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Travel || Berlin in 24 hours

What can I say about my lightning quick time in Berlin? Well to start with it was wonderful. After 24 hours in the city I came back to London exhausted but thoroughly satisfied – and craving more time there! I had to hugely prioritise what I saw because I was spending most of the evening in the theatre so my future Berlin-to-do list is massive now. I clocked up over 15 miles on the pedometer so it’s no wonder my legs felt like jello the next day. 

To start with I walked around city centre, toodling around Potsdamer Platz before making the 10 minute walk over to where Checkpoint Charlie is. It’s hard to believe that the city was divided despite the fact that the wall came down and reunification happened in my lifetime. Then off to where some larger sections of the wall remain. I read that when the wall first came down, everyone wanted it all destroyed immediately, but as time wore on people wanted to save some of it for posterity – a reminder of the past and the promise of the future. 

Then it was off to see the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag building and followed up by a very long, but stunningly beautiful autumnal walk through the Tiergarten. I also chased a pretzel seller around the park because those massive soft pretzels the size of my torso truly hold the key to my heart. Pretzel + Amanda = True Love. 

By that point in time, I only had a short bit of time to fill before needing to head out to the theatre in the Mitte district, so I spent my remaining tourist time queuing for and wandering around the Holocaust Memorial Museum. It’s appearance is striking – the massive sloping field in the centre of Berlin covered in thousands of stelae in various heights. The memorial museum itself is subterranean underneath all these structures. Though photos are allowed within the museum, I didn’t take any. It felt wrong. And I don’t really have words to sum up the feelings of grief and tragedy that permeates throughout. There were several times that I was in tears but it’s so important to remember.

I found Berlin such an interesting study in contrasts; you can aesthetically tell the difference between large portions of East Berlin and West Berlin. You can see the profits and benefits and huge leaps of prosperity that Germany and in particular Berlin has had with strong economic growth whilst at the same time, walk by buildings that have huge amounts of bullet damage from the second World War. 

Things that I definitely want to do upon a future trip to Berlin: get a chance to explore the museums on Museum Island, look at Berlin from the top of the Kollhoff tower in Potsdamer Platz, explore Markthalle 9, and eat at a ton of other restaurants. 

I found Berlin fairly easy to navigate (which is a huge shout because I get Marcus Brody lost) and the public transit excellent! 

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What are your favourite things to do in Berlin? 

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  • great photos! you did a lot in just a day:)

    • I woke up at the crack of dawn the next morning to try to squeeze in as much as possible before the flight out! x

  • Gorge photos! I loved Berlin when I last went and I’m planning a sneaky little trip next year too πŸ™‚

  • Aaah, I love your gorgeous autumn photos! When I was in Berlin a few years ago it was April and there was still snow on the ground!

    You managed to fit a lot in to 24 hours… just reading it is exhausting!

    • I was knackered by the time I got back on the plane but it was totally and utterly worth it. Hopefully I’ll be able to go back for a longer period of time one day! x

  • Love your pictures! How was the weather though? I was in Berlin about 4 years ago this time of the year and it was freeeezing!!

    • It wasn’t too bad during the day. I was wearing a peacoat and a massive thick scarf so I was definitely dressed for the weather. But as soon as the sun went down, it was freezing! I can’t even imagine how cold it is in proper wintery weather! x

  • OH WOW! You fit so much in during your 24 hours, it’s somewhere that I’d love to go. I’ll have to keep my eyes peeled for a good deal.
    Bee xxx

  • Berlin really is such an intriguing place isn’t it?

  • I love Berlin so much! I’ve only been in the winter, but autumnal colours make it look ever more beautiful!

  • I’ve been watching for cheap weekend tickets to Berlin because our local airport flies there now. It looks amazing!

  • I’ve never been but I’d loved to go to Berlin – gorgeous pictures!

    Suitcase and Sandals Blog XX

  • I sooo enjoyed your photos :))) I have eaten at that currywurst stand and it is (thumbs up). And Tiergarten in the autumn always makes my heart warm and fuzzy. My to-do list in the city is always a mile long.

    • I desperately wanted to stop for currywurst there but I knew that I had a big dinner ahead of me that night. Berlin is AWESOME! xx

  • TravelWithNanoB

    Your photos are very beautiful and tell a real story. I hear so many good things about Berlin. Sadly, I’ve only been to Munich so far, hope to go back and do a proper tour of Germany some time. xoxo, nano | http://www.travelwithnanob.com

    • How was Munich? I’d really like to go to Hamburg, I’ve heard good things! x

      • TravelWithNanoB

        It was very interesting and beautiful, tons of historic places, great nightlife and plus Bavaria has so much to offer once you get outside the city. You should definitely visit!

  • I’ve always wanted to visit Berlin! So much history but with a modern twist!

    • That’s exactly how I felt. The city felt like one of the most modern I’d be in, but you could see all the history at the same time! x

  • I really love your photos, Amanda – they’re so atmospheric. I particularly love the one with the colonnade. And I agree – Berlin is such a practical city (of course, in Germany!) – so easy to navigate. x

    Tamsin | A Certain Adventure

    • Thank you so much Tamsin! To be honest, this is my favourite selection of photos that I’ve taken to date! xx