In November we decided to get away for a long weekend for Tim’s birthday. After hearing a lot of wonderful things, we quickly settled on Berlin as our destination. Tim wanted me plan everything, so I thought I would do a summary of our favourite things from our weekend in Berlin!
After weighing up many different options I found a great deal on Secret Escapes. We stayed at arcona LIVING GOETHE87. We had an apartment room so had a small kitchen area which would be great if you were staying in Berlin for a little longer than we were. Breakfast was also included which meant we could fill up before a long day of exploring Berlin.
Eat and Drink
We booked a table in advance at Neni which is at the top of the 25 hours hotel. The food at Neni has a range of Persian, Moroccan, Spanish and Israeli influences. I had the falafel to start which was amazing! Opposite the entrance to Neni is The Monkey Bar. With a brilliant view across the zoo (and the monkey enclosure) there is a wide range of cocktails. Even though it is quite expensive it was a nice treat to celebrate Tim’s birthday. We also stumbled across a really nice restaurant called Josty in the Sony Centre. After a long day we were feeling very cold and tired and sitting down in this restaurant for dinner was just the thing we needed!
When I was researching things to do in Berlin Princess Cheesecake kept coming up time and again. They have a massive range of cakes. We went for the Solero cheesecake (yes it is as good as it sounds!) and a slice of a chocolate layer cake with a chocolate cream cheese filling!
One of the favourite things we did while in Berlin was visiting the dome of the Reichstag building. It is free to visit but you do have to book in advance. You can book it here. Inside the dome is a spiral walkway which leads up to a viewing platform at the top. You get an amazing view of the city!
Another highlight for us was walking along the East Side Gallery. This is a long section of the Berlin wall which is covered with paintings from various artists. It can get quite busy so if you decide to visit on weekend I would recommend visiting it in the morning.
Make sure you also take a walk from Brandenburg Tor to Berliner Dom along Unter den Linden. It is a great way to see some of the main sights and to look at the architecture. While you are at Brandenburg Tor walk just down the road to the Holocaust memorial.
If like me you love food, make sure you head to KaDeWe which is a large department store (the second largest in Europe after Harrods). The food floor is amazing! Also when we visited in November they had some wonderful Christmas displays in the windows.
Finally, if you have time I would recommend visiting the Olympic stadium. You can get there using the U-Bahn and it doesn’t take very long. We didn’t go inside the stadium as we had to catch our train home that day and with the little amount of time we had, we didn’t think the cost was worth it. It was still really impressive to see!
Let me know in the comments below your favourite things to do in Berlin!
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7 thoughts on “A Weekend in Berlin”
Until I read your article about Berlin, it had never really occurred to me to visit Germany. It looks like a really interesting city. Did the Reichstag always have that dome or was it added after the war? Really fascinating and beautiful place. Definitely adding to my bucket list.
You should definitely visit Germany! I had never really visited until I moved here! But it is a great country. We live in the wine growing area, so it is nothing like Berlin but really beautiful!
I think the dome was added in 1991 and was built to symbolise the reunification of Germany. The debating chamber of the parliament is below it which you can see in to (although when we were there, there were a lot of people dressed up as Santa for some reason!)
I have been to Berlin several times and I love the city. I am glad you got to see the food section of the “KadeWe”. Isn’t this the best and most delicious display ever?? Makes me hungry just thinking about it.
Thanks for posting about one of my favorite cities.
Thank you for your lovely comment! It is amazing isn’t it?! It is probably a good thing we had just eaten otherwise I could have ended up spending a lot of money!
Probably. I really have “yet” to see a food floor that looks better than the KadeWe. “Harrods” in London is good but the kadeWe is better.
Thank you for your Post and your great Pictures! I love Berlin.
Kevin from http://feschaks.com/
Thanks Kevin, it is such a great city!