This is a guest post by Sonia Gil from Sonia’s Travels
There is something about Berlin that demands both attention and appreciation.
It goes way beyond the famous monuments, the beautiful river and the very diverse and eclectic neighborhoods that makes this city so unique.
What infects me the most about Berlin is the city’s vibrant and magnetic energy which is seen in just about every instance of local life.
We all have our first impressions of a city.
For me, it was the 1998 German crime thriller movie, “Run, Lola, Run” that changed my outlook on Berlin. I developed a deep-rooted fascination with this urban yet hip city. The film is edgy, gritty and downright thrilling and I was immediately hooked.
Seeing this movie marked the first time I really thought much about Berlin and similar to the rest of the world, we were all seeing the country in a new and fascinating light. From that point on, whenever I thought about visiting Berlin, I imagined myself exploring the local streets by running on my own two feet.
With this cinematic portrayal of Berlin firmly scratched in my head, I was eager to put my own spin on the city when I visited and filmed there last summer. With so much to explore and only a few weeks to see it all, I put myself in Lola’s shoes and decided to experience the sights and sounds of Berlin by foot.
Running through the different neighborhoods and passing many of the same sites that Lola did, I felt extremely connected with Berlin and it took no effort at all. The streets were constantly buzzing with creativity, construction, change, renewal, and sheer physical energy.
Seeing all this during my run gave me a clearer insight into Berlin’s local culture.
Instead of driving everywhere, many people bike their children to school, literally hitching a wagon to their bicycles before heading to work themselves.
This eco-friendly way of living means that most people have already fit in a good workout before even opening their shops, sitting at their desks, seeing their clients, treating their patients or teaching their students.
If you haven’t made it to Berlin yet, this video gives you a sneak peak into life in the city center. So if you like what you see, get your shoes, your watch, hop on a plane, and get ready to roam all over a truly incredible place.
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- What to Do in Berlin
- What to See in Freiburg, Germany
- What to Do in Cologne, Germany
- How to Survive a Working Holiday in Berlin, Germany
Bio: Sonia Gil hosts a weekly original web travel series called Sonia’s Travels with episodes shot in Mexico, Italy, Berlin and Paris. Each trip turns into a series of shows in which Sonia offers a small idea or tip about a place and the people who live there. New Episodes Premiere Every Thursday at 12 noon (9:00 am Pacific).