The Berlin hashtag on Instagram tops out at nearly 18 million posts – and once we’ve filtered out the mirrored six pack shots, pensive models, and shameless corpororate promotion there’s at least a couple hundred thousand for the rest of us 😉
The monument-heavy city with a tangible history and a stroke of creativity and openmindedness is as must see as a city gets.
And if you haven’t been on a trip to Berlin then at least get a peak at it through a camera lens.
Here’s a quick tour of Berlin through the filters of Instagram.
Brandenburg Gate in a Puddle
This neoclassical monument inspired by the Acropolis in Athens was ordered built by King Friedrich Wilhelm II in 1791 and is a symbol of peace and unity in Berlin.
Gas Masks on Sale
It’s hard for many to make the disconnect between Berlin and its pivitol role in recent world conflicts so it’s no surprise that savvy street sellers are fully aware of this.
A Stroll Through the Reichstag
This historical Berlin edifice was almost completely destroyed during the war but persists as the current seat of German parliament – the roof terrace and dome are open to the public and offer spectacular views.
Some Cutesy Street Art
Berlin is known the world over as the ‘graffiti Mecca’ and a quick stroll through the city does nothing short of confirm this – cameras at the ready!
The Olympic Stadium
This behemouth originally built for the 1936 Summer Olympics is the largest stadium in Germany and has played host to the World Cup, Champion’s League Final, and a ton of prestigious entertainment events.
Two Buildings United
Not just walls but entire buildings bear the mark of great artists, like this one situated on Herzbergstr in East Berlin.
The City Framed With a Tree
Being a flat city by nature it’s hard to come by a good photo of the city from above, though this shot from someone’s plant-heavy balcony almost creates the idea there’s a hill to look down from.
Waiting Near Checkpoint Charlie
The main checkpoint for travelling tourists between East and West Berlin on famous Friedrichstrasse is now a shell of its former self – a collection of shops, internet cafes, and fast food restaurants.
This towering Baroque revival cathedral is known at the Protestant St Peter’s and even though it was only built in 1905 it stands on the site of many earlier structures.
A Snaking S-Bahn Train
With 15 lines serving 166 stations and 1,300,000 passengers daily this rapid transport system famous for its automated mechanical control is one of the most efficient in Europe.
The World Famous Tiergarten
Berlin’s Tiergarten (‘Animalgarden’ in German) was named so due to its role as the space where the ruling class would go to hunt wild boar and pheasants. Today it’s the largest and most used urban park in the city.