Berlin sightseeing and travel tips


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This winter I travelled to Berlin with friends. Hate it or love it, this city is one of the most popular destinations and it definitely has a big variety of things to see and do. If you are interested to know what I saw in just 2 days, keep reading.




A low-cost company, late flight and once I found myself on a German land, I headed to the public transport self-service ticket machines. I was advised to buy a “Berlin Welcome Card” (ABC) for 48 hours that cost 21.90 EUR. For reference, a single ticket for ABC cost 3.40. Having in mind that I was going to use the public transport non-stop, not only it was a huge deal, but I also got a discount to museums and city attractions.



On the first day, we visited the Museum of technology. The 2nd day was sunny and perfect for city walks. As my friends were tired from partying the previous night, I woke up and went out to catch some sun. The day was perfect for visiting the TV tower, so soon I found myself on a line waiting to buy a ticket. The standard ticket cost 13 EUR, but my Welcome Card ensured me a discount, so the ticket cost 9 EUR. The TV Tower is open every day from 9 a.m. to midnight (Mar – Oct), and from 10 a.m. to midnight (Nov – Feb). After buying your ticket, you have to wait till the number of your ticket appear green on the screen. In my case, I had to wait for 2 hours so I went on a stroll downtown.

Alexanderplatz 

I caught the bus that took me to the Brandenburg Gate.



The landmark replaced a previous building in 1788. On top of it, there is a sculpture of the goddess of victory on a quadriga, and a chariot pulled by four horses. Also known as the former border between East and West Berlin, it is a representation of both division and reunification.



The Pariser Platz in front of it is one of the busiest spots in Berlin. On the other side of the gate, there is another square named after the 1848 March Revolution.



Close to the gate is situated the Reichstag building.


Built from 1884 to 1894, it represented some of the major moments in 20th-century German history, from the proclamation of the republic in 1918 and the Reichstag fire in 1933 to German reunification in 1990. Since 1999, it is serving as the official seat of the German parliament.



Next destination for me was the Under the Linden Trees (Unter den Linden) street. I bet a walk there in spring, summer and fall would be nice, but now the trees were bare.



After a few minutes, I reached the Berlin Cathedral - a building with its own spirit.



Little did I know that it replaced another building and the restoration of it and of the majestic dome was completed in 2008 when the cross was positioned. The crypt beneath the cathedral is the final resting place of the Hohenzollern - the ruling Prussian family of Brandenburg.


A photo or two, and it was already time to go back to the TV tower which was 10min away from the cathedral.




The Berliner Fernsehturm is 368 m tall and the globe has a diameter of 32 m where the panoramic floor is situated. The tower was opened in 1969 and has a staircase of 986 steps. Don't worry – there are 2 lifts to the top. The tv tower can be seen from any point in the city when the weather is clear.





One of the landmarks in the city is the Red City Hall (Rotes Rathaus) that was named after the red colour of the bricks used to build it. In the past, it was replaced by medieval buildings. The Rathaus was rebuilt in 1950 and is now a seat of the Berlin state government.



My final destination was the Pergamon museum (Pergamonmuseum) situated on the Museum island close to the Berlin Cathedral.



It was built in order to display major architectural monuments such as the Ishtar Gate of Babylon. It was fully completed in 1930 which makes it one of the newest museums on the island. Now it is also home to the Museum of Islamic Art. The ticket for it cost 12 EUR and the Berlin Welcome Card didn't give me a discount.





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After the museum, we had late lunch at a Syrian restaurant called Yarok in Mitte. My choice was the chicken shawarma with seasonal veggies and ayran that we have in Bulgaria as well. The difference is that here it was served with peppermint. The food was very delicious and affordable. It’s no surprise that this place is ranked #3 for falafel restaurants in Berlin according to Foursquare.


Tips when visiting Berlin

Food - Berlin is a multicultural place so there is a big variety of national dishes. If you don't have a big experience with exotic cuisine, now it's your chance.


Asian food

Nightlife - if you are a party lover, check out Kreuzberg, Neukölln and Mitte.


Shopping - all shops and shopping centres are closed on Sundays.

I enjoyed Berling and I would love to return again when the weather is warmer, but I'd say that Berlin is an intriguing destination anytime.



Berlin sightseeing and travel tips Berlin sightseeing and travel tips Reviewed by Stanislava E. on February 26, 2017 Rating: 5

16 comments:

  1. Berlin definitely does look like an intriguing destination. Thanks for showing us around Sany! It's so interesting how most shops and businesses are closed in Europe on Sundays. That doesn't really happen in the US but it's nice that these places do get a day of rest along with everyone else. The architecture in Berlin looks really cool. Have a great week!

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    1. Actually, most shops are closed in Europe on Sundays, except Bulgaria. Here, it's more likely that they are open every day.

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  2. Dear Stanislava,
    It's really a beautiful city rich of monuments , history and buildings!
    Thanks for sharing us your trip to Berlin
    Enjoy your week !
    http://helenamybeauty.over-blog.com/

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    1. Agreed. Thanks for your kind words, Helena.

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  3. Hello Sany! This city is into my wishlist and Id like to go there too soon, maybe in springtime would be real ideal. I see you enjoyed your stay and did/saw a lot in just 2 days. Dont want to imagine how much beer u had! lol!:) Have a good week, hugs! xo

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    1. I guess spring is more appropriate than winter for visiting Berlin. Haha, had some beer, I cannot lie... (blush)

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  4. Berlin looks lovely! It's one of my faves and I always have it in mind in terms of coming back
    Thanks for sharing your trip!

    Lyosha
    Inside and Outside Blog

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  5. Great photos of Berlin! It's such a unique place; really love it.

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  6. Berlin I remember the wall. River Shpreer - green. Bathe in it .Now else. Hugs.

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    1. Hehe, thanks for your comment, dear dad. Hugs :)

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  7. This quick virtual trip to Berlin feels so good! :) I enjoyed your reading about your experiences and the photos only confirmed me that I need to visit Berlin as soon as possible! What a city! I'll definitely be coming back to this post when the day comes :D It's always good to know how to move around the city, save money and try as many things as possible :)

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    1. You need to visit it, Tijana! Thanks for your kind words.

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  8. Hi Sany! I really like your post - I've visited Berlin few years ago and I was really pleased with that trip - Berlin has "something" in itself. What's more, I also enjoyed visiting in Pergamon museum, which has unique masterpieces of acient world, you did sightseeing a lot in two days, dear. What's more, I remember that I was moved by seeing Berlin Wall - I interest at II World War a little and I found as interesting to see on my own eyes in which place Berlin was divided to 4 zones.
    Have a lovely evening, Sany! :)

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    1. I agree, Berlin is a very interesting place with its own spirit. The Pergamon museum was so exciting! I saw the Berlin wall 3 years ago, but now I didn't have the chance to revisit it, unfortunately.

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