Just as a reminder, my name is Dominique Jeanpierre, and I’m a rising senior PR major who is currently interning in Berlin, Germany, for the summer.
As I enter my last week in Berlin, I am truly finding this experience to be bittersweet to say the least. However, to reflect upon my experiences, I hope you all enjoy my list of “must-do’s” in Berlin!
1. Explore the many parks in Berlin! Berlin is known for its greenery and eco-friendly atmosphere, so make sure to visit a park if you are ever in town! My personal favorite parks are Volkspark Friedrichshain, Victoria Park and Tempelhofer airport (an abandoned airport turned into a park). While in Berlin, I grew to appreciate each new park I would visit. For most Berliners, it is common to hang out at the park, to relax or decompress. I found it interesting that something as small as going to the park was so different because, in Berlin, it so ingrained in their culture to habitually go to the park at the end of the day. Whereas in Austin, going to the park is, at most, a place to just spend time with your dog or a place to have a cute picnic with friends once a month.
2. Grab cheap street food after a long day of exploring! There are many small restaurants and kiosks near most U-bahn and S-bahn stations, so try to stop by and grab a currywurst for under 4 euros! I will truly miss being able to grab a full meal for under 4 euros. It was common to find ice cream for 2 euros or less and wraps for no more than 4 euros. It was almost a dream! One of the most popular street food destinations, and one of my favorites is Mustafas Gemüse Kebap. This is a fast-food Turkish food restaurant that is notorious for its long wait time and delicious doner kebap. The first time I went, I waited about 45 minutes in line but for me that was just part of the experience. Once I got my food and took my first bite, I was surprised at the explosion of different flavors in each bite. I will spare you the details, so if you’re ever in Berlin, you will be just as surprised when you take your first bite!
3. Another way that Berlin entertains its guests would be with it’s various Open Air Cinemas around town. Open air Cinemas are outdoor movie theaters that you can find in parks in Berlin. You are allowed to bring any outside snacks or drinks which makes it even more appealing. The first time I went to an open air, it started raining half way through the movie, but instead of everyone getting up to leave, people quickly brought out their umbrellas or wrapped up in their blankets to escape the rain. And for some reason, there was just something very beautiful in that fact that no one let an obvious obstacle get in the way of them enjoying an activity with their friends.
4. Those were just a few of my must do’s that stood out but please make sure to do these things below as well!
- Museum Island and the Berlin Wall
- Bike ride through Tiergarten
- Go to a free event (A comedy club, karaoke, festivals, art exhibits, etc…)
This post was contributed by Dominique Jeanpierre, a 2019 Global Ambassador majoring in public relations. Dominique is interning in Berlin, Germany, through UT’s International Internship Program.
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