A little over a week after I came back from Paris, it was time to pack my bags again and get on a train to go to Berlin! This time my brother and I were leaving very early in the morning because our parents were already there. After a train journey of more than 7 (!) hours, we finally arrived at the Hauptbahnhof in Berlin. Since I couldn’t remember a lot from my last time in Berlin, I was really excited to see this city again. In this travel diary I have gathered some great tips of places we visited and where you should go as well! 🇩🇪
➳ Where I stayed
The three nights we were staying in Berlin, we booked a room at Hotel NH Collection Berlin Mitte am Checkpoint Charlie in Leipziger Straße. It was actually recommended by Lotte and when my mom and I went to Milan, we also stayed in a NH Hotel. The hotel is located in the centre of Berlin (Mitte) near Checkpoint Charlie. When you enter the hotel, everything is just big about it. We were able to check in immediately, which is always a plus. Our hotelroom was pretty nice and it was located at the front of the hotel. Most of the time we don’t pay for breakfast at the hotel, but this time we did and didn’t regret it. There was everything from croissants to scrambled eggs, and pancakes to even some cakes. A lot of things to choose from! I would really recommend this hotel if you want to stay in the city centre and want to be close to everything.
➳ What I saw
Whenever I think of Berlin, I think of all of the photos with the Fernsehturm in it. Everywhere we walked in Berlin we were able to see it somehow. Checkpoint Charlie is actually located in the street next to our hotel. This was the crossing point between East and West Berlin in the Cold War. During the day there are also guards, whom you can take a photo with.
Throughout the whole city are lots of reminders of what happend during World War II or the Cold War, the Berlin Wall for example. Sometimes it might not be there in person, but on the ground it says where it was (like in the photo above). Another big sight in Berlin is of course Brandenburger Tor. It’s always so busy here but it’s definitely worth walking around and of course take tons of photos.
One of the things I really wanted to do was go inside The Dome of the Reichstag or Bundestag. Last time we were in Berlin, we went in here as well and it was very impressive. The Dome I located on top of the Reichstag and you have the most beautiful panoramic view of the city. Besides that, you can walk all the way to the top of The Dome and enjoy this stunning place as well. You do have to make a reservation if you want to go inside the Reichstag and The Dome, which you can do here.
And one thing I think it’s important to visit while in Berlin is the Holocaust Monument or Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. The memorial is made for people to sit down, remember and have a talk about what happened to all of the Jews during World War II.
➳ Where I ate
Since breakfast was included in our hotel stay, we did eat lunch and dinner somewhere else in the city. I had looked up some hotspots I wanted to try but we also stumbled upon some places you definitely need to try when you’re in Berlin.
House Of Small Wonder | Johannisstraße 20, Berlin
House Of Small Wonder was one of the places I immediately found when I was looking for hotspots to visit in Berlin. It looked so cute and let me tell you, in real life it’s even cuter. When you enter, you see this staircase you just want to take a photo of and when you go upstairs it’s a small room with tons of place to sit. We all got a small sandwich and the soup of the day, which were really good!
Hello Good Pie | Falckensteinstraße 9, Berlin
After walking around for a long time, it’s always nice to sit down and relax somewhere. When we entered Falckensteinstraße, we ended up sitting down at Hello Good Pie (how funny is this name haha). Like the name already says, they have some pretty good pies here and we had to try some of them. They were so tasty!
Chupenga | Mohrenstraße 42, Berlin
If you like Mexican food, definitely go to Chupenga. Here you can customize your own dinner. Choose between a burrito, naked burrito, taco or salad and then you can add any toppings you like. My burrito was filled with so many things and I really liked it! It’s also a very inexpensive place, so if you want to save some money…
➳ What I recommend
There are so many sights in Berlin you want to see, but I also discovered some not very well-known places I really recommend visiting. First of all, when walking around Berlin, just look around you. There is so much amazing street art to see, for example in Oranienburger Straße. The East Side Gallery is a big piece of the Berlin Wall, which has tons of art works from different artists on it. If you are walking along East Side Gallery, you should definitely stop at “My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love”, which shows the kiss between Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker.
If you’re into shopping, you have to go to KaDeWe and Bikini Berlin. KaDeWe is a very well-known department store, but Bikini Berlin they have ‘boxes’ with unique and upcoming brands selling their pieces and also a bunch of concept stores. If you’re hungry you don’t have to leave the building, just go to Kantini or visit one of the rooftop bars.
A street in Berlin that’s really awesome and not as touristy is Falckensteinstraße. We ended up here by accident (kind of) and it has tons of food places, like Hello Good Pie (which I already mentioned) and California Pops. And that were all of the places I wanted to mention in this travel diary and have discovered while I was in Berlin. It’s a city filled with history, which I learned a lot about in school so it’s always amazing to see these things in real life. Have you ever been to Berlin? Which of these places would you like to visit?