36-Hours in Berlin Is Not Enough!

Thirty six hours in Berlin is not enough. Initially when I planned our Fall European tour I had us staying in Berlin for four nights. Berlin was the second stop, on our six country tour. I love a plan…but I’ll break a plan, and that’ s exactly what we did. We decided to stay an extra two nights in Stockholm, our first stop, so we had to cut our time in Berlin.

So, what do you do when you only have 1.5 days in a city?  The first thing you do is stay in a centrally located hotel. Next, you hit the ground running, immediately visiting as many of the “main” sites as possible.

Potsdamer Platz

Potsdamer Platz

Our hotel was located in Potsdamer Platz. An area that has been born again. In the 1920s and 30s this was one of the busiest squares in Europe. However, the allied bombings during World War II put an end to that, destroying 80% of the area. It became a no-mans land with the building of the Berlin wall. However, it was born again in the early 1990s and is once again one of Europe’s busiest squares. That’s one of the things that stood out to me right away about Berlin, it is a modern city, there isn’t that “old city center’ that you find in most major European cities.

Our first day in Berlin we checked out the major sites, Brandenberg Gate at Pariser Platz, the Holocaust Memorial, Checkpoint Charlie, the former site of the Führer Bunker, and the Topography of Terror.

Brandenberg Gate AT Pariser Platz

Brandenberg Gate AT Pariser Platz

 

Sign Location of Hitler's Bunker

Location of Hitler’s Bunker

Berlin Holocaust Museum

Berlin Holocaust Museum

Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie

Berlin Feurerbunker Playground & Apartments

Hitler’s Bunker was located under what is now this apartment complex and playground.

Topography of Terror

The Topography of Terror is an outdoor and indoor museum located on the site which housed the headquarters of the Gestapo and the SS during the Nazi Regime

Topography of Terror Museum

Topography of Terror Museum

The Berlin Wall at The Topography of Terror

The Berlin Wall at The Topography of Terror

The next day we jumped on a hop-on/hop-off Big Bus tour. I love a Big Bus tour. You get to see the sites, and it helps gives you a lay of the land. Also, since it was pouring down raining, the bus tour allowed us to stay relatively dry.

The Reichstag

The Reichstag

The Siegessäule

The Siegessäule is a Victory column in Tiergarten, a large park in the center of Berlin, to commemorate the Prussian victory in the Danish-Prussian War

The Gendarmenmarkt

The Gendarmenmarkt is Berlin’s most magnificent square. Located in Mitte, it is home to Berlin’s Christmas market and performances at the concert hall.

Fall Foliage at Tiergarten

Tiergarten, Berlin’s version of Central Park

Street Scene Near Checkpoint Charlie

Street Scene Near Checkpoint Charlie

We decided to hop-off on Kurfürstendamm, one of the most famous avenues in Berlin. This street is lined with cafes, restaurants, boutiques, and designer stores. We strolled along this street window shopping, and we enjoyed lunch at a Thai restaurant, and the food was delicious. Later that evening we went to a Vegan restaurant that was in this same area. This restaurant, La Mano Verde, is one of the best Vegan restaurants that I’ve ever eaten at. The risotto (Risotto Melange de Champignons) is the best risotto that I’ve ever had. Seriously! And, you better get the Triple Chocolate Fudge!! I’m salivating right now just writing about it. If you get to Berlin, whether you’re a Vegan or not, check out this restaurant.

Kurfürstendamm

Kurfürstendamm, this long boulevard can be considered the Champs-Élysées of Berlin — full of shops, houses, hotels and restaurants. Many fashion designers have their shops there, as well as several car manufacturers’ show rooms.

Hermes on Kurfürstendamm

Hermes on Kurfürstendamm

Icon Sewer Drainage on Kurfürstendamm

Icons on Sewer Drainage on Kurfürstendamm

George Grosz Platz on Kurfürstendamm

George Grosz Platz on Kurfürstendamm

Architecture on Kurfürstendamm

Architecture on Kurfürstendamm

The Berlin Walking Man

The Berlin Walking Man

When we left Berlin, we were both regretting that we didn’t have more time. It really is a shame, but it was time to move on to Prague. What would I do different next time? I’d stay in a different area, maybe the Mitte or Ku’damm. Though Potsdamer Platz is centrally located, it was a tad bit too touristy for me. Which means the food options weren’t that great. The next thing I’d do differently is stay at least 4 days as I had originally planned. 🙂

 

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About Terri Lundberg

Terri Lundberg is an American expat currently residing with her husband in Saudi Arabia, but she calls Seattle and San Diego home. She’s a travel writer, an avid photographer and is a resource and cross cultural trainer to expats relocating to Saudi Arabia. She's been to 100 destinations, 26 countries, and counting.

Comments

  1. Was it cold? It the fall a good time to go to Berlin weather wise? Beautiful images

    • Thanks!!

      It was cold and it was rainy, as I’m sure you can see from the photos. At one point it was so windy, the wind actually started blowing me away. LOL. It was funny. I think the fall is still a great time to visit.

  2. Was it cold? Is the fall a good time to go to Berlin weather wise? Beautiful images

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