* a quotation from a speech given by President John F Kennedy, on June 26 1963, in West Berlin. He intended to show support of the US for West Germany 22 months after the Soviet supported East Germany put up the Berlin wall as a barrier to prevent movement between the East and the West. However, he actually declared himself to be a jelly doughnut (he should have said "Ich bin Berliner"). But his heart was definitely in the right place. I'm not sure whether Kennedy really made this linguistic gaffe but if so, i think it makes for a funny little anecdote.
So, girls weekend in Berlin! What a city ! I had never been before and 2 days was naturally not enough time to do everything we all wanted to do - but i think we had a great crash course to a great city.
Here are some of my observations about the weekend:
Our apartment was simply wonderful! Clean, well equipped, reeeeeeeeally high ceilings and not too far from the U-Bahn. Also, very cheap. Plus, the lady we rented from was very nice and always contactable - she even booked us a taxi for the airport when we were leaving.
Berlin is much cheaper than both London and Paris. A great brunch, including a fresh juice and coffee/tea is less than 20 euros.
The city is flat (so great for biking) and whilst it's not visually as beautiful as Paris, it definitely has charm.
I want to go back to discover the city more, and in the meantime I plan to read up more on the history of the city and how it has evolved into its current day status.
Before leaving for the weekend, i had been informed that Berlin locals could be unfriendly, but we experienced quite the opposite i have to say. Maybe we happened upon the non-locals everytime!
I think the Turkish Baths were a really good idea (address below). They have some great package offers, and it doesn't matter whether you wear a bikini or go stark naked, no-one is looking at you. It's clean. Ok from the outside it definitely isn't pretty (like at all), but once you get inside it's clean, relaxing and the atmosphere is soothing...
After the pictures, you can find some information on where to eat, drink, sleep and dance in Berlin!
|The metro in Berlin is so much calmer and cleaner than in Paris. I also love the bright yellow colour!
|A delicious brunch Saturday morning at Café Alpenstueck, where the service was prompt and the food so fresh!
|We managed to fit some culture in and checked out Checkpoint Charlie...
|The amazing DuDu restaurant, where we ate and drank to our heart's content, laughed and chatted the night away and showed off our dance moves just before leaving for some more dancing at Cookies club...
(Weinbergsweg 20, 10119 Berlin, +49 30 4403 ext. 4144)
Reservations not possible on the weekend.
Café Alpenstueck (Gartenstrasse 9 10115 Berlin-Mitte Tel: +49 30 217 516 46 website
Reservations possible on the weekend. They have a bakery/cafe and a restaurant.
Anna Blume Cafe (Kollwitzstraße 83, 10435 Berlin, Germany +49 30 44048641)
Oliv Café (Münzstrasse 8, Mitte, +49 30 8920 6540, oliv-cafe.de.)
The Barn (Auguststrasse 58, Mitte, +49 151 2410 5136, thebarn.de.)
3 minutes sur mer (Torstraße 167, 10115 Berlin, +49 30 76302052)
DUDU (Torstraße 134, 10119 Berlin, +49 30 5173 ext. 6854)
Würgeengel (Dresdener Strasse 122, Kreuzberg, +49 30 615 5560)
CSA (Karl-Marx-Allee 96, 10243 +49 30 29044741)
Newton Bar (Charlottenstraße 57, 10117 +49 30 2029 ext. 5421)
Reingold Bar (Just off Torstrasse Novalisstraße 11, +49 30 28387676)
Neue Odessa (Torstraße 89, 10119 Berlin, +491718398991)
My sister informed me that the night scene is quite techno and electro in Berlin, which was not really our scene...However, the friendly owner of DuDu restaurant who happened to be there when we were dining, told us about Cookies. We went, we danced, we had a good time!!!!!!
Cookies (Friedrichstraße 158, +49 30 2808806)
I think Air B n B and Wimdu are great sites. There is a lot of choice for all budgets. I found our apartment through the latter.
Turkish Baths (Sultan Hamam Berlin Bülowstraße 57 – 10783 Berlin +49 30 21753375)