Today, I’m heading off on my second adventure of 2018. I’m actually flying to Berlin, Germany. That is if this Beast from the East doesn’t close down the airports. Pray for me guys. I’ve never been to Berlin before and even though it’s going to be horrendously cold, (-13, eep!) I can’t wait to explore the city with my Mum. We only booked the trip last week but I’ve been doing a little bit of research of places I’d like to visit. There’s obviously a lot of history within the city which I want to learn a lot more about. I thought I’d do another bucket list/wishlist type post to refer to whilst I’m there.
This is one of the most famous sights in Berlin so it would be very rude not to visit and get a couple of snaps in front of the gate. Nearby to the gate is also the Holocaust Memorial which is definitely somewhere we will be visiting.
Like I said before, the city is full of History. For nearly 30 years, the city was divided into East and West by the Berlin Wall. The wall was torn down 1989 but you can visit an open-air exhibition where there is a piece of the wall still standing. Another historical landmark representing the cities division is Checkpoint Charlie. I believe there is a Checkpoint Charlie Museum which we might check out but if not, we’ll visit the replica border house on the original site.
Usually, if there’s a big tower in a city, I’ll want to go up it. I’m not sure why as I’m not a great fan of heights. The TV Tower has caught my attention though, just because it’s a funky looking building probably. Whilst we are in the city, we will be using the Berlin WelcomeCard which offers a discount on visiting the TV Tower.
It’s probably no secret that I love exploring different food places when I go abroad. I’m planning to do a Food & Drink diary from Berlin. I’ve been looking into visiting the Markthalle which is a big food hall and sounds like my kind of place. If you’ve read my Copenhagen Food Diary, you’ll know I loved the Torvehallene.
The Zoo in Berlin looks amazing and it’s actually one of the best and oldest in Europe. For some of our stay in Berlin we will be staying at the 25 Hours Bikini Hotel which overlooks the zoo so it would be rude not to visit. The only issue is the weather, I hope it’s not too cold for the animals or to be spending the whole afternoon outside. The zoo is home to Pandas and Orangutans so if that’s not an incentive to brave the cold weather, I’m not sure what will be!
Right in the centre of Berlin is an Island occupied by five museums and has also been named a UNESCO world heritage site. I’m not too sure what museums are on the Island but the architecture looks stunning and it’s also home to Berlin Cathedral which I believe you can visit the Cathedral Dome for free.
I didn’t know that Berlin was actually home to Europe’s largest department store. I would’ve thought that Harrods or Selfridges in London would have held that title! The store which is called Kaufhaus De Western, is over 60,000 meters. The food hall here is apparently incredible, I think we could end up spending a good couple of hours here!
The Killers are actually playing in Berlin tonight and I wouldn’t mind getting some last minute tickets to see them. I’ve never seen them live and I think it would be kind of fun to watch a band on holiday. I think we will end up waiting until we arrive in the city on time before making a decision because it would be a massive waste to buy tickets only to be delayed! & with my recent luck with flights, it’ll be a miracle if I’m not delayed!
Have you been to Berlin before? I’d love any recommendations you have!