Berlin was the first place I visited after to moving to London. I went when my friend Jen from Canada visited. She was here for about 2 weeks and so we decided to get in a mini city break.
We chose Berlin simply because out of the cheap flights we found on Ryanair it seemed the most interesting. When you go to a place like Berlin where the world knows so much about the history it is always a bit surreal. The first day we did a free 6 hour walking tour. Long but a good way to start as it highlighted the most popular sites.
We were even shown some pop culture references. We passed by a few buildings that were shown in Run Lola Run. As well as the hotel that Michael Jackson dangled his youngest child blanket over the balcony.
The next day we made a trip down to the Berlin Wall East Side Gallery. On the tour we had seen parts of the wall that was eroding and protected by fencing. It was nice to get up close to this part of the existing wall.
Later that night on recommendation by my encounter guide we tried a restaurant with traditional German cuisine. I had never really had German food before so I was looking forward to it.
On our final full day in Berlin we decided to do another tour. But before that I headed out in the morning to meet up with Tim who we met on the free walking tour. His couch surfing hosts suggested going to Victoria Park as the view at the top was the best in the city. That morning the snow also decided to make an appearance.
The weather the first two days was great but then turned to snow and grey. A more fitting mood for the sombre tour to Sachsenhausen concentration camp.
After the tour we went to Potsdamer Platz.
We attempted to check out the German Parliament but the queue was long and it was very cold. Instead we visited some of the places that were shown to us on our first tour. I love exploring at night, the buildings are lit up and look gorgeous.
The following day we were flying out in the evening so we had time to make a final stop and went to the Jewish Museum. There was a charge to enter but the audio guide was free.
Berlin is undeniably cool, there is a quirky artsy vibe that I really liked. It is surprisingly a cheap city break as well. Our accommodation while being a hostel was hotel standard. It remains my favourite European city and I can’t wait to return.