This weeks travel blog is all the things to see and do in Berlin.
Berlin is one of my favourite cities in Europe and this was my second trip to this fabulous city in the past two years! There is so much to see and do and if you are like me and love history, you will fall in love with this place after two minutes! edit.
After grabbing the night train from Copenhagen (read blog here) we arrived in Berlin at 9am and after taking a while to find our hostel (PLUS Berlin) we left our bags behind us and headed towards the city centre. The transport system in Berlin is so handy with S-Bahn trains arriving every 5 minutes. Once you travel on them once you'll be able to navigate anywhere in the city.
Our first stop was the Brandenburg Gate in the heart of the city. This is a good location to start any tour as it is 5 minutes walk away from the Reichstag and the Holocaust Memorial. All the embassies are also located here.
One of the main things we wanted to do was the German Parliament building the Reichstag, however, you could not book a time slot online so we decided to go to the booking office and get a time for the next day. I recommend booking in advance(at least 2 months) to save the hassle of queuing. We queued for 40 minutes and then hoped on a bus top tour to see the rest of the city!
We randomly went into the European Union Experience down from the Brandenburg Gate which was surprisingly entertaining. You could take photos of you at Parliament and we had a lot of fun doing so.
Later that night Germany were playing in the Semi Final of the world cup so we had cocktails and watched the match in our hostel. It was an experience in itself and a disappointing result!
Our second day was more exciting as we headed into the city centre, We grabbed a bite to eat on the way and then went to see the Holocaust Memorial. This is a must see monument and you have to walk right into the centre and just reflect. The museum is free and highly worth while. Give yourself at least an hour to do it as there is quick a lot of reading. Also walk down to Hitler's bunker which is 5 minutes from the memorial.
Once that was done we went to the Reichstag were we walked up the Dome at the top. This was a really nice experience. There are fabulous views of the city from the top of it and you can stay there as long as you'd like once you're in. There is also a restaurant at the top if you wanted some dining with a view. You do have to book in advance.
One of the most impressive buildings in Berlin (and my favourite) is the Berlin Cathedral. Suited just a few minute walk from Museum Island this building is breathtaking and the inside is even more impressive than the exterior.
It costs €7 to enter but it is the best money you will ever spend and if you have the stamina walk up the 263 steps to the top where you will find breathtaking views of the city and a great shot of the Sky tower. It offers the best views in Berlin for sure! I have been to the top twice and the second time was equally as amazing!
We finished up Berlin by going to an Irish bar at the train station and having the most Irish thing possible. A guinness and a smithwicks! (We wouldn't drink them at home).
I love Berlin, and if you are any way interested in history you will love it to. It is a great city with a lot to offer. Price wise it would be the same to that of Dublin with you getting a proper meal/dinner for €12/€13. I highly recommend you taking a visit!
I hope you enjoyed reading this post. If you have any questions on Berlin don't afraid to ask them below!
Until next time,