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Review: Berlin


Berlin, Germany

Awesome city

  • By SilverTraveller jaxtuck

    1 review

  • Feb 2014
  • Husband

139 people found this review helpful

My husband and I recently travelled to Berlin to celebrate our birthdays (now 54!). We booked the trip independently and didn't arrange transfers from the airport to our hotel so we were a bit worried about making our way into the city centre. Our worries were unfounded and it was easy to find a bus to take us to the most central tube station, Alexandraplatz. From there we took a short tube journey to Spittelmarkt which was a few hundred yards from our hotel. We stayed at the Marriott Courtyard Hotel which was extremely comfortable.

The rest of the holiday was very easy and we bombed around on the tube, buses and trams. Would recommend getting a Berlin Pass which costs around £50 for both of us which covered all travel for the whole holiday period. Berlin is an amazing city. We visited all the main attractions – Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag, the last remaining bit of the wall still standing, Checkpoint Charlie, went up the fastest elevator in Europe (24 floors in 20 seconds!) for a fantastic panoramic view of the city, went to the biggest department store in Berlin for the amazing array of food and clothing, found two fleamarkets which to my husband's delight sold an amazing selection of vinyl! We also saw a couple of memorials dedicated to the holocaust which was an emotional experience.

The German people were friendly (although they have a reputation of being rather blunt), the food was very good (although not brilliant for our waistlines) and the beer was very drinkable. We found a couple of really good Bavarian restaurants with waiters in lederhosen and live music which was fun.

My husband had some deutsche mark to change and the only place to do this was the Bundesbank – that was also a real experience! The bank was very grand with marble floors and a wide staircase which led up to the waiting room where you had to take a ticket and wait for your number. You could hear a pin drop as everyone spoke in whispers. When our number came up, we had to go through another door which led us into another room with several other doors! We had to choose the right counter and enter it through a heavy door where the cashier stood behind some thick glass. She was very friendly and was able to change our deutsche mark, but we were absolutely amazed at the security.

Of course, there was a Lidl near our hotel. We buy wine in our local Lidl here in the UK, but the prices in Germany were so much cheaper (a bottle of Cimarosa wine which sells for £3.99 here was only 1.69 euros, which is about £1.40). We thought we could take 6 bottles back but the very nice chap at the airport said our case was over the weight limit, but he would accept it and we should weigh our case the next time!

All in all, we thoroughly enjoyed our short break to Berlin especially the ease of getting around the city, the wonderful historical sites and of course the food and drink. We felt very safe wandering around at night and it was a very relaxing and memorable trip.

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  • Seaview
    almost 7 years ago
    We are planning to go to Berlin next year found your review very helpful
  • Vicky11
    about 7 years ago
    What a beautiful sight of the Berlin Wall.