I love Berlin. It's definitely my favourite city in Europe, I love the cool art vibe, bar scene, concrete jungle streets with graffitied artwork on the side of buildings...I've been many times and mostly on a budget. Here are my tips on what to do:
1. Free Berlin Walking Tour by New Berlin Tours
This is my NUMBER ONE recommendation in Berlin. It's 4 hours
long, with a break in the middle and I have done the Classic
Free Tour 3 times and loved it every time. You just tip at the
end if you enjoyed it (which they make sure you do, as their
tips are their earnings!). I learnt so much from this tour, and
it's so fascinating as so much of the history is so recent - and
they even show you important stuff like the window from which
Michael Jackson dangled his baby! All of these below sights are
covered in the tour:
the dome are great (even if not partuclar pretty):
|Berlin relics and graffiti|
3. The Holocaust Memorial (or Memorial To The Murdered Jews of
Europe) is a really astounding sight. The free tour takes you
through and discusses at lengths all of its different meanings
and concepts, however, there is also an exhibition underneath
which is really interesting.
4. The Reichstag is a must-see. Climb the Norman Foster designed
Cupola and you can see right down into parliament (a purposeful
design, allowing all governments to be transparent in their
dealings). It's free but there's a big queue - register online
before you go.
the Berlin Wall and Artists have been commissioned to design
a section of the wall, it's fascinating just to walk along and
appreciate the art as well as think about what it was like to
live behind these walls (it's about a mile long).
6. Check-point Charlie for some cheesy photos.7. Oranienburgerstrasse - in the trendy 'Mitte' district, this is
great in the evening, and where most of the bars and clubs are
as well as lots of old derelict buildings now used for galleries
and exhibitions. We stumbled upon many galleries simply by
Where To Eat:
- Dada Falafel -there is a huge Turkish community in Berlin and it shows in their food. This is a hole in the wall place with possibly the best falafels I've tasted...
- Pan Asia - I had sushi here in the summer, we ate outside and it was delicious.
- Weinerei - amazingly brilliant winebar where you pay €2 for a glass and the pay what you want at the end...dependent on whether you had a nice night!
- Tiergarten Quelle - this was our FAVOURITE place in Berlin - it's underneath a railway arch and very dingy but VERY German - selling beer by the litre and the LARGEST plate of meat you've ever seen for €9 - all served with traditional mash and hearty vegetables. Great atmosphere, a bit like an old beerhall. And great value.
Want to live like a local whilst out there? We know about Air BnB but have you tried One Fine Stay? Our Travel Editor at Red Magazine swears byt it and claims it's the next notch up to Air BnB, offering a chicer, more concierge-like service. Worth a visit...