Travelling Europe with Interrail – Part 3 is here! Berlin is a big city and we had two days to explore but we got it done. Of course with limited time there is still a lot we will have to go back and check out but we got a great insight into this city. For a first visit it gave us a great impression!
The majority of the content we gathered was largely helped by Visit Berlin and Berlin On Bike. With our Berlin Welcome Cards we were able to zoom around and make use of all public transport. This was hugely helpful as like I said, Berlin is a big city! Berlin On Bike was a tour that was organised for us. We made our way around to all of the hot spots and learnt a lot along the way! We then re-visited a few of the spots to get some photos in our own time!
Travelling Europe with Interrail – Part 3 – Berlin On Bike.
Public transport in Berlin forced us to have a little late start on the Berlin On Bike tour but thanks to the guys who were operating they quickly escorted us to the gang! We had a tour guide called Lauren who was obviously hugely passionate about Berlin, this made for a great tour!
We started by visiting a spot where the Berlin Wall had formerly stood and we got a glimpse through onto a remaining part of the death strip. Amongst other places we then made our way to the Holocaust memorial. We had visited the previous night and we were left wondering what it was and what it symbolised. Apparently this is exactly how the architect who created the memorial wanted people to feel. It would leave them asking questions therefore getting a better understanding. Clever man! We passed through the museum island and checked out the Reichstag building before a few final stops and a nice cycle home. We covered so many places on out tour so if your short on time in Berlin, grab a bike!
Travelling Europe with Interrail – Part 3 – The Fernsehturm.
The Fernsehterm is a television tower in Berlin that we could see from pretty much everywhere we went! We wanted to go up to the top of the tower in order to catch a sunset and get some good aerial photos over the city. Once we got to the top we realised there was no open deck and that all the views were through the windows at the top. It was a great view, probably the best in Berlin like it claims to be. This being said we wanted to get some sunset photos and it just doesn’t work shooting through glass. Our conclusion on the Fernsehturm is that it offers a great view but if you want to shoot some good quality photos opt for the Berlin Victory Column instead!
Travelling Europe with Interrail – Part 3 – The Brandenburg Gate.
The Brandenburg gate seemed to be one of the biggest hot spots in Berlin. The gate came to symbolise Berlins division into east and west and since the fall of the wall, a reunified Germany. We learnt a lot about this on our bike tour and it was so fascinating! We passed by the gate quite a few times during our visit and managed to get various shots of it day and night! Even past midnight it was still super busy there!
Travelling Europe with Interrail – Part 3 – 25 Hours Hotel Bikini Berlin.
After all of the cycling and walking around Berlin we were so excited for our stay at the 25 Hours Hotel Bikini Berlin. This has got to be one of the best hotels we have stayed in for a variety of reasons. As soon as we got into the reception area we got a glimpse of how cool the hotel was going to be. Hammocks everywhere, a very unique style and the most friendly, welcoming staff. There will be a separate post purely about staying at 25 Hours Hotel Bikini Berlin so be sure to check that out for the full low down!
We were taken to our room ‘the jungle room’ after a lovely welcome meal in the beautiful top floor restaurant. You can see from the picture below how awesome this room is! A hammock with a view right?! It was aptly named the jungle room as we got an impressive view down over Berlin zoo. It was definitely a relaxing spot in that hammock watching the animals down below! You could get a similar view from the top floor restaurant and bar. It made breakfast and a few drinks here a must whist we were there staying!
It goes without saying we would recommend the 25 Hours Hotel Bikini Berlin. We loved the jungle vibe and would love to return and experience the urban theme that runs alongside the opposite view of the hotel!
Thanks for reading everyone, I’ll see you in the next installment ‘Travelling Europe with Interrail – Part 4’ which is all about our time in Prague and Budapest!
(We were kindly given part of our stay at 25 Hours Hotel on a complimentary basis. We also received Berlin Welcome Cards from Visit Berlin. All opinions express are our own)