Berlin, Germany

It feels like our holiday to Berlin happened months ago as Dan & I have both crawled, rather unwillingly back into our working life with no prospect of any future holidays (Boo!) Truth is, we've only been back in the country eighteen days, but our time in Berlin feels like a complete lifetime ago. 

As we've just bought our house we didn't want to spend an awful lot of money while we were in Berlin & although we did pay to do various excursions and museums etc I wanted to talk you through a couple of the things we did for free... Because you don't need to spend mega bucks to have an amazing time.

Memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe - I completely believe that no trip to Berlin is complete without visiting the Holocaust memorial. The memorial designed by Peter Eisenman consists of over 2000 concrete slabs which all vary in heights along a sloped field. I was quite naive upon entering the memorial, however as I got deeper in, I completely got it! When surrounded by towering concrete blocks, with no visible way of getting out a feeling of eeriness & fright came over me rather suddenly, replicating that emotion felt by Jews.  It's one not to be missed!

The Reichstag Dome - My inner architecture nerd drove me to visit the dome as it was originally designed by the amazing Norman Foster, the man who never fails to combine contemporary & traditional architecture perfectly. You have to register to visit the dome beforehand however once you get inside the Reichstag the experience is completely free, and alongside the beautiful architecture, the views from the top of the dome are a must see & absolutely exquisite. 

Charlottenburg Palace - This was a fifteen minute train ride from where we were staying, so it is a little venture out but if you've got time to do it, I'd definitely recommend it. The palace is absolutely stunning, but it's the grounds which really took my fancy. We had a leisurely stroll around the lake for a couple of hours, but take a picnic & a flask and you could spend all day there. It's beautiful!

The Victory Column - Okay, maybe this one isn't free, but at £3 a pop it's cheap enough to include. The column contains a small museum at the base however it's the views from the top which we really went in for. Located in the centre of Teirgarten, a mahoosive park in the centre of Berlin, the views are absolutely insane! The pictures don't really do it justice, but  by far these were the best views of the trip. Later on in the week we also paid £17 each to go up in the TV tower which was okay... And by okay, I mean a bit poop. If you're after some amazing views of Berlin, I would urge you to save a bit of money & visit the victory column. 

Brandenburg Gate - Granted this is one of those places you go to, to say you've been, but this really is a must see when visiting Berlin. I'd recommend to go down early to see the gate as it's around lunch time when it heaves with tourists. So if you're after some amazing photos get yourself down there just after breakfast. 

Remains of the Berlin wall - The remains of the wall are situated in parts around Berlin however the structures at the Topography of Terror museum or near the Nordbanhof train station were most impressive to me. The remains at the latter included various artistic structures which were very tasteful and interesting to view & definitely somewhere I'd recommend visiting.  

Berlin Cathedral - I've saved this one till last as this was the proposal scene & for this reason this city will always hold a special place in my heart. The cathedral boasts amazing architecture along with an atmosphere to match... But maybe I'm biased.

Have you been to Berlin before? Have you visited anywhere else you'd recommend? I'd love to know as I'm sure we'll definitely be heading back. 

Thank you for reading. Lots of love | Claire.x


  1. Love your photos! I've actually just moved to Berlin so really enjoy reading about city breaks here, looks like you had a great time.

    The Modern Audrey

    1. Thank you :-) Aw, amazing! We were saying while we were there that it'd be quite easy for us to move to Berlin. X

  2. I'd love to vist Berlin. It sounds great and there is some stunning architecture! xxx
    www.justemma.co.uk - natural beauty, affordable fashion, everyday life

    1. You'd love it :-) It's such a beautiful place, and so so much to do! We could have easily stayed for longer. X


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