ITB, The Wall and my Mövenpick Hotel - Berlin, Germany / by JD Andrews

Messe Berlin 

Messe Berlin 

It's the world’s leading travel trade show, ITB Berlin.

I've heard about ITB for years but never had a chance to attend and in the travel community you would inevitably get the question "Are you going to ITB?"

First off, what do the letters I-T-B stand for? It's the International Tourism Bourse or a.k.a. The International Tourism Exchange. It all started back in 1966 with five countries presenting their products and services to 250 trade visitors. I'm a very curious person and this kind of info. Interests me but you might be asleep by now so if you'd like to know more about the history of ITB click HERE.

BERLIN!

In all my travels I've never had the opportunity to eXplore the city of Berlin, so that made it easier to say "yes" to this trip. Berlin has a great reputation among travelers and I even had a connection as my step brother lived in West Berlin years before the wall came down. (long story)

The physical Wall itself was primarily destroyed in 1990

The Berlin Wall was a barrier constructed by the German Democratic Republic starting on 13 August 1961

It was everything I imagined and more! I love history and architecture and Berlin overflows with both! 

The Anhalter Bahnhof

It was two weeks before ITB and I finally decide I'm going...for a while I thought I'd be sleeping in the corner of Dan and Audrey's flat (uncorneredmarket) but my German friend Melvin of traveldudes came to my rescue and introduced me to Mövenpick hotels.

Mövenpick Hotel Berlin

Mövenpick Hotel Berlin

So after my eight and a half hour flight to Berlin I was more than ready to get to the hotel, freshen up and relax! As the taxi pulled up, all I could say was WOW.

I checked in and was thinking: beautiful building, cool room, and wi-fi, Wahooo! I also was very happy to find out how close the hotel was to everything I wanted to do and see including the transport links that would bring me to the conference center.

The time flew by... those five days were not enough to do everything I wanted, so a return trip to Berlin is in order and I knew it was time to go since those welcoming blue skies...

Beautiful blue skies in Berlin

turned grey and the snow began to fall.  

The snow starts to fall in Berlin

I'll see you again Berlin, Danke!

My hotel room in Berlin was compliments of Mövenpick. As always, all opinions are my own.