Hello!! I hope my overview of our weekend in Berlin kept you guys satiated for awhile. I didn’t have any access to wifi for a few days (and I am now back in Singapore) so I hope you guys aren’t too mad at me for putting up this post late.
Day 1 – 30 September 2016
Thom and I flew from Amsterdam Schiphol Airport to Berlin Tegel Airport via KLM for only about 55 minutes – the flight was fairly uneventful except for a few minor turbulence occurrences which got me clutching Thom’s hand like it was a life raft. We were quite exhausted by the time we landed in Berlin since we had a 07:05am flight and had to be in the airport by 05:30am. But lady luck was shining on us and the both of us weren’t as cranky (probably because we were just two really excited kids), just a little sleepy and extremely hungry although KLM had given us a sandwich whilst onboard – we were pleasantly surprised that we still got a snack even on such a short flight!
When we got to Berlin, we initially wanted to take some form of public transport to get to our hotel since we had so much time to kill and asked the information counter at the airport for the directions but we decided that it was too confusing and we didn’t have the energy for it. We decided to take a cab from the airport towards our hotel which cost us about €25. The journey from Tegel Airport to our hotel took about 30 minutes max so it was not that bad. I just got quite restless during the journey because I was SO hungry.
(Picture courtesy of Berlin.de)
We stayed at the Mercure Hotel & Residenz Berlin Checkpoint Charlie. It was in such a great location – only a few minutes away from Checkpoint Charlie and several other places of interest. We got to our hotel at about 10:00am – which is way too early to check in and obviously most shops are just opening – and decided to leave our luggage behind and to go out and get a hold of our surroundings to kill some time. The both of us decided to walk towards Checkpoint Charlie since we were pretty sure that where all the action was going to be and most importantly, FOOD.
We had some light snacks and hot drinks at a cafe directly in front of Checkpoint Charlie and spent a good hour or so people watching and watching the people dressed as American soldiers take pictures with other tourists.
Since we still had MORE time to kill – even after our effort at trying to waste time in the cafe – we decided to then head to the next best thing that we hoped would be open, the Mall of Berlin (which is a huge ass mall in my opinion, it could be compared to Vivo City in Singapore).
Most of the shops had just opened and we spent a good 30 minutes chilling on one of their comfy sofas and using their free wifi – THANK YOU MALL OF BERLIN! They also had a huge food court with every single cuisine you could think of where we had our lunch in.
We decided after having lunch to walk back to the hotel and to just chill in the lobby in their uber comfy chairs and wait for the time to check in but then, we stumbled upon this super cool place called Charlie’s Beach – because it’s right by Checkpoint Charlie hence the use of the name Charlie.
(Photo courtesy of Tripadvisor)
The whole area was styled as how a beach side hang out place would, complete with sand and deck chairs. There were a couple of food trucks surrounding the place which gave off a very hipster-ish vibe. We chilled there for a couple of hours and decided to make our way back to the hotel since we saw dark clouds looming from far.
Anyway, after checking in to our room, Thom and I had a quick rest before heading out to find some dinner and to have a few drinks with his friend. We wandered onto Gendarmenmarkt (we didn’t know it at the time) while looking for a place to eat and it was so BEAUTIFUL at night.
Got back to the hotel EXHAUSTED around midnight and we very obviously just passed out because we had an early day of travelling + long day of walking around trying to figure out the U-Bahn’s and subsequently getting lost.
Day 2 post will be up in a bit if I do not make the decision to procrastinate. But, I’m also trying really hard to push out all my Berlin posts lest I forget about any details that happened while we were there!