My first trip of the year and first time in Germany!
Last week (31st Jan) I decided that I was bored and must leave the country! As it was the last day of Jan there were still a couple of deals out, so after a quick scan of Expedia, Lastminute.com and SkyScanner, I booked one night in Mitte, Berlin for my mum and I for £164 each for the following weekend through Expedia. Expedia and Lastminute.com were the exact same price for the same hotel and flight, so I went with Expedia out of preference. Make sure you shop around!
Fast forward to the 6th Feb and we arrived in Berlin at midday. Having never been to Berlin before, I booked the cheapest option and quickly realised that was a mistake. Berlin Schönefeld Airport (SXF) is a good hour away from Mitte (the place to be apparently), whereas Berlin Tegel Airport (TXL) was half an hour away. I’m not sure what the difference is between the two in terms of availability and price of flights, but it’s definitely worth checking out!
Anyway, it was cheap and easy to get to our hotel from the airport (€3 each – compare that to a trip from Gatwick Airport to Oxford Circus and understand how much we’re being ripped off!)
We were booked into the Mercure Berlin City, which was a 20 minute walk from the main area of restaurants, bars, shops and sights. It wasn’t a bad walk though and it was easy enough to jump in a cab or on a tram if we had wished.
The hotel was lovely; clean, great service and excellent transport links! The room was quite small but nothing I wasn’t expecting; perfect for a quick visit.
As we had a very limited time there we filled each moment and saw all of the main sights:
There is no shortage of bars and restaurants to go to in Berlin, just head to Invalidenstraße and Veteranenstrasse and you’re good to go!