When we started to plan our European trip, Berlin was in the top 3 places we wanted to experience. It’s a special city and it didn’t disappoint.
The German capital is home to so much modern culture and a very chequered past. It’s a fascinating place.
You’d be forgiven if you didn’t manage to do everything you want in one visit to Berlin. But I can assure you, you will have no qualms about planning your next visit once you’re done.
During our trip we’ve experienced all types of hostels, but this one, The Sunflower Hostel
, was by the far the liveliest.
Located in the district of Friedrichstand, just a minutes walk away from the infamous Berghain nightclub, it’s the perfect place if you’re looking to experience the well known night life.
The hostel has an impressive bar with very reasonably priced drinks, and it runs throughout the night.
The bar was that lively on arrival, it took us a moment to realise it was the place we were looking for.
is just a 20 minute walk into the City centre, and Berlin’s none stop transport services makes it very easy to move from one tourist hotspot to another.
But if you’re looking for something less touristy to do, the staff are all very helpful. They’re all locals so know the area and more importantly the things the locals like to do. Reception is open 24 hours so it’s ideal for early trains or a backup plan if you get knocked back by Berghain’s regimented door staff – and believe us, its more than likely you will.
As you may have guessed, the hostel is very sociable, so you won’t struggle to make friends even if you’re travelling alone. Dorms are spacious and the showers are very good.
Be wary of the wifi though, it’s pretty unreliable – however understandable due to the scale of the hostel and all the people in it (and it is free!)/
Berlin speaks for itself when it comes to things to do. The city literally never stops. If anything, it comes to life in the evening.
We’ve all heard about Berghain. We’ve heard the stories and tales of their strict door policy. But we’ve also heard about the intense super club everyone wants to be a part of. I’d love to tell you our story, but after wearing the well known all black ‘uniform’, researching who was playing and even leaving it ’til 6am Sunday morning before joining the queue… We didn’t get in!
Credit – Telegraph
But don’t worry, Berlin’s nightlife is much more than Berghain. The list of parties and clubs is endless, and if you’re staying at Sunflower, you’ll probably find somebody pretty cool to go with.
We chose to go to Watergate on the Saturday, and it’s definitely somewhere I’d recommend.
Just across the water from Watergate stands a very important piece in German history, The East Side Gallery. Part of the Berlin Wall and very popular with tourists, the wall is now beautifully decorated with paintings on one side and a homage to the troubles in Syria on the other.
Another symbol of the city well worth visiting is Berlin’s Television Tower (Fernsehturm). The fourth tallest free standing structure in Europe, at around 368 metres. At the 300m mark stands a viewing platform, that welcomes over a million visitors each year. It’s the perfect place to see the whole of this huge city, and on a clear day you can see for nearly 40km.
The Berlin Wall Exhibition, the Reichstag Building, Brandenburg Gate and The Memorial for the Murdered Jews are all remarkable pieces of Berlin’s culture. Added to that, they are all in very close proximity and if you wanted to you could easily visit them all in one day.
But if you don’t fancy the walk between plots and maybe want to take in one or two of the landmarks, we recommend the Jewish Memorial. It’s not something you see everyday and the museum is incredible!
All in all, Berlin is a spectacular city. And while there’s still a lot of Europe left for us to see, we will definitely paying the German capital another visit.