If you’ve read our article on quick trips, you know that we have an affinity for traveling to faraway places in a short amount of time. So when my friend and I started talking about ideas for her birthday, fitting in a quick trip seemed like a perfect idea. Our criteria was simple. We wanted to visit somewhere affordable that neither of us had been to, and we needed flights that would fit in with our work schedules and budgets. We found a great deal on a Finnair flight to Berlin, so off we went!
Our trip started out chaotically. My friend flew to O’hare from Denver and there were major delays. Her flight landed about an hour before our international flight was scheduled to depart. Fortunately, our flight was operated by British Airways, and the BA crew was incredibly accommodating and helped ensure we were able to make our flight.
Relieved to have both made it to Berlin, we headed from the airport to our hostel. We chose to stay in the Plus Berlin Hostel because it was affordable, located near the East Side Gallery, and had great reviews on hostelworld. The hostel staff was incredibly helpful and we loved the grungy area. We were also able to get an awesome meal at Scheers Schnitzel just a few minutes away!
Since we only had around 48 hours in Berlin, we decided to start off our first full day with a free Berlin walking tour. I usually like to explore cities rather than take tours, but because of the rich history and vast size of Berlin, we felt we’d be missing out by exploring on our own. Our tour guide Rob was awesome and he even pointed out a cool alley off Hackescher Markt where we could find local art and amazing graffiti. The tour gave us a great sample of the sites around Berlin and ideas of what areas to further explore. During our explorations we stumbled upon a great casual burger restaurant, Hans im Glück.
After consulting the front desk at our hostel, we decided to participate in the Alternative Pub Crawl to have a truly Berlin night out. We began our night at a relaxed bar with a 70s vibe. It was the perfect backdrop for meeting some of the other people on the pub crawl. Some of the highlights of the night were a ping pong bar & swing dancing bar. The pub crawl was definitely worthwhile. We got to experience a variety of different bars with a great group of people.
Our whirlwind trip to Berlin ended with sluggish morning spent strolling the East Side Gallery in the rain before hopping on a flight to Copenhagen. We concluded our stay in Berlin excited to come back and see more.