24 hours in Berlin

If you hadn’t already noticed from the many Instagram and blog posts, last month I went on a 3-week adventure around Europe. My very first stop in Europe was Germany where I spent just over 24 hours in Berlin. That’s right I only had one day in Berlin, I wish I had longer to explore this amazing city but I made sure I made that day as Jam-packed as possible. Keep reading to see how you can spend your time wisely in Berlin.

Arrival

So although our first stop on our Interrailing trip was Berlin, we originally flew to Hamburg as it was so much cheaper. We managed to get an early flight (read – too early) to Hamburg, arriving at around 9.30 am. And then came the tricky part … how to get from Hamburg to Berlin. To keep things as cheap as possible we decided to get a Flixbus to Berlin Bus Station. It only cost 15 euros and took around 3 hours. There were some delays on the way and we finally got to Berlin at around 3pm, taking another 45 minutes to get to our Hostel! We stayed at the ‘PLUS Berlin’ hostel,  a very luxurious hostel but still incredibly good value for money! The best thing about this hostel was that it is located Friedrichshain, only a few minutes walk to the Wall Museum and the infamous East Side Gallery. So of course checking out the artwork was a big priority.

East Side Gallery

The East Side Gallery is a former section of the Berlin Wall but following the fall of the wall has turned into the longest open-air gallery at over 1.3 km long! As you can imagine, there are over 100 paintings from various artists covering the entirety of the wall. It doesn’t take long to walk the length of the gallery, but it is really nice to stroll along and take in the artwork. Of course, we had to get a few cheeky pics on our way and you can see a few of them below. My all-time favourite had to be the blue car, it gave me so many Harry Potter vibes. We got to the wall at around 5 pm and there were still so many tourists trying to get the perfect photo. Keep this in mind when you plan your trip, but if you purely want to admire the artistry, it should only take around 30 minutes to walk along. There is a really cute ice-cream shop at the beginning of the wall where we decided to treat ourselves (… like we hadn’t already treated ourselves enough), and in the heat of the sun it is just what we needed! TIP: There are hardly any shops or cafes near the gallery so take a drink with you when you go. We ended up in a very strange Japenese place that only had fizzy apple juice… not ideal.

East Side Gallery

East Side Gallery

Alexanderplatz

After enjoying the East Side Gallery we made our way to Alexanderplatz! One good thing about Berlin is that the public transport is fab and it doesn’t take long to get between places. Alexanderplatz is one of the main central squares in East Berlin and is filled with lots of bars, restaurants and shops. We decided to go hunting for food and found a nice Italian, yes I know we were in Germany and ate Italian food…classic. After eating probably too much pizza and getting sassed by a waiter, we decided to head towards the Museum Island. As it had been nice weather we decided to sit on the grass between the Berlin Cathedral and the museums, with the sun setting, it really did make for a beautiful view. Although we didn’t have time in our 24 hours in Berlin to go into the museums, it was nice to relax and appreciate the stunning architecture. Only a short walk away from the Museum Island was the Brandenburg gate. Even though we knew we would see it the following day, we were really keen to see it lit up at night! The gate is absolutely beautiful and the photos I took definitely don’t do it justice. If you get the chance to see it at night, I would definitely recommend it.

Berlin Cathedral

Brandenburg gate

Brandenburg Gate

Free Walking tour

If there was ONE thing I would recommend to do whilst in Berlin, it would be to do a free walking tour. Most European cities have these and they’re a great way to see lots of attractions in a city in a short space of time. It also means you don’t get lost trying to find the sites (like us) and get interesting facts about each attraction.  Free walking tours tend to be tipped based, and so at the end of the tour, you can pay exactly how much you think it was worth. This is great as it means you don’t pay a fortune up front for a shitty tour! We booked our tour with Sandemans and had the lovely Lucy as our tour guide. Lucy was absolutely incredible, her vast knowledge and enthusiasm for the city really shone and she set the bar high for the rest of our trip. In total, the tour lasted around 3 hours and we saw so many Berlin sites and learned lots about the city at the same time! PS. if you’re looking to get your step count up, a free walking tour is a way to do that.

The Sites:

The tour began at the Brandenburg gate, it was so interesting to see how different it looks in the daylight. It really is a beautiful structure and the history behind it makes it even more worthwhile to see. A fun little bit of trivia of this part of the tour was seeing the hotel where Michael Jackson hung his baby outside the window. You always see that picture/meme floating around the internet so it was quite surreal to see the actual window … wierd.

Brandenburg Gate

Following on from the Brandenburg gate was a short walk to the Memorial of the murdered Jews of Europe. For me personally, this was the best experience in Berlin as the monument has so much history behind it. Consisting of the 2711 concrete slabs of varying heights, it is an incredible experience to walk around and fully immerse yourself in the structures to interpret them in your own way.

The Memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe

After walking through the memorial we head to the Site of Hitler’s bunker. Although the bunker is located in a carpark and you cannot see the actual bunker (it has been filled in for obvious reasons), it is a crazy experience when you realise where you are stood. Despite there being not much to see, the history of the spot is extraordinary and it is worthwhile going with a tour guide to truly get an insight into the importance of the bunker. The tour then moved on to see the last standing section of the Berlin Wall. It is fascinating to see the wall in person as you truly get to see how tall it was and the difficulties people faced trying to get from East to West Berlin. It was great to hear the creative ways of how people escaped, ranging from disguises to makeshift aeroplanes highlighting just how desperate people were to flee East Berlin.

The Berlin Wall

Of course, we had to see Checkpoint Charlie on this tour! It was really interesting to see one of the borders between East and West Berlin, although I must say the now surrounding area does let it down. Naturally, the checkpoint could not be located anywhere else, but the atmosphere would be a lot better if you couldn’t smell the McDonald’s right next to it! Right near Checkpoint Charlie was a line where you could have one foot in East Berlin and one foot in the West, literally in two places at once … Incredible!

Checkpoint Charlie

The remaining parts of the tour took us the Bebelplatz, the Berlin universities, the TV Tower and the Burning of the books memorial, all of which were amazing to see.

TV Tower

Berlin State Opera

Sadly after the walking tour, all that was left to do was to grab some lunch near the river (and get attacked by many wasps) and to get our train to Prague! Overall Berlin was an amazing experience, and I am gutted I couldn’t spend more time here. Not to worry, that just gives me an excuse to come back!

Have you been to Berlin? Where would you recommend to go?

Thanks for reading,

Chlo x

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  1. September 2, 2018 / 8:22 am

    Well you certainly managed to see a lot! Berlin has been on my travel bucket list for so long and this post has made me want to book a trip so badly. B x

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    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      September 2, 2018 / 9:02 am

      I hope you can get there some day! Thankyou for reading x

  2. September 2, 2018 / 11:12 am

    I’ve never been to Berlin but it sounds like it has loads of really interesting places to visit and it looks gorgeous so I hope I get to visit there one day! I’m glad you had a good time even though it was a short visit, I can’t wait to read about more of your Europe adventures!

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    xx

    • BeingChloe173
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      September 2, 2018 / 4:36 pm

      It really is a great city, it’s so vibrant and cultural! I really can’t wait to go back there at some point, the bonus is that the flights are so cheap! Thanks for reading lovely x

  3. September 2, 2018 / 4:10 pm

    I LOVE BERLIN!! It’s such a vibrant city. From reading it sounds like you explored a lot of things me and my friend did when we were there. It really is a one of a kind city. We stayed in a hostel near Alexanderplatz. It was great because it was so central!

    Rach

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      September 2, 2018 / 4:39 pm

      It is so vibrant I love it! I really want to go back and experience the nightlife as I didn’t have chance to on this trip! x

  4. September 2, 2018 / 4:52 pm

    It’s on my list to go there to see the Berlin wall and Anne Frank’s home.

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      September 2, 2018 / 7:51 pm

      It will be such a great experience!

  5. September 2, 2018 / 6:06 pm

    Great post! I’ve been to Berlin once only and it was during Christmas. Although I enjoyed the city, I did not enjoy the dreary wet winter of Berlin. Seeing your photos, I think I should give Berlin another chance. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      September 2, 2018 / 7:54 pm

      Oh I’m sure it would be! Were there christmas markets on while you were there? x

  6. September 2, 2018 / 7:10 pm

    I always love such itineraries since I am blown away by how much sightseeing you can pack in one day!
    Would love to visit Berlin some day!

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      September 2, 2018 / 7:55 pm

      It definitely helps if you’re with someone who knows where they are going, that’s why we chose to do a walking tour!

  7. September 2, 2018 / 7:16 pm

    It looks so pretty in Berlin; you managed to squeeze lots into 24 hours, hope you had a fab trip x

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      September 2, 2018 / 7:59 pm

      I really did thankyou! x

  8. Delaine
    September 2, 2018 / 7:26 pm

    Berlin looks exactly how o visioned it to be, awesome place I can’t wait to visit

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    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      September 2, 2018 / 8:04 pm

      It is so cool! x

  9. September 2, 2018 / 7:34 pm

    Great post, I would love to go to Berlin definitely on my to do list soon

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      September 2, 2018 / 8:05 pm

      You should definitely go if you can!

  10. September 2, 2018 / 7:39 pm

    Looks like you have maximized well your 24 hours in Berlin! Their building structures never failed to amaze me. 🙂

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      September 2, 2018 / 8:05 pm

      The architecture is truly stunning x

  11. Andrew
    September 2, 2018 / 8:20 pm

    I was living in Berlin for 5 years. I love this city. Too bad, that you been only 24 hours. Next time you should come at least for 72 hours 🙂

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      September 5, 2018 / 7:17 pm

      I’m hoping to visit for a few days again 🙂

  12. September 2, 2018 / 10:19 pm

    Berlin is on my bucket list. I dream of all the history and beauty I will see when I finally get to visit.

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      September 5, 2018 / 7:18 pm

      I hope you get to go one day!

  13. September 2, 2018 / 10:37 pm

    This seems like such a neat place to visit and the sights looks so beautiful, the photos you have posted are amazing!

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      September 5, 2018 / 7:20 pm

      Aww thankyou so much 🙂

  14. September 2, 2018 / 11:38 pm

    It seems to have been a pretty amazing experience. I like how they have a dedicated a Memorial odf the murdered Jews of Europe. I think it is moment towards redemption or at least a move in the right direction. I also find its uncanny to have one foot in in East Berlin and the other in west Berlin, in two different places at the same time. This is most amazing.

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      September 5, 2018 / 7:27 pm

      It was such a surreal experience, thankyou for reading x

  15. September 3, 2018 / 2:02 am

    Gah! I would love to go to Berlin!! Great post!

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      September 5, 2018 / 7:28 pm

      I hope you get to go one day!

  16. September 3, 2018 / 3:22 am

    How fun! Berlin seems beautiful! Look at all the stuff you did!

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      September 5, 2018 / 7:28 pm

      It really is such a stunning city

  17. September 3, 2018 / 4:55 am

    I love doing the walking tours (sometimes bike tours) when I travel. It’s a great way to get an overview of the city and then I can spend more time at places that I found interesting. Free is always good.

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      September 5, 2018 / 7:33 pm

      Ooh I’d love to do a bike tour that sounds like fun!

  18. September 3, 2018 / 7:12 am

    Wow!! Really enjoy reading your travel blogging here. Absolutely love this city & wish I can personally travel to Berlin I love to travel around too 😀 cheers, siennylovesdrawing

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      September 5, 2018 / 7:35 pm

      Aww thankyou!I hope you can visit some day 🙂

  19. Neil Alvin Nicerio
    September 3, 2018 / 11:48 am

    Wow. I envy you so much. I have always dreamt of visiting Berlin. I’d still pray to visit it someday

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      September 5, 2018 / 7:38 pm

      I hope you get to go!

  20. September 3, 2018 / 1:03 pm

    Wow! It looks like there is so much to see and do in Berlin! You really made the most of your time there. The East Side Gallery sounds fantastic, so much amazing artwork to admire. I love the idea of a walking tour, it’s such a great way to get in your exercise and explore the city too. Thanks so much for sharing Chloe, glad you had a wonderful time! <3 xx

    Bexa | http://www.hellobexa.com

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      September 5, 2018 / 7:40 pm

      Thankyou for reading bexa! I couldn’t recommend a walking tour more, they are fab 🙂

  21. September 3, 2018 / 7:06 pm

    I need to visit Berlin asap!

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      September 5, 2018 / 7:46 pm

      I’d definitely recommend!

  22. September 3, 2018 / 8:25 pm

    I only got to spend about 8 hours in Berlin last time I was in Germany, but so want to go back! Thanks for the tips!

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      September 5, 2018 / 7:51 pm

      I can totally relate, I hope they help 🙂

  23. September 3, 2018 / 9:53 pm

    I love Berlin and actually just did a post about my recent trip too!! So impressed you managed to get so much done, we were there for a few days and only just managed these sites! I would love to go back and do a walking tour, it’s such a cool city xo

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    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      September 5, 2018 / 7:54 pm

      OOh I’ll give it a read! I would love to see less of the mainstream side of Berlin x

  24. prabashi
    September 3, 2018 / 10:45 pm

    never been to Berlin. The drawings and amazing sculptures really make me wanna go there

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      September 5, 2018 / 7:59 pm

      It’s a very arty city

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      September 5, 2018 / 8:01 pm

      It’s so great!

  25. September 4, 2018 / 3:19 am

    I haven’t been to Berlin but it seems you can do a lot in such a short distance.

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      September 20, 2018 / 2:24 pm

      You really can!

  26. September 4, 2018 / 4:03 am

    This seems like a place that should definitely be on my travel radar. I have not read much about Berlin though! Thanks for the info. This will help me plan better!

    • BeingChloe173
      Author
      September 20, 2018 / 2:24 pm

      No worries, I hope it helps 🙂

  27. September 4, 2018 / 6:55 am

    LOL the Blue Car giving “total Harry Potter vibes.” I’m actually from the U.S. and had not a clue about “Checkpoint Charlie” so that’s rather interesting to me

  28. September 4, 2018 / 6:57 am

    Chloe! please add SE Asia on you bucket list!!

  29. September 4, 2018 / 10:52 am

    Seems like the bet 24 hours ever! We have never been to Berlin but hope to visit one day.

  30. September 4, 2018 / 12:39 pm

    I’ve been curious about Berlin. There’s so much history to take in. Thanks for sharing about your trip!

  31. September 4, 2018 / 6:28 pm

    Berlin is a big city but you were efficient enough to cover it in 24 hrs. I also prefer walking tours when travelling in Europe. Also, you have visited the best places.

  32. September 5, 2018 / 2:44 am

    I never visit Berlin but this place looks awesome love you photos!

  33. September 5, 2018 / 3:47 am

    Lucky YOU!! I’ve been planning on having a tour since the beginning of this year, and due to unavoidable circumstances haven’t been able to go yet… 🙁 I just hope rest of the year goes peacefully for me… I am glad for you girl!! Enjoy!!!

  34. September 5, 2018 / 7:13 pm

    My husband is visiting in November. I will pass this along to him..:)

  35. September 7, 2018 / 11:14 am

    These kinda posts for spending a day in a city are very helpful. I love yours 🙂

  36. Krish
    September 7, 2018 / 2:15 pm

    Enjoyed reading…a virtual tour of Germany through your words and pics.
    Beautiful presentation..
    God bless you

  37. September 10, 2018 / 9:28 am

    I’ve been twice to Berlin and love it!! I will probably go again hahaha
    So I’ve seen most of the places yiu mentioned BUT I haven’t seen the East Side gallery and this is definitely something I want to add to my bucket list!!
    Thanks for sharing!!

  38. September 12, 2018 / 12:49 pm

    Walking tours are such a great way to see and learn about the city in a short amount of time, can’t remember the last time I DIDN’T take one. Berlin is one of a handful of cities I NEED to go back to ASAP, such an interesting culture and beautiful place!

    Rachel || anotherstationanothermile.com

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