My latest adventure was to the German Capital of Berlin. It was my first time visiting Berlin and me and my Mum decided to spontaneously book a last minute trip. We had four nights in the city but that worked out as three whole days to explore. During that time, we thankfully escaped the Beast from the East battering the UK. Berlin, however, was even colder but with glorious sunshine and no snow. Some days the temperatures dropped to -13 degrees. It sure was chilly so we had to properly wrap up with 101 layers. I’ve also decided to split this post into two parts otherwise it was going to be SUPER long!
We arrived at Berlin’s Schönefeld Airport and caught a direct train into the city and checked in at our first of three hotels; the art’otel mitte by park plaza. By the time we arrived, it was evening and time to grab some food. I’d seen this place called The Bird on a few Berlin food guides and also on Haydy’s Berlin blog post. This place claimed to have some of the best burgers in Berlin. I don’t want to spoil it too much as I’ll include it all in my Food Diary next week but it was pretty damn good.
Our first full day in Berlin was ever so cold. The first stop on a day of sightseeing was the TV Tower in Alexanderplatz. I thought by heading up the tower, we would escape the cold. I’d kindly been provided with two Welcome to Berlin Visitor Cards from Visit Berlin which gave us a discount on our admission up the TV Tower and numerous other attractions. The card also included free use of public transport making it super easy to get around.
It was pretty cool to go up the TV Tower first and get a good look at the city we were about to explore for the next couple of days. The tower has panoramic views of the city, all the main sights are marked on a map around the tower. There’s actually also a revolving restaurant up there too! I think it’s quite pricey and I think it even costs to just reserves a table but it seems like a pretty amazing experience if it’s within your budget.
Of course, we ended up popping in some shops in the area. Let’s face it, I can sniff out shops anywhere. We also came across a place called Dead Chicken Alley which is somewhere the receptionist at our hotel pointed out. Dead Chicken Alley doesn’t sound like the most appealing place but it’s a great place for taking some photos of all the amazing graffiti. It’s also where the famous Anne Frank Mural is located.
The next stop was heading over to Museum Island which is home to five museums and is also a UNESCO Heritage Site. All the buildings are so spectacular and opulent, we headed towards the Berlin Cathedral which I’d heard you could climb to the top and get incredible views. It was only around five euros with our Welcome to Berlin cards and the views were amazing. The interior of the cathedral was pretty amazing too. In the far distance, we could see the Brandenburg Gate which was our next calling point.
The Brandenburg Gate is one of the famous sights you think of when thinking of Berlin. The gate which was built in 1791 has seen a whole lotta a history in the German Capital and is a key symbol of freedom and unity of the city. In true blogger fashion, we decided to come back the next day for better photos as the sunlight wasn’t co-operating. Gotta get that perfect selfie, am I right?
Just around the corner is the Holocaust Memorial. This was one place I really wanted to visit. I didn’t expect for it to be located in the middle of the main road but once we started walking through the columns which got taller, the outside world was blocked out. At some points, it was eerily quiet and peaceful but unfortunately, I presume no matter what time you visit there will be kids on the loose using it as a playground. The memorial is definitely a must visit when in Berlin though.
We had a quick look around the Berlin Mall which was a short walk away from the memorial. There is a huge Lindt Chocolate shop and a few of my favourites such as Zara, H&M and Mango. The mall’s highlight is the giant slide which you can slide down from the top floor. Why don’t all malls have slides?!
Wherever I’m visiting I have to hunt down the best places for pizza. I’ve got my trusty Where to Eat Pizza book which is my holy grail pizza bible and Zola was one of the pizzerias that caught my eye. After that, Zola’s kept popping up everywhere so we decided to check it out. The restaurant which is in Kreuzberg was pretty busy but let me tell you, it was well worth the wait. The area probably wasn’t the most savoury as we were approached by a few gangs so we headed back to the hotel for drinks after the pizza.
That’s it for the first part of my travel diary, part two will be coming up tomorrow. Also, very excitingly, there is going to be a Vlog from this trip which will be my first YouTube video since last July. I know, I’m proper slacking in the YouTube department but editing just isn’t my forte.
Have you been to Berlin before?