Wednesday 17 October 2018

48(ish) Hours in Berlinđź’•

I've been tweeting about it, I've been Instagramming it, I posted a blog post about it, yes I was in Berlin. And let me tell you something; I'm still not bloody over it. It's probably one of the quickest weekends of my life, but one which was crammed full of fun activities. With me being me, I of course, took an unnecessary amount of photos, and I'm going to share some of the exciting things which I got up to over in the beautiful city.

After landing in Schonefeld Airport and making our way to the hotel (we stayed in the easyhotel in Rosenthaler), we grabbed food - seeing as we hadn't ate since our breakfast in the airport at 6am. Along from our hotel was a burger restaurant which we passed when we were going to check in, and the menu sounded lush. If I recall correctly, it was named something like KreuzBurger. Both Emma and I ordered the bbq burger which had the burger (obviously), bbq sauce, bacon and cheese, with a side portion of chips which had peri-peri powder on them. Absolutely amazing.

The East Side Gallery certainly did not disappoint. The wall stretches a lengthy 1316m, and each meter has a mural which is sure to catch your interest. We relied on Google, who made us get the U-bahn to JannowitzbrĂĽcke and then walk for a good 20 minutes - it wasn't till we got to the end of the gallery we realised there was a station nearby, typical! But, it was absolutely worth the walk because the artwork was impeccable.

Brandonburg Gate wasn't quite as we expected. We went in the evening because we wanted photos when it was all lit up, however, we went and it was all guarded off. Next thing, an amazing display was projected onto the gate - it turns out that it was the festival of the lights! The display which we witnessed was beautiful and rather breathtaking, we were super lucky that we arrived in perfect timing to watch it! We went back the next day to see it in the daytime and it still looked fantastic, such wonderful architecture.

I was desperate to go on a boat tour whilst in Amsterdam, but we just didn't have the time. So, we made the point in sparing up some time whilst in Berlin to go on one - I didn't realise we had booked a German one until we were in the middle of it, and I can't speak a word of German but hey at least the views were amazing! And, I didn't realise how many canals were in Berlin either.

We couldn't go to Germany and not visit the Memorial to the Murdered Jews. It was situated around the corner from the Brandonburg Gate, so we went there after visiting the gate. It was something which I found rather interesting, and I am really glad I went to it.

Someone I'm friends with had been to Berlin a few days previous to me, and she posted a photo of the view from the top of the Victory Column, which of course made me want to go. Unfortunately, we didn't have time to go up to the top - there was a queue and there was no lift - but even getting to see the column was spectacular because it looks fantastic and the structure was incredible. When I return in the future (which I will!), I'll be going to the top.

Reichstah Building (Parliament) was pretty fascinating. Looking at the building, it's all sandstone, but once you enter the building, it all appears really modern-built as it was all glass inside. The dome-part which we went to was unreal; again, all glass. There was a pathway which took you to the top, and the views were unreal as you can see. 

We bought fast-pass tickets online to enter the TV Tower, which saved us waiting the 4 hours if you bought the tickets there and then. The views were fantastic, as you can see, but the photos don't quite do it's justice. We had booked our slot for 5pm, and we couldn't have picked a better time because the sun was just beginning to set and the sky was stunning. We didn't buy a drink because it was an absolute rip-off plus the bar was heaving but it was nice to sit and admire the views.

After the TV Tower, we went to Primark to buy some Berlin merch (because we did it in Amsterdam so got to keep up traditions) and the sky was turning pink. So, out of habit, had to take a sky picture because how many sky pictures are too many? Exactly, none.

Across from our hotel was an ice-cream parlour called Woop-Woop. Anytime Emma and I go out on an adventure, we visit a cute cafe of some sort - it's just traditions now - so we had to make a point in coming here. We ordered two normal sized Chocolate Cookie ice creams, which were about 4 euros each, but oh my, they were definitely worth it. The chunks of cookie throughout the ice cream were rather generous, and the ice cream itself was super smooth and creamy - none of this icy nonsense.

It wasn't till I was in Berlin that I realised they had an ice-bar. I loved the one in Amsterdam, so for something to do on our last night, we went for a drink. I did think it was quite different to the Amsterdam one - it was quiet (there was only Emma and I in it for the most of the time, then three others but they left), it was a lot bigger and the system was slightly different too. The sculptures were cool too!

 Here's me in my massive jacket posing in front of the Brandonburg!

Berlin, I loved you. I can't wait for my next city adventure.



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