Christina Sparkle

Another week in berlin for two

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Last year’s trip wasn’t really a weekend city break, but more of a full week holiday. As we could only afford a short break for our honey moon we wanted to take an extended break on our next trip. We visited lots of the places we had visited previously, as well as some new…

DURATION: 6 days, 5 nights

STAY: Apartment in Mitte found on Owners Direct – our apartment was really well located, close to an U-Bahn station and local history spots. We were spitting distance from Mauer Park, where the flea market is held every Sunday. Having an apartment really made us imagine we were living there, the area was full of yummy mummys pushing prams to a local bakery and kids playing out on the streets.

BREAKFAST:

Du Bonheur – Just down the road from our apartment we found this lovely bakery for breakfast. They had beautiful french pasteries for any time of the day, my favourite was the almond croissant but the macarons looked absolutely amazing.

Local bakeries – Every neighbourhood has local grocery shops and bakeries where you can pick up bread or pastries at excellent prices. We would often buy bread the night before to have with nutella in our apartment for breakfast, or pick up a pastry on our way to U-Bahn for a day out.

Supermarket – Opposite Mauerpark we found an organic supermarket with some interesting and super tasty options for breakfast.

DINNER:

White Trash Fast Food – It looks like this has moved since we visited, it was on Schönhauser Allee when we visited, but now it is in Kreuzberg. The decor was chinese themed with murals and kitsch accessories. The food was amazing burger and dangerous cocktails. The staff and entertainment were distinctly rockabilly. Definitely one of the best eating experiences we’ve had. We hope to return to their new location this year.

Tiki Heart (again!) – More burgers, more cocktails in a Tiki kitsch environment. Great music and atmosphere, a firm favourite of ours in Berlin.

Freischwimmer – This is an awesome place at the side of the canal in Kreuzberg. It seem hard to find as most of the area looks abandoned but once you find the entrance down the side of the petrol station you will be transported into a restaurant with a fantastic atmosphere. We sat outside and ate pizza as it got dark. Best visited at night, they also have a BBQ which is supposed to be brilliant.

Seerose Vegetarian Buffet – We visited the buffet for lunch, you queue up and choose one main dish and 3 salads for the side. The seating was big tables that you needed to share with whoever was there already and find enough seats for your party. Luckily there were only two of us but it might be tricky if your party is larger. The food was great and a nice fill for lunch, apparently they have also moved to Kreuzberg now so the seating arrangement may be different.

SEE/DO:

Technology Museum – We visited the museum one morning planning to pick up brunch when we got there but the cafe was quite basic selling just coffee and cake so we had to come back a bit later. There is such a mass of things to see in the museum it is hard to see it all. Andy’s favourite was the hall of trams and trains – they have trains from the 1800s right through to modern day. My favourite was 20th century trams, as well as the section of 50s televisions – this included a 1950s TV studio set up.

Science Museum – The price for the Technology Museum also includes the adjoining Science museum which is extremely good value. The Science museum has a fantastic exhibition on sound and light, optical illusions and colour which was very engaging.

Shopping – The main modern shopping area in Berlin is close by to Berlin Zoo. This is where you will find KaDeWe, the largest department store in Europe, as well as firm highstreet favourites. I enjoyed going to all of the shops that are rare in the UK including Uniqlo, as well as shops I see all the time, like Forever 21 and H&M, because the German collections can be quite different.

Flea market (again!) – Andy picked up a Fred Perry Harrington Jacket for a bargain price last time we visited, and this time I got some earrings made by a local crafter as well as some tasty smoothies. If you ever move to Berlin this flea market is the prime place to pick up some bargain furniture to fill you apartment.

Potsdam – As we had a couple of extra days in the city on this trip we decided to take a trip out on the train to Potsdam. The journey out was really easy, we caught a train from Treptower Park, it was a double decker train which we don’t get in the UK and Andy loved. When you get to Potsdam the best place to visit is the main shopping street and the Sanssouci Park. We hadn’t researched this trip very well so we just wandered round the Potsdam streets at first before we found the park. Unfortunately this meant we were quite tired by the time we got there, I hadn’t worn the right shoes for walking all day and therefore we didn’t take advantage of all there is to see. The park is on the opposite side of the city to the train station, there are lots of expensive tourist buses that will take you straight there, but if you walk directly to the park you will have plenty of time and energy to see it properly. On your way back you can stop off for ice cream on the main shopping street before catching another double decker train home.

Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery – We had planned to see the galleries on Monday which was a mistake as most galleries are closed on Mondays! Luckily we managed to squeeze in the galleries on the morning of the day we flew back instead. The Contemporary Fine Arts Gallery is a small but perfectly formed space with several floors of modern art. It’s also free entry which is always nice!

Walther König Bookshop – Close by to Contemporary Fine Arts and Museum Island is an amazing bookshop dedicated to Art and Design. They have such a wide range of books, everything that you could possibly dream of plus more.

Art Gallery Courtyard – We found this courtyard down the side of a shop of designer home products on Orienenburger Strasse. The courtyard entrance is a tunnel that has street art saying “how soon was now”. Inside the courtyard we found a shop dedicated to shadow box art, the shadow boxes were filled with minature scenes and massive amounts of creativity. There was also a gallery dedicated to “Outsider Art”, or art created by untrained artists, when we visited they had a collection of art by residents at a local mental health hospital around an organic theme.

Photobooth (again!) – We do this every time without fail, it’s a must!

Here’s a Google Map that we created in advance of our trip, we didn’t go to everything on there, and we went to additional places too but I hope it’s helpful!

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