In need of a getaway? A city break is a great way to escape for a long weekend and immerse yourself in the art, culture, nightlife, architecture and culinary treats of somewhere new and exciting. In Jules B H/O this week we’ve been discussing our favourite destinations to get lost in. Guess which came out trumps?
Beautiful Berlin. Boasting a third of its space filled with glorious forests, parks, gardens, rivers and lakes, it’s a city brimming with history, culture, politics, media and science where every corner leads you to a new experience. Its turbulent history is apparent in distinctive architecture built in reconstruction programmes after mass demolition of World War 2 devastated buildings by each of the national governments, leaving behind a highly eclectic mix.
Oberbaum Bridge sitting over the River Spree is a definite must see, especially at night when lit up to its full glory in a neon light installation by artist Thorsten Goldberg. Originally built to serve as a gate to the city to prevent smuggling, it later linked Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg, formed boroughs that were divided by the Berlin Wall. Now considered as a symbol of unity, it is used as a railway crossing to Warschauer Straße station.
Brandenburg Gate, built in 1788 is one of the most well known landmarks in Berlin and Germany itself. Located west of the city centre, it also served as a gate to the city and monumental entrance to Unter Den Linden- a boulevard of Linden trees which led to a city palace for Prussian monarchs. After suffering crippling damage in WW2, extensive restoration was finished in 2000 and now it stands an icon of freedom and unity after the fall of the wall.
Jam packed with galleries, history and breathtaking architecture, aside from that Berlin has developed a reputation for housing some of the best street art in the world. Art really is everywhere, from street lamp posts to alleyways, ceilings to pavements, the sides of buildings to the odd side of a U-Bahn train. Artistic expression is given a pretty free reign and has brought a sense of underground creativity to a city with such a background.
There’s never a bad time to visit, but if you fancy visiting for a specific event, October hosts the Festival of Lights for 12 nights, where world famous landmarks, monuments and historical sites play spectacle to illuminations and light projections by international artists.
It’s one of the largest lights festivals and an up and coming art form offering a unique platform for visual artists to communicate no matter what language they speak. Last year ranked up 1.25 million extra visits to Berlin, pretty impressive for being a purely private sector initiative. It’s a great time to visit as so much is happening, and whats more…it’s totally free!
Berlin‘s nightlife is a hub for fashionistas so dress to impress with high style pieces. For ladies a silk shirt from 2nd Day buttoned to the collar gives a preppy edge when teamed with a statement Vivienne Westwood Anglomania leather jacket and bright colour pop Nicole Farhi trousers. For men, a great fitting shirt from Cerruti 1881 is the best place to start, try pairing with an up to date pair of Gant canvas trousers and comfortable yet stylish Jeffery West loafers.
If your a photography buff and fancy taking to the streets to get a sense real Berlin, it’s easy to see the beauty in the most obscure places. A great way to do this is to hire a bike and get snapping. Get inspired by Solemon – a blogger and photographer from Berlin who did exactly that. To see his snaps (one featured below) click here.