CITY GUIDE: BERLIN
Berlinis the kind of place everyone should visit at least once in their lifetime. We are ashamed to say we’d never actually done so up until last week when we hit the city for two mental days and nights of sightseeing, boozing, eating and shopping!
Our hotel was located in Mitte, the trendy neighbourhood in the East of the city, which has a host of bars, restaurants and shops for all budgets. We arrived late on a Friday night and after a quick change in the hotel we hit the bars located along Tor Street and Rosenthaler Street, taking advantage of the 3 Euro beers. Stopping only to refuel in Curry Mitte for one of the famous Currywursts served with chips and drowned in various sauces (above). We’re still working out whether we liked it or not…
The next day up bright and early we headed out to catch the free walking tour which you can join outside Starbucks just inside the Brandenburg Gate. The tour lasts approximately four hours so take our advice and wear some sensible shoes and sun cream. The tour leads you around some of the most significant areas in history including the Berlin Wall, Hitler’s bunker, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and check-point Charlie. Berlin really is one city which lays out it’s history for all to see, even those historic events which most people would much rather forget.
After the tour we briefly visited Museum Island before heading to Dada Falafel on Linienstrasse which was named in our Frommer’s guide as the best Falafel in the city. We can confirm this is pretty good falafel as were the dips and salads served alongside it, plus at just 7 Euros it’s great value. Once we’d eaten we stopped off at a bar on the touristy Oranienburger Street to sample the Berliner Weisse with Himbeere (lager served with a shot of fruit syrup) which is apparently the Pimms of Berlin. We’d recommend just one glass as it’s a little sweet and sickly.
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