So at the beginning of July, me and Fraser went to Berlin for 6 nights. We flew from Glasgow here in Scotland and took a Megabus to the airport from our home city. Crazily enough, at one of our stops on the way there someone had taken our suitcase off the bus and left it at the side of the road, so we nearly lost our bag before we even got to the airport!
We stayed in the Holiday Inn located in Alexanderplatz which was actually pretty nice. Our room was quite small but it was everything we needed for our short visit. When we arrived, despite our booking request for one double bed, we were given 2 single beds which was a bit annoying but after a room swap everything was okay. Strangely enough we got given 2 single duvets on our double bed, which after some googling is apparently how things are done in Germany but, in all honesty, it was great not having to fight for the duvet during the night!
Being in Alexanderplatz meant we were super close by to most things we wanted to see and the underground was only a 2 minute walk away as well. Theres a pretty big shopping centre in Alexanderplatz and a lot of shops surrounding it. We were also only a 10 minute walk from a Lidl so we picked up a lot of bottled water for the week there too. We went to see a lot of the tourist attractions, as you’ll see pictured, such as the Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, The Berlin Wall etc etc. One thing that was strangely unsettling was the Holocaust Memorial, because I genuinely wasn’t expecting it to be so big and across such a wide area. One thing I will say is that if you’re not huge on history then you might not find some of the tourist attractions incredibly exciting, we went on a tour bus on our first day which meant we kind of saw a lot of stuff without having to go looking for it. We could also get on and off whenever we wanted too so if we weren’t too bothered by something then we didn’t have to stop.
Theres also so many shopping opportunities in Berlin, I’m talking one Adidas shop across from the other, which was crazy! Its a super beautiful city though, so even walking around shopping still gives you the opportunity to take it all in and enjoy it.
Weather wise it was pretty nice when we were there, rain and lightning one of the days but mostly dry and incredibly hot (compared to what I’m used to). I did get sunburn on my head, so I’d probably recommend a hat if you can because scalp sunburn is not pleasant in the slightest.
My favourite thing about Berlin was definitely the food. I eat vegan and have a pretty accommodating boyfriend when it comes to my diet. I’d 100% recommend Lia’s Kitchen, which is a really casual burger place with some nice seats outside. And definitely a restaurant called Soy, which had the best tofu curry which I think they called ‘Cari’. One to avoid is Vaust Braugaststatte which had super slow service, and mediocre food with small portions. But all in all, I’d say it was very easy to eat vegan and generally the food was pretty good everywhere we went! We did go to one restaurant which was listed as vegan on google maps, turned out to be vegetarian with about 3 options on the menu which cost an arm and a leg. Funnily enough, we didn’t anything there and left the place before our waiter returned. We also found there were a lot of Strawberry stands in the underground, and the fruit is so much nicer over there than it is back here.. so I’d definitely grab some if you ever see a stand in passing haha.
Another heads up, don’t try to go to Legoland if you don’t have any kids. Apparently they don’t let you in if you don’t have children, which seems pretty crazy as I imagined that Lego is for everyone and they’d want to make as much money as they can. We went to Madame Tussauds which was pretty cool to see, I don’t think it had any air con though as it was incredibly warm and I’m surprised the wax works didn’t start melting. Some of the wax works were also pretty debatable as to wether they actually looked like their matching celebrities or not!
It was a great city break and if you’re looking to visit a city with a lot of history and a lot of good food then I definitely recommend giving it a visit. Thank you Berlin!