Last month I visited Berlin for the first time for a friend’s birthday. It was the most impulsive thing I have ever done considering I only booked onto the trip less than 12 hours before they left – but it was one of the best decisions I have made. We spent three days in the German capital, arriving into the city centre around midday on Thursday afternoon. We headed to a restaurant near to Checkpoint Charlie where the guys had sushi and I had a very tasty noodle dish. Then we headed down to their hotel and in search of a hostel for me for the night. As we had a 4am wake up we were all pretty tired so we settled down for an afternoon nap before planning on heading out to explore later on.
What we did not realise was that the day we arrived their was a massive festival in Berlin so basically everything was closed for the evening. We headed out for supplies but there was literally nothing open apart from a few random cafes and a handful of restaurants. In the end we ended up buying tons of 50cl bottles of vodka and Jägermeister to drink as this was all we could find and we picked up a couple of pizzas and headed back to the room for an evening of cards and drinking games.
The first night was my first time staying in a hostel and I have to say I didn’t enjoy the experience as much as others. I was so anxious the whole night and found it quite uncomfortable that there were others in the room who stayed up all night chatting away in their own language and glaring over at me. I would like to give hostels another go just maybe when I am not on my own so I can get a better night’s sleep. In the morning I took a wander down to Lidl to pick up breakfast supplies and headed back to the guys hotel for our second day.
Day 2 we headed to some of the main tourist spots including Checkpoint Charlie, The Fernsehturm and the Berlin Cathedral. We stopped near to Museum Island for lunch where I opted for yet another pizza (can you see the theme of this trip yet) before we headed off to find Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag building. This was our only full day in the city so we opted for a bicycle tour so we could cover more mileage and have a little fun along the way. This was the highlight of the trip for me and I would highly recommend if you are only in the city for a few days.
That evening we headed out on the 666 Anti Pubcrawl which has a focus on exploring different pubs and clubs within the area like a local. We visited a ping pong bar, an absinthe bar, a burlesque themed bar (I think the night gets a bit hazy here) before ending in a techno club underneath a furniture store. I would definitely do this tour again because it was a great way to explore the nightlife Berlin has to offer and experience a variety of different bars and clubs.
On our last morning we headed up the Fernseturm to the viewing platform 203 meters above ground. Here we had panoramic views over the whole city which were absolutely breath taking. There is also a rotating restaurant which you need to be pre-book to eat at which is something I would love to do in the future. Afterwards we had a little time to kill before we headed to the airport so we had a wander round AquaDom & Sea Life Berlin before setting off for home.
Although it was a whirlwind trip of the city, this was enough time to give me a taster of what the city has to offer and I am dying to head back and spend longer exploring. Hopefully I get the chance to experience this beautiful city again at some point.