Berlin … Berlin … some people love you others don’t. I’m still indifferent when it come to love/hate towards the German Capital. I guess the same is true to any city – but Berlin has been special throughout all its history and we explored it last weekend.
We landed on Friday night in Berlin Tegel and straight made our way to the city center as our hotel was situated near the Hackesche Höfe we had the perfect home base for a some laid back drinks and burgers at Revolver. But even though all the people around us were eager to party till sun up we headed for the soft pillows of our beds at Monbijou Hotel soon after dinner so we were able to explore Berlin right in the morning.
The next day we planned on seeing all the major sights as it has been Hanni’s first time in Berlin. But first we all needed breakfast and some kickass coffee which we found at the Barn – a super nice little coffee shop somewhere in Mitte but far off the beaten track. The place is early nice and we spent the whole morning there sitting outside in the sun catching up with a friend of the family (and best friend to my sister) who was the reason for our city trip. After breakfast we first headed for the metro – as Berlin is way to big to walk all the time – and got ourselves a day pass for around 7€ which sounds a lot at first but one’s feet will be thankful for it. Our First Stop: Brandenburger Tor – and there the party started as on this day the Final of the German Football Leage took place in the capital and the fans of Borussia Dortmund and FC Bayern München were all there celebrating as if the game was already over. So we saw a lot of Dortmund Fans touring around in a bus singing and Bayern München fanatics dancing on the streets. It was great fun as it shows the rather “correct” germans are actually going crazy when it come to football.
We wanted to stop by the Bundestag to go up the roof top – as you have a fantastic view over Berlin and it’s “official district” – but as I suspected we should have made a reservations weeks in advance, which we didn’t so we straight went on to another major sight of Berlin. The Holocaust Memorial. A place with a tragic meaning but a great atmosphere so we wandered the seemingly endless alleys before we decided to cross another must see from Hanni’s Berlin List: Check Point Charlie. Honestly, there isn’t much to see, despite tourists posing with actors dressed up like US and Russian Soldiers. So we fled the crowd of tourists as soon as possible and headed for Prenzlauberg again strolling around, having dinner and ended up at a bar that offers over hundred different sorts of beer and ales.
The next day – after a perfect brunch at Distrikt Café – we explored Kreuzberg and Charlottenburg. We strolled the hip neighbor hood (still don’t know why everyone’s so crazy about it!), had coffee at some Vegan coffee shop and took the metro and the bus to Charlottenburg castle. There we simply whiled the Sunday away walking around the castle park with no exact purpose, which is great as one gets to know a city from a totally different angle on a Sunday. People are more calm and hang out with family and friends in the park. The world is so much more peaceful on a Sunday when people are having a picnic – maybe it’s the food 😀
After we had spent the whole previous day strolling around we decided to dedicate Monday to shopping and coffee shop hopping – which we did mostly around Hackesche Höfe and Alexanderplatz. We popped by at Edited the Label, had the best Quesadillas ever at Dolores and enjoyed the beautiful summer day before we had to head back to Vienna in the evening.
We had a great time in Berlin and even though this city is not on my short list for my personal “Best City Award” it’s always great to explore and being inspired by so many different people from all over the world that make Berlin unique and fascinating. So I hope to be back anytime soon!
Have you ever been to Berlin? And how do you like it?