A city you’ve never been to and 48 hours to see it in can seem like a daunting combination, especially when the city is as culturally rich as Berlin. After a moment of spontaneity, my flatmates and I jetted off to the German capital for a short weekend break. Despite only being there for a very short while, we managed to do the trip justice, fitting in so many great sight-seeing activities. Coming up with and sticking to a packed itinerary can be tricky, so here are some of the top places we went to during our time away!
The Place to Eat:
I’m a serious breakfast and brunch fiend and seeing as we had a birthday to celebrate, we thought it would be good to start off the day with an Instagram-worthy breakfast at a place called Father Carpenter. We found this place after doing some research on must-go eateries and it didn’t disappoint. Slightly tucked away in Mitte, surrounded by some uber cool shops, Father Carpenter offered the perfect fuel for an activity packed day. The coffee was delicious and the Eggs Florentine I had was even more so. The prices were pretty reasonable, with my cappuccino and eggs coming to €9.75 and there being a free flow of tap water. Also if you’re veggie, vegan or gluten free, this is a perfect place for you as they can accommodate most of their dishes to your eating needs.
The Tourist Attraction:
We obviously did the typical tourist attractions of the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie and Brandenburg Gate, but the Berlin Cathedral had to be one of my favourites. We hadn’t completely planned to visit this extensively as we did, originally only going to see it from the outside. But as we went in and found out that you could view the city from the top, we splashed out €5 (student price) to experience it in all its glory. The ticket will let you see a lot for its small price, including the museum, the crypt and the church. The baroque palace architecture was stunning and despite having to climb 270 steps to get there, getting to experience the view over Museum Island from the Dome Walkway was incredible.
Berlin offers a plethora of museums to visit to engage with the rich culture of the city and Germany as a whole. It was so difficult to choose which ones to go to as they’re all so diverse and interesting, but seeing as my flat and I are mostly all film students we decided to go to Deutsche Kinemathek – Museum für Film und Fernsehen. The museum offered a great insight into the history of German cinema, displaying old technologies, scripts, letters between stars, costumes and set photos. It was amazing to be able to see things related to specific films that we’ve studied on our course, including a costume from a film that I’d recently studied in Silent Cinema that I took a picture of for my tutor in true teacher’s pet fashion. There was a heavy focus on the first half of the century in Germanic filmic history, with the exhibition kind of skipping through contemporary cinema. However, I personally found this most interesting as it was more reflective of my studies. A personal favourite part was the section entirely dedicated to Marlene Dietrich, displaying many of her famous costumes and personal belongings. The museum offered a student price of €4.50 to get in and see the permanent exhibition and I think that covered the other exhibition they had on at the time as well.