Some places in the world keep so much history that they can even be called open air museums. Berlin is like that! Paulo and I love to know the city, mainly because of all the cultural load that it carries. As much as you are not a history lover, it is important to understand how significant this place is.
It was a very intense trip and I loved getting to know different parts of the city. Thinking of helping you, I made a short list with some important tips about the place. It’s always good to share our experiences, right?
When to go
The seasons in Berlin are well defined, which makes it much easier to choose which time to go! The atmosphere of the city in the summer and spring is much more cheerful and, in the summer, there are several events and festivals. In the fall, temperatures are mild, but nothing too uncomfortable. Winter, however, is very harsh and if you don’t like the cold, this is definitely not a good time to travel.
As it depends on the taste of each one, the best season to go is according to your desire. The important thing is to consider which tours you will want to do, if you like to walk around the city or prefer museums and closed places.
Travel insurance is required to enter Europe. Of course, this is not the only reason for you to buy one, because unforeseen events can happen anywhere in the world. For example, I felt bad on one of the days of the trip and had to go to the hospital. The insurance covered my expenses and I had no unexpected expenses. In addition to helping you in case of any need, you travel more relaxed and without fear of having to spend money at some extra cost!
Paulo and I stayed at Das Stue and it was one of the most amazing hotels I have ever stayed in the world. It is wonderful and is located in a great part of the city. The best region to stay in Berlin is Mitte, because it is in the center and facilitates access to other places! The neighborhood encompasses several areas and unites super interesting restaurants and shops. Other cool areas are Tiergarten, Charlottenburg and Friedrichshain. Each of these parts has a different and charming feature.
Berlin is a very simple city to locate, I swear to you! Just use the Google Maps app to see how to get to the place you want. It gives you the public transport options and shows you which route you will take. City transport works well and takes you to most places you want to go. To go to some more distant places just use the train.
Ah, a very important tip for us as pedestrians: the residents of the city strictly respect the laws, even the simplest ones like the pedestrian lighthouse. Even if no car is passing by, wait for the light to stay open for the passage 😉
Unlike other places in the world, Berlin offers a variety of delicious vegan and vegetarian options. I ate at Die Kleene Aubergine and found the food to be very tasty and well seasoned. Other really cool places to eat are the Café am Neuen See, Café Morgenrot and Der Kuchenladen. A very well-known and traditional restaurant in the city is Henne – besides being super old and the food is really good!
Places to visit
The city is full of beautiful corners to visit! I will mention for you some of our favorites.
THE Charlottenburg Palace is a must-see. It is huge, full of gold and has a wonderful garden. In addition to it there is also the Sanssouci palace, but it is in the city of Postdam, very close to Berlin. Another interesting region is Little Asia, concentrating Japanese, Chinese and Vietnamese restaurants. Also don’t miss Wannsee beach, Kreuzberg, Potsdamer Platz and the Gendarmenmarkt. There’s a lot of amazing things to see in the city, so be prepared to be in doubt about which places to visit 🙂
To know the history
Berlin, inevitably, became a very marked cause of Nazism and there is no one who has never heard of the Berlin Wall. Paulo and I visited some places that explain a little of the city’s history to understand how things worked. It is very symbolic that these areas remain so that we can remember how many things have already happened and inspire us not to spread the bad ideologies of past times.
We went, for example, to Memorial of the Berlin Wall, at the Mauerpark Flohmarkt and at the Holocaust Memorial. In addition to them, we know the Memorial to the German Resistance, which was an old Nazi base. We were also going to an old concentration camp in Sachsenhausen, but I didn’t feel right about going there because the energy is so heavy and I was extremely sad. In fact, a good tip is to respect your emotional limits, after all, not everyone can handle this load. However, pFor those who want to go to a concentration camp, I believe that the experience must be very remarkable.
Berlin’s nightlife is very hectic and they are known to have 24-hour clubs. One of the best known in the city is Berghain, but it is not so simple to enter it. Some nightclubs in Berlin, not just Berghain, choose at the door who will or will not enter the place. There is not a specific rule very well, that is, you have to be lucky to be chosen. One tip is to dress casually, but still with style. Difficult, right? Anyway, if you plan to enjoy it, the busiest day in these places is Sunday and the party happens all day!
Open air art
You will find graffiti panels and other types of art in various regions of the city. East Side Gallery is one of the coolest places in the city, with colorful and incredible panels. It is on the east side of the Berlin Wall and is considered the largest open air gallery in the world! The Mitte region is also full of huge panels and brings together artists from all over the world. The Gemini, who are a pair of graffiti brothers here in Brazil, have a graffiti there.
Berlin was an unforgettable trip! Our experience there is all recorded for you to watch, so just click here to check it out. Ah, if you want to know about other places we visited, I made available in this post the complete itinerary of the trip 😉