Rob and I spent last weekend in Berlin, Germany. Berlin itself is only about a 3 and a 1/2 hour bus ride from Prague. We were able to save about half the amount of money we would have spent on a plane ticket by opting to take a bus instead. We used the website GoEuro to find the best bus company that worked for us. This website is awesome because there are search filters which allow you to separate different bus companies by departure times, and prices.We ultimately chose to travel through the company EuroLines.
We arrived in Berlin at about 11 a.m. Saturday and headed straight to our first destination, the Brandenburg Gate. To get to the gate we utilized Berlin’s public transit bus lines- these were totally affordable (as most public transport is) and were very easy to get the hang of.
Saturday was seriously freezing, we were supposed to take part in a walking tour but had just missed it. Can’t say we were too upset about this though because it was actually painfully cold outside.
Berlin is a very “hipster-esque” city and is full of a variety of art. We spent most of our day Saturday exploring different art exhibits and galleries. I would totally recommend this as art is such a big part of Berlin’s history and culture. It was awesome to check out some of the different pieces that the city is known for. There are actually tours which focus specifically on the art in Berlin, and I have heard from numerous people that they are well worth the money!
Saturday night we explored the city center and went to a restaurant that a ton of locals go to (or so our research told us). Here we each tried some traditional German foods, including some German beer of course.
Sunday was a bit warmer than Saturday, so it was awesome to explore the city without worrying about frostbite on our fingers and toes. We opted to purchase hop on hop off tickets for the day. We really wanted to do a bike tour of the city, but most tours weren’t running due to the inclement weather conditions.
The hop on hop off bus tour was definitely worth it. Rob and I had always thought that these tours were a waste, but we actually found the tour to be awesome and very much worth the 17 dollars that it cost.
The bus tour operated through two different bus routes. The green line was geared more towards Berlin’s famous monuments and history, and the red line was geared towards some of the creative aspects of Berlin. While on the buses, there were guides teaching us about all of the monuments and histories behind them. The bus tour made it easy to get from point A to point B while learning a ton of history all at the same time.
The Berlin dome was probably one of my favorite monuments throughout the city. This thing is massive and pictures don’t do it any justice. After taking way too many pictures in front of this dome we headed to one of Berlin’s famous chocolate cafes. Here, we shared a waffle covered in chocolate and ice cream and DANG was it good.
I wanted to break down our weekend as easily as possible so that others could find this post helpful if they are looking to spend the weekend in Berlin like rob and I did!
Cafe Einstein– Got an amazing cappuccino here- yum yum yum!
Maximilian’s– This is the traditional German restaurant that lots of locals go to. I got a traditional vegetarian German dish (mashed potatoes and grilled veggies topped with 2 fried eggs) which was weird but surprisingly delicious! Rob got a Schnitzel, which is a traditional German sausage/hot dog type of thing. This restaurant was reasonably priced and had a very comforting atmosphere!
Primo Cafebar– This cafe was very modern and had the cutest lil’ atmosphere. We each got a cookie from here and they were awesome. Something good to keep in mind about this cafe is that they have free water! For those of you who aren’t aware, most restaurants in Europe charge for water.
Distrikt Coffee– Okay this was by far my favorite food place in Berlin !!!! We went here for breakfast on Sunday and I was obsessed with both the food and atmosphere. This restaurant was “hipsterish”, and so was the menu. I got pancakes which came with berries, citrus butter, and powdered sugar. Rob got avocado toast with herbs and beets. My one recommendation for this cafe is to get there when it first opens! We got there right away and 10 minutes in every table was already booked.
WHAT TO SEE
Holocaust Memorial– This is must see if you have the time to check it out. This memorial consists of 2,711 concrete slabs which were created to symbolize the Jews who were murdered during the Holocaust. There is a list of 3 million names of those who were murdered that can be found at this memorial.
Brandenburg Gate– I would recommend getting here super early if you want some pictures in front of the gate with no tourists in them!
Berlin Dom– This is an obvious must see if you are spending time in Berlin. This cathedral is massive and incredibly beautiful. It is located on Museum Island in the Mitte borough. There are many cafes and shops close to the Dom, as well as a cafe in the basement of the Dom!
Mitte– We spent a ton of time in Mitte, Berlin. This is a part of Berlin where a lot of younger crowds hang out. This area consists of many different shops and cafes.
Checkpoint Charlie- Checkpoint Charlie was one of the major crossing points during the Cold War. It is actually called Checkpoint Charlie because that was the name given to it by the Western Allies. Around this checkpoint, there are a few informational exhibitions that are open to the public. I would totally recommend checking this out if you are interested in the historical aspects of Berlin!
Berlin Wall Remains– It’s crazy to actually see parts of the Berlin wall that are still present in Berlin. Fun fact: all of the small holes and chips you see on these walls are actually from people who tried to steal parts of the wall and sell them!
East Side Gallery- This was probably one of my favorite parts of our Berlin trip. It was so interesting to see the different types of art displayed amongst the wall. The only downside of this was that the wall had been fenced off! This obviously had been done to preserve the artwork but made the artwork look a little less unique.
Berlin was such a unique city, I would totally recommend checking it out if you have the chance!