I have been to Germany on 3 separate occasions with this most recent time being my first trip to Berlin. It was the first week of the month I spent in Europe in October 2016. I instantly fell for Berlin. Even though I had previously only been to Bavaria (Nuremberg to be specific) I loved what I had seen of Germany and just knew I would love Berlin, thankfully the city did not disappoint.
Berlin is full of so many contrasts that I find endlessly interesting from a historical and visual perspective. The mix of old a new, trendy and historic, hip and tragically unhip is just everywhere. It is a mash up of the long and complex history of Germany in a uniquely Berlin way. I especially appreciate the reuse of old spaces into new alternative purposes, breathing new life into historic buildings. The Hamburger Bahnhof museum is a great example of this reuse. It was formally a train station and is now a cool and unique contemporary art museum (pro tip: if going on the weekend get there before it opens, the line gets long and for Germany the ticketing process is not that orderly). The Flughafen Templehof is another great example of this reuse of space. The old Templehof Airport (Flughafen = Airport) grounds are now a park for everyone to enjoy. There are soccer (ie football) fields, playgrounds, a community garden, places to picnic, dog park and more. I wish I had a bike to bike around the grounds as walking takes forever! In another creative reuse of the airport facilities the actual terminal as of 2015 started housing refugees as well.
Another thing I personally loved about Berlin was the gritty nature of a lot of areas. It is such a contrast to the quaintness of Bavaria. If you have seen my New York Photography you will know I am attracted to the imperfect, the dirty, the gritty and there was no shortness of such things in Berlin. As I was easing into my month long trip I took a lot of photos but I think if I went back now I would want to capture even more now that I am more familiar with the city. In my trip I missed so many things I wish I would have done or seen but there is always next time and for me there will definitely be a next time with Berlin.