It appears I’m awful with keeping up with travel posts so expect a few about my trips from last year and to kick it off I thought I would run through five things you should do in Berlin outside of the usual tourist things.
First, lets quickly touch on where to stay.
I went on this trip with Holiday Inn Express, so naturally we stayed at the Holiday Inn Express in Alexanderplatz. This is actually the second time I’ve used Holiday Inn in Berlin and I’d highly recommend it. Location wise it’s perfect, walking distance from a lot of the key locations such as Alexandrerplatz and easy to get on public transport too. The rooms were recently redesigned with the IHG Next Generation concept which means the rooms feature Smart TVs allowing guests to stream their own devices in bed and the rooms all have a work area and high padded noise-reducing area, so perfect wether you’re there to relax or to work. The rooms are all very clean, modern, comfortable and the location makes it perfect to pop back into the hotel if you’re looking to recharge your phone or your own batteries after a busy day. Breakfast is included and comes with the usually continental food you’d expect and best of all pancakes!
If you caught my guide to Berlin back in 2016, here are a few extra things I’d recommend checking out/doing in Berlin
Enjoy dinner/drinks at a speak easy
I’m not a big party animal but if you are Berlin is the most perfect city. However, if you’re more like me and would rather get a drink or a nice meal then Berlin’s Speakeasies are perfect. We went to Bar Tausend for dinner, which is beneath a railway bridge (an unmarked old iron door), the getting in process is a little intimidating but once we were in we had a great dinner. I think they also have DJs depending on the night, it’s not the cheapest but I’d recommend!
Visit an art Gallery
Berlin has an incredible art scene so it’d almost be rude to not visit an exhibition! We went to C/O Berlin to a photography exhibition but there are loads to choose from!
Go on a Graffiti Walking Tour
After this walking tour I now want to do one in every city I visit. We learnt so much about graffiti (obviously), the history of the city and we got to see the city too. Graffiti tours are also very affordable so a great option if you’re on a budget.
Have a hot dog for lunch Curry 36
I love a hot dog so of course I was excited to check out Curry 36. It’s definitely not the fanciest, it’s basically a kiosk selling fast food but as a one off it’s great and it’s super affordable (which means you can splash out on dinner!) I was also surprised by the amount of locals (many in business suits) eating here too, I got a simple Currywurst and although it’s probably best to not have these too regularly I’d definitely go again!
View the city at night the Fernsehtrum Tower
We didn’t do too many touristy things but theres something magical about seeing a city from above at night and the Fernsehtrum Tower is a great place to do so.
Have you been to Berlin? I’d love to go back again soon so if you have any extra recommendation then please leave them in the comments.