On a stroll through Berlin

Always after a holiday, it’s nice to think where you can go next and the capital of Germany is part of the cities that can be visited in a very cheap city break…The flight tickets with Ryanair were bought early, about 4 months in advance. I have noticed that for this destination, prices are very good all year round. Overall, I had up to 6 days to visit almost all the objectives I meant.

It is advisable that before you get to Berlin, to buy the transportation pass online; you can only get to the airport if you stand in line. After the online purchase, print the voucher and present it to the airport office for validation. There are two passes of which it was hard to decide. I preferred to buy Berlin Welcome Card because it also offers museum discounts. I took it for 6 days, for the 3 metro areas (ABC) because it serves both the airport and Potsdam. It costs 46 EUR and I had free transportation for the whole week, including the return to the airport.

We also bought a card which is activated at the time of the first visit: Museum Pass offers the possibility to visit 24 museums within three consecutive days. I’ve been able to see 7 museums leisurely.

When visiting Berlin, I recommend avoiding winter months when it can be extremely cold (0 degrees or less). However, cool weather can be a good opportunity to enjoy a hot chocolate, tea or a museum visit. There are Christmas markets – Weinachstmarkt which are a joyful occasion for hot wine. A hot wine costs about 3.5-6 EUR depending on the location of the market – in the central ones it’s a bit more expensive and you have the option of keeping the mugs. We for example, kept the boiled wine mugs as a memory because we liked it.

After a rigorous documentation, I had the following plan to visit:

Day 1 (we had about half a day): Bröhan Museum – here you can see Art Nouveau and Art Deco. After the museum you can visit the Charlottenburg palace. We just saw it outside, because the Christmas market looked charming and a hot wine was sooo appealing.

Day 2: Potsdam. I recommend leaving Berlin as early as 8-9am. Potsdam is located 24 kilometers from Berlin and is the former residence of kings until 1918. From the train station, a bus leads right to the ticket offices of these palaces and connects the palaces, as well, if you don’t feel like walking. I visited the Sansoucci Palace, the Botanical Gardens and the Neues Palais.

 

Day 3Alte NationalgalerieNeues museumKnoblauch house.

Day 4Pergamon museumBode museum, Altes museum, Berliner Dom, Deutscher Dom.

Day 5Gämelde Gallerie, Reichstag, Berlin wall, Branderburg tor.

For days 3,4,5 we had the Museum pass I mentioned earlier. On the museum island there are: Alte Nationalgalerie, Neues museum, Pergamon museum, Bode museum, Altes museum.

For the Reichstag building, where the Parliament is located, it is mandatory for the reservation to be made online. Access is allowed only based on reservation, visitation is free, but you also have to calculate the time it takes to go through security. We chose to visit it at 4pm to see the sunset. The building is a fascinating example of modern and classical architecture that should definitely be visited.

The hotel was very good, cheap, clean, rich breakfast, semicentral and close to the subway. I found on booking.com and is called SensCity Hotel Albergo, Charlottenburg area, Fehrberliner Platz underground station.

Print from home:

  1. Metro map.
  2. The metro voucher.
  3. Boarding pass.

Costs:

  • RyanAir flight: 40 EUR.
  • Hotel 6 nights with breakfast: 137 EUR/person.
  • Metro pass: 46 EUR.
  • Museum pass: 24 EUR.
  • Food: 100 EUR.

Total 347 EUR.

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