PART 3 OF #TBT/#FBF SERIES: Berlin
Day 1: Heading to Berlin
So much for a #TBT series since this is a day left, but luckily there’s still #FBF! We left Antwerp on a Sunday morning and headed to Berlin. The drive took about 8 hours and we arrived at around 5 pm–just in time to grab some dinner at a nearby restaurant called Good Time, which served Asian Fusion. It was just decent–nothing exceptional and a bit pricey, but I guess I had high expectations for a place that goes by the name “Good Time.”
Expectations: Good Time – Reality: Decent Time
(p.s. sorry for the bad quality iPhone photo)
After our decent dinner, we wandered around the city to experience a taste of the Berlin nightlife. Sadly, we were a day too late–the city seemed pretty dead on a Sunday night. I was looking forward to checking out some raging night clubs as promised to me in my copy of The New York Times: 36 Hours 125 Weekends in Europe, i.e. Berghain, which may have very well been the club to end all clubs (its opening hours on Friday are 11:30 pm to 2:00 pm the next day!). I guess I’ll never know until I go back. Lesson learned: Party don’t stop until Sunday when Berghain is completely shut down. Plan on being in Berlin on a Friday if you’re lookin’ for a good time.
Looking for a place to go on a Sunday night proved to be a challenge–we ended up at a bar/club/restaurant-hybrid called White Trash Fast Food. The scene/decor reminded me of a TGI Friday’s mixed in with Disneyland and an Asian restaurant–it was a very unique experience to say the least. I would have loved to have tried some of their food (FYI: they’re known for their burgers), but we were still pretty stuffed from our dinner.
Day 2: Being as Tourist-y as Possible
We had the most amazingly satisfying breakfast at Leckerback–it was the perfect amount of food to start the day. We then went to these popular sites:
- Brandenburg Gate
- Reichstag (sadly did not get a chance to go inside)
- Holocaust Memorial
- Unter den Linden
- Museuminsel (Museum Island)
- Berliner Dom (Berlin Catheral)
But first, let me take a selfie.
- DDR Museum (very cool & interactive!)
- Checkpoint Charlie
We ended the day with Italian food at a random restaurant I didn’t get the name of (food was
OK) and walked through the city at night, passing by the Berliner Dom (definitely a sight to see after dark!).
We stayed at the Titanic Comfort Mitte (sidenote: not sure why they wanted to name the hotel after a ship that sank, but luckily it was on solid ground) and it ended up being one of my favorite hotels we staying at during our road trip. It is located in downtown Berlin right near the Spittelmarkt U-Bahn underground station. However, we did not even end up using the underground and opted to walk everywhere. If you don’t feel like spending money on transportation, seeing the sites by foot in Berlin is doable–plus, it’s great exercise!
Now, we’re off to Poland in the next post! Be sure to check back soon…