City Guide: Berlin

If you follow me on Instagram you will have seen that I recently went to Berlin for a short break. Berlin is a city that I’ve been wanting to visit for the past few years and it was also my first time ever visiting Germany. It is a city that I think is full of pretty buildings and full of history.

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I stayed in the Charlottenburg area so I was near some sights of interest but then I was a bit further away from others due to everything being so spread around Berlin. For anyone who is wishing to book a trip to Berlin in the future I would recommend staying in the Alexanderplatz area which is more central. The hotel that I was staying in was located near a station for the U-Bahn which was good to use for getting around the city. I found that the U-Bahn and S-Bahn were very good and easy to use to get around the city but for anyone who is going to use these in the future I would recommend getting a day ticket which costs €7 a day. At the stations there are no staff to help so you have to get a ticket from a machine which was easy to use and then you have to validate it yourself using the machine that is normally located next to the ticket machine.

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There are some sights in Berlin that I feel that you must visit. Before my visit to Berlin I bought a guide book from TK Maxx which I’m glad I did as it came with a map with the sights highlighted on the map so that you knew the location of them. A map for Berlin is something that I would recommend getting as it’s a city that you can very easily get lost in and if you are short for time during your stay this is not something you want to happen.

Alexanderplatz
This is the main area of Berlin which is where the TV Tower is located which you are able to go up so that can enjoy the view of Berlin. At Alexanderplatz you are able to visit a small number of shops including Primark and Topshop. The Reichstag building which is home of the parliament which has got a glass dome on the top which you can visit but you have to register your interest.

Brandenburg Gate
What is probably known as one of the most famous landmarks in Berlin this is a must visit. As you approach the gate you can see the different buildings which are used as embassies from around the world.

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Museum Island
Museum Island is an area of five different museums which are known for the unique buildings and culture. These are located on the River Spree in the city centre of Berlin. The five museums that you can find at museum island are:
Pergamon Museum
Bode Museum
Neues Museum
Alte Nationalgalerie
Altes Museum

Berlin Wall
Anybody going to Berlin if there is one thing that must be visited it’s the Berlin Wall as it was something that I found to be very interesting. The Berlin Wall was used as a concrete barrier to divide Berlin 1961 and 1989, there is still some of the wall there for people to see. Across the street from where the wall is situated there is a museum which is free and its somewhere you must be visit as it gives you information about the wall and you get to hear some of the stories from people who were affected by the divide.

East Side Gallery
This is a section of the Berlin Wall but it is located near the centre of Berlin and is covered with artistic graffiti.

Other sites that must be visited include:

Schloss Charlottenburg

Bellevue Palace

Olympic Stadium

Holocaust Memorial

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