I love a good story and Berlin is a city that is filled with stories. From being the center of the Cold War and World War II to now being an up-and-coming place to be for exciting nightlife, Berlin is definitely a place that everyone should experience at least once in their lives.
Berlin was always on the list of places I wanted to visit while in Europe. The date for my visit was set in the my schedule when I found out Chloe from Wanderlust in the Midwest was going to be in Germany. While she was able to visit the city for about 3 days, I only had about a day and a half to pack everything in. It was a wonderful girls weekend and chance to dive deeper into Germany's history.
Check out the vlog Chloe made during our trip below!
Transportation: I used FlixBus to travel from Frankfurt to Berlin. It cost about 60€ roundtrip. It was around a 6 hour long bus ride but the buses are fairly comfortable and have outlets for your to charge your phone/tablet/whatever. There's also free wifi!
For paying 7€ a night in a 10 bed dorm, it was a pretty good deal that I found from HostelWorld.Com. The Ubahn entrance (subway) was right in front of the hostel, which made it really easy to get around the city and to the bus station. I liked that each bed had it's own curtain for privacy and allowed for a good night's sleep. Sheets and a pillow were included but towels were not, which actually is really annoying to me. If you're going to include sheets and pillows, how much more does it really cost for a hostel to include a towel? The showers were the worst part. You know those faucets that you have to continuously press down on in order to get the water to wash your hands? Well, imagine that as a shower. Really, really annoying and makes showering so difficult. The front desk is at the hostel's bar. It was quite loud and everyone looked like they were having fun, which is great! It just made check-in and calling the hostel a little difficult. Other than that, it was a nice backpacker party hostel. I guess you definitely get what you pay for.
The Holocaust Memorial in Berlin is one of the most unique memorials I've ever experienced. The designer left no details as to why he designed it the way he did because he wanted each person to experience it differently and come up with their own decision about the monument. Underneath the 3,000-some cement blocks is the Holocaust Information Center. It's free to visit and I highly recommend it. It offered a lot of information and shared stories of various families, correspondences, and details into life during WWII.
I highly recommend that you take Sandeman New Europe's Free Walking Tour. I love taking walking tours as they help put the city into perspective. I enjoy hearing the history and stories behind the buildings. This tour shares so many interesting details, stories, and places about what life was like throughout Berlin's history.
Chloe and I also signed up for Sandmann's Pub Crawl for 12 euros. It was a great deal for 4 free shots and lots of specials like free shots with each beer you order, etc. This was my first pub crawl in Europe and I had a blast. We met some interesting characters, including an 18 year old soldier from the UK who may or may not have fallen in love with us. Sorry kid, I'm too old for you.
The Reichstag's glass dome offers a beautiful view of the city! If you're planning a trip to Berlin, admission to dome and terrace is free but make sure to register in advance (you can register here)!
Since I was only in Berlin for 36 hours, I didn't have much time to visit any museums. Berlin's Museum Island is a UNESCO World Heritage area that is filled to the brim with museums of art and history. Next time I'm in town I'll definitely be checking out a few of the museums, the East Side Gallery of the Berlin Wall, and the castles in Potsdam.
Make sure to check out Chloe's post about Berlin, too!
Have you ever been to Berlin? What are your favorite things to do in this city?
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