Just a Weekend in: Berlin

Just a Weekend in: Berlin

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Berlin seems to be the city break of choice for Londoners recently. After a weekend trip with friends, I can see why. Berlin is not short on history or culture and is also home an incredible section of coffee shops, farm-to-table restaurants, underground clubs, and a top notch ethnic food scene. Here is my advice (and city map below) on how to spend a weekend in Berlin.

Hotel

Catalonia Berlin Mitte – a modern hotel with an industrial vibe – just 20 minutes from the airport

Activities

  • Fattire Berlin Bike Tour – I wouldn’t typically pick a group bike tour, but it works well in Berlin. The city is quite sprawling, so perfect to explore via a bike. The tour enables visiting most of the highlights in one day. The tour will bring you to many points of interest including:
    • Berlin Wall and Berlin Wall Museum
    • Brandenburg Gate
    • Museum Island
    • Check Point Charlie
    • Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
  • Hackesche Höfe – a nice area to walk around kind of an indoor/outdoor market
  • CO Berlin – Photography museum – ever since visiting Fotografiska in Stockholm a few years ago, photography museums are on my must to list!
  • Charlottenburg Palace – a palace built for the first Queen of Prussia! A decadent palace with lush gardens. Plus no visit to a European city is complete without a castle or palace tour!
  • Markthalle Neun – an indoor/outdoor food and farmers market – open on Saturdays
  • DDR museum – a playful trip behind the iron curtain – authentic art and artifacts. We didn’t have time to visit, but its on my list for next time!

Food and Drinks

Dinner

  • Fes Turkish BBQ – a fun, inventive take on Turkish cuisine! Grills are built into each table so you BBQ your own wonderully marinated meats! My top recommendation for Berlin!
  • Lokal – modern German food in a bright, rustic space. A delightful experience!
  • Rotisserie Weingrun – German/BBQ – this was a top choice for me, but was completely booked for our dates!
  • Industry Standard – German and Mediterranean small plates
  • District Mot – Vietnamese street food in Berlin

Breakfast/Coffee

  • Roamers – a pretty perfect coffee shop! White washed wood, foamy lattes, yummy pastries and flowers and succulents decorating the space!
  • Distrikt Coffee – we stopped here for breakfast before heading to the airport on Monday morning. An ideal space for an indulgent breakfast before heading back to a busy work week!

Lunch

  • Yorak – a casual place for Köfte for lunch
  • Max und Moritz – an old standby for a traditional German lunch

Drinks

  • SO36 is one of the oldest clubs in Berlin and is a legendary punk and alternative venue

Berlin Map

Useful Links

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  1. CLP
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    CEP, How were the Beer Halls?

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