Berlin | Germany : A Quick Guide to Planning Your Adventure

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[ Prater Garten, Berlin’s oldest biergarten – Berlin, Germany ]

Accommodation: St Christopher’s Hostel [ After loving our stay at this hostel chain in London, we chose this hostel again in Berlin. Just like before, it did not disappoint. With locations all over Europe, this hostel provides hotel-like services with budget-friendly prices. ]

Pretty cool: East Side Gallery, which is the section of the Berlin Wall that has been transformed into a nearly mile-long art gallery. It is located in Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, an artistic neighborhood filled with restaurants, bars and boutiques. This area is known for having superb brunch spots as well. 

Don’t miss it: SANDEMANs New Europe’s Free Walking Tour. This three-hour tour is heavily focused on the World War II and post-WWII communist eras of German history. It’s an efficient way to visit the major historical sites, such as Brandenburg Gate, Hitler’s Bunker, Checkpoint Charlie, The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and the Berlin Wall. While waiting for the tour to begin [ at Brandenburg Gate ], you will see the Bundestag, Germany’s parliament building. Due to high security screening, the tour will not take you inside. However, I highly recommend a visit. The admission is free, but tickets must be reserved online in advance [ I recommend five to seven days ]. The architecture is interesting, the self-guided audio tour is informative, and the 360-degree views of the city are spectacular. 

Wish I had more time for: Six nights in Berlin was the perfect amount of time. It even allowed for day trips to Dresden, a city about 2 1/2 hours south of Berlin that has been completely rebuilt  following severe bombing in World War II, and Oranienburg, a town about 30 minutes north of Berlin where the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp is located. I highly recommend a visit to the former concentration camp, which has been turned into a memorial and museum. 

Must try food/drink: Käsespätzle [ mac and cheese topped with fried onions ], schnitzel [ fried veal ], bratwurst and radler [ beer mixed with lemonade ]. Grab a bratwurst and beer at Prater Garten, Berlin’s oldest biergarten. Then, have a more formal German meal at Schwarzwaldstuben, an authentic German restaurant in the city center. Afterwards, walk down the street to Weinerei, which becomes a “pay-what-you-can” wine bar after 8PM [ 20:00 hour ]. 

Here’s a hint: The trains/subways/trams are efficient, inexpensive, easy to use, and frequent. Also, dress appropriately for the weather, as most restaurants/cafes/hostels do not have air conditioning. Open windows don’t do much when it is nearly 100 degrees Fahrenheit [ 37 degrees Celsius ] in August.

[ Next stop ]: Four-hour train to Prague, Czech Republic

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[ East Side Gallery – Berlin, Germany ]
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[ East Side Gallery – Berlin, Germany ]
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[ East Side Gallery – Berlin, Germany ]
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[ East Side Gallery – Berlin, Germany ]
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[ East Side Gallery – Berlin, Germany ]
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[ East Side Gallery – Berlin, Germany ]
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[ Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg neighborhood – Berlin, Germany ]
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[ Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe – Berlin, Germany ]
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[ Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe – Berlin, Germany ]
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[ Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe – Berlin, Germany ]
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[ Plaque dividing the former East Berlin and former West Berlin – Berlin, Germany ]
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[ Standing in both the former East Berlin and former West Berlin. Plaques, such as this one, are grounded throughout the city as a reminder of where the Berlin Wall once stood. – Berlin, Germany ]
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[ Berlin Wall – Berlin, Germany ]
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[ Berlin Wall – Berlin, Germany ]
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[ Gendarmenmarkt, a square that includes three significant building. From left to right is the Deutsche Dom (German Church), the Konzerthaus (concert hall), and the Franzosischer Dom (French church). – Berlin, Germany ]
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[ Berliner Dom, the largest church in the city – Berlin, Germany ]
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[ A mural depicting communist propaganda. It portrays what the communist wanted others to believe: that life in East Germany was lively and thriving. – Berlin, Germany ]
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[ On the rooftop of the Bundestag, Germany’s parliament building – Berlin, Germany ]
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[ Rooftop views from the Bundestag – Berlin, Germany ]
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[ Inside the Bundestag dome – Berlin, Germany ]
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[ Inside the Bundestag dome – Berlin, Germany ]
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[ Dresden, Germany ]
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[ The Dresden Frauenkirche, a church that was bombed and thus destroyed in World War II. Following the war, the community came together and raised the funds needed to completely rebuilt it. The beautiful, porcelain alter was even restored to look like the original. – Dresden, Germany ]
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[ Dresden Frauenkirche – Dresden, Germany ]
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[ Dresden, Germany ]
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[ Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp – Oranienburg, Germany ]

Visited Berlin, Dresden or Oranienburg before? Tell me about your experience here.

[ Follow the adventure to Prague ]

8 Comments Add yours

  1. Mel & Suan says:

    Beautiful journey you had. Ours unfortunately was a rather short one of just two days as we made our way to Poznan to explore Poland!

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    1. Wow, Poznan looks beautiful! I visited Krakow after Prague, but didn’t make it too far outside of the city, except for a visit to Auschwitz 😦 Do you have a post on Poznan? I will be adding it to my bucket list!

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      1. Mel & Suan says:

        Oh not yet. Still working on our most recent journey!

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      2. Looking forward to reading it once it’s posted!

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