With less than a month between both our birthdays; Tom and I decided to celebrate by spending a few days away together. We love city breaks anyway, and try to travel as much as our bank accounts will allow. So with the Easter Holidays looming and cheap flights found, we headed off to Berlin!
We flew out Sunday morning and were exploring the city by early afternoon. We decided to walk into the centre from our gorgeous hotel (more on that soon) As we were walking we kept coming across these orange bikes, which we thought would be great fun! The bikes belonged to a company called Mobike and all you had to do was download their app, scan the bike you wanted to use and it would unlock the bike for you. It wasn’t too expensive either, it charges you by the mile instead of a daily rate, and when you’re done using the bike, simply scan it again and leave it where you like. (Which, the majority of the time, was outside a pub for us.)
Anyway, we got on our bikes and cycled through the city while the sun was setting – it was beautiful! (probably even more so because we hadn’t seen the sun yet this year!) Berlin exceeded my expectations to be honest with you – there was a buzzing city centre, as well as a beautiful peaceful woodland that went all through the city which you could cycle or walk through.
One piece of advice I was given, was to make sure we had all the tourist attractions booked well in advance. Clearly, us being us – we didn’t do this and just winged it. Thankfully, we had an amazing concierge in our hotel who sorted everything for us. We even managed to book a slot for the Reichstag building that night at 9.45 which we went to (not exactly sober, might I add) after dinner.
Our dinner the first night was actually the only thing we had booked in advance, at an Asian restaurant called Momotaro Tavern. The food was amazing! So tasty and really reasonable (just a note – it’s vvvv casual there) everything we ordered was bloody beautiful but if you do ever go there, I highly recommend their special sweet potato fries and dip…we MAY have ordered two extra portions…
The second night we went to a steak house called Block House which was recommended to us by one of the taxi drivers. Overall, the food in Berlin was actually very reasonable, I would have expected to pay a lot more in a city – but it was actually really good value for money, and everywhere we ate, whether it was a restaurant or just an ice cream cafe, it was all great quality.
Thinking back; I’m actually surprised how much we were able to fit into two days. Here’s a list of the tourist attractions we managed to fit in:
The Jewish Museum
The Holocaust Memorial
They were all interesting and really made you think about what Berlin has been through, but by far the most interesting and powerful ‘attraction’ we went to was the Jewish Museum. If you’re only going for a short time there, I would prioritise this place! We decided to get the audio guide for the museum and I learnt so much about the second world war and the affect it had on Jews in Europe. The art exhibitions there were so thought provoking and definitely have left a lasting effect on both Tom & I.
All in all, I would one hundred percent recommend Berlin as a break away for a few days. I wouldn’t say it’s the most romantic of cities for a break away with your other half (but then again I’m used to Paris, so nothing is romantic in comparison ha!) but we had a great time away together, drinking, laughing (& learning believe it or not!)
There’s so much more I could write on the city, but I think I’ve babbled on enough for now. If you have any questions about the city that I haven’t babbled on about, then please get in touch! And if you have any suggestions on where we should go on our next city break, hit me up!