If you’re Type A like me,
most of the time sometimes you just want to skip all of the filler paragraphs and superfluous details and get right to the essentials. So here is a “straight to the point” itinerary to give you some ideas of what to do, where to stay, and some general tips that might save you some time and money!
What To Do In Berlin
There is so much to do in Berlin, and I definitely didn’t have enough time to do it all, so here’s the beginner’s guide…
- Brandenburg Gate
- Reichstag Building
- Eastside Gallery
- Museum Island
- Memorial to The Murdered Jews of Europe
- Checkpoint Charlie
- TV Tower at Alexanderplatz
- Berlin Cathedral
- Schaubühne for my theatre lovers!! I saw the most amazing play here…and it was all in German..but it was absolutely incredible.
Where To Stay
I stayed at St. Christopher’s Inn in Mitte, which was centrally located so it was perfect for getting around town on my own. The staff was very welcoming and kind, and they were so generous in accommodating me after my little check-in hiccup on my first day.
St. Christopher’s Inn
10178 Berlin, Germany
Overview of St. Christopher’s Inn:
- Friendly and welcoming staff
- Clean rooms with a towel, hanger, and storage space provided (bring your own lock!)
- You can rent towels for €1 at the front desk
- You can also buy an adapter for your electronics if you forgot to bring one
- There weren’t a lot of group events/outings at the hostel that I was aware of while I was there, so it was harder for me to meet people and introduce myself to people
- Belushi’s Bar is on the ground floor of the hostel and always had sports playing on the TVs so there were always people enjoying their dinner and drinks, it was a really fun atmosphere…for groups. I felt slightly out of place as a solo female in a sea of men watching their March Madness games. But I’m getting better at it!
- Overall, it was a really great stay! I would definitely stay here again.
- I flew Air Berlin to Tegel Airport (which basically felt like a large warehouse that they repurposed into an airport)
- Once you’re through passport control, find the nearest ATM to get some cash for your trip **BE AWARE OF FOREIGN TRANSACTIONS ON YOUR CARD** I always get a lump sum of cash that will last me a certain amount of time that way I don’t get charged a crazy amount of fees. Basically just don’t swipe your card while abroad…unless you have a card that allows you do that…Just do your research ahead of time.
- TXL bus from Tegel Airport to City Centre was about 40-50min and so convenient. Buy your travel card inside at the information desk!
- When in doubt, ask for help! I went right up to the information desk and asked all of my questions, and the desk agent was very helpful! I was able to purchase my unlimited bus/Ubahn ticket and the desk agent told me how to validate it and when to use it. And then all of a sudden he asked, “Are you from New York?”….”Uhhh, yeah why?”…..”Oh you just sounded like you’re from New York.” HOW COOL IS THAT. I don’t even know what I sound like, but if foreigners think I sound like a New Yorker, I WILL TAKE IT! That definitely made my day.
- Show your travel card (bus/Ubahn ticket) for discounts! Instead of €15 for the TV Tower I only paid €10! There are so many other discounts you can get as well, so be sure to look at the brochure.
- Go to the TV Tower during sunset. So get your ticket at 4pm and after the 1.5 hour wait, you’ll have the perfect light pouring over the city.
- Speak the damn language! You are traveling so that you can immerse yourself in a new culture…so try using some survival German while you’re here!
- Hello = Hallo! (Hah-lo)
- Thank you = Danke (Dahn-kuh)
- Cheers = Prost (Prohst)..You have to do that weird gargle thing with your throat