Wednesday was our third and final day in Berlin and a very busy one too! I think we did well to see as much as we did in the short amount of time we were there. Berlin is an incredible city and there’s so much to do and see, we’re already thinking we want to go back sometime!
We visited the Reichstag Dome early on Wednesday morning. It was great (and very cold) and I’d recommend it to everyone. You’re given a little guide to listen to while you walk around that tells you what you can see on the skyline and also gives you lots of interesting facts. It’s free to visit the Reichstag, but you do need to make an appointment on the website, it’s really easy to do and I sorted our visit out early Sunday morning before we left for the airport.
After our visit to the dome we were both really cold and in definite need of coffee. We headed over to a coffee shop right nearby (I can’t remember the name of it now though) and got a little snack. The cake was lovely!
We then went to Berlin Hauptbahnhof (Central Station) mainly for me to check out the architecture and also so we could get the train down to our next stop. It’s an absolutely huge station and really impressive to see.
Believe it or not, our Berliner Pils (German Beer) was actually more expensive than our food, Currywurst and pomme frites which were €3 each! This was so good and the restaurant had a really nice feel, being made in the arch of a railway bridge, and it wasn’t too noisy either.
After our lunch we visited the Berlin Cathedral and the detail in the dome was just incredible, it must have taken absolutely ages to recreate, especially as it was destroyed with WW2 bombings in 1944 and until 1975 when restoration began, it only had a temporary roof. We were lucky that we visited around mid afternoon as the sun was going down. Imagine watching the New Year fireworks from here, it’d be amazing! If you’d like to see more photos (including the dome) visit my 500px page.
After a little break back at the hotel, we headed down to Potsdamer Platz in search of ice skating and the Sony Center. Ice skating was only €5 for both of us! I couldn’t believe how cheap it was and after an hour (when I’d finally cracked it, I think!) we both fancied something to eat and left the ice rink to find our final crepes of the trip.
The Sony Center houses a number of restaurants and places to visit and a huge Sony store (but I bet you saw that coming). There’s a Legoland Discovery Centre which explains the lego models we found; Santa and his reindeer above, and a giant giraffe too. You may also spot Smaug in the background; there was a huge display for the second film in The Hobbit series that was released the weekend we went away.
I’d massively recommend Berlin to you if you’re looking for a city break. There’s such a range of things to do. Our driver to the airport told us the best time to visit is the summer as it’s warmer and there’s more nightlife, but for me, it really was so lovely with all the festive decorations and those markets that I think I’d want to come back at Christmas again, or maybe stop over for New Year. I’m so grateful to my boyfriend Andrew for giving me such an amazing birthday present. (I’m gonna have to plan something special for his next birthday now!)
In terms of getting around, I had my trusty guidebook with me the whole time and the map was so useful. If you’re an iPhone user I’d highly recommend downloading the Berlin Subway app as it makes finding your way about so much easier and it’s free. You can plot your routes and it tells you which line to get, whether there’s any changes to make and how long the journey should last.
Until next time, Berlin.