Last year I hopped on a plane to Germany before spending a week in Paris. Since it was my first time there, I wanted to see all of Germany in a week, or at least as much as I could. In retrospect, my trip was a little rushed, but nonetheless, it was an unforgettable one. Let’s start with my first stop: Berlin!
Germany in a week started mid-morning in Berlin, where I lost my luggage. Luckily I was prepared for such an event.
TIP: Pack a few essentials in a carry-on in case luggage gets lost. I typically have basic skincare products (planes are one of your skins biggest enemies), an extra top, and one set of undergarments.
My friend living there housed me and became my local guide. After freshening up, I was ready for my first day in Berlin. We started off our day with a late lunch at a small café near our home in Charlottenburg. Afterwards we headed to Hackescher Markt. From there we did a walking tour of Museum Island and the Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral). With limited time, I did not go through any of the museums.
TIP: There is a 3-day museum pass available. If you are here for a short time, be sure to pick and choose the museums you want to see. Due to fact that they are all massive, you likely won’t be able to see them all.
After taking many pictures of the exterior of all the museums, we started walking towards the Brandenburg Gate. At the time of travel, it was under maintenance so most of the area was fenced off. As you walk over from Museum Island you pass by multiple consulate offices, each with their own unique styles.
The second day started with a visit to the Holocaust Memorial. From there, I decided to hop on the subway before exploring the city by foot. I took the subway to the end of the line at Vinetastr and began walking towards Hackescher Markt. Since it was still fairly early, the streets were quiet. To be honest, I had no clue where I was. From time to time I checked the map to make sure I was headed the right way, but otherwise I was walking aimlessly. This is probably one of my favourite ways to see a city. It is the best way to find the little stores with unique products and really get to see daily life in a city.
TIP: Comfy shoes. Wear them. It’s a necessity if you want to walk and see all the unique parts of the city
My exploration ended over dinner at Restaurant Schnitzelei. If you’re ever in Charlottenburg, rhis a restaurant is a must-try! The schnitzel is reasonably priced and the portions are very filling. And that concludes my visit to Berlin. Next stops: Cologne and Munich.
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