A quick summary/overview of our weekend in Berlin while the memories are still fresh in my mind!
30 September 2016 to 3 October 2016
Amsterdam to Berlin via KLM: Depart 07:05, arrive in Berlin 08:05
Berlin to Amsterdam via KLM: Depart 17:25, arrive in Amsterdam 18:25
An average of 16 to 20 degrees in the daytime
Where We Stayed in Berlin:
We stayed at the Mercure Hotel & Residenz Berlin Checkpoint Charlie in Schűtzenstraße. We found out after a few walks that our hotel was literally near to every single place of interest that we wanted to go to to.
Comfort & Service:
Front desk reception was decent at the Mercure, we wouldn’t know how well it is because we didn’t strike up any conversation with them during check-in as we literally had almost no sleep (I was half awake from 23:00 the night before because I was scared that we would oversleep and miss our flight).
Our room was fantastic. Bigger than we had expected with a desk, coffee machine with coffee pods, minibar, fairly big closet and a wonderful bathroom. The Mercure also has residential apartments with a kitchen, living room, etc if you have a much longer stay there or are coming with family/friends which would make it convenient to have everyone in one place.
Places of Interest We Visited:
Mall of Berlin
Gendarmenmarkt – Konzerthaus Berlin, Deutscher Dom, Franzosischer Dom
Soviet War Memorial
Berlin Wall Panorama
Kaufhaus des Westens
Transportation Around Berlin
We only used cabs/taxis on two separate occasions, once from the airport to our hotel (because let’s face it, it was nearly 09:00 in the morning and we didn’t have much sleep and we weren’t bothered with figuring out the public transport) and once from our hotel to the airport on the last day – each trip cost us about €25.
(Photo courtesy of Wikipedia)
Berlin has their own underground train system called the U-Bahn and the S-Bahn which has its stations conveniently located all over the city. Buying tickets for the underground might be a little intimidating at first, but you’ll get used to it after making one trip or so. Our hotel was located smack in the middle of two U-Bahn stations which was a pleasant surprise for us. But in the end, we realised that our hotel was within walking distance to most of the major places of interests so we didn’t use the U-Bahn as much unless we were going further out of the city centre.
Would We Return to Berlin
We would but probably for just 3 days instead of our 4 days that we had spent there. Part of the reason is that our hotel was so near to everything and we didn’t realise most of the major places of interest that we wanted to go to were in one place or within walking distance from one another. Berlin is a rather small city, smaller than we had expected and once you have gotten the hang of reading the U/S-Bahn maps, it’s really easy for you to get from Point A to Point B.
But for future trips, we might probably just be in Berlin for a shorter period of time before we move on to another part of Germany, like Munich for example. Berlin is an interesting city with its old and new buildings that are side by side and it was also interesting to see that the Berlin Wall was still up in some part of the city. It somehow feels kind of surreal to see it when you have studied about it before and know that the Wall has caused so much pain and suffering amongst it’s people.
And popular to contrary belief, German’s are NOT angry all the time, they are very friendly people. They only sound like that because of the way they speak (which I tried and loved doing HAHA). I’ll be doing separate day by day posts of our Berlin trip over the next few days, so keep a look out for it!