I had always been curious about visiting Germany. When my friend suggested visiting Berlin, I was like sure thing!
First thing, when we arrived in Berlin it was super warm out. We reached our Airbnb and decided to walk around the neighborhood to find a place to eat. That evening we tried to think of what to do next and my friend found on a website ‘free things to do in Berlin’ and found out about watching a outdoor movie. It wasn’t free and she bought our tickets online. They were pretty cheap I think around 7 euros which isn’t bad for a evening show.
It became packed soon enough. That was like the most fun thing we decided to do! The movie we watched was hilarious, and it was so fun to watch the movie (with English subtitles) with other young German’s and foreigners. I was surprised by how much English Germans use. Here’s the link: Freiluftkino Kreuzberg
Once you figure out the metro system it’s pretty efficient and safe. It’s also really cheap! I think for a week pass, at the time, it was just ~7 euros. The next day we went to the German landmarks which are kind of situated in a particular part of the city and easy to walk around. There is also a huge park called Tiergarten, near the monuments such as Brandenburg Gate, which me and my friend found refreshing to walk around. It was also great because the weather was so sunny and amazing mA!
We also went to the Do You Read Me?! independent book store which isn’t too far from the sites. Berlin has some a lot of cool shops to see here and there as you walk around and you can find affordable options. We also headed to the Bikini Mall which is mix of price ranges. We also went to museums. The DDR museum is really small (like you can see everything in 15 minutes). We went to the Neues Museum, which has the sculpture of Nefertiti’s head, which was gifted by the British to Germany long ago. Many museums in Europe, have stunning dining areas which I totally recommend checking out me and my friend had lunch at the museum which saved us a lot of time. There are other museums right next to the Neues. The museum’s are walking distance from the Berliner Dom. They are not free, but the Neues Museum is worth checking if you are into Egyptian and ancient German history.
For dinner we were famished and decided to eat Turkish kebab! I was so happy. The place we went to is called Ruya Gemuse Kebab. It’s highly rated, and Germans were gorging on the wraps in the middle of the street even with limited seating. It was super fresh and the staff were uber friendly.
Well I hope this guide helps in your stay at Berlin! I wish I could have stayed longer and I really liked the vibes of the city. It’s fascinating to see how a people and a city picked themselves up after tremendous war and destruction. It shows the human spirit and its capability for change and growth.