A Weekend in Berlin: Part One

A weekend in Berlin is hardly long enough to see everything, but we really enjoyed our three day visit and filled it to the brim with sightseeing. True to our travel style, we walked miles across the city, cramming in multiple museums and seeking out lots of delicious and unique foods.

Berlin is a fascinating city with a unique culture all its own. The mash up of history and modern life keeps the city vibrant and fresh. We felt like we got a good feel for both the old and new, and we could appreciate how the past several decades have shaped the Berlin of today.

Here’s a look at our first full day in the city:

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^^^ We stayed at an airbnb apartment in a convenient part of the city, a quiet immigrant neighborhood in close proximity to the train station.

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^^^ We headed downtown straight away the first morning to get started on a full day, the cold and gloomy weather was a shock to our system but we braved the biting wind and explored anyway! Pictured above are the television tower and St. Mary’s church.

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^^^ We went to the Hackescher Markt next, and we feasted our eyes on all the fresh vegetables and delicious foods… How are european markets always so great?!

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^^^ Tyler of course did his research before we arrived, so we knew from the start we were going to hunt down this Syrian restaurant for lunch… and Yarok Fine Syrian Food did not disappoint!! Amaaaazing. It was exactly my favorite type of food.

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^^^ The Bradenburg Gate pictured above is apparently one of the most iconic landmarks in Germany. Who knew? (Sometimes these things go right over my head.) It’s a beautiful site though! And while we passed by there was a protest going on in three different languages. Really interesting!

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^^^ Our whole weekend in Berlin, we picked up on little pieces of history. Everything from information signage to gorgeous old buildings like the Reichstag imparted a feeling of history come alive.

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^^^ We stopped to enjoy the fall colors for a few minutes, then strolled over to read the memorial about an often forgotten group of people persecuted under the Nazi regime.

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^^^ These last photos are from Checkpoint Charlie, an Allied post on the Berlin Wall during the time Germany was separated East and West. Even if you don’t click any other links in this post, check out this article for some interesting facts on Checkpoint Charlie… they also will shed some light on the significant history of Berlin.

We didn’t take photos of every single place we went during our weekend in Berlin, and certainly we missed all the small museums we stopped into along the way. There is just so much to see and do! Because we both love history and culture, and Tyler is a huge trivia and history buff, we really enjoyed this aspect of the city. It was fascinating to think that so much of the history we were learning was recent… practically within our lifetimes. More on that ne

Check back in later this week for part two of our Berlin adventure!


Have any of you been to Germany? Would you put Berlin on the list if you haven’t been? For you, how important an aspect of travel is history?

  • Looks like it was a beautiful trip! I would love to visit Berlin someday! <3

    • Thanks Susannah… we really did love visiting Berlin. It has a totally different feel than the other European cities we’ve visited. It’s worth putting on the travel list, for sure!

  • I loved our few days in Berlin a few weeks ago! It’s such an interesting city. 🙂 I hope you got to eat some doner while you were there! I miss it already. SO delicious.

    • Haha yes. We were in Germany almost a month so we definitely ate our fair share of döner! It was so delicious, and so cheap. And we liked how every place did it a little differently so it was always a new experience 🙂

  • Awesome post. I would love to visit Berlin someday and I know exactly where I will be having my first meal in Berlin – the food looks delish 🙂 and I could not agree more on European markets – that are awesome.

    • Yes, you totally have to make it to Yarok– the food was seriously amazing!!! And I’m excited to check out your blog.. I’m always interested in reading other travel blogs!

  • I just love the open air markets in Europe.

    • I know. Gosh, I know. That is near the top of the list for us for a place to settle down. Even though Tyler’s not a big city person, it’s probably one of our biggest reasons for looking exclusively at cities in the States. Access to flower and fresh produce markets!

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