As they say, time is money and because of this we never have enough time to see all the things that we want to. Reality dictates that many decisions have to be made in terms of the things that you are going to commit yourself to see. With that said, what if someone offered you a trip to either Rome or London. You wouldn’t be able to go to both – a tough call, right? This blog is going to try to offer up some assistance by considering each of these world cities along three dimensions. They will be weighed against each other considering; the aesthetic of the city and how it looks overall; things to do – which takes into account the city’s attractions, sites, and outdoor features; and lastly fun – which considers the restaurants, cafes, nightlife, and the attitude of the people.
London is stately and has a palatial feel to it, but Rome is Rome and there are few cities that can match its wealth of scenic beauty. Ancient walk ways lead to wondrous Roman spectacle after spectacle, the number of plazas and monuments leave tourists awe struck and looking around in a daze… perhaps aiding the city’s large pick pocket community. As attractive as London is, it pales to the grandeur of Rome. As they said in the antiquity, “see Rome and die.”
Things to Do
The category of “Things to Do” in each city bring up some interesting differences between these cities. Rome has so many wondrous sites like the Vatican City, the Coliseum, and the Pantheon while London has more modern, though still classical, sites like Buckingham Palace and Westminster Abbey. BUT, London also has the overall sensation of walking the streets in a world class, cosmopolitan hub where street walking alone is a spectacle of different world fashion and city vibe. The battle between things to do is close, in these vastly different ways, but in the end there can only be one winner and it is London.
Result – London
Same as the first category there is a clear cut winner here. London is one of the funniest cities in the world! The night life never stops, the pubs (a hallmark of English life) always have people in them, and the restaurants are diverse and world class. Rome does have aspects of this, but a country mile from what London brings to the table. The fun of London as was touched upon in the last category is also just the feeling of the streets too.
Rome is an amazing aesthetic spectacle and a great vacation for lovers of history and culture, but London is a world class mecca and really must be explored at least once.
Depending on your taste there is scarcely a limit on the different things that you can do in Berlin. The city has a variety of different and vibrant sections for visitors to enjoy, a great art scene and plenty of modern and historic monument to visit. People who come to Berlin come here to see how this city, once divided in its middle by the Berlin wall, has fused itself together and become one of Europe’s, if not the worlds, most dynamic and cosmopolitan city’s. A couple more things to do in Berlin includes.
Pariser Platz 7 | Berlin 10117 |
Located in Pariser Platz, one of Berlin’s most famous squares, is the Brandenburg Gates one of Berlin’s most iconic monuments. The legend of this gate has grown since it was constructed in the 18th century as it has, almost inexplicable, been able to survive several invasions over the years including attacks by Napoleon and the aerial bombardment and shelling of World War 2, The original design concept of the gate was to be built like the entrance to the Acropolis in Athens. Several guided tours meet at the Brandenburg gate daily for great guided walks around the city also.
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Cora-Berliner-Straße 1 | Berlin 10117 |
One of the more harrowing sites in Berlin is the Memorial to Murdered Jews. This monument consists of 2,711 concrete blocks designed to represent the Jewish victims of the Third Reich. The blocks are made of varying heights that seem to loom over visitors to the monument coming in a sense coming in around them. People who are interested in more information about the site and its construction can visit the visitor centre to learn more. The memorial is in a square that is assessable 24 hours a day.
Große Sternallee | 12587 Berlin, Deutschland
Those looking for a respite from the pace of downtown Berlin often head to Tiergarten to relax in its green space. An expansive park, taking up 630 acres, visitors enjoy wandering through its meadows, tree adorned pathways and lakes. Tiergarten actually translates to animal garden and there is indeed a chance of running into some wild life inside of its confines. Also, if you fancy a bit of libation Tiergarten also has two beer gardens to sit back and enjoy a drink on a nice summer’s day.
One of the world’s most intriguingly diverse cities is Berlin. Berlin literally was divided across its centre for 30 years before the fall of the Berlin wall. As one might imagine in such a Calderon of difference there is a massive amount of art and culture to be found here in Berlin. Visitors to Berlin often enjoy visiting the remnants of the city’s checkered pass at Checkpoint Charley, seeing the remains of the Berlin wall and visiting the fantastic exhibits at Museum Island. Other ways that people spend their time in Berlin include:
The concept of Museum Island is to place five different museums together on a tiny island in the River Spree. Each museum endeavours to create an organic feel with the art that it showcases. There is the Old National Museum, the Old Museum, the New Museum, the Pergamonmuseum, and the Bode Museum. People describe the experience of visiting the museum island like stepping back in time as the buildings themselves are infused with a lot of columns and old world design. The favourite museum for visitors to see is the Pergamonmuseum.
Großbeerenstraße 52 | 10965 Berlin, Germany
Nestled away in the Berlin hipster and artists neighborhood of Kreuzberg is Viktoriapark which has become a vastly popular hangout for local Berliners. The park gets a great multi use with musicians playing, people kicking around a soccer ball, picnics with wine and drink and families enjoying a summer day. This park is a fantastic place to come and do a little people watching. When the chance arises climb atop of the parks hill for some great panoramic views over the city. At night time, and even during the day people bring their own drinks into the park… so if you fancy drinking cheaply this is a great place for that too.
Potsdamer Platz | Berlin , BE 10785
Prior to World War 2 Potsdammer Platz was a bustling square that was at the heart of Berlin life. Unfortunately this area was hit hard by the ally attacks and completely destroyed. After the cold way major companies like Sony and Daimler utilized the space and built their headquarters into the square. The result has been a revival of the space with some otherworldly, hyper modern architecture. Though some visitors to the city claim the square has no soul, it is still worthwhile to see in order to see the luminous quality that modern architecture can put on a public space. The iconic building is the tower like Sony Centre.