Thursday, 31 March 2016

auntiegwen's guide to 2 days in Berlin

 We have been on our travels once again. Courtesy of £40 return flights and a first for us a £75 night airbandb studio in the highest residential building in Berlin, very close to Alexanderplatz, named the concrete sky studio, it's designed to be soviet Spartan chic, we liked. We had great views of the TV tower from our 14th floor apartment.


Berlin has everything I like in a city, lovely buildings, easy public transport, interesting history and some of the interesting history for free, I especially like free museums, as most museums and galleries in Glasgow where I grew up are free, that's what I kinda expect, I'm more than happy to chuck good cash money in the donation box but I do like a free visit. I have always been interested in WW2 history and find the whole rise of the Nazi party scarily fascinating so Berlin is right up your aunties strasse, himself has blogged it better HERE but my tuppenyworth...


Do a free walking tour, I can't get enough of them
Topography of terror and the Museum of the German resistance are great and free and WW2 focussed
Tranenpalast and the remains of the Berlin Wall are good and free and Cold War focussed
The Tiergarden and the memorial to the Roma and Sinti are beautiful and free, do you see a theme?
The Riechstag is braw and you can book a free trip to the roof terrace and the dome, we went at night and it was so beautiful. Book in advance and take your passport.
Eating and drinking was reasonably priced and we walked everywhere, we used public transport for the train from airport to Mitte and back again but that was it, the rest of the time we walked, a lot. Total cost of the 2 days was £230 comfortably within the £300 city break limit we set ourselves. For me this was the best of our jollies. As always we financed this oor own selves, I am stunned that no one is offering me free digs when you get this level of top travel tips, aren't you?

9 comments:

libby said...

Love the pics...and the montage ... and the Kathe sculpture! So glad you enjoyed the City...it is well worth a visit, and now that you have sampled airbnb I think we might give it a try ......isn't being touristy and walking about fab? p.s.any weekend other than the 16th in April would be good for us to get together..let me know..xx

Mac n' Janet said...

Great post, we're hoping to go to Berlin next year as we haven't been there in forever. Nice to know the museums are free.

Gigi said...

Why aren't they offering you free trips left and right? Every time you post about one of your adventures I'm ready to pack my bags!

auntiegwen said...

Libs- Sat 23rd will do nicely X let us know where xxx

M&j - you can buy a pass for the bigger museums and you get loads of them included but because we were only there for 2 days we didn't buy one, I would recommend where we stayed in Mitte as a great base, feel free to email and we will be happy to share our best finds

Gigi - you are too kind, himself writes it so well but I try and add the auntie slant!

Nota Bene said...

Were you inspired by Bridge of Spies at all? Or Deutschland 83? Looks a dream place to go to...impressed with your frugal approach to these things. Looks like you had a lot of fun there. Jealous as I've never quite made it.

K Ville said...

I loved Berlin, there was just so much there and it was sort of 'earthy' still. Nice people too.

auntiegwen said...

Note Bene - we have a frugal approach as we want to do a trip a month, we are doing very well on this approach, you should visit Berlin, it's ace

s - it's brilliant isn't it?

Trish Burgess said...

Yes, big thumbs up from me for Berlin. We had a great few days there some years ago and, like you, walked everywhere and enjoyed all the museums. We did the Reichstag at night too - I remember Rory running up and down like a loon.

auntiegwen said...

Trish - it's a brilliant city, I can't wait to go bach