There are a lot of things to do in Berlin such as the Berlin Wall and the Brandenburg Gate. Berlin is the perfect travel destination for any travel and history lover. While you are there, make sure to take a day trip to Potsdam and check out the Neu Palace! This blog post gives you the best tips and tricks to create the best Berlin itinerary.
Hi everyone and welcome back to my blog! At the beginning of this year, me and Luis took a three day trip to Berlin. Berlin is six hours away from us so in order not to waste a day driving, we left the house at 5 in the morning! Needless to say, we were exhausted but we were excited to be in a new city. Luckily for us, we had some pastizzi to snack on for our drive there!
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Somethings you should know & fun facts:
- Public transportation in Berlin is fantastic. It is very reliable and cheap. I highly recommend you use public transport rather than renting a car. We drove from the KMC, however, we left our car at the hotel the entire time.
- Grab yourself some doner while you’re there. Berlin has some of the best doner shops!
- Berlin is big. It is nine times bigger than Paris. If you thought Paris was crowded, you haven’t seen Berlin crowds yet.
- Curry sausages are very popular there. It is estimated that Berlin consumes around 70 million sausages per year!
- There are 180 museums in Berlin. Plenty to choose from!
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What to do & see in Berlin:
▷The Berlin Wall/East Side Gallery:
The Berlin Wall is one of the most famous landmarks in the city due to its history. I remember learning about it and the events that led up to building this wall in college. It was surreal standing this close to it. The wall, as you can see below, is covered with graffiti art from different artists. I loved the explosion of colour!
▷ Memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe:
We wanted to go in the actual museum but there was a long line .. at 9 in the morning! Anyways, instead, we walked around the museum and took some pictures. It was a sombre experience for me to say the least. I cannot imagine how I’ll feel when I go to Auschwitz!
That spot right there is where Hitler’s bunker used to be located. Crazy! This is the place where Hitler hid during WW2, where he got married and where he died.
▷ Brandenburg Gate:
The Brandenburg Gate is a short tram ride away from the Holocaust Memorial. I’ve seen pictures of this gate in my textbooks. This Athenian inspired gate is over 200 years old and is a quintessential part of the city of Berlin.
I would have liked to get closer to the gate and take some closeup shots but as you can see, there were TV crews, lots of vans and cameras and the area was closed off. Oh, there’s a kiosk close by that sells the most delicious and spiciest currywurst! My spice tolerance is very low and spent five minutes breathing in and out but it was worth it.
▷ Berliner Dome:
The teal dome reminded me so much of the palace in Vienna! Can anyone else see it? Yes? No? Ok.
You can go inside the Cathedral! I remember the tickets were only 18 euros per person. I highly recommend you going in and walk up the stairs to see the whole of Berlin under you. Keep on reading to see the pictures!
I was blown away by the beauty inside the dome. It reminded me so much of the churches and cathedrals back at home in Malta!
There are benches on the side of the church where you can sit down and you can see the entire church. Very beautiful! And yes, that is a Christmas tree haha. We visited Berlin in January for New Year’s and the decorations were still up.
Fun fact about the Berliner Dome: there are German/Prussian kings, queens and popes buried there! You can get close to the tombs. Word of warning .. the smell isn’t nice at all haha. It was interesting being able to see the tombs of these Kings and Queens. German Princes and Princesses are also buried here.
There are signs all over the Cathedral leading you to staircases. We went up one flight of stairs and we were led to a “mini-museum” with a number of paintings and sculptures of the cathedral.
Next up is the 180+ steps to the top of the Dome. This is not for the faint-hearted but let me tell you, it is so worth it. The staircases leading to the top are kind of narrow and there are people going up and down all the time.
Isn’t the view from the top stunning? The cardio session was so worth it. You can see the Christmas market from the Dome! One of the many Christmas markets in Berlin.
Just a short drive or train ride away from Berlin there’s Potsdam.
For all the history buffs out there, this is the exact location where the Potsdam Conference was held.
The superpowers during the Cold War era gathered here and decided on how to administer and divide Germany. So why visit Potsdam? Let me tell you why.
▷ Sansoucci Palace:
The palace itself is vibrant and colourful and definitely worth a stop by! We went there during the winter so the gardens weren’t in full bloom. Luis visited Berlin in July of 2016 and he told me that the gardens are gorgeous when they’re in full bloom!
There is a bit of a long path that leads to the palace. The palace grounds are HUGE! The King at that time spared no expenses when it came to the construction of the Sansoucci.
And finally .. after what seemed like forever, we could see the palace!
I loved walking around the castle and noticing the intricate details. I’m not sure whether or not you can go in the castle. When we were there it was closed so I’m assuming you can’t. But I could be wrong so be sure to check beforehand!
If you thought that this palace was big .. there’s more.
The King built ‘hotels’ at the back of the castle for the nobility to rent out when they were visiting! I have never ever seen anything like this before.
The area where the hotels are located is HUGE! Imagine how much they would have cost to rent one of them back in the day! These ‘hotels’ look like a mini version of the palace itself. I can only imagine how grand they are on the inside.
▷ Checkpoint Charlie:
Last but not least, after a day of sightseeing, we stopped at the infamous Checkpoint Charlie.
You can take pictures with the two ‘soldiers’ standing there. They charge you for it, I don’t know how much exactly. Checkpoint Charlie was our last stop on this amazing trip! Berlin was so much fun and I am super happy that I got the opportunity to visit the capital city of this beautiful country I’m living in ❤️
And that ladies and gentlemen, brings an end to today’s post. I really hope you found this post useful! If you’ve been to Berlin and visited sights that I have not mentioned, leave them in the comments below! We have a lot of trips planned and I can’t wait to share them with you all!
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