My first visit to Berlin was in January of this year with the boyfriend. I stayed at Generator Hostel in Mitte, just north of the city centre in a lovely area. The hostel was great and it was a good location too for all the tourist stops. Here are 12 reasons why I love Berlin.
There are biergartens all over Germany, but Berlin happens to be where the best are situated. Berlin is really good at doing beer, gardens and friendly locals so it makes the perfect match for a summer days. There’s no better way to pass a warm summer evening than drinking good beer with friends.
I am a huge fan of street art and truly believe Berlin has the best street art in the world. Walk through any neighbourhood, you’ll see it everywhere. Visit the Berlin Wall at the Eastside Gallery for some of the most artistic and amazing graffiti work.
Drinking in Public
No one cares if you drink in public and I love this! There’s such freedom in being able to drink where you want and when you want without worry of getting fined or arrested by the police.
Rent a Tram
No seriously, you can rent a tram. Sometimes at night as tram approach you might notice they don’t stop. To your surprise you will see a bunch of people having a party on the tram! There are often DJ’s, people drinking and dancing the night away.
Someone must have been drunk when they came up with this idea. Want to tour Berlin in a unique fashion? Take a beer bike tour where you get a chance to drink and drive while drunkenly experiencing the most notable tourist attractions in Berlin.
The Germans recycle with a vengeance. It’s a bit intimidating as an outsider to learn their system but once you get the hang of it you’ll feel like one of the locals. Do some good for the environment.
In England it gets dark around 9pm in the summer but in Berlin it stays light until about 11pm. I’m not even sure why as it’s only two hours away by plane but it just seems lighter, later. It’s great sitting outside in a biergarten or in the park with friends, enjoying life.
Berlin is jam packed with people from all over the world. The people are nice and friendly and you get amazing service. There is also so much to do from the museums, the markets, the canals, the tourist spots and the shopping. It can take a few days to really experience Berlin.
I wasn’t too excited about the food in Berlin before I visited, but I was really impressed when I left. One night we had Thai-Singapore, the other we had currywurst and the other night we had the most amazing steak I have ever eaten. Some of the best food I’ve ever had was in Berlin. Now that is some pretty good going.
I said it above but I’ll say it again, as it really is spectacular. Surprisingly Berlin is actually a fashion capital, you just don’t think it at first. I loved shopping in Berlin because you can come across a lot more designs and variation of clothing, unlike the usual stuff you would buy in a normal shopping centre.
The history and sightseeing
There is a lot to see in Berlin – if History is your cup of tea. Brandenburg Gate, the Jewish Holocaust Museum, the Berliner Dom, the Eastside Gallery, the DLR museum, the Anne Frank Museum, Charlie’s Checkpoint and much, much more. What used to symbolize a divided city is now the symbol of unity, the Berlin Wall and it’s great on a summers day to stroll down the wall from beginning to end.
The prices in Berlin is relatively cheap compared to other capital cities I’ve been to. It is cheaper than London and a lot cheaper than many other cities. The public transport (S-Bahn/U-Bahn) have reasonably priced tickets and the entire city is so well connected by these trains that you won’t really need a taxi or a car. Food in Berlin is inexpensive: a regular meal will set you back approximately 10 Euros and beer prices are 2.50 Euros upwards.
There really is so much to do in this beautiful city I’m simply highlighting a few of the best options. The next time you are looking for a place to visit, do consider Berlin. I’ll be back someday, hopefully sooner rather than later.