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Postcards From Berlin: How To Spend 5 Days in Berlin

Postcards From Berlin: How To Spend 5 Days in Berlin

Dear Diary,

DAY 1

WOW! Berlin has blown me away as a funky lil’ European city. I know why everyone loves this place. Jasmine and I are having so much fun and I honestly wish we could stay longer.

We got to Berlin around 10 AM but couldn’t check into our Airbnb until 2 PM. When I was doing research for the trip I found a spa called Liquidrom. Turns out, it was the perfect place to spend a lazy travel day and we had somewhere to store our bags. I really don’t like getting to a new city and having to haul lugagge around when all I want to do is explore.

So we hopped off the plane at SFX and headed straight into town. We arrived at Liquidrom and paid €22.50 for a two hour pass. The pass gave us access to their thermal pools and suanas - heavenly. Jasmine opted for a massage and honestly, I wish I had to. She says it was amazing (only an extra €25 ) but I’m cheap and was penny pinching a bit - what’s new though?

Anyway, I really loved Liquidrom. There was an indoor pool with underwater speakers, an outdoor thermal pool, a bar with tasty snacks & cocktails. But the best part was the saunas. Nude saunas. Yes - that’s right. German people are comfortable with nudity so we fully indulged in the local way (when in Rome - eh?)

I went to all four saunas and each had different temperatures and scented infusions. I liked the hottest two the because I felt like my skin was detoxing. Honestly, it was nice to be nude (some of the men were creepy) but in general I felt safe and a true sense of freedom.

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DAY 2

Holocaust Memorial

Holocaust Memorial

Today we have a tour booked with Fat Tire Tours. We hopped on their ‘Berlin City Tour’ which visits all the main touristy sights in Berlin with a stop for lunch in a traditional beer garden.

The tour was great ( a little long though & our butts were hurting in the end)! We visited places that I’ve seriously only ever heard about in middle school.

The Berlin Wall, East Side Gallery and the Holocaust Memorial were my favorite. It’s like I recall learning this stuff from 7th grade history class but I didn’t fully grasp it until it was right in front of me.

That’s why travel is so important. And my kids will be traveling lil’ babies.

We had lunch in the cutest beer garden which was located in the middle of a park in the city. It looked like it was straight out of a movie and the food was definitely as German as it gets.

The beer garden we had lunch at - doesn’t it look like an old German film set?!

The beer garden we had lunch at - doesn’t it look like an old German film set?!

Our lovely tour guide helped me decode the German menu and I went for the ‘Bauble’ beer with rosemary potatoes & meatballs. It was actually quite good!

Our lovely tour guide helped me decode the German menu and I went for the ‘Bauble’ beer with rosemary potatoes & meatballs. It was actually quite good!

My favorite part of the tour was learning more about the Berlin Wall and it’s impact on the city during the time that it divided Berlin. It’s truly fascinating to see the wall up close. My favorite thing about humans is our resilience and ability to turn pain into something beautiful (i.e. black people are the g.o.a.t.s of this). That’s exactly what the Eastside Gallery is.

It’s a part of the former Berlin Wall that’s been converted into an open-air gallery. How dope is that? Here are some of my favorite murals:

accurate.

accurate.

Iconic Berlin. There was always a line just to snap a picture here.

Iconic Berlin. There was always a line just to snap a picture here.

The ONLY president we acknowledge. Snapped this around the corner from the Eastside Gallery.

The ONLY president we acknowledge. Snapped this around the corner from the Eastside Gallery.

DAY 3 - 5

We spent the next day revisiting all the spots we didn’t have enough time to truly explore on the tour. We also hit up some other gems like the Holocaust Musuem, Klunkerkranich and The Berlin Cathedral Dome.

Klunkerkranich

This place was reccommended to me by one of my homegirls who used to live in Berlin and whoa - so glad I went. It was hands down one of the best stops on our trip. Klunkerkranich is a rooftop bar/hangout/chill spot with nibbles and German beer atop a mall’s carpark. The views of the city from here are insane and the vibe was perfect for summertime.

We learned quickly that this place gets packed on a sunny day in the city and for good reasons. Once you snag a seat don’t leave or it’ll get snatched with the quickness. I really loved the decor and overall ambience of this place. This is where you bring your girls (or guys) on a chill Friday night for good drinks and conversation.

Klunkerkranich is easily one of Berlin’s coolest rooftops.

Berliner Dom

Whenever I visit a new city, I make it my business to find the city’s peak. Whether it’s from a rooftop, a parking garage or a hill in the park - seeing a panoramic view of the city can make you fall in love with any place. In Berlin, Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral) is the place you need to go for stunning views.

It’s €7 to get in (€5 for students) and you purchase your ticket online.

WARNING: There are 400 steps to climb to the top. I repeat 400 steps.

I haven’t been fit since high school, okay? Those steps were not a joke. We had to stop a few times so brace and prepare yourself lol. But as always the view is ALWAYS worth it. See for yourself:

EATS

For a tasty brunch in a vintage home-style restaurant with lots of plants and pastel radios, head to ‘House of Small Wonder’ in Mitte. I ordered the ‘Okinawan Taco Rice’ - it s a delicious mix up of pork, avocado, tomatoes rice, spinach and topped with an egg. Their grapefruit mimosa is also totally worth it.

We also dined at Burger Zimmer (near Templehof Feld) and had fresh hommade burgers (they’re huge!)

You absolutely cannot leave Berlin with standing in line for a doner kebab from Mustafa’s Gemuese Kebab. This place is a Berlin institution. We literally waited in line for an hour and it was SO worth the wait. If you’ve had tasty kebab in other cities, nothing will compare to this. Berlin kebabs include roasted veggies and it really sets it off in a whole new way. Foodie heaven.

The food was so good that I forgot to get a good picture (which is basically a sin seeing as though this blog began as a food blog).

The food was so good that I forgot to get a good picture (which is basically a sin seeing as though this blog began as a food blog).

Currywurst36 is the most popular place in the city to try the iconic Berlin dish. I tried it and it was ok! Not my favorite but definitely worth the taste. It’s a sausage with curry seasoning and served with fried.


A quick note on Berlin nightlife: We only went out one night so I feel like I can’t really attest to the greatness of Berlin’s iconic nightlife. However, we did have fun at Matrix. It’s a pretty touristy club but is in a convenient location (right next a subway station) and they’re open every night of the week.


Berlin was honestly so cool! I’m glad that I got to spend some time there after trying to get there since my first time abroad in 2016. I hope to go back this summer as I’ll be spending the entire summer traveling around Europe. Follow my IG to keep up with where I go next!



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