It’s finally setting in that I’m not leaving the country until I am a wife.
Not in a I’M BEING HELD AGAINST MY WILL. HELP ME kinda way. In a, oh shit my passport has expired and I don’t want to pay for 2 new ones. Seriously, why CAN’T you change your name in your passport?
In short, I have holiday blues. I miss Berlin. I miss it a lot. I miss swanning the streets of the German capital, drinking German beer, looking at the sights and being away from real life. Although the next year is going to be exciting (read expensive and stressful), I’m still a little sad about my passport situation.
But if you’re unlike me and taking advantage of Ryanair’s constant sales. I recommend you head off to Berlin. I wrote a post a few weeks back on why I loved it and what we got up to. This post is gonna be on how you can make the most of your time there and affordably. The exchange rate is already crap and we don’t need anything to make it worse.
I recommend you pick one of these bad boys up. From 19.50 you get unlimited travel, discount off attractions, restaurants and bars. It’s pretty dreamy and it can get you to and from the airport too saving you on transfer costs. It comes with a super handy guide of all the deals you can get, but, even for the transport alone it’s completely worth the deal. The best way to get around Berlin is by using their public transport; it’s clean, runs on time, some lines run 24 hours on a weekend and it’s well connected.
Scout out the Happy Hours
I keep sounding like someone’s Dad but I was surprised at how expensive Berlin was. I always heard for a capital city it was cheap, and being honest, it is. It’s just the buggered up exchange rate that’s made it expensive. A large beer will cost you around €5-€6 with cocktails at around €10. But, there’s happy hours dotted around the city everywhere. On our last night, we tried a restaurant called Buffalo Grill near Kurfurstendamm and they selected cocktails for €4.25. Winner. Also, you can get some money off drinks with the Welcome Card too!
Don’t expect to shop on a Sunday
Says it all really. I stupidly needed to go to a pharmacist on the Sunday we were there. Could I find one that was open? Nope. Not at all. The majority of shops are shut on a Sunday, which is a damn shame when your hotel is right next to Zara Home. All bars and restaurants are open though.
Fly to Schoenfeld
There’s 2 aiports in Berlin. There’s the well know Tegel airport and the super budget friendly Schoenfeld located South of the city. It’s a big further out that Tegel but we grabbed flights to there for £40 each. Although further out, it’s well connected to the centre of Berlin via the S Bahn. It took us around 45 minutes to get to Kurfurstendamm from the airport and we saved a massive amount on the flights. You can even add to include Zone C onto your Berlin Welcome Card!
There the best tips I found from our short stay in Berlin. If you have any more, let me know in the comments!