Make sure you’ve got a pair of comfortable walking shoes, a train ticket and a good map because you’re going to be doing some moving around today. You’ll be starting your day at the Brandenburg Gate, arguably Berlin’s most iconic landmark. If you’re yet to have eaten, pop into the Starbucks in Pariserplatz as it offers one of the best views of the gate. Photo courtesy of rachel beckley Once you’ve taken in this deceivingly large monument, walk right on through it and take a look to your right. You’ll see the Dome of the Reichstag building. Bookings to climb the dome are essential so failing that, head on down to take a picture Reichstag building — Photo courtesy of rachel beckleyOR turn to your left and continue down to the Memorial of the Murdered Jews of Europe. Feel free to wander through this incredibly emotive and thought provoking memorial, but please do not climb on any of the structures. If you wish, there is a fantastic museum directly underneath that is well worth a visit if you have the time. Photo courtesy of rachel beckley
From here, make your way to Friedrichstr. Ubahn and head South along Friedrichstrasse, one of the most famous streets in Berlin, for some serious shopping. After all this site-seeing you will no doubt be in need of a refreshment, which is the perfect excuse to try a Berliner Kindle Weiss. This uniquely Berlin made concoction is a blend of beer and syrup- typically green (woodruff) or red (wild strawberry) and love it or hate it, is certainly worth a go! Continue down Friedrichstr. to Checkpoint Charlie, possibly the most famous Berlin border crossing from the time of the wall. In this vicinity you’ll find plenty of stalls selling Currywurst, a very popular German dish consisting of cooked sausage in a ketchup-curry sauce, with fries. Grab yourself a plate for lunch before hopping on a train at Koch Str. Ubahn for one stop, changing at Hallesches Tor for the U1 line. Photo courtesy of rachel beckley
The U1 will take you to Warschauer Str. Ubahn, from which you can stroll down to the infamous East Side Gallery, located along the Spree River. This stretch of wall displays political artworks from the time of the walls fall and is the longest stretch of both inner and outer walls left standing in the city. Photo courtesy of rachel beckleyAfter strolling along the wall, head to Berlin Ostbahnhof and head home for a pre-dinner rest and shower before making your way to Anhalter Bahnof, where SOLAR sky lounge and bar is just a short stroll away. This stylish cocktail bar, located on the 17th storey, provides panoramic views of the city and is not to be missed. Dress nicely though or you may find yourself feeling a little out of place, and be prepared to pay a bit extra for your drinks (it’s a fair trade for the views!) There is also a restaurant located directly below the bar should you wish to stay a little longer and make this your dinner spot.
For those of you with energy left to kick on, Berlin is certainly well known for its raging nightlife. If you’re keen to try out one of the many dance clubs, I would suggest a little disco nap after dinner- nothing here kicks off until well after midnight so as a precaution to not peak too early and end up home in bed before the night really begins, try to hold off for as long as you can! Berghain is a bit of a Berlin club scene institution but if it’s not open, you might like to try KaterHolzig for a typically Berlin grunge/arty experience. Alternatively, give Watergate a try for a more stylish (but just a fun) night out with pretty impressive waterside views.