You’re probably not going to Berlin to soak up culture and history, unless it’s the drinking or clubbing culture specifically. There’s no shame in that – Berlin has one of the best nightlife scenes in the world, and until you’ve partied till dawn in one of the mammoth Berlin clubs, you haven’t really partied at all! That said, Berlin is also one of the biggest centres of modern art and music in Europe, as well as a city with a seriously long, fascinating (and complicated) history. If you’ve got a few hours to spare in between the clubs and the activities, or need something to do Sunday morning before your flights, we’ve got a few things you might want to see:
You can’t go to Berlin without learning this one very important football fact: Germany does not care at all about our rivalry – repeated reports suggest they’re much more interested in the Dutch. However, if you’re determined to hang on to the most one-sided football rivalry in history, here’s a brief overview:
1899: A two-game tour of Germany is begun by an England squad. We win 13-2 and 10-2.
1935: An international match between the two teams in England brings up worries of the game being won by Germans and used as Nazi propaganda, but a 3-0 English victory and a very polite game from the two teams means fears were unfounded.
1938: Last game played between the teams before the outbreak of the war – and a controversial one, since the England squad was ordered by the Foreign Office to start the game with a Nazi salute.
1966: The first time they’d met in anything other than friendly competition since the war, as well as one of the most hotly contended goals in World Cup History. The famous ‘they think it’s all over... it is now’ line was spoken.
1970: Germany beat England in the quarter finals, and start a winning streak that will last until 2000.
Berlin’s difficult history is evident all around the city – even if you don’t go actively seeking it out, there’s a good chance you’ll stumble across a bit of it on your ventures round the city, with parts of the Berlin Wall still standing. If you do fancy doing a little learning on your stag weekend, have a look at:
|Do you speak English?||Sprechen Sie Englisch?|
|I don't speak German||Ich spreche kein Deutsch|
|Sorry||Es tut mir lied|
|Where's the toilet||Wo is die Toilette?|
|Are you dribbling or do you have rabies?||Sabberst du oder hast du tollwut?|
|This gentleman will pay for everything||Der Herr übernimmt die Rechnung|
|I’ll get the beer||Ich besorge das Bier|
Tipping: About 10%
Emergency numbers: 110 (police) 112 (fire) 310031 (medical)
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