I love travelling. This is something I told you in my first blog post. I always have the urge to fly or drive to somewhere new. We live in such a big world with so many amazing things to see that I can’t even bare thinking about not seeing them. Ok, yes, I know… I might not get to see everything but I want to try to do so.
So some months ago, when the sun was still shining in Germany, my boyfriend and I decided to go to Berlin for a weekend, as we are living not very far away. We didn’t really know what was the best way to get to Germany’s capital. However, in just one minute we found out: going by bus was the best option for backpackers with no money in their pockets. A two-way bus ticket from Hamburg to Berlin was only 15 euros! Amazing, right?
The second step was to find a cheap place to stay over the night. We searched for hostels near the city centre and found a really unique one at a few stops from the Brandenburg Gate. The hostel was called Cubes Lodges Berlin Mitte. It consisted of twenty-something cubes – each cube was a very nicely decorated cosy room – in the middle of a huge area covered with sand. It was like being at the beach! We went in October, therefore, we couldn’t really enjoy the sand, the volleyball court and the cute chill out areas. Nevertheless, I am sure that in summer this hostel has to be super cool and full of young people.
So Saturday morning came, the day we were leaving to Berlin. We hopped into the bus, three hours went by and there we were, in this big city with so many history for us to learn about. This same day we walked through Tiergarten, the most popular park in Berlin, where we saw The Victory Column and finally arrived to the Brandenburg Gate, full of tourists trying to get the best shot of themselves with their selfie sticks. From there we decided to go to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, which is very near. However, we were so hungry that we decided to sit down in one of the restaurants in front to fill up our stomachs before going inside.
After a long time wondering around the museum, trying to read and understand as much as possible what the jewish society went through the Holocaust, we walked through the streets of Berlin to get to Checkpoint Charlie – where two “soldiers” were making the most of their jobs and trying to flirt with any young woman that wanted to have their photo taken with them. In our way we found the Ampelmann store – a huge shop where you can find magnets, cups, sweets and any other product you can possibly imagine in the shape of this little man. For anyone who doesn’t know who the Ampelmman is, this little red or green figure is a symbol that is now used on pedestrian traffic lights situated in what was some years ago East Germany. This way you can always know in which part of the old Berlin you are walking through 🙂
After this very long day, Carlos, my boyfriend, and I were really tired – we had woken up at 4:00 am! So we went to our hostel to check in, leave our stuff and relax for a bit before we would start to get hungry. The time came where we had to decide where we wanted to have dinner. I was craving a burger, as always – and thank God I was! – because due to this we found the most amazing burger place ever! The restaurant is called Shiso Burger and it has the best burgers I have ever tried. I really recommend it to anyone who visits Berlin! After having dinner, we walked back to the hostel to try to digest the incredible food we had just eaten. In our way, we found this really cool neon light quote which I couldn’t resist taking a photo of it and posting it here for all of you to see haha!
The day after we woke up pretty early, checked out from the hostel and headed to the East Side Gallery – a compulsory stop for anyone that sets foot in Berlin.
From there we went to Fernsehturm where we could get to see all Berlin from 200 metres high. For people that have a tight budget: it’s 13 euros, just take it into account. But before that we had a quick lunch at Vapiano – an Italian restaurant. After this we still had some spare time before catching the bus back to Hamburg, so we went to the Berlin Wall Memorial. This memorial contains the last piece of the Berlin Wall with the preserved grounds behind it so people can get an impression of how the border fortifications looked like until the end of the 1980s. Btw, this is free for all of the tight budget travelers out there! 🙂
All in all, although spending just 48 hours in Berlin, we left the city feeling that we had spent much more time there and we were smart enough to leave some things yet to discover so we could have an excuse to go back again.