Capital cities are always something to look forward too.
Even though they’re usually more expensive. They are one of the most beautiful places to go in that country as they are maintained well and kept looking good. Going to Germany was a completely new experience for me as I’d never been before, it was a place I definitely won’t forget. From the Reichstag building in the centre to small side market streets; there was so many things to do and places to be. After spending just over 3 days in Berlin I found a love for it like no other. We stayed in an Airbnb just outside of the centre which was really nice. It was easily accessible to major public transport lines. This is essential in Berlin. I don’t think it would be possible to walk everywhere unless you want your feet to fall off!
The weather was amazing when we were there, between 24 to 27 degrees everyday which is perfect for me as I hate the cold. There were so many beautiful things to see, it felt like we didn’t have enough time to do everything we had planned. Berlin is the 2nd biggest capital city in Europe (after London) and this is very clear when you get there.
The current Reichstag building only dates back to 1960’s
after the original was burnt down just before the second world war. It’s a parliamentary building towards the west of the capital and is still used for government purposes today. Tourists also have the option to have a look inside the building and go to the top of the viewing tower. However we never did this (mainly because of how expensive it was!) It is such a beautiful building and a must-see if you’re visiting Berlin, despite being out of the city; it is worth going and having a quick look.
The walk down from the nearest station is a beautiful river view too. There are plenty of places to drink on the way (or way back) that make the 10 minutes’ walk a bit more fun! If you’ve got some extra time before you go, make yourself up a picnic and have a chill on the grass with it whilst you’re there.
East Side gallery is a refurbished part of the Berlin Wall that is so amazing.
If you love history, Instagram and art then this is definitely the place for you! The section of the wall is under a mile long and was painted in the 1990’s by various artists. Unfortunately the main (and most pretty) parts of the wall are gated off so they don’t get ruined with graffiti. It’s a great place to go and see art if that’s your thing. Even if it’s not, it’s a part of history that represents something important in this day and age; freedom.
Alexandraplatz Market is located in the centre of Berlin right next to the central station,
yet it wasn’t something that initially caught our eye when we arrived. It’s not the biggest market I’ve ever been too but it is lovely to have a little stroll around. Stalls from Henna and jewellery to ice cream and sunglasses. Everything is compact and everyone seems friendly enough. The smell of the market can definitely be smelt for miles around, as German food is quite something else. Germany (especially Berlin) is an expensive place – one of the most expensive places to live in Europe. However, this market has plenty of cheap eats, little knick-knacks and lots of lovely goodies to take home!