When we first arrived to Berlin, Le boyfriend and I had a couple of days free before he started working, so we tried to tackle as many attractions as possible to get a good grasp of the city. I was reminded of the two quick guides for a day in the city. (Winter Edition – Day in the city) that I wrote whilst in Auckland, which attracted many of you.
So I thought, I’d create a guide for when you just have a day to spend in the city but you want to go home knowing that you have a good grasp of what the city has to offer.
Early Morning – Historic Berlin:
Grab a coffee and pastries to go from either a coffee shop (Einstein Kaffee) or from the many shops at any U-bahn station. (Le Crobar – Ditsch) and head your way to the Reichstag. You can book online beforehand to get a lift ride to the glass dome that offers a 360 view of the city. Then walk around towards the Branderburg Gate before entering the maze at the Holocaust Memorial. (Fun fact 1: Apparently the Quadriga statue at the top of the gate was once stolen by Napoleon in 1806, but was then recuperated by the germans upon his defeat in 1814 – Fun Fact 2: There are two very similar Holocaust Memorials around the city, the second one much bigger that the one in the city…but I’m yet to find it)
Wrap the morning by visiting the Topography of terror (free entry) which is located were the old Gestapo Headquarters were set and most tour guides are actual prisoners from that time and snap a photo or get your passport stamped at Checkpoint Charlie, one of the three main stops were the Berlin Wall was opened to drive through.
Lunch: Retail Therapy and live music
It doesn’t get better than enjoying a philharmonic free of charge, so if you are in the city on a Tuesday, get to the Berlin Philharmonic around 1pm to enjoy a free concert. There are 1500 standing seats and they go quick to make sure you check the programme beforehand and you get there with a bit of time.
Any other day, grab a late lunch at the Augustiner am Gerdarmenmarkt (or if you are feeling adventurous, try the famous CurryWurst at any stand) and walk through Friedrichstadtpassagen for a bit of retail therapy, you’ll be able to find a great selection of retail shops and the well know Galerie Lafayette which covers 3 block (they all connect each other through an underground passage) And for all chocolate lovers, stop at Fassbender & Rausch for a treat or to gaze at the marvellous chocolate model of the Reichstag.
Afternoon: Greek history and Museum Island
Stop for a quick snap at the Gendarmenmarkt and make your way to the Pergamonmuseum located in the museum island, lose your way gazing at pieces of history. If you still have time cross the island towards the TV tower on Alexanderplatz.
Night: Deutsche Kuche across the canal
Enjoy typical dishes from the German Cuisine while sitting next to the canal at Berliner Republik or Standige Vertretung, two taverns filled with politician photos, memorabilia and extracts of Germans history.
Hope you’ve enjoyed this. If you ever try it yourself let me know in the comments or if you have any suggestions!
Until next time. Jules.-