Hi, I’m Lucy Iflyalot, star of the Fun Kids series Penguin Explorers!
None of the penguins at Penguin School ever want to leave the iceberg – they don’t want to go on holiday! Anywhere!
But my family are world-famous explorers so I’m making some travel brochures to try and change their minds!
You’ve probably seen travel brochures in a travel agent. Tourist offices and travel companies create them to promote countries or regions of them.
Why don’t you make your own travel brochure with me?
Here’s some information about Paris & Berlin to help get you started…
Population: Paris: 2.2 million residents (2013) Berlin: 3.5 million residents (2013)
Size: Paris: 40.7 sq mi Berlin: 344.35 sq mi
Number of visitors: Paris: 14m Berlin: 11.9m
Flight time: Paris: 1 hours Berlin: 1 hour 45 minutes
As you can see it’s a pretty close call between the two!
There are loads of great reasons to visit both cities, Paris has the Eiffel Tower and the Notre Dame while Berlin has the Berlin Wall and the Reichstag building!
Now, whilst Berlin is the busier city, it has more green spaces than Paris – great for chilling out on a nice sunny day. Did you know amost a fifth of the city is covered with trees.
Whether you are walking through the Grunewald forest on a warm summer’s evening, taking a stroll around the ‘Gardens of the World’ in Marzahn, admiring the waterfall in Kreuzberg’s Viktoriapark, canoeing on Lake Müggelsee or swimming in Schlachtensee Lake… who needs the indoors?
It’s pretty hard to beat the museums in Paris there are some great dino exhibits at the Natural History Museum, Harry Potter fans will like the Musee de Magie – that’s a Magic Museum, and then there’s a Waxwork Museum and don’t forget the Palais de la Decouverte – The Discover Palace, an enormous hands on technology exhibition with a planetarium.
In Berlin, you can check out some non-extinct animals at the Berlin Zoo! The best bit? Have you ever seen a swimming hippo? Well at the Berlin Zoo Hippo aquarium, you can check out the hippos both above and underwater.
Paris is famous for its food – you HAVE to check out a French patisserie – that’s French for a bakery. And as well as baguettes and brioche, you’ll find petit fours, éclairs, choux buns and all sorts of other delicious treats! Yummm!
Berlin is amazing not just for sweet treats but all kind of food! A firm favourite is a Berliner, a hand sized pastries made from a sweet yeast-dough and deep fried. They are filled with jam and topped with sugar – yum! Plus there’s all the sausage you could probably ever want to eat! Curried Bratwurst is my favourite.
Well, my brochure is full of great reasons to visit both! I wonder which city break you’d choose?
Listen to this episode of Penguin Explorers below…