NICOLETTA WYLDE, MARCH 2018
Today, it might seem like everyone fancies themselves as an amateur photographer. Cameras have made the transition from clunky, awkward devices that you had to hang around your neck, to light, stylish options; more often than not inside your phone.
Because of this, pictures, and communication using them has come a long way. No longer do we tell each other what we had for lunch, or where we’re going on holiday. Instead we point, click, and share as summary. Now you’ve managed to book your holiday to the cultural capital that is Berlin; it figures you’ll be looking for that one perfect Instagram worthy shot too flaunt to your fellows. After all, you’ve got to let your mates know what they’re missing! Below, we here at London Revealed have got a few suggestions for your new Insta-infamy. You’ll be a Schone-sister in no time.
1. Berlin Street Graffiti
Graffiti is abundant in places with a colorful political history, and Berlin is a perfect example of this. Whilst many of the pieces you’ll see will be politically motivated, due to Berlin’s awesome attitude toward leaving street-art untouched, it has also gained a heavy reputation for being the graffiti capital of Europe. Keep your eyes wide open, as it’s everywhere. Snap the perfect Insta pic, and you’ll and shoot right into the heart of the Berlin mindset.
The Tiergarten is Berlin’s most popular park. It used to be a hunting ground, but was switched across in the late seventeenth century by the king of Prussia. It’s an excellent place to grab a super snap, as it’s bursting with a symphony of gorgeous greenery. The mighty trees hug man-made structures, along with cultural sights seen from a distance such as the Brandenburger Tor and the Haus der Kulturen der Welt.
3. Neptune Fountain
This breathtaking water feature is a well known snap sensation. Standing tall before Rotes Rathaus, the Berlin town hall, it resonates a boisterous, baroque glamour that you’ll be hard pushed to find elsewhere in neo-classic Berlin. Make sure you keep a ferociously firm hand on your bag though; the fountain is a well known bad snatching spot. Maybe due to the fact the awe from the majestic feature that will likely leave you paralysed with joy.
4. Oberbaum Bridge
Although it’s likely that most of the people on your plane to Schoenefeld will have the same idea, the beautiful Oberbaum Bridge is with a snap-happy swing-by for a stunning sunset. When Berlin was divided, they’d use it as a pedestrian crossing; but it now connects the two parts of Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg. Make sure you visit it during the magic hour for peak instagram potential.
5. The Victory Column
This one’s not for the faint of heart. The Victory Column has 285 steps to get to the top, and no lift. But, if you’re feeling daredevil enough, you’ll get the reward of a beautiful view once you get there. It’s right in the middle of the Tiergarten, and will give you a unique angle of the great, the green and hundreds and hundreds of meters of ground.
6. Roses Bar
By this point, you probably need a drink, right? Berlin is famous for it’s weird and wonderful watering holes, but by far the most instagrammable of these is the ubiquitous Roses Bar. Showcasing a real-life instagram filter vibe, it’s pink…pink…pink, and a bit of neon. Drink, snap and share your photos all through rose-coloured glasses. We’d forgive you for bursting into song.
7. Berliner Dom
Berliner Dom is the largest church in Berlin. Like any other church, it’s a mixture of stunning stained glass, baroque icons, grandiose gold leaf and peaceful prayer. The church also doubles as a concert and events hall, so if you’re looking to procure your photo without rules of religion, then check out their events calendar.
Every Sunday Maurerpark is transformed into a teaming hub of music, bargain-heavy second hand stalls, performance art, entertainment and so much more. The positioning of the park is important, as it’s reclaimed the once militarized “death-strip” of the Berlin Wall. It’s now an important cultural centre, and a meeting of minds in hope. There’s something for everyone, and if you’re looking for a more artisan Berlin to photograph, the market is a minefield of artisanal experience.
9. Kraftwork Berlin
The Kraftwork originally provided Berlin residents with heating; but quickly after it was closed it became a performance art venue. This overpowering structure can be seen from miles away, and if you’re looking for that eerie edge to your instagram feed, you’ll be sure to find it here. You can access the Kraftwork during the day for a stroll, or if you’re looking for a bit of bite in your images, check out one of the widely attended techno nights. Just don’t get it mixed up with Berghain, who don’t allow cameras.
10. Natur-Park Südgelände
After the second world war, the railway at the Natur-Park was shut, but never removed. If you’re keeping to a more creepy curation of your Insta environment, then the Natur-Park offers the wonders of wild nature, all mixed in with the delightfully decrepit and curious crumbling vibe of the disused railway. If you want to give off horror film insta-impression, then this is the perfect place. Don’t fall foul to the temptation of taking a souvenir home, though. There are a number of birds and fauna in the park, most of which are endangered.