In many European countries, in recognition of Easter, both Good Friday and Easter Monday are holidays, providing the perfect opportunity to travel. This year I stayed put and hung out with two traveling divas who decided to spend Easter weekend in Berlin! I love hosting my friends, it gives me a great chance to rediscover the city. We focused our sight seeing efforts on the Holocaust Memorial, Brandenburg Gate, Alexanderplatz and the East Side Gallery. We would have seen much more but our time outside was cut short due to freezing cold temperatures and a snow storm that hit!
My weekend in Berlin started out with a hearty brunch with a group of friends at the California Breakfast Slam, in Neukölln. With our bellies full of American inspired brekkie, we then headed towards the new center of Berlin to visit the Holocaust Memorial.
The Holocaust Memorial also know as the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, consist of 2,711 concrete slabs called stelae that are arranged in a grid on a sloping field. The stelae are all the same length and width but vary in height, creating a disorienting atmosphere. Underneath the memorial is a museum which contains the names of all known Jewish victims of the Holocaust.
The Place of Information is located underground and is accessible via a stairwell. The underground museum provides details about many of the victims of the Holocaust, including personal correspondence, family profiles and heart-wrenching tales of escape.
After the museum we slowly made our way to Brandenburg Gate, we took quite a few pictures and the weather started to get colder. Since no weekend in Berlin would be complete without sweets we decided to hunt down some sugary goodness in Berlin’s Old Town. Earlier in the week I discovered Tiger Törtchen on twitter. They are a fairly new cupcakery in Berlin and specialize in mini cupcakes. I didn’t know what to make of the tiny cupcakes but due to their size you are able sample more flavors, YUM! They also offer savory non traditional cupcakes like goat cheese and fig!
By the time we left the shop on our way to Friedrichstr, it began to snow! That’s right on the first week of April in year our Lord 2012, it snowed in Berlin. The winds were so harsh that we had to duck into a building entrance for a photo op :). It was unbelievable, not rain, not hail, not wintery mix, proper snow. My goodness!
On Easter Sunday we had much better luck with the weather. To take advantage of this we hit up the East Side Gallery. The East side Gallery is a 1.3 km stretch of the Berlin Wall, complete with murals from artist from all over the world. We took advantage of the sun, mild temperatures and amazing colors of the wall to snap some more photos.
What did you end up doing for Easter? What did we miss? Any suggestions for other people who are hoping to spend a weekend in Berlin?
Be sure to find me on facebook for more pictures from that weekend.