Berlin - a unique blend of war, culture and techno.
- + 6
Europe18 days / August 2018
Highs & Lows
Museums, architechture, music, ruins, techno.
In the early 20th century, Berlin had become a fertile ground for the German Expressionist movement. At the end of the First World War in 1918, a republic was proclaimed by Philipp Scheidemann at the Reichstag building. Berlin is by far the cheapest capital city in Western Europe, so it's a great place for budget-minded travelers and backpackers seeking world-class museums, cheap food, crazy nightlife, and affordable accommodation. Apart from the history of The Great War, Berlin is the Techno capital of the world as it is considered, the hub of some of the best Techno clubs and Techno DJ’s.
Dresden is the capital city of the Germanstate of Saxony and its second most populous city, after Leipzig. Dresden has a long history as the capital and royal residence for the Electors and Kings of Saxony, who for centuries furnished the city with cultural and artistic splendour, and was once by personal union the family seat of Polish monarchs. The city was known as the Jewel Box, because of its baroque and rococo city centre. During the Nazi era from 1933 to 1945, the Jewish community of Dresden was reduced from over 6,000 (7,100 people were persecuted as Jews) to 41, mostly as a result of emigration, but later also deportation and murder. During the final months of the Second World War, Dresden harbored some 600,000 refugees, with a total population of 1.2 million. Dresden was attacked seven times between 1944 and 1945, and was occupied by the Red Army after the German capitulation.
Hamburg is a major international and domestic tourist destination. The Speicherstadt and Kontorhausviertel were declared World Heritage Sites by UNESCO in 2015. Hamburg's rivers and canals are crossed by around 2,500 bridges, making it the city with the highest number of bridges in Europe. Aside from its rich architectural heritage, the city is also home to notable cultural venues such as the Elbphilharmonie and Laeiszhalle concert halls. It gave birth to movements like Hamburger Schule and paved the way for bands including The Beatles. Hamburg is also known for several theatres and a variety of musical shows. St. Pauli's Reeperbahn is among the best-known European entertainment districts. In Nazi Germany (1933–1945), Hamburg was a Gau from 1934 until 1945. During the Second World War, Hamburg suffered a series of Allied air raids which devastated much of the city and the harbour. On 23 July 1943, Royal Air Force (RAF) and United States Army Air Force (USAAF) firebombing created a firestorm which spread from the Hauptbahnhof (main railway station) and quickly moved south-east, completely destroying entire boroughs such as Hammerbrook, Billbrook and Hamm South. Hamburg surrendered to British Forces on 3 May 1945, three days after Adolf Hitler's death. After the Second World War, Hamburg formed part of the British Zone of Occupation; it became a state of the then Federal Republic of Germany in 1949. From 1960 to 1962, the Beatleslaunched their career by playing in various music clubs like the Star Club in the city.
Q & A
What would you have changed?
Anything go wrong during the trip?
How was the food?
local cuisine and their beers
What tips would you give a friend?
trains and bus