As promised, here is the first in three parts of my Berlin guide! I went for a week last November with a friend which was a bit of a spontaneous trip as we both have wanted to visit for a long time and just bit the bullet and booked. It's really easy to find somewhere to stay in Berlin with hotels, apartments and b&b's scattered all over the city - in the end, we settled on Jean Louis' Air B n B (check it out here) situated on Richard Platz in Neukölln, perfectly located in walking distance of shops and supermarkets and the metro station. Jean Louis and his family (and adorable cat!) were accommodating and friendly and his home was clean and stylishhh.
|The kitchen/dining area in our b&b|
We wanted to cram in as much as possible during our stay and tried to see as much as we could, which wasn't hard as all of Berlin is brimming with colour and culture. Here are some things I recommend to see and do in and around one of Germany's best cities.
The Berlin Wall
Though it may seem like an obvious one, the Berlin Wall is a must if you want to visit a really interesting place and absorb yourself in Berlin's history. There are several parts to visit but we chose the Gedenkstätte section where you can also visit the small museum for free and go to the top for a panoramic view of the wall.
The East Side Gallery & a trip to an Photoautomat booth
The East Side Gallery is located along the river Spree in Friedichshain which is the longest stretch of the Berlin Wall still standing. This part of the wall is covered in different paintings from around 100 artists including the famous "My God, Help me to survive this deadly love" by Dmitri Vrubel and others. It's a must to explore to see one of the most colourful and creative parts of Berlin.
A Berlin Bucket List Must is getting your photo taken in the famous Photoautomat booth. They are all over Berlin and are only 2 € for a strip of four black & white photos - a cheap and cheerful memory to take home from your travels.
Neukölln & it's surroundings
Neukölln (which I still can't pronounce properly) is a great place for travellers wanting to explore a bustling area of Berlin with plenty of shops, cafes and bars. Walking around the area alone is enough to entertain you with street art a plenty and many things that will catch your eye and give you some creative inspiration.
The Ramones Museum
For all music lovers, this is a must visit. The museum is quite small and easy to get around. It's covered from head to toe in Ramones memorabilia and merch from their clothes, old concert posters to photographs and more. You can watch a documentary on the band as well as snippets from gigs and interviews. Afterwards you can enjoy a drink and cake whilst Ramones tunes are played throughout and, you also get a free badge with your entry fee - win!
Museum für Kommunication Berlin
We hadn't actually planned to visit this museum but failed on finding the place we wanted to go so spontaneously
went here instead.
went here instead.
The entry was only about 3 € if I remember right and we both really enjoyed it.
It was interesting us both being communications students
so we enjoyed learning about the evolution in telephones and post.
I think the museum might actually be designed to entertain kids, but hey
we're big kids at heart and it was a lot of fun!
Similarly to the wall, this is one of those must-visit parts of Berlin if you like a bit of history! There are several other Berlin Wall memorial areas surrounding, a Checkpoint Charlie museum and gift shops.
The Christmas Markets & The Fernsehturm de Berlín
Obviously you need to visit around the Christmas period to experience the Christmas markets so if you do plan to visit any other time of the year, I understand this may not be relevant. Nevertheless, if you do get the chance to go around then, the markets are a must! It was bitterly cold during our visit so there's nothing better than walking round a market where you can get mulled wine, beer, hot crepes and waffles and hot chocolates - is there? Nah. You can also take a spin on the ferris wheel or go ice skating and get some cute souvenirs to take home. Perfect to get you in the festive mood.
Fernsehturm de Berlín
Situated near Alexanderplatz, the tower is the tallest monument in Germany and can be seen from all over Berlin. You can also take a trip up the tower where you can be wined and dined with an epic view over Berlin, which sadly we didn't do - but seeing it is pretty amazing in itself!
Music @ West Germany Venue
On our last evening, we were lucky enough to catch Alex Calder and his band on his tour around Europe. It was held in a rather bizarre venue that looked a bit like a bathroom, as support Weyes Blood described it (it actually used to be a dentists, creepy...). The venue eventually filled out and made for an amazing evening accompanied by some amazing talent and jamming inc. Alex Calder, Aldhous RH & Sean Nicholas Savage followed by a dj playing all the good tunes. I was so thrilled to discover Weyes Blood, from California (who has the voice of an angel) and Sean Nicholas Savage from Canada as they are so different to anything i've ever heard before, and were true performers. Shout out to Weyes Blood who gave me a free CD, as I needed to keep my money for breakfast the next day - you are a babe.
That's a wrap for today's post - I hope you liked it. I'll be back tomorrow with where to shop in Berlin!