These are highlights from my trip to Berlin.
Continuing my trip in Berlin, I had a chance to check out one of the free walking tours from the hostel with Brewer’s Tour. Our guide’s name was Alexander who was from Canada. He’s lived in Berlin for eight years and was extremely knowledgeable about the city. He took us to several landmarks in the city and was able to give us a historical account as well. Ask him to tell you about the green crossing lights in Berlin! What was most defining about the tour was when we visited the site of the bunker of Hitler and the story Alexander gave us about it. I don’t want to reveal too much on here and would rather you take the tour yourself so you can get an in depth explanation about it.
Later that evening, I went out to a delicious Japanese restaurant with some travelers from the hostel. The name of the restaurant was Marubi and they were serving delicious ramen for about 6.90 euros for the chasu ramen.
I’ve eaten Chasu ramen in Asia and Japan and would recommend going there. To be honest, I didn’t expect to have so much international cuisine in Berlin, but it’s famous there, so I’ll have to plan another trip to Germany to have more authentic cuisine. The food in Berlin, Germany was great!
For drinks, we went back to Herman’s bar and I had the opportunity to chat more with the owner of it by the name of Bart.
He’s from Belgium and lived in San Francisco for some time. He moved to Germany and decided to open a bar in Berlin. Let’s just say the beers available from Belgium were extensive. You can try pretty much any beer from the country and Bart has extensive knowledge about the different types of Belgian beers and the history behind them. I highly recommend visiting here to try Belgian beers and it is very close to the hostel! Herman Bar is one of the best pubs in Berlin
On the next day, I got the chance to check out East Side Gallery. If you are in Berlin, you have to see this site. The artwork here symbolizes change in Berlin after the wall was taken down. There are several different types of artwork which I found interesting. I’d have to say that going here was the highlight of my trip despite the weather conditions when I went I was still able to view the different murals.
In the evening, we ended up going to a club on the other side of town called Watergate. They played minimal house here and it was what I expected from a Berlin club. You have to go at least once to experience it. It costs 10 euros and make sure to dress decently since they do have a door policy.
My last full day I was pretty exhausted so only got to check out the top Vietnamese restaurant according to Four Square. The name of the restaurant is Monsieur Vuong and I highly recommend it. I knew the food would likely be good since the restaurant was full and there was a wait which is usually a good sign. Patience is the key when trying great food! I tried the Hanoi Pho which was with chicken and I would say that it tasted like any type of pho that I’d have in Vietnam. I also tried the spring rolls which were absolutely delicious.
At night I was able to meet an older gentleman from the US who was in his 70’s and traveling around Europe. His story was fascinating since he decided to travel at his age and we went out again to the Belgian bar and back to Burgermann for a burger! In the morning, one of the hostel guests was kind enough to make a delicious Irish breakfast. I enjoy staying in hostels because of the experiences you are able to have as I was departing the man in his 70’s from Chicago walked me to my bus. I hope we cross paths again since his story was wonderful and I hope at that age I am able to travel around the world and have experiences meeting people from different cultures.
I would like to provide one valuable tip when departing Berlin. I caught the TXL bus thinking that it was a direct bus route. If you are riding this bus, make sure to give yourself ample time because it is in fact a city bus that stops at the airport. I nearly missed my flight so do not make the mistake that I made! This finishes my post on Berlin. More to come on our blog :)