As you probably know by now, Autumn is my favourite season! So what better time for a lovely little city break with the other half to celebrate his birthday (old git)? As we’re going to Florida in April we wanted to do something cheap and cheerful with the holidays we had left to take in November and so I got to work having a good look on Easyjet holidays and picking out what we could afford from where we’d like to go. We’ve mentioned Berlin a few times before as we’re both really interested in it historically and I’ve heard a lot of good things regarding the city itself. For £165 each for flights Manchester-Berlin and three nights accommodation it was an obvious winner!
I love travelling with Easyjet as you can just download the app, check in online and download your boarding passes, all you have to do on the day then is rock up to the airport and pop through security (if you’re only taking carry on luggage anyway). It was a really quick and easy morning flight there and so we still had the full day to explore! I hadn’t really planned much aside from having a trawl through the internet to see what we’d be most interested in doing. When we arrived we hadn’t really eaten and so had a little wander around the corner from the hotel and found a lovely little cafe/chocolate shop where we had a continental breakfast and some amazing freshly brewed chocolate infused coffee. It was a really perfect start to the trip.
The weather was absolutely glorious when we landed, really cold but super sunny and so this seemed like a perfect time to take a visit to the zoo! My mum had been telling me before the trip that Berlin Zoo is quite famous and features in a lot of books and things due to it’s conservation work and honestly I could see why. It is one of the most beautiful places I’ve ever been. It really reminded me of walking through Central Park in New York which is somewhere I would kill to visit in the Autumn. I’ve been there in the Winter and seen it covered in snow but the Autumn colours would just be unreal!
We got to see so many wonderful animals whilst also taking in the views all around us. I absolutely love big cities and so I love that Berlin Zoo made you feel like you had a little escape whilst still within the hustle and bustle. We found generally that Berlin is a very green city. There are loads of parks to wander through and the pathways and roads are so wide and often shaded by trees. It only cost us €15.50 to get into the Zoo (it was a little more to gain access to the Aquarium too) which we thought was very reasonable for the size of it and the time it takes you to fully explore. It took up our full afternoon and we probably could have spent even more time there had we arrived earlier. I honestly just had the loveliest time taking in all of the colours and Chris, who isn’t usually a massive photographer was whipping his camera out every two minutes.
We left at 4ish as we were starting to get peckish and we still needed to actually check in to our hotel. We stayed at the Hotel California in Kurfustendamm which is the main shopping district in the city with huge stores and designer brands like Apple and Louis Vuitton. The hotel was basic but great for what we needed, clean and we were able to leave our luggage there on both the day we arrived and left before we could actually check in/vacate the hotel which was really handy. On the way to the zoo we had spotted, just down the block and over the road, the Hard Rock Cafe. The two of us absolutely love Hard Rock and can’t resist going if we’re somewhere that has one. I love to collect the souvenir glasses you can get to remember each one that I’ve visited. I’d checked the menu when walking past for veggie options that I’d like and was pleasantly surprised to see two different veggie burgers AND veggie fajitas available. A great things about Berlin and I am guessing Germany generally is that there is a lot of food on offer for vegetarians and vegans. Nowhere we went did I struggle to find something to eat, which is one thing that would definitely make me return in a heartbeat. I settled in Hard Rock on the ‘Veggie Leggie’ which was a soya pattie meant to replicate the taste and texture of meat which is a massive win win for me! It had roasted veggies on and I accompanied it with the herb and garlic fries which were incredible. I also got my hands on my new jam jar glass after having the MOST DIVINE coconut mojito! We had a lovely evening looking at all of the amazing instruments and outfits they had on the walls and chatting to the staff. Places like Hard Rock are so great in our book because we just feel like we’re surrounded by like minded people to us, everyone has amazingly bright hair and/or is covered in tattoos. We finished the night off with a massive dessert that we split and a gentle stroll back to the hotel absolutely full to bursting and having had a wonderful first day in and incredible city.
Stay tuned to the blog for Day 2 in Berlin to see what we got up to! Have you visited Berlin? Leave a comment 🙂