Happy November pals!
I’ve finally battled my lurgy and well on the road to recovery. I’ve spent the whole weekend dosed up on Lemsip and green tea whilst hanging out with my nephew and co. I won’t lie kids are exhausting and I needed all the sleep after he left.
Anyway, at the end of October was my 26th birthday. The Geek and I celebrated by nipping off to Berlin for the weekend. I say nipping off as if we caught a bus but we actually had it booked since May when I went on a whole SOD IT. NOTHING GOOD IS HAPPENING AND I NEED A HOLIDAY moment.
Then I got engaged and Brexit also happened in that, so er lol, why did I book Berlin again?
I became so caught up in wedding planning that I kept forgetting Berlin was coming around. I even thought about cancelling it at one point because I thought can we really spend money on this break? I don’t really know why because we were flying on my birthday and that’s what it was for. When the time came, we were more than happy to jet off and just celebrate turning 26 and having one last blow out before having to save all the money for the wedding.
We picked Berlin because Germany has been one of those places that’s always fascinated me. I studied History at GCSE and A level and learnt so much about Germany in both World War 1 and 2. It sounds like a really geeky thing to say but it was so surreal walking around Berlin knowing about so much about the history and the events that happened there. I was hoping it would have the vibe and the buzz Prague gave me when I visited there. Eastern Europe is one of my favourite places to visit and I’m happy to report, Berlin gave me that buzz.
We spent the day doing tourist-y things; visiting Checkpoint Charlie, the Eastside Gallery and the Brandenburg Gate. I enjoyed them and at some points, I felt a bit emotional not really knowing what to do there. It was weird being in a place where so much recent history had happened, and where a city was actually divided. And it stopped in The Geek’s lifetime. Like, that’s really, really messed up. I scowled at the people having selfies in the Jewish Memorial Museum because it’s a place of respect. It just bought on all sorts of emotion that I wasn’t expecting.
We spent the evenings searching for bars and getting drunk. I won’t lie; we kinda failed at Berlin-ing. I did do a bit of research when I left but I still couldn’t find where the party was at. But, we had fun. We got drunk a few times, took advantage of the happy hours and drank lots of German beer. Although we failed at Berlin-ing, I definitely would recommend going to Mitte as it is party central.
The Geek got mistaken for being German multiple times. He fit the Berlin vibe well. Berlin has such a laid back alternative vibe. The bars never stop and it’s a city that doesn’t sleep. It’s also a really well connected city with it’s fabulous transport links. We were kindly gifted the Berlin Welcome Card* which also gave us discount off attractions, food and drinks through out the city. If you’re heading off to Berlin, I would definetely recommend getting one!
We stayed at the Hotel Palace Berlin near Kurfurstendamm, which is Berlin’s most expensive street, and it was a good stay. It cost us around £170 for 3 nights and did great for a last minute bargain. It was clean, tidy and supplied bathroom minis. It had a great little hotel bar next to it where I think we made friends with the bar man. Knese was definitely how I imagine a German pub to be and we had a great couple of beers in there!
So would I recommend Berlin? Yes, I loved it. It was everything I expected it to be and more. I never expected the city to be so green and neither did I expect it to bring on as much emotion as it did. It was a wonderful city to get lost and walk around. Everywhere I looked in Berlin there was something new to explore. If you’re wanting a history fix as well a boozy do, Berlin is definitely the one.
*VisitBerlin kindly gifted us the Berlin Welcome Passes. All Berlin thoughts and opinions are my own.