Next on our interail list was Berlin and unfortunately, due to train delays, we had less time than planned to explore the city.
We stayed on the East side of Berlin, not too far from East Side Gallery, but public transport was needed to get everywhere else! The first evening we arrived later than expected so planned to fit as much into the day and a half we had! We picked out the three main landmarks that we wanted to visit and thought we would see how we got on! Berlin’s public transport is pretty much on point and a days travel pass cost 8 euros, definitely worth the money for the amount of journeys we did!
Berlin is packed with history, so we began our tour with the East Side Gallery, where the art presented covers part of the Berlin Wall and celebrates its demise. The art is typically left up to your own interpretation and there is strong focus on peace and love throughout the wall.
Next stop was the Holocaust Memorial and to be honest, I wasn’t quite sure what to expect and how I would feel. It is based near Brandenburg Gate and the architect’s design is an interesting concept, but it does make sense as you walk through the memorial. The blocks become larger the closer you are to the middle of the memorial, which is very thought provoking and left up to your own interpretation again. There is an information centre within the memorial, which includes personal documentation about individuals and families, making it very moving display.
Once we had reflected on the Holocaust Memorial, we moved onto Checkpoint Charlie which is a good place to visit as there is a area covered with information boards, including personal stories of successful and unsuccessful escape attempts. It is interesting to read through and a good landmark to visit, especially as there is a remnants of the wall to see.
We headed back to Alexanderplatz in the afternoon for a wander around the centre, admiring the architecture – the Cathedral is incredible and I could have sat by the river looking at it for hours!
In terms of food and drink, Berlin served us pretty well as we visited Klunkerkranich for early evening drinks and Schlögl’s for dinner. Klunkerkranich was recommended by a friend and it has incredible views of Berlin from the rooftop bar. It is located on top of a multi-storey car-park for Neukölln Arcaden shopping centre and quite a hard find to begin with! It isn’t too expensive for drinks, there’s free entry before 4pm and it is definitely worth going to.
Dinner wise, we wanted to sample the local cuisine and be fairly close to Alexanderplatz and found Schlögl’s through good reviews on TripAdvisor! The traditional schnitzel served here didn’t disappoint and was pretty good value for money, which was exactly what we wanted!I think we explored as much as we could of Berlin in the time that we had, but I know there is so much more we could have seen so we’ll have to see if a future trip happens!