Berlin is the destination to be when in Germany. It’s where the cool people are at, supposedly. Lol. Berlin was the only city-city that Atis and I visited in Germany. We stayed for 2 nights and 3 days, from early Sunday morning to early Tuesday evening. We hit most of the tourist attractions and also went to, yet another, Christmas Market.
One thing though, one important information I could’ve had, was that majority of businesses are closed on Sundays, as well as Mondays. This includes restaurants, convenience stores, museums and other touristy spots. Shit! I found that out before I booked our flight and hotel. So, there was no turning back. Thank goodness their transit system wasn’t closed.
From Frankfurt, it’s a 6-hour drive, a 4-hour train ride, or an hour flight away. We took the plane, obviously. Google Maps was a big help in getting around Berlin. It worked very well with the trains, subways, trams and rail. But, it didn’t work too well with the buses.
MÖVENPICK HOTEL BERLIN
We checked-in Mövenpick Hotel which is pretty central of Berlin. It’s near Checkpoint Charlie and Topography of Terror, a walk to the Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag Building, and a train or bus ride away from Museum Island and Alexanderplatz. I chose this hotel also because I was familiar with the one in Cebu, Philippines.
I upgraded the room specifically for the bathtub. No regrets.
We ordered room service because we bougie like that, and lazy to go out.
So, we landed early morning in Berlin, got to Mövenpick to let them know we’ve arrived, ate a Scandinavian breakfast, actually got in our room around noon, and took it all in. It was sooo hard to leave our room. Like, I really just wanted to stay in the whole day. Our room was very cozy, away from the cold. But, we had to go to Potsdam to see Sanssouci Palace. We didn’t have to, but it was now (then) or never! Couldn’t waste the opportunity. Mind you, it’s about an hour an a half to get there, but we went there!
The palace grounds was huge! Large land, and stairs, around the palace, but the palace was smaller than I expected it to be. Nonetheless, it was cute.
HOUSE OF SMALL WONDER
This was a neat little cafe/restaurant. Had a bohemian, vintage vibe; like vegans only eat here lol. But they served meat. And lots of egg dishes.
Their menu was pretty creative and different. They stuck their menu in pages of books. So I guess you can also read while you’re waiting for them to take your order.
Topography of Terror
First stop was the Topography of Terror. I didn’t take pics because for obvious reasons. The museum showed the atrocities of the Nazi party.
This was one of the museums that was closed on a Monday.
Berlin Cathedral Church
Part of it was under construction.
Even more impressive in person.
Memorial to Jews
The Gendarmenmarkt square had a Christmas Market going on and so we couldn’t avoid it. It was one of the bigger Christmas Markets we went to.
Berlin Wall Memorial
More little snippets on my Instagram highlights!
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