Awesome Things I’ve Seen & Done in Berlin That You Should Do Too

2nd January 2015

Berlin

For the past few weeks I got to wander around in Berlin, learn more about the history, practice my German and go to some great (and some less great) places. Expect a few posts dedicated to my favourite things and spots.

DDR Museum (2)DDR Museum – Don’t except in-depth history lesson, but rather a close up peek behind the scenes living in Germany in DRR through memorabilia and vintage style posters, video and audio. Much of this is displayed in fold out or open up drawers which works well, but means there is often a lot of annoying children drawn to them. However, for the mere 6 euros entrance fee (4 student) it was surprisingly insightful and did what all museums should do – made me want to go and learn more. Plus, it has a car simulator in an old Soviet style Trabant, which magically transports you to the streets of 1970s Berlin (perfect if you don’t want to try a Trabi tour). It might be worth booking at a less busy time.

Processed with VSCOcam with f2 presetFast Rabbit – I am not vegetarian or vegan but the food was great and I really liked the home made fries (called a potato gangbang) and their amazing smoothies, but it was their wraps that really impressed me, they were delicious and full of flavour. And the combos make it super affordable, so if you are ever in Prenzlauer Berg you might want to check it out – You don’t have to be vegan to enjoy a meal so don’t let that scare you off, plus you’ll be drawn in by the cute bunny sign by the entrance.

Processed with VSCOcam with a5 presetStay at Michelberger Hotel – I shared these photos earlier, but if you get the chance to book a room there do it! Michelberger is a really a typical hotel with comfortable and cute rooms. Bed, shower and wi-fi (when looking for a hotel that is what matters to me most) passed the test and get an A. One of the best things is the downstairs area where you can doze off on one of the combi couches and relax with a drink, read a book or check your social media.The location is ideal as well, minutes away from Friedrichshain with many great coffee shops,cute boutiques and restaurants, and the U+S-bahn and tram is just outside. It might be worth booking a table in advance if you want to try their restaurant as it can get booked up especially around the holidays.

Processed with VSCOcam with a5 presetGo to a supermarket – One of the joys of going abroad is checking out the supermarket and what great things they have to offer (who is with me?!). In Berlin you will see Kaisers or Netto here and there (but the bigger markets like Kaufland is what you really want) just make sure you go inside and see what they have to offer. Their Milka, Haribo, Kinder and Ritter range is much bigger than anywhere else. If your store also has a bakery go for a pretzel – with butter (though sometimes it can be a bit of a puzzle trying to find where they’ve put butter in the pretzel!).

18 thoughts on “Awesome Things I’ve Seen & Done in Berlin That You Should Do Too

  1. Inge

    You should eat in the restaurant all the way in the top of the Fernsehturm!! It’s maybe a little expensive, but you get great food and the restaurant itself rotates so you get a stunning view of entire Berlin. When I was there it just started to get dark, so I saw the city change into this parade of lights. I loved it so much!

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  2. MissLilly

    well food in germany overall it’s quite good and cheap 😀 I did walk a lot in Berlin. Also recommend a boat tour in a sunny day or just relax around the island museum area 🙂

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  3. Mariana

    Actually, the kinder selection in Germany is pretty small compared to other european countries I’ve been to (I miss my Kinder Delice). But Berlin is awesome nonetheless, I love it too 🙂

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  4. Julia

    I love Berlin! I went this time last year and tried book the Michelberger Hotel to no avail.
    And yes, I’d have to agree with the supermarket visit – so many different Haribos and the cured meats were to die for (of course). Cannot wait to go back.

    Julia xo

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  5. Anni

    I am totally with you on the supermarket thing, I love checking out foreign products in foreign countries, even if it’s hard sometimes when you can’t eat lactose or fructose but anyway, it’s always fascinating 😀

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  6. Sam

    I’ve just moved to Berlin with my husband, and I always like reading other people’s experiences of my new home! I haven’t been to any of these places yet, and as a vegan, I’m dying to try Fast Rabbit!

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  7. Vanessa

    The DDR Museum is interesting. Love that kind of museum where what you get from it is what you’re not expecting from it. And that Fast Rabbit. Interesting menu! These two must be listed down on my notes to try when I visit Berlin.

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  8. Rebecca

    I’m going to Berlin & other parts of Germany next Christmas. My son speaks German & it’s our big family trip before he goes to Grad school! I love foreign supermarkets! Last year while in Belgium, I found my favorite M&M candy that I couldn’t get in the states. Thank you for the great suggestions. They are on the must do list for Berlin!!

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  9. Jesper

    Nice piece to reminisce when we were there last year. We didn’t have time for the DDR museum and by the sounds of it we missed out. Next time when you go, you should totally check out the abandoned attraction park, it is something out of a horror film, SO special..!

    Stay adventurous!

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