I didn’t actually plan on booking a trip to Berlin. One month before Miguel’s flight back to the Philippines, I already started to feel that I would definitely get sad when he’s gone. I didn’t want to go back to an empty apartment—I thought. So, why not book a trip somewhere since both of us will be at the airport then?
I didn’t think this through; I originally wanted to visit a country that’s close to Sweden, but I stumbled upon a blog that Berlin is one of the cheapest destinations in Europe. When I checked the flight tickets from Skyscanner, I saw the flight only costs around 300+ SEK ($ 34). Since it is so cheap, I also booked a front-row seat so I can bring two hand-carry items.
Berlin has a lot to offer; in fact, I probably visited more places in Berlin than in Stockholm. I guess that’s because Stockholm is already my city, and I didn’t have the urge to explore it more. Aside from work on weekdays, I am too lazy to go outside my apartment on weekends. Plus, it was cold for the past few months!
Where to stay in Berlin?
When I am reading blogs about where to stay in Berlin, I found this post from The Broke Backpacker helpful. She explained there which neighborhood you should stay at. She recommended that you should stay in the Mitte neighborhood if you visit the city for the first time. So, I booked my accommodation in that neighborhood.
Visual Diary: Berlin, Germany
I arrived in Berlin late at night, so I only had one and a half day to fully explore the city. I didn’t have an itinerary, and I thought I should just explore the city without any itinerary to follow. Besides, every place is accessible because Berlin has different transportation options: S-Bahn, U-Bahn, buses, trams, and ferries.
Everybody probably knows this landmark, and everybody has a picture here, of course! The Brandenburg Gate used to be a symbol of division in Germany, but now it is Berlin’s symbol of peace and unity.
Only 6 minutes walk from the Brandenburg Gate is where you can find the Reichstag Building, the home of the German parliament. It is advisable that you plan ahead and books online to enter the building and the dome, so you don’t have to wait and queue that long.
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
This place is called memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe—also known as The Holocaust Memorial—which means you have to respect the place. I hope you’re not like those tourists who enjoyed taking a selfie or making this the backdrop for their Instagram photos.
The Berlin Wall Memorial
If you are familiar with the picture of the East German soldier who jumped over the barbed wire after the division of Berlin, then this Berlin Wall Memorial is where it all happened.
Berlin Wall & East Side Gallery
Another Berlin’s symbol of unity. ❤️
Berlin Cathedral Church
Berlin Street Art Museum
There’s too much history in Berlin, and I felt bad that I didn’t prepare for this trip. One and a half day is definitely not enough, but, hey, who says I cannot go back again? I would love to go back this city soon, and I will make sure that I will read more about its history.
Anyway, these are my favorite places that my friend and I visited. We visited these places in one day, and I went to Kreuzberg on my last day in Berlin.