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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*

 

Travel

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.

Check dates and availability here

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

Italy Travel

Where to go on a weekend in Florence, Italy

July 25, 2017

Florence is a romantic, charming city which is full of incredible architecture, history and art. The Tuscan cuisine is incredible spend your time here feasting on Florentine steak, pizza and gelato.

Florence Attractions

Piazza del Duomo

Duomo Florence - Enjoy the AdventureOne of Florence’s most beautiful and famous site. You can enter free of charge and once inside check out the array of marble work and be sure to look up to see the decorative ceiling.

Open – Weekdays 10-5pm, Saturdays 10-4.45pm Sundays 1.30 – 4.45

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Ceiling in Duomo

Ponte Vecchio

Bridge Florence - Enjoy the AdventureThe Ponte Vecchio, translated as old bridge, is a medieval stone arch bridge over the Arno river, it’s lined with plenty of jewellery shops so is a great place to treat your other half to a gift. Go in the evening to watch the sunset whilst listening to the street musicians.

Piazza Della Signoria

Piazza Della Signoria - Enjoy the AdventureMake sure you visit this square to admire the many sculptures, at night the area is lively with musicians and restaurants.

Garden of Cascine

Garden of Cascine - Enjoy the AdventureWe stumbled upon this beautiful garden whilst on our way to the viewpoint of Piazzale Michelangelo. Entry is free and you can spend the afternoon strolling around the beautiful flower gardens.

Piazzale Michelangelo

Piazzale Michelangelo - Enjoy the AdventureThis is the best place to come to take in panoramic views of the city, make sure to visit at sunset to see the city transformed. There is a restaurant where you can enjoy a few glasses of wine whilst taking in the amazing view.

Piazzale Michelangelo statue - Enjoy the adventureSan Miniato al Monte

San Miniato al Monte - Enjoy the AdventureThis 11th century church is a short walk from the viewpoint at Piazzale Michelangelo.

Open Weekdays 9.30-1pm & 3-7pm, Sundays 8.15-7pm

Piazza della Repubblica

Piazza della Republica - Enjoy the AdventureThis square always has something going on such as musicians, children chasing bubbles and the carousel spinning round. Sit down and relax with a coffee as you soak up the atmosphere.

Leonardo da Vinci Museum

Museum - Enjoy the AdventureThis is a small interactive museum where you can see and try out some of Leonardo’s inventions.

Open Daily 10-7pm Entrance – €7

Food

Gelateria dei neri – The best ice cream parlour we went to in Florence, from salted caramel, pistachio to fresh and fruity flavours, it can be hard to choose from the vast selection. This place can get quite busy but it’s well worth the wait!

Gusta Pizza – This restaurant has a small selection of amazing pizzas! It gets super busy so can be hard to get a table and you may have to share your table with others, if it’s too busy you can get a takeaway. Prices here are very reasonable, once you order you get a token with a number on and wait for it to be called out to collect your pizza. A lovely gimmick here is that people have written on the tokens and placed them under the glass tables to celebrate their time at this fantastic pizzeria.

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Travel

Longleat Safari Park

June 25, 2017

Last month when Sam and I visited Wiltshire, we took a day trip to Longleat Safari Park. I had wanted to visit Longleat for ages and it ended up being such a fun day out!

Safari Drive Through

When you arrive at the Longleat safari entrance they hand you a CD. This guides you through each section of the safari with some information about the animals. The first stop is the African village and walking safari where you can park your car to get out to explore.

Longleat Safari Park GiraffeLongleat Safari Park Lemurs - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogYou can even walk side by side with the Lemurs!

We then decided to brave the Monkey drive through. The monkeys will jump on your car and could possibly break something. Sam has to get a new back windscreen wiper! However, it is a lot of fun watching the monkeys jump all over other people’s cars and seeing the cute babies. If you don’t want to risk it then you can just take the by pass lane and carry onto the next part of the safari or take a bus which you can organise through Longleat here.

Longleat Safari Park Monkeys - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogLongleat Safari Park Monkeys - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogLongleat Safari Park Elephant - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogWe then passed Annie the elephant!Longleat Safari Park Deer - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogAnother fun part was the Deer enclosure where you can purchase a cup of deer pellets for £1 to feed them through the window. It was pretty busy and we were in the wrong lane so Sam thought it was a great idea to feed them a packet of shortbread biscuits. The Deer loved the shortbread and wouldn’t leave us alone haha!Longleat Safari Park Rhino - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogLongleat Safari Park Lion - Enjoy the Adventure travel blog

Longleat House

Longleat Safari Park House - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogMazeLongleat Safari Park Maze - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogBoat tripLongleat Safari Park Boat trip - Enjoy the Adventure travel blogOn the boat trip you’ll cruise past Gorilla colony, seeing Nico the oldest male Gorilla in Europe in his own private home. Our tour guide told us that he has a T.V and enjoys watching Peppa Pig or spending time chasing the birds. You will also pass by the hippos which are  pretty hard to see as they sleep a lot.  The sea lions come right up beside the boat and you can buy fish to feed them, it was so funny listening to them bark for the fish!

Information 

  • Safari drive through takes between 2-3 hours depending how busy it is and how long you want to spend in each area
  • On the safari drive the only toilet stop is at the African village none after that until back at Longleat house and main square
  • There are plenty of food options such as pizzas, burgers, sandwiches or snacks.
  • You can feed the Giraffe at 10.30am or 2pm at the African Village
  • Feed the Deer for £1
  • Opportunity to feed the sea lions on the boat trip for £1
  • Arrive early and spend all day here as there’s so much to do
  • Cost – £33.95 at gate or £28.85 online

Location

Address: Longleat, Warminster, Wiltshire, BA12 7NW – if using a sat nav use this post code BA12 7JS

Longleat is just off the A36 between Bath and Salisbury

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My trip to Longleat Safari Park was complimentary in exchange for this review. However, all views and opinions are my own.

Travel

Knomo Harpsden Backpack

June 19, 2017

Knomo London have a range of beautiful and practical bags. The bags are ideal for work and travelling about with. They have a great selection of bags such as clutches, backpacks, totes and briefcases.

I have been trying out the Knomo Harpsden backpack here are the features:

  • Padded section to fit laptop – Protects and allows easy access when needed
  • Main section – great for organising, section for cards, pens and other small items
  • Water resistant
  • Cushioned mesh back – comfortable to wear
  • Padded straps for comfort
  • Front pocket – great for using on the go

I think this backpack is very practical and has a lot of space to fit all my essentials. I love that its waterproof and has a section for my laptop. I also like the section for organising where I can fit my cards and other bits and pieces. The backpack is also comfortable to carry around. I hate carrying bags which dig in and leave strap marks.

The Harpsden backpack is availabe in blue and grey. This backpack is waterproof so is great to take with you if walking, cycling or travelling. This backpack costs £89.00 and all Knomo bags are guaranteed for two years after purchase.

Whats your favourite backpack?

*I was gifted this bag by Knomo London*

Travel

Weekend in Wiltshire

June 2, 2017

Wiltshire is filled with lots of countryside and many areas of natural outstanding beauty. Home to World Heritage site Stonehenge and Salisbury Cathedral which has the tallest church spire in the UK.

Here is a guide on where to go in Wiltshire:

Stonehenge

After parking and buying tickets a shuttle bus will take you close to Stonehenge. Here you can then explore the landscape by foot. Even visiting Neolithic houses to discover tools and objects of Neolithic life. You can also visit the Stonehenge exhibition to discover the story of Stonehenge.

Entry: £16.50, students/over 60s – £14.90, child-  £9.90

Longleat Safari Park

Longleat Safari Park was amazing! It’s such a fun day out with so many animals to see. Separate blog post on this coming soon.

Entry: £33.95 or £28.85 if booked online

Salisbury

Salisbury Cathedral

Entry is free but suggested donation is £6.00. All museums and houses below are located within walking distance of the Cathedral, in the Cathedral Close.

Arundells

Arundells was the home of former British Prime Minister Sir Edward Heath.

Entry: £7 for house, garden and exhibition or £3 for garden

Mompesson House

Mompesson house is an 18th century townhouse with a beautiful garden.

Entry: £6.50, child – £3.25

National Trust members free

Rifles Museum

The collection in this museum tells the story of the Berkshire and Wiltshire regiments over the past 250 years.

Entry: £5.00, child – £3.00

The Salisbury Museum

The museum has information on the history of Salisbury with artefacts, a ceramics gallery and costume gallery.

Entry:£7.50, child – £3.60

Accomodation

Harepath house

This beautiful house is located in Bishops Cannings in the heart of Wiltshire. This studio apartment is a great place for 1 or 2 people to stay. The house is very cosy and peaceful, surrounded by countryside.

Getting to Wiltshire

  • 1 hour 30 minutes from London Waterloo to Salisbury on the train.
  • We drove from Surrey to Devizes it took around 2 hours and it was very easy to get around Wiltshire by car.

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*A huge thank you to Visit Wiltshire for inviting me to explore this beautiful county*

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