At the start of the month, my girlfriend and I decided to take an impromptu trip to the German capital of Berlin. Having only ever driven through Germany in passing, I was looking forward to soak up some local culture and cuisine.
Our adventure began with an early flight from Manchester which arrived in Berlin at around 10:30am on Tuesday 2nd of May. After 10 minutes of trying to figure out which train to take to the centre, we managed to get on the right train. Well, technically it was the right train, however unfortunately for us, it was going the wrong way! After attempting our best German with the train conductor, we finally figured out what train we needed to get and eventually we arrived in central Berlin at 12:00pm!
Our first stop in Berlin was a visit to the infamous Berlin Zoo – keeping up with our tradition of visiting a zoo in every country we visit. Berlin Zoo is home to over 18,000 animals, the largest amount in any of Europe’s zoo’s. Entry to the zoo and aquarium was only €35 between us which was very reasonable considering how good it is…
Before we could even think about looking at the animals, we needed some food, so we headed over to the zoo’s restaurant. Here I tried my first German cuisine of the holiday, a schnitzel! I didn’t know what to expect but I loved it! It was basically just like a huge chicken nugget, heavenly or what?!
After we had gotten a taste for Germany, we began exploring the huge zoo. The variety of animals is absolutely amazing, they have beavers, jaguars and armadillo’s to name but a few. Oh and did I mention, they had a polar bear?! Yup a real life polar bear, not a brown bear wrapped in a duvet, a real life polar bear! We were amazed at how good the zoo was and we both agreed that it was possibly one of the best we had ever visited!
After the zoo we headed to our hotel to check in, via the tram. Similarly to Barcelona and Amsterdam, I noticed how heavily reliant a lot of the ‘natives’ are on public transport and Berlin opitimised this! All of the tram systems were easy enough to navigate and we managed to find our hotel with ease. The hotel was perfectly located and had everything we required!
Once we had unpacked and got changed, we headed out for some dinner! Readers of our Iceland trip can probably guess where we went for dinner on the first night… the Hard Rock Cafe! As ever, the atmosphere and food was exquisite as always and Hard Rock Cafe Berlin is another one we can tick off our list!
Following dinner, we headed out for a few drinks before we then went back to the hotel. Usually I rate how expensive somewhere is judging on the price of a pint of beer, and to be honest I didn’t think Berlin was that expensive (compared to Iceland anything is cheap)!