Flights: Easyjet and RyanAir
Hotel : NH Berlin City West
Agency: last minute.com
We travelled to Berlin for a mini summer break with my wife. To be fair we were a bit apprehensive due to the scaremongering of some news outlets about racism in Germany. We were pleasantly surprised by the welcoming and friendly German people. Whenever we opened the map to try and find our way, there was a friendly person there to volunteer their services without being asked.
When it comes to public transport, Berlin runs on an honour system which means there are no ticket barriers and checkers when you exit the metro/overground trains. They occasionally have inspectors but that depends on your luck if you want to risk it. Any ticket you buy will work on trains/underground and buses for the stipulated time. Please be aware that public transport and tourism bus tours are different. Being a tourist does not excuse for travelling without a ticket (be sure to explore Karl Marx strabe).
We stayed at the NH Berlin City West which has big rooms but no air conditioning and I didn't like the pillows but they had good breakfast. It was very easy to get too from the airport as you catch a bus from the airport to Rudow (10mins) and from Rudow the metro or U Bahn as it is called will take you straight to Berliner strabe and the hotel is 2mins walk from that station.Brandenburg Gate
We bought a 24 hour yellow hop on hop off bus tour which was amazing and provided good commentary whilst taking you around the tourist attractions. It's really good as you can drop of at one site stroll around and take pics and continue.
The Brandenburg gate is the most popular attraction and is an awesome monument. It is also right next to the Jewish war memorial and the Reichstag so you get to knock out 3 attractions in one area. Bear in mind it's quite busy but getting a pic in the middle other tourists is part of the joy of travelling. A bottle of water her wil set you back €3 so bring your own bottle.The Berlin Wall
Walking long the remnants of the Berlin wall is quite surreal. It reminded me of the old Cold War movies of people escaping the east and so forth. There is a Jewish memorial as well here which gives a detailed picture and video history of the Germany during the Nazi regime and the atrocities that took place. Very poignant!!
The old border post between east and west Germany. I still don't understand why it was U.S run! It's quite busy with tourists and to get a pic with the guard there will cost you €3.Marx and Engels Forum
A tribute to the greatest philosopher and thinker to ever live. This was the highlight of my trip as I am all for a fairer society.The cheap booze
Bear is cheap in Germany, and tried the local currywurst which was delicious with a pint. We had dinner a few nights at the Egger's Steakhaus which was 2 minute walk from the hotel. It was nice relaxing in the summer sunset after a long day of exploring Berlin. The food was fairly priced with very good portions.
All in all Berlin was very good. The weather was lovely and the people were friendly. A very good city destination and I highly recommend it. For more pics and comments please check my instagram