While there’s a great deal to be said for finding wonderful places to spend a weekend on your own doorstep, our proximity to Europe opens up enormous avenues of travel at eminently reasonable prices. Berlin is one of the most fascinating and beautiful cities in Europe. Germany’s capital is home to some of Europe’s most stunning architecture, sites of enormous historical and cultural importance, charming and friendly locals, incredible artworks and more delicious food than you could shake a fork at. With so much to see and do, one might well wonder if you can truly get the measure of this wonderful city within a week, much less a weekend. Here we’ll look at getting the most out of a weekend in the bustling haven that is Berlin.
Rent a car
In all fairness, Berlin’s public transportation system is excellent. However, for true freedom confident drivers might want to rent a car when staying in Berlin. While its centre has some idiosyncracies that might take some getting used to, Berlin’s system of roads is well designed and efficient seeing the city and its outskirts by road is a great way to get around like a local.
Brush up on your German
While Berliners are much more accommodating towards English speakers than, say, Parisians, you’ll find that they really appreciate your attempts to engage them in their mother tongue. So, if possible try and brush up on your GCSE German.
Start from the middle and work your way outwards
It’s advisable to start your trip off in Mitte, Berlin’s central district, where you’ll find plenty to keep you occupied on your first day. And because the attractions are close together, it’s a really time efficient way to enjoy your trip.
Lovers of art and architecture will most certainly want to check out Museum Island which is home to numerous galleries and museums, 5 of which are also UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Finish up with lunch at the restaurant sphere at Alexanderplatz where you can dine 200 feet above the city for a stunning view that puts you where the action is.
Pay your respects
After sampling the city’s art and culture (not to mention its food) you might next want to pay your respects to its history. Take a trip to the iconic Brandenburg Gate for some photo snapping before paying your respects at the solemn Holocaust Memorial, (officially known as the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe) a sobering reminder of what must never be allowed to happen again.
If you have time, you might also want to travel out to Kreuzberg-Friedrichshain to see the remains of the Berlin Wall which fell in 1989.
Animals and aquatics
After immersing yourself in art and history, you’ll likely want to immerse yourself in the simple language of nature by seeing some wonderful animal and marine life. Be sure to check out Zoologicher Garten and the Berlin Aquarium where you can find all manner of cool animals within easy reach of the bustling centre. You’ll also find a plethora of cool bars and restaurants within easy reach of these attractions to end your stay with a bite to eat and some delicious drinks!
Nb. Collaborative post.