48 Hours in Berlin

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Teeshirt from Mango

After teaching The Blogcademy that weekend, Gala, Shauna and I had two free days to explore Berlin before heading to Amsterdam midweek. Although our time was limited, we didn’t let that stop us, in fact we really packed a lot in.

Everyone I spoke to before this trip that had visited Berlin before, told me just how amazing it was. I was expecting a lot but I’m pleased to report that even with those high hopes I wasn’t disappointed. Berlin is such an amazing place! If you’re in the UK, the flight is also less than two hours, making it the perfect inexpensive and relatively stress-free honeymoon location.

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Skirt from Topshop

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From the outside Berlin is quite a derelict looking place, with seemingly abandoned graffiti covered buildings everywhere you look. However once you meander past the façades, there is so much amazing stuff to explore and uncover everywhere you look. Berlin has an awesome night life and a lively art scene.

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If you have just a short time and limited budget in Berlin, here are my recommendations!

Stay in an apartment

One of the easiest ways to save cash when you travel is to avoid hotels. They’re expensive wherever you are in the world so why not stay in an apartment instead? If room service and having your bed made for you every morning isn’t something you care about, then this is definitely the way to go. You also get more space, and I really like that you’re not confined to the really touristy areas.

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We stayed at this place on Torstraße, in the heart of Mitte, which we booked through GowithOh. The location was amazing but the best part was how secluded we were, despite being in one of the coolest neighbourhoods. The apartment was situated in a beautiful, traditional building with it’s own private, gated courtyard below. This kept the place really quiet and sheltered from the loud, hustle and bustle of the main street.

Visit the East Side Gallery

One of our first stops was the East Side Gallery, a 1.3 km long portion of the Berlin Wall that has been transformed into an outside art installation. Consisting of 105 amazingly colourful and varied pieces of art, the wall was painted in the 1990s by artists from all over the world.

Possibly the largest and longest-lasting open air gallery in the world, the paintings document a time of change, and the euphoria and hope for a better future since the wall came down in 1989.