Berlin Berlin Berlin

Apologies for the lack of posts this month, February has been more hectic than I planned and TMA has unfortunately had to come second! From Sunday to Thursday I was on a 4 day trip to Berlin with the German society and I can honestly say all the planning and stressing paid off. Despite some of the drama, it was one of my favourite city breaks and I can't wait to explore more of Germany next year on my year abroad!

Day One - Travel
We flew from Heathrow to Berlin Tegel airport and proceeded to take what felt like five million different U-Bahns to get to Weberweise Station. On the first evening we went to the Brauhaus Lembke restaurant which served traditional German food and beer - I was very happy with my Radler (half beer, half lemonade) and Flammkuche (thin tart with creme fraiche and toppings). Unfortunately upon our return to our hostel we were devastated to find out that two of the group's rooms had been broken into and a few visible gadgets had been taken. It was no fault of the victims however we've all learned from this only to take expensive items abroad if it's absolutely necessary. Our hostel dealt with the situation very poorly but in many hostel accommodations there will be safes to store valuables in. Luckily the three group members affected handled the shock very well and I'm hoping they managed to enjoy the rest of the trip!  

Day Two - Walking Tour and Bar Crawl
On the second day we were up early for a 10am walking tour - I'd definitely recommend doing this as you learn so much about the history of Berlin and you can get ideas about where to go during the rest of your city break. For lunch we went to a gorgeous Italian restaurant on Friedrichstrasse and after dinner we went on a group bar crawl. 

 Day Three - Tiergarten and Hofbrauhaus 

On day three my friend and I sneakily broke off from the group and took a trip to the Tiergarten - mistaking the park for the Berlin zoo, we were slightly disappointed.. For future reference, the correct U-Bahn station is the Zoologischer Garten! In the evening we went to the Berlin Hofbrauhaus and then an Absinth bar. 

Day Four - East Side Gallery, KaDeWe and Matrix

This was definitely my favourite day of the tour, we started the day at the Berlin East Side Gallery which was absolutely amazing! The artwork is phenomenal and a must-see for any art lover. This was followed by a cheeky trip to the KaDeWe, one of the best department stores in Europe - a haul may be posted soon.. Afterwards we headed off to the Bundestag where we learnt a little about the German Houses of Parliament - we were gutted that Mrs Merkel was away in Russia at the time. Finishing on a high note, we went to a really cool pasta restaurant called Vapiano and our final night out was spent at a club called Matrix. The next morning was a challenge.

 Have you ever been to Berlin? Is there anywhere you'd recommend?


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