We are back with our next instalment of our “the best city breaks” series,and this week I’m gonna share with you my love for BERLIN, Germany.
As you may have seen from my snap chat (amandasawallace) that I was in Berlin over Christmas, and we were lucky enough to still get a chance to experience the Christmas markets.
I love the atmosphere of traditional German Christmas markets, more so than what’s actually on sale. Grab yourself a gluhwein or eggnog and a curry wurst or treat yourself to a yummy crepê or waffle, then just stroll around and soak up the ambience.
Things to do
Any time of the year Berlin offers lots to do. Centre your self in Alexanderplatz and take it from there. The main transport station, Shopping, the Tv tower that you can go to the top of and sip on a cocktail while you take in the panoramic views. I suggest going at night, it’s just so pretty to see all the lights from above.
The Hofbräu is also located in the area of Alexanderplatz. This is a must visit, get a seat order a stein and try out some traditional German grub. If your lucky the band will start playing and everyone will get up dancing, this isn’t the case in all Hofbräus.
For shopping head to Kurfürstendamm where you’ll find plenty of high street shops along with designer stores too. My favourite here has to be Monki.
Take a stroll down Unter den Linden and check out the Brandenburg Gate. If you are wanting to increase your knowledge and learn about German history you can find many free walking tours, with the starter point being at the Brandenburg Gate.
If history isn’t your thing then through the gate to the left facing government buildings (Reichstag building) is the Teirgarten where you can take a step away from city life and take in it’s beautiful surroundings.
Dotted across the city you’ll find pieces of the Berlin Wall that divided the east & west. I feel the significants of these really give you an understandings of what it might have felt like for your city to go through something like that.
We stayed in the ever so stylish Amano Berlin Hotel. This place is slick, the moment I walked through the revolving doors I fell in love. The decor is so divine, black, grey, silvers with luxurious quilted couches to chill out and some really quirky pieces of art. It also has a roof top bar but unfortunately we didn’t get to check it out this time.
The hotel is located in Spandauer Vorstadt, which was like a creative quarter /designer district home to artists, journalists, gallery owners. There’s also some great shops, (my favourite being Schee,this place had the coolest prints ever I really regret not picking one up.) There’s also fashionable boutiques, ethnic restaurants and stylish bars. You’ll also find the most quirkiest H&M store there too.
Getting around Berlin, or Germany as a whole is super easy. Their transport system is second to none with all rail lines linking up. Also ticket prices are so cheap with an all day ticket for four people only costing around €7.
I’ve now been to Berlin twice and I’d definitely go again. Hope you enjoy this post.Keep an eye out for our next instalments including Prague, Amsterdam and staycation ideas.
Bye for now,