So last month I went to Berlin and I have always wanted to go and explore the capital of the country I was born in but I never made until now! I met my best friend in Berlin and we had an amazing three days there!
After arriving at Berlin Schoenefeld airport, the first thing I did was to buy a day travel ticket for zones ABC ( as Schoenefeld airport was in zone C and our apartment in Berlin Mitte in zone A). The ticket was 7.40 € and I had a hard time deciding between the 3 days Welcome Berlin travel card which costs 28.70 € and the day ticket. In the end I decided to go for the day ticket because we didn’t know how much of the discounted activities that come with the Welcome Berlin Card we would end up doing.
TIP: Have a look at the Welcome Berlin Card website and their discounted activities and if plan on doing a few of them then its probably worth getting the Welcome Berlin card over the day tickets.
With the day ticket you can use any modes of transport: train, bus ( also the TXL bus) and tram.
After unpacking in our apartment, we left shortly after for our sightseeing tour.
We went to see:
- Brandenburger Tor
3. Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Holocaust Denkmal)
4.Berlin Victory Column
If you want to visit the Reichstag Dome (for free!) all you need to do is to register online in advance for a set time. Unfortunately we didn’t book in advance but its totally worth it! You will get a nice view of Berlin and its surroundings. All you need to do is register online at the Bundestag website:
For lunch we wanted #Bratwurst and decided to eat at Berlin Pavillon opposite the Reichstag.
The following day, we went to visit:
- Museum Island
- Alexander Platz
3. Red City Hall (Rotes Rathaus)
4. Berlin Cathedral
Friedrichsstrasse, Kurfürstendamm and Alexander Platz are great places for shopping. There is a big Primark, Cinema, ALEXA ( a big mall) and TK Maxx at Alexander Platz. Next to TK Maxx, there is also a Candy store called La Cure Gourmande, which is also worth visiting. They have lovely homemade biscuits.
For lunch that day we went to “The Bowl” on Warschauer Straße and let me tell you it was so delicious! We had to travel for about 40 mins to get there but it was so worth it! Its a vegetarian restaurant and all about clean eating so everything you eat there does not only taste good but is also good for your body! Its tucked away above a popular vegan grocery store. For my Buddha Bowl and Turmeric Latte I only paid 15€ and I still can’t get over how good it was.
As we left “The Bowl” with a full happy stomach, we also found one of these Photo Booths (Photoautomaten) right opposite it!!! We were so excited and immediately went to take photos. You insert €2 and wait for the flash basically. Overall you can take 4 photos and it takes about 2-3 mins for the photos to print and come out. You have to take these unique photos when in Berlin!
TIP: We didn’t realise this at the time but East Side Gallery is really close to the Bowl. So after exploring and visiting the East Side Gallery you can go and eat at “The Bowl”.
I probably said the Bowl a million times now. I need to stop. Ok.
We then went to Kurfürstendamm for a bit of shopping and then wanted to check out Markthalle 9, which is a popular street food market that takes place every Thursday evening from 6pm to 10pm. It reminded me a bit of La Boqueria in Barcelona, because there were so many stands, so much to see and really busy! After exploring our options we decided to have waffles with a scoop of ice cream. Really nice!
Because Berlin is known for it’s nightlife, we decided to go out on Thursday night to Kaffee Burger and let me tell you it was an interesting night. There were a lot more guys there then girls so be prepared to get asked to dance a lot. A lot of the people we met there were tourists on that day but we had a good time with cheap drinks, fun music and a great atmosphere. The only thing I didn’t like was that you could smoke in there. Getting home after a night out is also not very hard in Berlin as there are plenty of night buses there, but be sure to check when the last one is.
On our last day, we finally went to see the Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin Wall Memorial and Documentation Centre and East Side Gallery! We spent a long time reading and learning about the history of the Berlin Wall in the Documentation Centre and admiring the artwork on East Side Gallery and of course taking photos. It was surreal to think about everything that has happened across this wall and the problems people encountered back then just to cross from east to west Germany.
For dinner on our last day, we reserved a table in the restaurant at the TV Tower a month in advance. We paid 13€ just for the entry into the TV Tower and for food and a drink we paid 22€, which is not that bad for the amazing views we had and the food was really nice too. We had Citrus Courgetti with pine nuts, parmesan, mascarpone sauce and small mixed leaf salad. Yum!
I would definitely recommend this as it was a nice way to end our trip to this beautiful city.
Overall we had a great time in Berlin and I have to say that there is so much more to see so three days in Berlin weren’t enough but we got to see the most important bits and I am definitely planning to visit beautiful Berlin soon!
Watch my Berlin Travel VLOG here: