Back in February I visited Berlin on a trip I had planned for B’s birthday. Having been to Germany on several occasions, this was the first time I had visited the capital. We were there for three days and arrived on the Thursday afternoon; after struggling to navigate the trains from the airport, we went to our apartment in Kreuzberg, dropped off our bags and went in search of a bar. As i’m sure anyone who has been to Berlin will tell you; Kreuzberg is the up and coming trendy area, with lots of bars and and decent places to eat. We stayed out quite late exploring various watering holes.
Battling with hangovers the next morning, we decided to make it easy and head straight to Berlin Zoo, which was quite possibly the best I have ever been to. Most of the larger enclosures have moats rather than barriers, which makes it feel like you are really up close and personal with the animals, and I’m sure its much nicer for them too, not being stuck behind glass or a cage. Of the animals that did have specific tanks or cages to house them in, the pigmi-hippos were the best, they’re hilarious. We also paid extra so that we could visit the neighbouring Aquarium, which I would recommend getting there early for as it’s almost impossible to get round everything, before they both close. Berlin as a city has so much history, and you could easily fill a whole weekend visiting museums and seeing the sights. Obviously you have to take the time to see the Berlin Wall, but I would also recommend going to the Holocaust Memorial by the Brandenburg Gate.
On our last day we started with a few Sunday Markets and then went on to the Natural History Museum. Whilst it is just a fraction of the size of London’s, the exhibits where insane, they have the most amazing display of taxidermy birds and a huge room full of fish and other creatures pickled in formaldehyde – sounds gross but it’s amazing, like something from a Harry Potter book. All in all Berlin seems to be a really exciting city with a lot going on, but I do wish we had chosen a slightly warmer time of year to enjoy it more. I’m already looking into flights for next summer.