72 Hours In Berlin Guide

Berlin Travel Guide

































What better way to get yourself into the Christmas spirit than to jet off to Berlin for the Christmas markets and a spot of sightseeing. I went to Berlin with my family, my boyfriend and my sisters' boyfriends. We spent a total of 2 nights and 3 full days here with no car and no pre-planned itinerary.

Day 1: 

We arrived in Berlin at 10am, headed to the hotel to drop our bags off and quickly became typical tourists. Within minutes of walking into the town, which was a five minute walk from our hotel, we had tried our first German delicacy: currywursts. It was basically like a frankfurter sausage, but more crispier and covered in curry powder. I just went for a bratwurst with tomato ketchup on top, which was delicious. We bought a 3 day ticket on the yellow 'hop on hop off' bus which I couldn't recommend doing more! It was brilliant and allowed us to see the whole of Berlin and stop off wherever we fancied. The buses were every couple of minutes so we were never waiting around in the cold. Speaking of cold, Berlin is extremely cold so make sure to wrap up warm and wear plenty of layers if you are planning to visit Berlin in the Autumn/Winter time! 

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We decided to get off the bus when it reached the 'Bradenburger Tor' which is the Brandenburg gate. The Brandenburg gate is a massive landmark in Berlin as is it the only remaining ancient city gate in the city. Around there were a few stalls and shops and nearby was the Holocaust memorial known as the 'Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe'. The area is covered with thousands of grey, concrete slabs arranged in a grid pattern across a field. Walking through the slabs felt like a maze and the grey surrounding blocks to me symbolised how lost, isolated and miserable the Jews must have felt during that time. I found the memorial very thought-provoking and I highly recommend visiting that.

As we were all so tired from an early flight that day, we headed back to our rooms mid-afternoon to unpack nap, and later that evening went out for dinner and enjoyed a few 'Steins'.

Berlin Travel Guide

Berlin Travel Guide

Berlin Travel Guide


Day 2:

Feeling much more refreshed after a good nights sleep, we headed back out into the city centre and throughly hammered our yellow bus passes. We found a Christmas market and headed their for a Gl├╝hwein (mulled wine) or in my case, a hot chocolate, as who actually enjoys mulled wine. 

Berlin Travel Guide

Berlin Travel Guide

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I read online before coming to Berlin that the 'Reichstag' was the thing to see, but you needed to book in advance, despite it being free to enter. For once, my family took my advice and we booked to visit the Reichstag for the Saturday afternoon. The Reichstag is the German parliament building which also contains a dome which is open to the public and offers a view of a vast area of Berlin and provides you with a headphone headset for information and history surrounding Berlin. When visiting the Reichstag, remember to bring ID with you such as your passport or drivers licence and be aware that they will search you as understandably they are very strict there.

Berlin Travel Guide

Berlin Travel Guide

Berlin Travel Guide


Berlin Travel Guide


As the shops are shut on Sundays, we used Saturday afternoon to make the most of the convenient Black Friday sales and explore the shops Berlin had to offer and boy they did not disappoint! As you can see by these pictures, which by no means do them justice, how insta-worthy are these buildings! All these shops were situated on the same street right outside our hotel and I coined it, 'the street of dreams'. 

Berlin Travel Guide



Berlin Travel Guide


Berlin Travel Guide

Berlin Travel Guide

Berlin Travel Guide


Everyday I miserably walked past this street knowing that as a student, I didn't have any hope of stepping foot in one of the stores. Not only were the shop buildings insta-worthy but through the city centre, the Christmas markets which are scattered all over the city are just as beautiful. I found these white little huts with yellow stars on them particularly appealing.  

Berlin Travel Guide

Day 3:

The third and final day of our time in Berlin was actually our most touristy day with the day filled with sightseeing and visiting museums. We began by visiting 'Checkpoint Charlie' which is a legendary checkpoint which once divided the American and soviet sectors with barbed wire, barriers and a watchtower. Now stands a replica of the checkpoint booth which served as a crossing point when the Berlin Wall was erected. Outside of the booth were two guards which were taking pictures with the public for €3 per person or €10 for a group photo. 

We went into the wall museum Checkpoint Charlie which was around €12 to enter, although I got in for €9 as I luckily remembered to bring my student card! The museum consists of historical information and contains original objects from successful escapes from the time of the Berlin Wall. It probably is the biggest museum I have ever been to and unless you have an advanced attention span and love reading endless amounts of text, I wouldn't recommend visiting this museum. To see it all, it would take you days and although it was interesting hearing about how people escaped, we all found it far too overpowering just being full of black and white chunks of text of the walls and nothing else to really look at.

Berlin Travel Guide


Berlin Travel Guide
After we all gained a headache staring at the vast amount of writing in the museum, we decided we all needed a treat so headed off to McDonalds which was a huge success and helped us to feel rejuvenated. We then walked to the Berlin Wall and the 'Topographie des Terrors' museum which was situated nearby the Checkpoint Charlie museum. The Berlin Wall was very poignant to see and I highly recommend seeing that as it helps you to visualise what it must have been like to live during that time. The Topographie des Terrors Museum was free to enter and was much more engaging as it used colour on the walls which was a massive bonus. 

Berlin Travel Guide

Berlin Travel Guide

Berlin Travel Guide

It was then time to head to the airport and head back to Manchester. Typing this post up made me realise how much we crammed into just 3 days. We're all now planning our next city break together so if you have any suggestions of places to visit, please leave a comment down below!

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