Because I went to Cologne on a whim, I ended up doing more crisscrossing of Germany than I originally planned which meant a seven hour train ride from Munich to get into the city.
After travelling all day, I got to my hostel and crawled into bed and passed out for the night.
The next morning, I joined a walking tour where I met Amy, Corey, and Tom – more lovely Aussies – and bumped into Courtney unexpectedly! The tour was incredible – basically everywhere you go in Berlin you’re walking on or next to something historic!
After the tour ended, the five of us headed to go check out this amazing and huge flea market that happens every Sunday. It takes over this massive field and there is literally something for everyone! We grabbed a few beers (of course) and had a wander around it before heading off to go check out a museum.
We headed to the Neuse Museum and go to see Nefrititi and lots of other wicked cool Egyptian and historical artifacts.
That evening we went back to the hostel and had dinner and more than a few beers before heading for bed.
The next day, Courtney, Tom, and I headed to go and check out the East Side Gallery which was amazing. It is the longest remaining standing part of the wall and the artwork on it is just incredible. My favourite part was on the backside though, which told different stories about how people survived the wall or how they attempted to escape.
After leaving there, we headed to go check out the Astronaut mural which was painted to remember the space race between the United States and the Soviet Union.
We also took a walk through Engelbecken Park which was beautiful!
After getting lost a few times, we finally found this incredible kebab place for lunch – if you are ever in Berlin this has to be top of your list for food. I am still thinking about that kebab.
We then headed to the German resistance museum, Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand, which was really interesting.
After that, we walked through the Tiergarten to get to the highlight of my Berlin trip, the Reichstag. This was absolutely amazing and I had a full on PAPM nerd fit at getting to go inside and see where German parliament sits. I was hoping to bump into my girl crush Angela Merkel, but unfortunately she wasn’t around.
We then went to McDonalds because they have waffle fries that are delicious and we are shameless tourists. We also attempted to go up the TV tower but were thwarted because of course it was closed for maintenance the one day we were there!
As seems to be the theme of my German posts, we came back to the hostel and had a few beers before calling it a night.
The next day I was back on my own so I did some life admin stuff that I needed to get done and went up the TV tower. It was a pretty cloudy day but I still got some nice views of the city.
That afternoon I joined the Red Berlin walking tour to learn and see more about what life was like during the Cold War. It was really interesting to see the things that I otherwise would have just walked by without giving them a second glance.
That evening I had an early dinner and an early night because somehow I was the only person booked into my hostel room!
I did not spend nearly enough time in Berlin – this barely scratched the surface of all the things to do. I am already planning my next trip back to this amazing city!