At the end of October, my boyfriend and I took a trip to Berlin for a long weekend to celebrate my 21st birthday. I first visited Berlin a few years ago on a college trip and have been desperate to go back ever since. Berlin is one of my favourite places – there’s so much history, creativity and liveliness. We stayed at the Holiday Inn in Alexanderplatz, Mitte, the hotel was lovely and only a two minute walk into the city centre and to the TV tower, which was a great spot for catching transport and finding pubs and bars. I’m glad we visited during Autumn as the weather in Berlin was ideal for the time of year – cold, fresh air with sunny blue skies.
We arrived at Berlin Schönefeld at around 9pm on a Friday night, so after checking in the first thing we did was get some food at the nearest restaurant we could find – there’s no time to be fussy when you’re starving! We then wandered around searching for a traditional German pub. We ended up finding the perfect biergarten called Hofbräu München, which had wooden benches and staff in Bavarian costumes.
On Saturday we woke up early, grabbed a coffee and a pastry and went on a four-hour bike tour. I hadn’t been on a bike for so long but I really enjoyed it. Berlin is very bike-friendly and the bike lanes made it much easier to get around. The tour took us to Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate, Hitler’s bunker, Topography of Terror and the memorial to the murdered Jews (to name a few!) It was interesting to learn about the history of Berlin and find out things I didn’t know. We walked back and stumbled upon the Berliner Dom (Cathedral), which is stunning. It was quite a tiring day but so worth it. The night was spent going to bars, one in particular ,House of Weekend, had an impressive rooftop view of the city.
The first day was spent taking in all of Berlin’s history and finding our way around, the next days were spent at the East Side Gallery and snapping graffiti so keep an eye out for part two!