One of the biggest decisions I made in 2019 was booking a visit to Berlin for one. I wanted to step outside my comfort zone and travel in a foreign country and as a female solo traveler, I was scared shitless.
Berlin is a modernised city, recently redeveloped after the remnants of WWII and the devastation of the Berlin Wall (only taken down in 1989). The citizens were friendly and polite. Actually, Berlin was fun - I remember seeing a bench with 10 dudes drinking beer, except this bench was on a giant bicycle running along the streets, being pedaled by all of them.
Here are some snapshots from Saturday 23rd to Monday 25th of March 2019.
On the first night, I checked in to Mercure Berlin Tempelhof and then took public transport to visit Gendarmenmarkt (HERE) to take photos. After that, I found Restaurant Maximilians Berlin for a satisfying hearty beef and mash dinner. For everything I ate, read HERE.
The next morning, the tour bus picked us up and took us to Memorial of Holocaust and the Brandenburg Gate. This gate was the only entrance for the Berlin Wall from 1961 to 1991 and is an iconic symbol of the city.
The tour took us to see Checkpoint Charlie, the best known crossing point between the East and West of the Berlin Wall during the Cold War. We stopped by to see the Berlin Wall too.
After a disappointing lunch, the tour bus dropped us off at Berliner Fernsehturm where we were given 4 hours to roam and explore. I was chilling in this square until I noticed a group of young girls wandering about, scamming people. One of the girls, approx. 12 years old, came up to me and asked for a donation for hearing impairment charity. When I offered her 5€ (as that was all I had), she said it was a minimum of 10€. I found it odd so I tried getting my money back but then the girl said "oh, its okay" and walked off with it. I got scammed by the classic European thief 🤦🏻♀️
I spent 45 mins doing a mini photoshoot at the Alte Nationalgalerie 😂 (HERE)
Not gonna lie, wandering around a foreign city alone can get very tiresome. By my 3rd hour, I was cold and ready to head to my hotel but since I had committed to travelling solo, I had to see it through. I ducked into Zur Gerichtslaube for warmth and a delicious German sausage.
On Monday 25th March, we had breakfast at the hotel and then hopped on a bus towards Dresden (HERE). My time in Berlin was short, but as the saying goes, it was very sweet. I hope to take M to Berlin one day.
Danke fürs lesen, auf wiedersehen!