Tuesday 21 October 2014

The Weekly Read: Why every student should see Berlin

Our newest contributor Aine Freeman headed off to Berlin on a whim and was stunned by all the German capital had to offer...

The world famous Hotel Adlon in Berlin
The world famous Hotel Adlon in Berlin

Cheap Ryanair flights and a severe phobia of boredom coaxed myself and my best friend to spend four nights living it up in in the German capital during the Easter break.

The trip has left me impressed beyond words with the stunning city, which by day three had me dreading the flight back to Shannon. 

 

Relaxation

One of the first things that struck me about Berlin was how relaxed it is. Surprising in it itself, considering it is the capital of a major European city. However the pace is quite slow in Berlin.

Having adventured around the city at all hours of the day, we never found the city to be exceedingly busy.

There was always space to sit on the U-Bahn (Berlin’s underground service), room to stretch your legs on the streets and stunning views unobstructed by the usual hoards of tourists.  There is no doubt that UL library in the middle of study week presents a more frazzled appearance than this huge city.

 

Food

A deciding factor on whether I enjoy anything in life is how good the food is. Berlin exceeds all expectations when it comes to food. As a student my budget for holiday spending wasn’t huge and yet I was able to enjoy top cuisine all week.

The capital spoils you for choice, offering it’s own German dishes along side Turkish, American and Asian food.  The cost of eating out was significantly less than eating out here. Even the McDonalds Euro-saver menu was cheaper.

Berlin is also big on ‘Happy Hours’ deal, which cut the cost of meals by up to a fiver for a few hours a day, usually around lunchtime. Food stalls were huge in the city with noodle huts and curry wurst (native German sausage dish) stalls found at every corner of the city, leaving it impossible for you to go hungry. Bakeries are also prominent and full of never seen before pastries at surprisingly low prices, the perfect place for breakfast or a snack.                               

 

Concentration Camp

The only building destroyed is the crematorium or gas chambers, which were bombed by the government in the 50s for unknown reasons. The foundations however are still there and contain a lot of history.  Entrance to the camp is surprisingly free without a guide and a must-see for all, not just students.

 

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