My trip to Berlin was the first time that I traveled away from my host university. Getting a break from the small village I live in was a relief. A few of us decided to make a quick weekend trip to Berlin. FlixBus is a cheap option for traveling across Europe, but the ride was about 6 hours (when it wasn’t delayed). Overall, I think Berlin is a must-see for anyone in Central Europe.
Here are a few of my recommendations for things to see (Sehenswürdigkeiten):
1. Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral):
Located in the “Mitte” district of Berlin, this Cathedral is beautiful. If you have a student ID you can get a discount for entry and go up to the top of the cathedral. ~€5
2. Museum Island:
In the middle of the Spree River there’s an island with many museums.
3. Checkpoint Charlie
Checkpoint Charlie is very tourist-y but worth a visit. The actual checkpoint is just a shack but still worth the walk.
4. Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate)
This famous Berlin sight is on the doors of the U-Bahn (Subway), on the Euro, everywhere. Must see.
5. East Side Gallery
The East Side Gallery is a long stretch of the Berlin Wall that is covered in urban-art pieces and is the entrance to the old East-Berlin. While you’re there, I recommend crossing the river to visit the popular burger joint “Burgermeister”.
Overall, Berlin remains one of my favorite spots to visit if you get the chance.