WORLD CUP FINALS!!!
13.07.2014 - 20.07.2014
Man, berlin's pretty fucking sweet. Got here just in time to see Germany destroy Argentina in the Cup finals. They had public screenings of the match on huuge screens throughout the middle of the city with bars, DJs, a Ferris wheel, and people everywhere. This random Canadian girl and I were crashing together in a hotel. Some locals took us to some cool spots after that near Checkpoint Charlie, a famous spot on the wall.
The next day we checked out a few sites and went on the pubcrawl. I jumped in a cab with some Norwegians and ended up on the roof of this skyscraper near Brandenburg Gate where there was a cool club.
The German team came home the next day, but we could only see the buses and tv screens. We went on a nice walking tour, though, and ate some German dinner on the river. We saw a lot of the pieces still standing of the Berlin Wall.
We went on a tour to the concentration camps in Sachsenhausen and some biergartens the next day.
I spent a day checking out the Anne Frank Center and this workshop for blind and deaf Jewish workers during the war, where some of them were able to be hidden and saved. Oh, and I got to see Anne Frank's diary. I also checked out the synagogue which is the biggest in Germany and dates to the 1800s. I went to one of the the old museums, too, where there were Christian artifacts from the 200s. There were some books from the 1300s, too. Crazy! This artist named Schluter was one of the main attractions.
I met some people at this epic museum with buildings and artifacts from as early as 4000 BCE. Yeah, there were walls and gates of ancient temples and ziggurats from places like the Babylonian and Assyrian empires. Then we just hung out at the biergarten.
I saw a gallery full of European paintings from the 13th century on. There're around 1500 works that they show there at a time. Lots of Botticelli, Jan van Eyck, Albrecht Dürer, Gainsborough, Caravaggio, Raffael, Tizian, Rembrandt, Peter Paul Rubens, Diego Velázquez, and Bosch. I went to a "beach" club later. They just pour a bunch of sand around this little river. It was kinda cool.
Finally, I saw a museum of mostly Egyptian artifacts. It had tons of sarcophagi and statues and canopic jars and papyrus scrolls and sculptures. It's famous for this one statue of Nefertiti that's from about 1300 BCE. There's also this old golden hat for telling the date.
Brandenburg Gate/Tiergarten: 9
Berlin Wall: 7.5
Bode Museum: 9.5
Pergamon Museum: 10
Anne Frank Center: 10
Otto Weidt's Workshop for the Blind: 9
Jewish Cemetary: 7.5
Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp: 9
Hacheschen Höfe: 8.5
Neues Museum: 10
Gemäldegalerie: 9.5 (even though it was too big for me to see it all)