Germany is one of my favorite countries to visit.
I can’t pinpoint exactly what it is about it that I love so much. Maybe it’s the familiarity of the culture. Maybe it’s the authentic German food. Or it could be the history of the country.
Berlin is one of many cities in Germany that is rich in history. With it being Cameron’s first time in Berlin, we couldn’t pass up a visit to the Berlin Wall. For all the history nerds out there, in 1961, the communist government of the German Democratic Republic began constructing a wall out of concrete and barbed wire to separate East Germany from the west dividing the city of Berlin in half.
The wall separated people from jobs, divided families, and led to the death of many. In all, at least 171 people were killed trying to escape from East Germany. The wall finally came down in 1981 and the city of Berlin was reunified. There are a few places in the city where the wall still remains intact.
Our hotel was located right behind Berliner Dom, or the Berlin Cathedral. Centuries old, Berliner Dom is the largest church in the city and acts as the vital center for the Protestant Church of Germany. We loved waking up to views of this cathedral from our hotel room balcony.
While I have visited the country on multiple occasions, this was my first time to Germany during the holiday season. My favorite part of this trip to Berlin was the Christmas Markets that were planted in different parts of the city. With traditional German cuisine around every corner and Christmas decorations galore, it couldn’t have felt more like the holiday season. Every minute spent in these Christmas markets felt like a celebration.
I can’t wait to get back and explore some of the other cities and destinations in Germany. Berlin was a blast.