TRAVEL INSPIRATION: BERLIN
Think of a European city break (especially one with children) and your first choice probably won’t be Berlin. It’s most famous ‘attraction’ might be the wall, but there’s so much more to the German capital! Of course there’s the beer and bratwurst, but did you know it is also a coffee-lover’s haven? It’s a great place to travel with children, and there’s plenty to see for the more artsy traveller too! Photographer Sofia Plana explains…
How far? 2 hour flight from the UK
Why Berlin? I read an article about the city on a plane magazine last year that caught my eye and then I kept seeing lovely photos of Berlin on my Instagram feed during the summer. Finally in Autumn I was looking for a new place to travel with my family and a documentary about Berlin came on TV. All signs were pointing to the city, so I decided to book the flights and surprise my partner with this trip on his birthday.
Where to stay? We rented an apartment via airBnB in Prenzlauer Berg, one of Berlin’s prettiest neighbourhoods and very family friendly.
What to do? For me this trip was all about walking around and mixing with the locals, getting lost and discovering all the amazing places the city has to offer.
Prenzlauer Berg and Mitte were some of my favourite neighbourhoods, full of cafes and little shops. I loved the The Michelberg hotel with it’s quirky and cool decoration and their café is great!
And for the foodies, MarktHall Neun is the market to visit, it’s even got an area for children to play while you eat.
For the more touristic attractions, you can walk along the path where the Berlin Wall stood. There’s information points with videos and audio that tells you all the history starting from Schwedter Straße (Street) and then you have the East Side Gallery with all the graffiti and street art, which I found very interesting.
The Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag building are some of the best known landmarks of Berlin, they are very close to each other and right next to the Tiergarten, the biggest park in Berlin, perfect for a nice walk!
If you visit with children, the MACHmit! Museum for children is definitely a must. We spent a whole morning there.
What to eat & drink? If you like coffee you are in for a treat! Berlin is full of lovely cafes with an artisan feel and amazing coffee and treats! German food is the perfect comfort food, specially in the colder months…Prater Garten was our favourite restaurant; It’s the oldest beer garden in Berlin serving classic and seasonal German cuisine like schnitzel (which was amazing!) and potato and sausage soup , and their house beer was great!
How to get around? There’s no need for a car if you are staying in the city as it’s very easy to get around. You can walk to many places and there’s also a tram, but the best thing is to do is rent a bike and discover the city cycling, especially if it’s a sunny day! Berlin is super bike friendly and there are rental places in almost every street. We rented one with a children trailer at the back as our daughter is 4 years old and was too young for long distances. She loved it !
Top packing tips? A notebook and a camera , a must to document your trip!
Would you visit again? Definitely! We’d love to visit Berlin in the summer next time.