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Top 10 things to do in Berlin

August 25, 2017

1.East Side Gallery

East Side Gallery - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogThe East side gallery is an international memorial for freedom, the wall separated the East and West sides of the city during the Cold War. The gallery is a monument of the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989. Since the fall artists have been invited to come and paint murals with various political statements. At 1316 metres long and located along the Spree river, it is the longest continually standing outdoor gallery in the world. One of the most recognised images on the wall is that of fellow communists Erich Honecker and Leonid Brezhnev kissing each other.

The gallery attracts 2-3 million visitors each year, so expect a lot of people posing for photos when you go there. It doesn’t take that long to walk the stretch and there are a couple of food stalls and tourist shops where you can stop to pick up some currywurst or souvenirs.

Address:Mühlenstraße, 10243 Berlin

Public transport – U Schlesisches Tor

2.Berliner Dom

Berliner Dom - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogThe Berliner Dom is the largest cathedral in the city, the interior is a mix of Renaissance and Baroque design featuring mosaics and stained glass windows. Climb to the top dome for breath taking views across the city and river Spree. Afterwards head to one of nearby restaurants to enjoy dinner whilst admiring the beautiful architecture. In the summer relax and watch the world go by on the grass area by the cathedral and Altes Museum home to many historical artefacts.

Address: Am Lustgarten, 10178 Berlin, Germany

Admission: €7

Public transport: S-Bhf Hackescher Markt or U-Bhf Alexanderplatz

3.TV Tower

TV Tower Berlin - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogBerlin Fernsehturm also known as the TV Tower is one of the city’s most iconic landmarks. You can always spot it towering above you in the city skyline. The tower has an observation deck for spectacular views over Berlin. The revolving restaurant rotates a full 360° every hour so you get to see all the attractions whilst enjoying a delicious meal. They have a range of offers for the restaurant, we opted for the 2 course lunch for €34.50 per person. The only downside when booking the offers is that you aren’t guaranteed a window seat however the view and food is still worth it though.

Address: Panoramastraße 1A, 10178 Berlin, Germany

Price: Observation deck tickets start from €14, check website for restaurant offers here

Public transport: Alexanderplatz Station

4.Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogThe memorial is designed by Peter Eisenman and dedicated to the Jewish victims of the holocaust. As you walk through the concrete blocks you may feel disorientated as the floor sinks and rises. Make sure you visit the museum under the memorial which is free to enter but tends to have a queue especially at weekends.

Address: Cora-Berliner-Straße 1, 10117 Berlin, Germany

Public Transport: U-Bahn: Mohrenstraβe, U6; Französische Staβe

 5.Get a taste of Istanbul at the Turkish Market

Turkish market - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogThis vibrant outdoor Turkish market is situated in the multicultural neighbourhood of Kreuzberg. Street vendors sell traditional Turkish street foods, fresh produce and an assortment of knick-knacks. The lively atmosphere attracts plenty of locals and tourists, head to the end of the strip and you’ll probably find an impromptu musical performance. Don’t leave without picking up one of the gözlemes which is a traditional Turkish flatbread dish.

Dates & Time: Tues & Fri from 11am to 6.30pm

Adress: Maybachufer 1-13, 12047 Berlin

Public Transport: U-Bhf Schönleinstraße

6.Cruise along the river

Stern + Kreis offer a range of river cruises ranging from 1 hour to 3, we opted for the 3 hour evening cruise. It’s a great way to see Berlin and relax with a drink or two. They also offer a range of snacks which you can buy on board, or they have main meals which you can order when booking. Our tour guide gave us information about the building and attractions we passed in German and then in English. Remember to bring a jacket if opting for the evening cruise as it can get quite chilly. I’d recommend doing the 1 hour cruise as 3 was a bit too long for us. If booking online you have the option to choose from different starting locations.

Book your tour here

7.Sing karaoke at Mauerpark

In the summer Bearpit karaoke is the best way to entertain yourself on a Sunday afternoon. Once you’ve finished searching for treasures at the flea market sit down and be captivated by the amazing and awful singers, whilst you and the audience sing along with them. Joe the warm up guy does a great job of adding in some humour and revving up the crowd to create an electric atmosphere. I’d recommend getting here early to get a seat with a good view as it gets packed.

Time & Date: Sundays it starts around 3-4pm and admission is free

Address: Mauerpark Berlin (located next to the market by the basketball court) Gleimstraße 55, 10437 Berlin

8.Visit street art heaven

Street art Berlin - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogThe buildings in Berlin are very grey but the graffiti and street art help inject some colour in the mix. For a particularly concentrated area of graffiti go to the courtyard near Cinema Cafe, where impressive street art covers every inch of the walls. Down this alley is the Anne Frank centre an exhibition about the history and present. Directly opposite this is the Otto Weidt’s Museum Workshop for the Blind, a small workshop where Weidt employed deaf and blind Jews to protect them from persecution and entry to this is free.

Address: Rosenthaler Str. 39, 10178 Berlin, Germany

9.Explore the Zoo

Elephants Berlin Zoo - Enjoy the AdventureThe zoo is huge with over 19,400 animals to see,you can easily spend the whole day here. The zoo is home to the only Pandas in Germany Meng Meng & Jiao Qing. Some other highlights are the Polar Bear, Giraffe, Lion, Zebra and Elephant. Download the app so you don’t miss the animal feeding times.

Address: Zoologischer Garten Berlin AG, Hardenbergplatz 8, 10787 Berlin

Public Transport: Zoologischer Garten 

Prices for adults start from 15.50

10. Eat at Burgermeister

Burgermeister Top places to eat in Berlin - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogBurgermiester is located under the U-Bahn tracks in an ornate 100 year old structure that used to be a toilet, now transformed into a popular burger joint.Burgermiester is located under the U-Bahn tracks in an ornate 100 year old structure that used to be a toilet, now transformed into a popular burger joint. There is usually a line of tourists and locals, but it’s well worth the wait. Try the Meisterburger with bacon, bbq sauce and fried onions paired with cheese fries.

The Berlin Welcome Card

  • Free public transport in Berlin
  • Free city guidebook
  • Discount to 200 attractions including the Zoo, Berliner Dom, Museums & TV Tower
  • For more info click here

Looking for somewhere to stay in Berlin check out my post on 25 hour hotels

Check out the Crazy Tourist’s guide to the 75 best things to do in Berlin here

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*Thank you to Visit Berlin for the Welcome cards & Stern + Kreis for the river cruise, all opinions remain my own*

 

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25 Hours Hotel Berlin – Review

August 11, 2017

25 Hours Hotel Bikini Berlin

If you’re looking for somewhere to stay in Berlin which is quirky, stylish and fun then head to the 25 hours Bikini Berlin hotel. 25 hour hotels have a range of hotels across Europe, each hotel is tailor made to it’s surroundings. The Berlin hotel has an urban jungle theme as it’s located next to Berlin zoo, which you can get panoramic views of from the rooftop bar.  It incorporates the best things of a hostel with many social hotspot’s to hang out in or meet new people but with the privacy and design of a boutique hotel. They even let you rent a Mini Cooper for free, which is a great way to explore Berlin!

25 Hours Hotel Berlin - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogThe Bedroom

The rooms are amazing, I could have spent my trip here rather than exploring Berlin. The dark green, plant pots and monkey toy give the send of ‘urban jungle’ The jungle rooms directly overlook the zoo, equipped with a hammock where you can hang out and watch the monkeys playing around. With the window shut you won’t be disturbed by the animals but if you open up the window in the morning you’ll be able to hear them. On the other side of the hotel are the urban rooms, with a view over the city. The rooms are equipped with a doubled sided mirror which is great for two people getting ready and open plan high pressure showers with a sleek black tile design.

25 Hours Hotel Berlin - Enjoy the Adventure travel blog

25 Hours Hotel Berlin - Enjoy the Adventure travel blog

25 Hours Hotel Berlin - Enjoy the Adventure travel blog

The Breakfast

The buffet breakfast is by far the best I’ve had in Berlin with a wide range of foods served. It includes fruits, cereals, yogurts, eggs and perfectly crispy bacon. They have a variety of loose leaf teas, so you can help yourself to a pot of tea or for the coffee lovers they have a variety of blends you can make with their great machine. If weather permits you can enjoy your breakfast outside overlooking the zoo and city.

25 Hours Hotel Berlin - Enjoy the Adventure travel blog 25 Hours Hotel Berlin - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogReception and Lobby area

A small cafe  and newscorner where you can chill out or grab some breakfast. The hammocks here are so comfy you will not want to get out of them! The hotel also sells a range of postcards, notebooks, travel guides and toiletries the hotel uses. You can also buy your own Monkey cuddly toy as found in the bedrooms.

25 Hours Hotel Berlin - Enjoy the Adventure travel blog

25 Hours Hotel Berlin - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogMonkey Bar

Situated at the top of the hotel, it boasts impressive views of the cityscape and zoo. Make sure you head up from your room, rather than the main bar entrance as there tends to be a queue. It has a large range of cocktails, beers and nibbles. We loved coming up here in the evening to soak up the atmosphere.

25 Hours Hotel Berlin - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogLocation

Located next to Berlin zoo, with S and U bahn stations just a few minutes walk away

Additional Info

  • Take the lift to the 3rd floor for the reception
  • Sauna and gym 10 euros per person per stay
  • Each room comes with a bag you can use during your stay which will come in handy if buying any shopping
  • Boom bluetooth speakers in each room
  • High speed Wifi and IMAC workstations in lobby area
  • Can rent good quality bikes from the hotel, if staying in the large room you’ll have a bike in your bedroom
  • Book lunch or dinner at  the Neni restaurant in advance as it can book up fast
  • Free Mini Cooper rental

Overall experience

I loved this hotel, it’s one of the most unique and exciting hotels I’ve stayed at. The food, bar, rooms and service are all excellent. I’m already planning on staying in other 25 hour hotels as each one has it’s own quirky design.

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*Thanks to 25 Hours Hotels for a complimentary night stay all opinions remain my own*

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Secret Food Tours Berlin

August 8, 2017

The best way to explore the history, culture and food across Berlin is with a food tour! Secret Food Tours have a range of tours across Europe and the USA including Paris, Barcelona, Rome, New York and many more.

This is so much more than a food tour, it’s a chance to learn about the past and present culture of Berlin, our tour guide Margot was brilliant giving us insider tips and showing us some amazing street art along the way.

Secret Food Tours Berlin - Enjoy the AdventureI can’t spoil the locations of the tour as you’ll have to go experience this for yourself but here are some foodie photos to make your mouth water.

The Food

Secret Food Tours Berlin - Enjoy the AdventureOur first stop was a doner kebab, normally I’m not a fan of these but I loved this one. The chicken was really succulent and went well with the creamy sauce and salad. At most of the stops you have the option to get a drink such as a beer, wine or soft drink.

Secret Food Tours Berlin - Enjoy the AdventureOur next stop we had spaetzle, this is very similar to mac and cheese, it tasted amazing so rich and creamy and topped with crunchy onions.

Secret Food Tours Berlin - Enjoy the AdventureWe stopped for some tasty candied nuts

Secret Food Tours Berlin - Enjoy the AdventureNext up is the infamous currywurst, we went to a butchers which had loads of German builders sat outside, you can always tell it’s good quality when locals eat there.

Secret Food Tours Berlin - Enjoy the AdventureThe schnitzel is delicious!

Secret Food Tours Berlin - Enjoy the AdventureLast but not least is the German cheesecake which was delicious!

If you have any allergies or preferences these can be catered for, also if your too full like I was near the end you can always ask for smaller portions. The price for the tour is reasonable for the amount of food and drink you get. I highly recommend this tour and if your a foodie fan looking for the best spots in Berlin then this 3 hour tour is perfect for you.

To check out the tours click here

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*Thanks to Secret Food Tours for inviting me to this tour, all opinions remain my own*