October was a delightfully busy month for me. I returned from Berlin on the 5th but have only recently had the chance to go through my photographs from the trip. We were back in Berlin again this year because P had to go on a work trip, luckily I was able to tag along.
Tonight I’m sharing some of my favourite photos from my city break and then later on in the week I have a few in-depth posts about some of my favourite places to eat and drink in the city. You might also enjoy last year’s post on my 10 favourite things to do in Berlin.
The public transport throughout Germany is excellent and Berlin is no different. We purchased a weekly pass which could be used on the trams, trains, busses and tube. This made travelling around the city very easy and this app was very handy.
On the day we arrived we made sure we visited Dean & David. They sell healthy fast food which includes a selection of fresh juices, salads, sandwiches and hot food.
There are 5 museums on Museum Island; Bode, Neues, Pergamon, Pergamon and Altes. I’m yet to tick them all off my list but can fully recommend visiting the area just to enjoy the architecture. The museums are surrounded by the Spree River and can be seen on most of the boat trips.
We stumbled upon Maultaschen Manufaktur where we tried a traditional German dish, Maultaschen from the region of Swabia. We were served a big plate with potato salad and 2 very large ravioli-style parcels. At the time we had no idea what was inside them but it turns out they’re stuffed with spinach, tomatoes, mozzarella and meat. The portions were huge but luckily P and I decided to share. If you’re looking for homemade traditional food then this place is well worth a visit. The staff were also very friendly and helpful.
The Victory Column is in the centre of the Tiergarten Park. You venture underground to reach the monument. We went on a very cold day so there weren’t many people around which was nice. I’ve heard it can get very busy there so pick your timings well. For a small fee you can make your way up to the top of the monument around a spiral staircase and enjoy the views over the Tiergarten.
If you happen to visit Berlin and stumble upon a coffee shop called Boum then you must try their coffee and sandwiches. Their cakes and cookies looked pretty good too.
At this point I was layered up with 3 cameras, dressed for autumn and well and truly ready for coffee and breakfast. As you can probably tell the day was beautiful and warm and I was feeling rather hot in my cosy Fat Face roll neck.
I love these little origami boats and their reflections in the water. They looked even better when it poured with rain later that day.
Although Berlin has fantastic transport I do like to walk around the city as much as possible. I find that it’s the best way to appreciate the architecture, coffee shops and find interesting street art.
Although we’d seen the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church last year we decided to take a closer look. It’s very easy to walk past, look up and keep walking when you see the memorial but do take the time to go inside.
This photo was taken in the middle of a ginger and lemon shot at bJuice. I’m a huge fan of bJuice, the owners are so passionate and friendly and of course, they sell some of the best juice in the city. It’s located in Kollwitzstraße which is a beautiful neighbourhood to visit.
Another of my favourite spots in Kollwitzstraße is the Matcha Shop. My matcha latte was the best way to start off a day of adventures. They even sell a whole range of matcha cakes, biscuits and chocolates which are all dairy free. I’ll be sharing a full review of this lovely little place in a couple of days.
I had a lot of good coffee in Berlin but if I had to pick just one it would be from Oslo Kaffebar. They also sold a good selection of cakes and pastries, a variety of alternative milks and they had free wifi. The staff were super friendly and were always happy to recommend their favourite coffee and milk combinations. Expect to see a full review on this cosy little place soon.
One of the things I haven’t done in Berlin is visit the dome of the Reichstag building. I’ve visited the building and explored the surrounding area but never got the chance to register to go inside.
Where are you going on your next city break?