berlin: the 'wurst'

No, no... I don't mean 'worst', I mean 'wurst' - as in sausage.  Traditional German cuisine involves a whole lot of sausage (and any kind of pork, really), potatoes and bread - not exactly the healthiest diet, but we did a ton of walking in Berlin, so we *hopefully* balanced out all that heavy eating.

Anyhow, let me go back to the beginning: we spent last weekend (well, 4 days) in Berlin.  Neither of us had been there before, but people kept telling us it was amazing, so we booked train tickets.  I wasn't really sure what to expect, other than lots of war-time history and pieces of the wall...

On first impressions Berlin isn't a beautiful city - it's large and a bit chaotic (the population is 3.4 million), there's construction or renovation going on everywhere and everything is covered in graffiti (both good and bad).  The effects of West & East Berlin coming together are still evident, even 20 years after the wall came down.  Somehow though, it grows on you... Maybe it's the culture of perseverance and self-expression I could sense or maybe it was seeing neighbourhoods away from the tourist circus, whatever it was, I have to say I'm starting to "get" Berlin, and I'm really glad we spent the weekend there.

The amount of history in Berlin is insane - there was so much to learn and understand - Berlin's complex history influences everything about the city.  Well, I'm not sure how it influences the ever-present bratwurst...but they were everywhere, as well as doner-kebabs that could be found allll over the city.

This post is mostly going to be pictures - a little peek into Berlin.  I've got a few more posts with more Berlin info and food stuff coming up.

The Reichstag Parliament Building.  If you book ahead you can climb the glass dome at the top for fantastic views of the city.   

The TV Tower in Alexanderplatz

The TV Tower in Alexanderplatz

The Ancient Market Gate of Miletus inside the Pergamon museum - worth checking out.  

The Ancient Market Gate of Miletus inside the Pergamon museum - worth checking out.  

Leberkase (kind of like meatloaf) & potato salad for lunch.  Yet another *light* meal. 

Leberkase (kind of like meatloaf) & potato salad for lunch.  Yet another *light* meal. 

Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

The Brandenberg Gate

The Brandenberg Gate