We have been living in Germany for a year but still haven’t visited Berlin, so we thought it was about time, bought two train tickets and off we went!
When we arrived we needed 30 minutes to get out from that huge station… Once we made it we went to our hotel, leave our luggage and headed directly to Hackesche Höfe to eat at Barcomi’s Deli, which was amazing. Hackesche Höfe is an area with lots of courtyards where you can find restaurants, all kinds of shops and lots of cool people (and tourists too… let’s face it, we are everywhere!). That was absolutely my favorite spot in Berlin. Actually we came back on Sunday to have a cup of tea in a quiet cafe while reading some magazines and newspapers and pretending we lived in Berlin.
We spent the first evening walking through Oranienburger Strasse and Friedrichstrasse, went back to the hotel and ordered a surprisingly good dinner from the room service.
The next day we visited the Checkpoint Charlie, the Gendarmenmarkt and walked all the way from Brandenburger Tor to Alexander Platz. We walked a lot, but it was really worth it. The highlights of that day were the guys dancing to amazing and really funny music next to the Brandenburger Tor, the Ritter Sport paradise for chocoholics like me, the Berliner Dom and the Oh so German! Nikolai Viertel.
On Monday we visited what is left from the Wall. I was quite impressed thinking that such terrible things happened so recently. In fact the whole city is like a scar… it seems that you can still feel the pain that was there although it seems healed. After that, we headed to Postdamer Platz and fall in love with its amazing architecture. We visited the shop of the Legoland Discovery Center and bought some awesome presents for our friends. I highly recommend it if you travel with kids… or if you are a bit neerdy like us! And to continue with this childish behavior we went to the zoo!!! We spent there three hours walking and discovering new animals that we didn’t know!!! We were really hungry after such a long walk, so we headed to Wittenberg Platz to visit the wonderful food court of Kaufhaus des Westens (Kadewe). If you love food as much as we do this is a must! You can have whatever food you want prepared right in front of your eyes!! We chose a typical Berlin dish: currywurst!!! It wasn’t the fanciest thing they offered but it was delicious!!!
Finally, our last day we went shopping: nice shoes in Kurfürsterdamm and a great travel book in Dussmann, Friedrichstrasse. A great way to finish our short holidays…
Berlin, we will be back!!!!