig wie unterschiedlich die Städte wahrgenommen werden 🙂 Wir wollten eigentlich in den Tempelhof hinein, aber haben leider die Führungen verpasst. Das nächste Mal dann 😉

      • Reply Paleica October 28, 2015 at 11:46 am

        hab ich mir auch vorgenommen 🙂

  • Reply Vicky T. October 27, 2015 at 4:04 pm

    This looks like such a fun trip. Hope you had a great time

    Vicky
    https://vickysscrapbook.wordpress.com/

    • Reply sileas October 28, 2015 at 12:35 pm

      Thank you! Being in a new city always excites me 🙂

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  • Reply Jenny Stephens April 20, 2016 at 4:27 am

    Berlin looks like such an interesting city. You have taken some wonderful photos here 🙂

    • Reply sileas April 20, 2016 at 10:54 am

      Thank you! In my opinion it’s one of the most interesting cities in Europe 🙂

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