The Ultimate Travel Guide to Berlin
– JANUARY 14TH, 2019 –
Berlin. The bustling, raw capital of the gorgeous country Germany. Whether you’re hitting it up for a quick weekend away or staying a bit longer, there is plenty to see, do and eat. With history embedded into its core and a modern exterior, Berlin is the perfect destination to visit for everyone involved.
Today, I’m going to touch on all the important bits of travelling and making the most out of this wonderful city. Keep on reading to see what I have to say about Berlin’s weather, where to stay, things to do/see and of course, the delicious delicacies to check off your bucket list.
WEATHER IN BERLIN
When it comes to the weather in Germany in general, the ball is in your court. Whether you’re looking for a hot summer’s day or a cold, snuggly winter escape, Berlin has it all. If you’re looking for moderately warm weather with a slim chance of seeing any rain, the best time to book is for May or September. Otherwise, like stated above, you will be embracing their hot summers and cold winters.
Side note: My partner and I travelled at the beginning of May for our 3-day trip and I could not have been happier with the weather. Not a cloud in the sky, warm weather and there was never a sign of any rain.
WHERE TO STAY IN BERLIN
Berlin holds the title of the largest city in Germany and it’s not hard to imagine considering Berlin has a total of 12 official boroughs covering nearly 900 km … think about that for a second. Now, I’m not going to list all 12 boroughs and tell you the significance of each or what each borough entails because, I’m assuming if you are heading to Berlin you want to see the main city centre.
If you would like to read up about each borough, I have linked a good read HERE.
Now, if you’re looking to discover the amazing hustling city of Berlin that oh, so many people document on all over their social media. I would 100% recommend staying in the borough of Mitte especially, for a short duration trip.
Packed with all the top sights, Mitte is considered more than just a city centre, it is the exact place Berlin was founded. Cool, hey? If you have somewhere in mind you would like to visit outside of the city centre don’t fret, the public transport is extremely effective, easy to use and fairly affordable.
THINGS TO DO & SEE IN BERLIN
Since Berlin is the largest city in Germany, I can guarantee you will not be finding yourself scratching your head, asking yourself what to do. Instead, you’ll probably end up leaving Berlin wishing you had more time, much like myself. But, hey-ho just means you’ll have to go back in the future … what a shame!
Like stated above, majority of the attractions and sites are found easily accessible from the city centre, bar a few that lay just outside the city’s boundaries but, with easy to use public transport it makes it very stress free to get where you need to be.
Top 12 Sights in Berlin:
#1 Brandenburg Gate
This is an 18th century neoclassical monument in Berlin that used to host parades of people through its columns. Admire this from near or far but, you will not be left unsatisfied. If you have further thoughts, head into the museum to learn about the history behind this monument.
Price – €5.00
#2 Hitler – How Could it Happen?
This is the story of Hitler, Berlin and Nazism displayed in an old bunker, that was actually used by Hitler himself. This amazing documentation leaves no stone unturned and is an astounding display of the true history of Berlin.
Price – €12.00 with audio guide.
Side Note: My partner and I spent just over 4-hours in the bunker and probably could have spent even longer. It has 4 floors and roughly 40 different sections which is FULL of information. I would 100% recommend taking time out of your day to do this.
#3 Topography of Terror
The Topography of Terror is an half indoor, half outdoor history museum located on the site of the former Gestapo headquarters which documents the horrors of Nazism. Even if history is not your thing, I can guarantee you will be engulfed by all the astonishing information; and if not, head inside for a cappuccino; there’s a lovely little cafe.
Price – FREE
#4 Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Better known as the Holocaust Memorial, this memorial is a field of cement blocks which represents the those amongst the murdered Jewish people during World War 2. You could spend hours walking up and down the rows of different sized cement blocks . Truly amazing.
Price – FREE
#5 The Reichstag Building
The Reichstag Building is the historical government building of Berlin which was severely damaged when it was set of fire in the 1930’s. To tour this building it is free but, you must book well in advance to claim your spot.
Price – FREE
#6 Checkpoint Charlie
Now located in the middle of a busy road, this was the border crossing between east and west Berlin at the time of the cold war. It is free to view but, if you would like to take a photo with the soldiers stood at the checkpoint, there is a small fee which is stated on site.
Price – FREE to view
#7 East Side Gallery
This is the infamous open-air gallery with covered with stunning, unique murals which, stretches across nearly 1,500m of the remaining Berlin Wall. It is slightly outside the city centre so, you may have to plan accordingly if you would like to have a look yourself.
Price – FREE
#8 Potsdamer Platz
Potsdamer Platz is a historical square in Berlin which was reborn after the fall of the Berlin Wall. It is now commonly known for its entertainment, shopping and restaurants.
#9 Berliner Fernsehturm
The Berliner Fernsehturm is a 368 m tall radio tower with a viewing gallery at 203 m and a revolving restaurant at 207 m. If you have ever seen a photo of Berlin, you’ve most likely seen this tall tower.
Price – €16.50 (observation deck), restaurant variable.
#10 Berlin Wall Memorial
There is not much to explain here, parts of the remaining wall has simply been transformed into a memorial that commemorates the division of Berlin by the Berlin Wall and the deaths that took place there.
Price – FREE
#11 Museum Island
Sits at the north end of the city on an island just across the Spree River, full of what do you know, museums! Not only are the museums remarkable in themselves but, the architecture of the museums is not to be missed. Tickets can be bought on the day and vary in prices depending on the museum.
Price – Variable depending on museum
#12 The Berlin Cathedral
Also on Museum Island, is the infamous Berlin Cathedral. You may know it better visually, it is the building with the unique green roof. Which is in fact, cooper that has been exposed to the elements. Regardless, it is stunning and a perfect place to park a seat with a coffee or packed lunch.
Price – FREE
There are many more museums, memorials and many more locations to list but, if we were to name every great sight in Berlin, we would be here for days. In order to see all Berlin has to offer, I suggest getting your comfiest trainers on and walking around to as many places as possible. Although Berlin’s public transportation is very good, there is no better way to visiting and seeing a city as wonderful as Berlin than to walk about!
TOP 3 GERMAN DELICACIES YOU NEED TO TRY
If you’re looking to dive into the local culture, then look no further than the food and drink. With a variety of food cultures represented in Berlin it is very easy to look past the local food. Below is a list of top 3 German delicacies that should not be missed on your next trip to the country:
- Wiener Schnitzel – A classic!
- Currywurst (with fries of course) – You cannot go wrong with Curry 36 in West Berlin
- Käsespätzle – It’s kind of like a pasta with lots of cheese … to put it simple.
If these options don’t take your fancy, don’t worry, like I said before Berlin has many food joints with foods from all over the world so, you won’t be struggling to eat whilst you’re on your visit.
If you have stayed this long than thank you kindly, I hope this travel guide comes in handy for you on your next trip to Berlin. If you’re heading off to Berlin soon, then have a safe and enjoyable trip; I know you’ll enjoy every second, as did I. Make use of all the free attractions, although they are free, there is some very interesting information and sights to see out there.
Stay tuned for my next travel guide!
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