Berlin – what an incredible city. Unbelievably, despite living in Germany for a year, I had previously spent no longer than 24 hours in the capital of the country. Even worse, I had spent much of my A-Levels and my degree, studying its fascinating history. It was time to put that right with an early birthday trip. So what were our top 5 things to do in Berlin?
1. VISIT THE FERNSEHTURM
The Fernsehturm (or Television Tower in English) is the third tallest structure in Europe. The antenna actually reaches higher than the Shard in London! We booked tickets in advance to visit the observation deck at 203m and luckily got perfect weather. We timed it just right too as we were at the top for sunset which was stunning. The observation deck gives you great views over the City and lots of information about what you are looking at. As a bonus, the prices at the bar are pretty reasonable considering the location too.
We booked in advance on The Fernsehturm website.
2. TAKE A WALK THROUGH THE TIERGARTEN
It is hard to miss on a map the vast swathe of green space in the heart of West Berlin. The Tiergarten is a beautiful 520 acre park which is yours to roam throughout your stay in Berlin. We had perfect weather for a winter stroll and the views were magical. Check out the Cafe am Neuen See for a break from the walk – the hot chocolate is amazing!
3. TRY SOME STREET FOOD
Berlin is famous for its street food. You can literally find it on every corner. Currywurst, Döner, Falafel – the list is endless. While we were in Berlin we tried it all and the bonus is that they accommodate for vegetarians and vegans too. We had a great Currywurst at Curry 36 (including the vegan Currywurst) and we also headed to Esra for some schwarma too.
4. LEARN ABOUT THE HISTORY OF EAST GERMANY
Berlin has a fascinating history as the centre of two of Europe’s most famous dictatorships. While many will focus on the city’s Nazi history, I personally find the history of the former DDR far more interesting. Berlin was split between two countries for 45 years and even today the city bears the mark of this divided history. One of the highlights of our trip was visiting the East Side gallery where you can see some of the former Berlin Wall which has been turned into a street art gallery.
5. VISIT MARKTHALLE NEUN
As always for Clock Out Check In – this was a pretty foodie trip. One of the best recommendations we received before visiting Berlin was to visit the street food market at Markthalle Neun. Although this market is open every day for lunch it really comes alive on a Thursday night. This is a great place for great street food from across the world.
Have you been to Berlin? What were your favourite things to do? Let us know in the comments below.