If you follow my Instagram you know I was on a little city break in Berlin, just a few days back. Berlin was on my bucket list for a long time, yet the holiday was not planned at all. I try to fly over to Czechia to see my family as much as I can. But it is really vising home then a travel experience for me. I went to Ibiza in October last year. It felt like ages, since the last travel/explore experience. So it was rather impulsive, when I booked my flights on a payday and accommodation 2 days in advance.
FIY I do not earn a lot and my rent is super expensive, so I try to balance my life somewhere between low budget surviving and YOLO. Which means, when I go travelling, I have to make decisions on what I can save money on and where I don’t want to hold myself back. Like food! So me, someone who loves their own space and finds it rather difficult to make friends, have decided to book a hostel for the first time!
The whole city break cost me around £310 for 3 nights
- I stayed in Generator hostel Berlin Mitte – 3 nights, 6 bed, female only – £62
- Booked my flights via Skyscanner with EasyJet about 1 week before the trip – £63
- Berlin Welcome travel card for 4 days Berlin + Potsdam ABC incl. Airport Schönefeld (SXF) – £33 ( 35.90€)
- Transfer to and from Gatwick airport (I take train) – £14
- Spending money £139 (150€)
Before you go:
- I definitely recommend booking your spending money in advance. I exchanged on the airport with Moneycorp. Didn’t realise exchange rate online is so much better then the one on the airport.
- If you do book a hostel, do not forget to bring your own towels and padlock! You can buy/borrow some at hostel, but bringing your own will save you money. Also an eye sleep mask is highly recommended.
- Some attractions is better to book in advance. Such as Reichstag, which has a free entry. But you will have to have your slot booked.
- You don’t need to worry about language. I heard more English then German in Berlin.
- You might want to consider bringing power bank with you. As it was hot and my phone was failing to find a good service the battery was dyeing so much quicker. I personally walked around Rome with a map and it was just fine. In Berlin I was lost without google maps.
- If you do take tube in Berlin, be aware they have more then one train using one side of the station. It is also possible that train with same number will have 2 different final destinations names. That is because 1 is final and 1 might finish 3 stops before the final one. Both going the same directions.
- If you do get lost – look out for Postdamer Platz. It has the best connections of trains, tube and buses, big shopping mall and cheap food in the underground station.
Amazing Food in Berlin:
- First evening I spent 32.50€ plus tip on a rather fancy dinner. And it might was one of the best burgers I have ever had. Restaurant is called Peter Pane and you will find 3 of those in Berlin. They offer mostly burgers, desserts, cocktails, service was super nice and oh that decoration! Spent on burger with grilled mushrooms and garlic majo, salad on the side, 2 big cocktails, desert.
- In the morning I went to have a breakfast at House of Small Wonder. They offer 1 sandwich and a side for 9€ or 2 sandwiches with 2 sides for 12€. I ordered homemade chive goat cheese, avocado on a multi grain roll + parmesan & thyme organic scramble eggs on a croissant. One came with soup of the day (tomato) and another with salad. It was really more of a brunch thing as it filled me up till late afternoon. Spent there 20€ including freshly squeezed orange juice and the best iced matcha latte. Such a beautiful and unique place. Service was so nice and so was food!
- During the day I snacked on pastry I bought on the way. Like avocado, sun dried tomato bagel. Again, that was in from one of the underground bakeries.
- Mall of Berlin, located on Postdamer Platz, has the whole top floor full of international cuisines. It is one big take away/diner dream. And if you walk down to the bottom floor, you will find even cheaper options if you are on budget. I ordered Chinese take away. It was noodles with veg and plenty of chicken. Box was big and filling and cost me only 3.50€. Also there are 2 grocery shops, I bought some croissants 0.39€ each + cheap large bottles of water on the go.
- Some days I bought a buffet breakfast in the hostel, evening in advance for 6.50€.
- There was a German traditional pub 2 mins away. For a dinner and a beer I paid between 8-10€.
- Bratswurst on the go, purchased on the market was £3.50. Grilled and delicious.
- Cocktail – Green Berlin – 13.50€ Yes I spent that on one small cocktail. Monkey bar on top of Bikini Berlin is definitely a cool place to visit. Entry is free, but waiting time around 20-30 mins even on a school night! It is located basically above monkey area of Berlin Zoo. View is amazing, but plan ahead. It was raining the evening I went and this place can be super busy. So if you want to sit down and chill, arrive early!
Free or cheap attractions:
- Botanical garden discounted with WelcomeCard 3€ – It is definitely at least 5-6 hours trip. And if you love nature and parks you will love this place.
- Berliner Dom discounted 5€ – It is beautiful inside and out and offers a nice view from the top. Note here, no elevators and lots of steps. Also have 1-2€ coin with you to lock your handbag/backpack. Otherwise you will not be permitted to entry.
- Urban Nation free entry – if you love art, especially pop art, this place is worth a visit
- East side gallery – free
- Checkpoint Charlie – I believe they ask for 3€ per picture
- Topography of terror – free – bring yourself some tissues!
- Picnic at Tiergarten
- Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe