Travel Guide: Berlin, Germany – Where to eat, stay and visit on your trip

Berlin is one of my favourite European cities to visit in winter.

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Germany’s capital, with its industrial architecture and historical buildings, has something for everyone. There’s culture, with museums and galleries; shopping, with cute Christmas Markets; clubbing, with the infamous Berghain, and a huge variety of places to eat and sleep.

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Here’s my guide to a short break in Berlin…

STAY

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For the luxury experience…

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The Ellington Hotel

The Ellington is a classic hotel in the heart of Berlin.

In the 1920s and 1930s, it hosted jazz greats like Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald and it has proved popular ever since. You can even see it featuring in David Bowie’s ‘Where Are We Now?’ video.

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Inside the brass doors, you’re met with high ceilings and art deco furnishings. We were met by a very helpful porter who carried our cases along red carpeted floors till we reached our room in the Tower Suite.

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On the fifth floor, the suite offers a huge spacious room with large windows, letting in plenty of light and giving you the most amazing view of the city.

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One thing I found funny in Berlin was that all the beds came with two separate duvets, solving the perennial problem of who hogs the covers! The bed was cosy, the shower was powerful and we felt like VIPs.

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The Ellington Hotel, Nürnberger Str. 50-55 – Rooms from 118€, the Tower Suite from 248€

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For the budget explorer…

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Fjord Hotel

The Fjord Hotel is a modern building in Potsdamer Platz, near Tiergarten.

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It has a modern, clean feel, with light rooms and a wooden terrace outside, for lazing in the summer. The staff were friendly and full of recommendations for places nearby to eat and drink.

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We had our own breakout area with a sofa and armchair, as well as a TV and plenty of storage space for clothes.

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Fjord Hotel, Bissingzeile 13 – Rooms from 46,20€, Our Cozy Room from 56,70€

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For something different…

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Huettenpalast

Huettenpalast is a hotel (if you can call it that) with heaps of character! It is made up of 12 different German caravans or huts, split between two halls, each with its own unique feel.

They’re all situated in a big common room, so it’s surprisingly warm. And the whole area is decorated with upcycled furnishings and antique finds.

There’s loads of communal space too, so it’s perfect if you’re travelling with a big group or looking to meet people. It includes a large garden, great for the summer.

It reminded me of a glamping trip I took last year, each of the rooms had names and were so quirky. We chose ‘Little Sister’ which was a small, white vintage van and super cosy.

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The bathrooms were shared but, if you’d prefer a more conventional stay, they also offer normal hotel rooms, with private bathrooms.

Huettenpalast, Hobrechtstraße 65/66 – Rooms from 69€

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EAT

On a budget…

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Curry 36

Curry 36 is a chain of fast food vans across Berlin, serving up the tastiest and cheapest Currywurst in the city. It’s a German delicacy, so you have to give it a go!

They also serve other sausages – bratwurst, wiener and bockwurst – as well as traditional potato and noodle salads.

Two Currywurst with chips 5,20€

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For a treat…

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Entrecote

If you’re feeling fancy, Entrecote is perfect.

You walk behind a long curtain into a classy restaurant, where the waiters pull out your chairs and take off your coats for you. It has a lovely relaxed atmosphere, which is rare in the city.

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The wine is very drinkable (but expensive) and the Chateaubriand, the house special, is delicious. It’s been called the best Chateaubriand in Berlin, and it’s one of the best I’ve had.

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It’s served up with crispy thin french fries, peas and carrots, as well as a gravy boat of bearnaise sauce – YUM!

Chateaubriand 34€ per person

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Something healthy…

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The Visit – Coffee Roasters

After a few bitter experiences, we were desperate to find some decent coffee and stumbled upon The Visit – Coffee Roasters.

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They served up delicious coffee and made a huge variety of healthy salad bowls and baked goods. I had a pesto, chicken and broccoli pasta salad while the OH had a turkey sub.

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It was another calm place, despite being close to Brandenburg Gate, and was a perfect spot for lunch.

Lunch for two with coffee 15€

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For Schnitzel…

Jolesch

Jolesch is a dimly lit, cosy restaurant in trendy Kreuzberg.

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It has a great buzz, with tables packed into one room and people laughing over glasses of wine or pints of beer.

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We came here for the schnitzel and it did not disappoint. It was so tasty and the portion size was HUGE. See photo of my hand for ratio…

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Schnitzel with a side of potato salad 19€

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VISIT

Berlin has a huge amount of historical and cultural sights to see, here are a few of my favourites…

Checkpoint Charlie

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In the centre of the city, Checkpoint Charlie is the former border crossing between East and West Germany during the Cold War.

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The Brandenburg Gate

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The gate to the city was created more than 200 years ago and is a symbol of unity. People used to climb it to see past the ‘iron curtain’ and now it is often used as a place of peaceful protest.

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Christmas Markets

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Berlin is famous for its Christmas Markets, dotted all over the city in December and the beginning of January. We stumbled upon this one by Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church at Breitscheidplatz and had some tasty traditional pastries while wandering along the stalls.

The Reichstag Building

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The Reichstag Building is Germany’s Parliament. You can go for a free guided tour of the glass dome of the Bundestag, which gives you a view over the whole of the city.

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We went and watched the sunset which was beautiful. I would recommend booking in advance as time slots fill up quickly and the queue is usually at least one hour.

Around the Reichstag, you can see other beautiful parliamentary buildings like the  Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus.

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Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

This memorial is created of 2711 concrete slabs to honour the six million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

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The slabs are tall and you can walk amongst them, which can be quite chilling as you remember those who lost their lives.

The Neues Museum

The Neues sits in Berlin’s Museum Island, which is composed of several different museums and art galleries. If you’re stuck for something to do, this area is a great place to explore!

The Neues is my favourite museum in the city, a museum of Egyptian artefacts including the famous bust of Nefertiti.

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I love the building itself which was damaged during bombing in World War Two and has bullet marks on the walls and even in the stone sarcophagi.

DDR Museum

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The DDR Museum tries to paint a picture of what life was like in former East Germany. It is a hugely immersive and interactive experience and a really fun way to learn about the history of the Deutsche Demokratische Republik and their attempt at a socialist state.

The Berlin Wall

The Berlin wall divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989, during the Cold War. At the time, it was more than 140 kilometres and you can see remains of it now all across the city.

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Some are now beautifully colourful with political graffiti, while others remain grey and bleak.

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If you want to see my itinerary, with tips on where to stay, eat and visit, download it for free here.

I hope you enjoyed my post, let me know if you have any tips for the next time I visit Berlin! x

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