I want to start this article with a disclaimer, to remind you that my opinions are purely subjective and biased, as I seem to fall in love with every new place I visit. I’m still analyzing if this is a bad thing or a good one. The good part is that if I fall in love with a place I keep only beautiful memories about it. On the other hand, I’ve fallen in love with Tunis the first time I visited as a tourist, only to be thrown back when I got to live here. So, if you want to move in a new country, don’t read travel blogs, search for expats groups for a more objective opinion.
Now, let’s get back to Berlin! Yeah, as you can imagine, Berlin is awesome! I have no idea why I waited so long to go there! The vibe, history, energy, the people, museums, everything is fantastic! Even the tourists are not that bad. As a solo traveler, it made me feel welcomed from the moment I stepped out of the airport. Easy to get from the airport to the city center, friendly coffee shops, warm people, cool places for brunch and well organized public transportation (Google Maps was my friend along the way), are just a few of the reasons why Berlin is truly awesome!
I stayed 4 days there, but on one of the days was Black Friday, so I’m counting that one out as I was out shopping. I would say it was for Christmas, but you know I would be lying. So I had 3 full days to truly enjoy Berlin. The only downside was the cold weather. It’s much more difficult to walk around when it’s cold and windy af outside. Bulky clothes and a heavy backpack require a lot of coffee stops, which I didn’t mind that much, but from now on I would stick to my initial plan to schedule warmer solo trips in the winter.
Let’s get back to what to do, visit, see, eat and drink for three days in Berlin. Yes, worth to spent more than 3 days also, you won’t get bored! I got visit only the city center, but there are a lot of things I didn’t got the time to visit!
East Side Gallery
My favorite from Berlin! Once part of the Berlin Wall, the remaining 1316 m is now the longest open-air gallery in the world. Mesmerizing if you think how beautifully the tragic history behind the wall was transformed into modern art.
2. C/O Berlin
The motto at C/O Berlin is ‘pictures say more than a thousand words’. Easy to see why it’s so high on my list.
3. Helmut Newton Foundation
A must for any photography lover. Very small, but really nice!
4. The Holocaust Memorial
It’s amazing how quiet and solemn this place can be, even if it’s in the middle of the city. Please be respectful and remember why it’s there and be grateful that you are there!
5. Brandenburg Gate
Go spent some time there at night.
6. Reichstag Building
Wanted to go to the dome but I was informed on location that I should have made an online reservation with minimum two weeks prior to my visit! So, if you want to go visit the dome and the terrace, make an online reservation here! I’ve heard it’s quite nice at night!
7. Museum Island
Home to three famous museums - the Pergamon, the Altes and the Bode, you don’t necessarily need to visit the museums, it’s a nice place to walk around and relax a little bit.
8. Berliner Dom
Also known as Evangelical Supreme Parish and Collegiate Church, is one of the main landmarks in Berlin.
9. Checkpoint Charlie
Checkpoint Charlie was the third checkpoint opened by the Allies in and around Berlin and it became the most famous crossing point between East and West Germany.
10. Mauer Park
If you’re lucky and you have warm weather, it’s the place to go to relax, have a beer and listen to live music.
You may add to the list:
Topography of Terror
Berlin TV Tower
German Spy Museum
To eat and drink:
House of Small Wonder - they have an awesome brunch, but be prepared to wait in line for at least 1hour.
Steel Vintage Bikes Café - excellent bruncha and coffee and cool decor!
Treffpunkt Berlin - for authentic German cuisine, that is the place to go! If you’re a solo traveler, you’re going to share your table with others, but it’s a nice and relaxed atmosphere and I’m sure you will enjoy it.
#Hashtag Coffee Shop - Nice coffee, but it is closed on Saturday and Sunday!
Hope my article will help you plan your Berlin trip, if you have any questions or suggestions, please feel free to comment, pm or email me anytime! 😉
Thank you for reading, cheers to great adventures! ❤️