Any visit to Berlin is incredible, filled with a mix of history, culture and beautiful sights. Berlin is a vibrant city, very friendly and welcoming. And a lot of the sites are free or not too expensive!
I stayed at Sheraton Berlin Grand Hotel Esplanade, this was a 13-minute walk from a metro station which gave easy access to the centre. I booked through Expedia.
We arrived late afternoon, we were hungry and went in search of food. We stumbled upon a restaurant that had a set 7 course meal. I had never experienced more than a 3-course meal and thought it would be an amazing experience to try. I ate a variety of food from a beef lettuce taco, to octopus it was delicious, but a bit spicy. Unfortunately, I did not get the name of the restaurant, but if you know of the restaurant near the hotel I stayed please let me know!
East Side Gallery
The gallery was once the Berlin Wall separating East and West Germany, it is not the longest open-air gallery in the world. It features over 100 different paintings from artists from across the world, including the colourful Some Heads by Thierry Noir. At 1316 metres long, you can walk alongside the longest continuous section of the Berlin Wall still in existence.
A must see, one of the best-known landmarks of Germany built around 250 years ago. It symbolizes divided Germany as the Berlin Wall shut off access to the gate for both East and West Germans. There are lots of cafes nearby. We sat nearby and enjoyed our lunch with a view of the gate.
Take a boat cruise along the River Spree. This is a great way to see the city. I really enjoyed the boat tour as it gave interesting facts about Berlin. We also got to enjoy some cocktails on the boat.
They range from 1 hour to 2 hour depending on how much of Berlin you would like to cover. You can book online from many websites, such as from: www.getyourguide.com/Berlin-Tours/Activities However, I booked a cruise on the day. They leave every 30/45 minutes so it is fine if you want to book on the day.
This is Berlin’s television tower, with a height of 368 metres, it is the tallest structure in Germany and second in the EU. You can take a lift all the way to the top of the tower, where you can enjoy a 360º view of the city.
Berliner Dom is a Cathedral Church with a magnificent dome structure. The interior of the church is beautiful. But what impressed me the most is that you can take 270 steps to the roof of the cathedral where you can get a 360º view of the city. Although not as high as Fernsehturn I enjoyed this more as there was not many tourists there, which enabled me to fully enjoy the view. Also, if is all open, without glass and outside.
Alexandra Platz Shopping
This is definitely one of the best shopping areas in Berlin. There is also a wide range of cafes and restaurants in this area.
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
This is a Holocaust Memorial in Berlin. You can walk through the 2711 concrete slabs of different heights. This is a place of remembrance that anyone can visit, it is slightly strange and unique, but it is very moving.
There is also a free underground museum which complements the abstraction of the memorial with person documentation about individuals and families.
The Reistag Building is the home of the German Government, but also home to one of the most impressive glass domes in the world. It is a must see, and you can attend a free viewing, where you can walk in the dome and learn more facts about the city. However, you must book your visit in advance, and remember to bring ID.
Book free visit here: https://visite.bundestag.de/BAPWeb/pages/createBookingRequest.jsf?lang=en
I am a big lover of animals; Berlin Zoo did not disappoint, being the home to over 15,000 rare and endangered animals. They have so many animals ranging from giant pandas to elephants.
This is a must have food to try! Pork Sausage covered in curry ketchup, simply delicious.
Find the Berlin Bears
You will see the Buddy Bear sculptures around the city. They are friendly and are known as the unofficial ambassador for Germany and is a symbol of Berlin since 2001.
Hard Rock Café Berlin
Throughout my travels I have visited several Hard Rock Cafes and I love them. It’s a great place to chill after a long day of site seeing, you can relax have a cocktail and eat some food. You can also get a rewards card which can be used in their shops/restaurants around the world.
Be sure to tell me if you have ever been to Berlin, or are planning to!
Until my next adventure,