Finally, after dreaming about visiting this city for ages I hopped on a plane to Berlin with three of my best friends. Next to the must-do’s like the Brandenburger Tor, The Holocaust Memorial, the Reichstag and the Berliner Dom we visited nice shops and restaurants.
My girls and I stayed in the Alcatraz Backpacker Hostel in a neighborhood called Prenzlauer Berg. This hostel was perfect for us, due to the low season we were traveling we were some of the few guests who stayed in this hostel. The location was good, not too far from the city-center but not in the busy and noisy part neither. In this area are lots of cosy restaurants such as Pappaecicia. Also, Sowohlalsauch is a coffee house located in this neighborhood and the perfect place for a delicious breakfast. Over all, I was surprised how many restaurants have a vegan option on their menu and how innovating the Berliners are. We had another delicious diner in a Mexican restaurant Que Pasa where we spend one of our most fun evenings not only due to the very good fajitas. To be honest, not one lunch nor dinner was a disappointment, everywhere we stopped to eat it was good. Lucky us, or is this how it is in Berlin?
We decided to visit another neighborhood of the city everyday so we had time to explore and to do some shopping along the way. We started with Mitte, the area in which the most touristy places are located. Must-do’s here are visiting the Reichstag and enjoying the allround view from the top of its dome, take your time to make artistic pictures at the sad Holocaust Memorial and watch the sun set behind the Brandenburg Tor.
Other highlights from our trip were the Jüdische Museum, which you MUST do when visiting Berlin, the Berlin Wall and getting surprised with the different markets. For shopping we went to the Kreuzberg neighborhood with many of hipster shops and ateliers. We pitied that we had not more time in this cosy neighborhood, and we definitely want to go back here to spend more time between the artists and hipsters of this neighborhood.
It was coincidence that it was winter when we visited Berlin and however lots of people warned us for the cold weather it was the perfect time for exploring this city. It was low season and there weren’t that many tourists, which has its advantages. But in the end the four of us all want to go back at some point in summer, to explore Berlin’s parks and summer fashion as well as its touristy atmosphere and to take pictures of the beautiful buildings without the unhandiness of an umbrella and grey skies.
Berlin is worth it to be on your bucket list!
Now off to the next, see you soon Madrid!