Berlin Travel Diary Part 2

Despite only being a couple of weeks ago, our trip to Berlin feels an absolute lifetime ago and I'm already itching to explore somewhere new - something not helped by looking back at how much fun we had in Germany's beautiful Capital! 

The rest of the time we spent in Berlin were spent running about the city seeing the tourist sites, admiring the architecture and demolishing the best burger I have EVER eaten. For a picture heavy post be sure to keep reading on...

Waking up leisurely in our lovely hotel - the Quentin Boutique Hotel (see more pics here) after a really lovely deep sleep, Paul popped out to the bakery and returned bearing lots of lovely baked goods and a cappuccino for me. Some days no breakfast buffet can beat a chocolate croissant devoured in your PJs.

I went for my usual - a pain au chocolat and a croissant.

Once sufficiently caffeinated we hopped on the tram and travelled from the west to the east in search of more food having heard many a good thing about Markthalle Neun - a huge foodie mecca filled with all kinds of stalls selling dishes made before your eyes.

Sadly in all my excitement I didn't think to check what days the market actually opened, so only a couple of stalls were actually open! As a result the whole market hall was practically empty so the atmosphere was somewhat lacking.

Thankfully Mani In Pasta was open and we had some pretty great pasta dishes made for us on the spot..

..I went for a creamy pea dish, whilst Paul opted for a perfectly spiced Arrabiata. Oh me oh my these were so delicious, much better than a lot of pasta dishes I have had in restaurants! Definitely a must visit if you are a pasta fiend.

This is my content, filled with pasta face ^

Hunger sated, we strolled across the Oberbaum Bridge in search of the East Side wall - the wall which once divided the east & west sides of Germany but has since been turned into a series of murals.

When we were in Berlin the wall was undergoing a huge restoration project as the murals have suffered a huge amount of graffiti over the years. Whilst it was a shame to see the artwork from behind a metal fence it was great to see a lot of them recently revived. Including the particularly famous 'My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love' shown above.

Next up on our whirlwind tour we headed for the town center, passing the enormous TV Tower

Then headed towards the parliament buildings to grab some outfit shots by the river (see that post here).

Before dragging our aching feet on to a tram to take us away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre following a recommendation for a pretty great burger joint. The Bird is an unassuming burger joint situated in a residential area that would be easy enough to pass by, but don't be fooled - this place was heaving with people on a Monday night and we waited half an hour for a table (tip: don't just rock up like we did - book!).

In no hurry we waited on the outside tables with a beer and watched the world go by. In no time at all we were seated and I have to say the waiting staff were faultless - although it was super busy and they appeared to be understaffed they could not have been more helpful and smiley! 

Inside the place was like a cross between an American Diner and a German Beer House.

Oh. My. God. I can't even begin to tell you how bloody good the food was. I have never tasted a burger like it in all my life and my mouth is watering just at the thought of it.

*Very carby day - don't judge, we were on holday!*

The last stop on our agenda took us back to the Brandenburg Gate all lit up in the dark.

A little bit giddy from feeling so exhausted we ran around and took funny pictures and danced to 99 Luftballons playing from some crazy guy's boombox on wheels, before deciding it was probably time to head back to the hotel and put our feet up.

The following morning we wandered through the indie store lined streets of Charlottenburg

then hopped back on a tram to take us to the city centre for brunch.

Around every corner we stumbled upon the city's gems.

After stopping to fuel up with coffee and bagels and write post cards to send home at wittily named 'Way Cup' (say it aloud) we grabbed some ice creams and went to meet with Paul's uncle before getting the train home.

We had so much fun in Berlin and I would definitely visit again! The food was to die for and well worth the research we did ahead of time. Our hotel provided us with a map of Berlin which featured all of the tram lines and major attractions which proved invaluable, however the app City Mapper also works in Berlin for those happier for the tech to do the work for them. Travelling about on the tram cost about 7 euro for unlimited travel for a day and was definitely the best way for us to get about quickly and easily.

Have you been to Berlin? What places would you recommend?

Ella x

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