Fascinated with German history growing up in NYC, taking a girls trip to Berlin seemed like the perfect vacation with my friends. Known for its crazy nightlife and graffiti art, Berlin is also a city of beer gardens, delicious cakes and amazing hearty food.
We decided to stay in the Central area of Potsdamer Platz, a major transit hub complete with an indoor shopping mall and walking distance to Checkpoint Charlie. A short 20 minutes by taxi to the TXL airport, we were central enough to get everywhere in Berlin and yet experience a bit of the new with a bit of the old.
Transportation was extremely easy in Berlin. With a very efficient metro and bus system, we were able to navigate around Berlin without having to stop someone for directions. As we were a group of 5, we were able to take the unlimited day pass for €20 for our group. For more information on how to get around in Berlin, click here.
East Side Gallery is just one of those sites that you can’t miss in Berlin. One of the remaining areas where you can see the Wall, graffiti artists decided to add a little “Art” to remember the Infamous Wall that divided the East from the West.
Museum Island is a great place to walk around and check out the six beautiful Museums in Berlin. Pergamon Museum was my favorite as I found the Pergamon Altar, the Ishtar Gate of Babylon to be fascinating and different. But you can’t go wrong with any of the other five.
Whenever people ask me about tours, I tend to opt-out of them unless they are the free walking tours with Sandeman. Known for their knowledgeable tour guides, you pay what you want in the form of tips to the tour guide depending on how much you enjoyed the tour. Generally, the tours are between 2.5-3 hours long with a coffee break in between. While the groups are large, you can actually meet some interesting people along the way from all over the world.
When it came to German food, we gorged on sausages, pretzels, hot dogs and fries with heaps of cheese and beer. My favorite beer garden was at Klunkerkranich located inside a Park. Located on top of a Shopping mall, the entrance is at the parking lot level. The atmosphere was seriously cool with multiple rooms, live music and plenty of outdoor seating.
Brunch is always on my mind when I’m on vacation and we found this great outdoor place to indulge in delicious food. Anne Blume was amazing!
Delicious pastries await you at Zeit fur Brot and if cinnamon rolls are your thing, this is a must stop!
If you’re looking for delicious layered cakes, Mr. Minsch is also a must-stop and you won’t be disappointed!
Overall, we had a great 3 day stay in Berlin and I wish that we had more time to explore more. With great food and lots of fun things to do, Berlin is a great place to hang out with the girls or to be on your own. People are quite helpful and with plenty of English speakers, you won’t get lost I promise!
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