A Weekend In Berlin

Soda magazine shop in Berlin


Sit yourself down and make way for a lovely little cliché of an opener ... Guten tag mein freund! Yep, I think that worked well. 

'A Weekend In Berlin' is brought to you by one frauline who celebrated turning 33 years young by swanning off to Berlin for two nights with one significant other. As with most city breaks there was a lot we hoped to see in a short space of time so comfy shoes and spare change for currywurst was the order of the day.

This was my first trip to Berlin and it didn't disappoint. The city offers a perfect balance of landmarks and museums to explore a tumultuous past alongside a host of forward thinking shops, bars and galleries. Think cultured, relaxed and effortless cool and you're in the right ball park.

Working out the logistics of everything you want to see is absolutely worth doing before you don your backpack and grab your hotel provided city map to avoid disappointment. I'd been tipped off before our weekend to plan out the things we wanted to see. 
The sights are, as you'd expect, spread out from the East side to the West, and so the city is without one main centre/square that you might otherwise gravitate to. Or so we found. 

I'd recommend the same advance planning when it comes to eating out in the evening. A little bit of homework to avoid aimless wandering (although I'm partial to a bit of that when I'm exploring a new place plus it's great for taking in the street art). 
Don't get me wrong, there's no shortage of places to eat, but unlike some other cities where you can wander and stumble across an abundance of restaurants clustered together, I found that here it helps to know what you're looking for first. 

If the local speciality Currywurst is your bag ignore all of the above. If only I had a Deutsche Mark for every Currywurst street vendor I saw.

CurryWurst

I've included some links to the places we visited and would most definitely recommend and hope you might find them a useful starting point if you're planning a trip of your own.

#1 The Reichstag For panoramic views of Berlin. Recommended that you reserve your time slot online beforehand to avoid long queues on the day and these are just to see if any spaces are left.

The Reichstag, Berlin

#2 The Jewish Memorial Memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe honouring and remembering up to six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. 

The Jewish Memorial, Berlin


















#3 Brandenburg Gate One of Berlin's best known landmarks, formerly a symbol of division and through it's existence often the site for major historical events.


Brandenburg Gate, Berlin


#4 The Jewish Museum attracting around 2,000 visitors a day since it's opening in 2001. The museums open till 8pm daily and 10pm on Mondays, ideal for city breakers with limited time. 

The Jewish Museum




#5 Topography of Terror museum standing on the former grounds of the Gestapo headquarters and Reich Security Main Office, one of the most frequently visited sites of remembrance in Berlin. 

#6 Checkpoint Charlie the former border crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War now a chance to do the obligatory tourist thing and pose for a photo at the crossing before visiting the museum. 

#7 East Side Gallery publicly accessible around the clock, artists now paint directly on to this remaining section of the former Berlin wall
East Side Gallery, Berlin



















#8 The Store "redefining luxury' Designer clothes surround the nicest cafe serving healthy foods and fresh juices.





#9 Breakfast Market held every third Sunday of the month at Market Halle Neun, where you can tuck into Eggs Benedict and a fresh smoothie or a whole host of other freshly prepared treats. 





#10 Photoautomat because what would a trip to Berlin be without a go in one of these? I'm not afraid to say this was high up on my list of things to do.

Photoautomat Berlin 

We had the nicest weekend exploring Berlin, I'd love to go back one day. Maybe in the warmer months when we can stroll the route of the former Berlin Wall and take in more of the city. I suppose another go in a photoautmat wouldn't do any harm either.

Street Art in Berlin


Thanks for reading. I hope you found a few useful pointers if you're planning trip to Berlin.
Feel free to let me know in the comments below if there's anywhere you'd recommend. In the words of dear old Arnie Schwarz "I'll be back." 

Elaine x

2 comments

  1. I went here in October. Love the photobooths! Got really cute photos :)
    Vanessa x
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    1. Ahh they're loads of fun aren't they! :) x

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