Hi, folks! So today, I wanted to talk about my recent visit to Berlin. Becca and I decided to go for a few days from a Monday to Wednesday in June to time it right between our birthdays. Here’s what we got up to.
We only had a couple of hours of sleep on the night of Sunday 17th June, but that had to do as we had to leave the house at 2 AM to get to Luton Airport. We flew out to Berlin at about 6 AM on Monday 18th June, and I kept myself busy with the book I took with me: The Talisman by Stephen King.
It was a short, uneventful flight, and we made it through check-in without a problem. When we landed, there was a pretty long wait to get back through passport control, so I managed to read 40 more pages. I actually ended up reading all 770 pages of The Talisman over the three days that I was travelling.
After we got through passport control, we headed into the city and then stopped off for a coffee. We discovered while we were there that most places are randomly closed on Monday for some reason. We tried two different museums but they were both closed, even though it said they were open on their websites. So we went to the Berlin wall instead.
The Berlin Wall memorial was worth a visit, but there wasn’t a huge amount to see because obviously it’s been torn down. Still, we wandered along and learned a little bit of the history, and it was interesting to see the paths of some of the escape tunnels. It’s definitely worth a visit.
From there, we went for a wander along the canal and eventually to the Reichstag building, which was beautiful. But you have to book in advance if you want to take a tour, and we hadn’t done that, but we weren’t particularly keen to do that anyway and so all was good.
After that, we hopped back on the metro and travelled to Schivelbeiner Straße, which has a reputation for being popular amongst vegans because of its Veganz supermarket and The Bowl, a vegan restaurant. They also had a vegan shoe shop, but the prices were insane and literally ten times what I’d normally pay for a pair of shoes.
We did stop for lunch though, which was delicious, and then we headed back to the hotel because it was time to check in and my feet were hurting from being repeatedly run over by Becca’s suitcase. The hotel wasn’t great. There was no kettle for a start, and our room was above the smoking area and so all night we could hear people talking out there and smell the smoke coming in through the window.
But before we tried in vain to get some sleep, we headed out to a vegan restaurant called Let It Be, where all of the dishes were named after prominent vegans. I had the Chrissie Hynde burger and it was delicious. Easily the best meal we had in all of our time in the city.
After our burger, we headed back to the hotel for a few beers while watching England play Tunisia in the World Cup with German commentary. By the time we actually went to sleep, I’d read 430 pages of The Talisman. Not a bad effort.
We woke up late the next day, mainly because we hadn’t slept well thanks to all of the smokers. Still, we got ourselves vegan currywurst and calamari, and I’d never had either of those foods. Currywurst is like the unofficial dish of Berlin as well, and so it was great to give it a try.
From there, we went to the Berlin Story Mueum, which is basically an underground bunker with a couple of different exhibitions in it. It was built during the 1940s during the Second World War and basically tells the story of Hitler’s rise to power and eventual suicide. The Fuhrerbunker itself no longer exists, so this provided an interesting alternative.
We planned to hop on a boat tour after that, but despite what it said on the company’s website, the last boat had already left. Instead of that, we went to Voner, a vegan doner kebab shop, where I had my first doner kebab since going vegetarian in 2005. It was delicious.
And then after that, we went to check out some live music. We caught an electronic pop duo called White Light and then a blues band called Arkansas Dave. They were great, and it was good to have a couple of beers while we were at it. Then it was back to the hotel for more noise and smoke from the smoking area. And did I mention that instead of a double duvet we for some reason had two singles?
We woke up on time in the morning and pretty much packed and left straight away. Our flight home was in the afternoon and so we only had a half day, and we started out by going back to Piez, the vegan cafe that we had coffee at on our first day. This time, though, we had the breakfast. I had something with tomato and tofu in and it was delicious.
Then we went back to the main station to try the boat tour again, and this time we got on board without a problem. The boat tour was lovely and the perfect way to finish off our visit, but after that we had to head to the airport for our flight. It was full of kids, but it was survivable.
And then we were on the drive home at the end of our Berlin adventure, and so I’m going to love you and leave you here. Thanks as always for coming along with me on one of my adventures and be sure to give me a follow on Facebook and Twitter for further updates. You can also check out my vlog of the trip on my YouTube channel or click here to subscribe to it. I’ll see you soon!