I’ve already written about the first part of my 72 hours in Berlin 72 Hours In Berlin (Part 1 of 2) but as the post was so incredibly long, I’ve split it into two. No one needs more than 1000 words per post, right?
My second day in Berlin started with a lie in and a lazy morning. I actually got up to put the do not disturb sign on my door, then went back to bed to watch To All The Boys I’ve Loved Before on Netflix whilst I woke up slowly. Once I’d done that and got ready, I headed back out, for a day of street art and quirkier sightseeing.
I’m not going to talk too much about my street art hunting in Kreuzberg because I’ve written a seperate post all about it. Needless to say this was one of my highlights of the trip, and after getting the train in, I wandered for a few hours, calling at Burgermeister for lunch.
East Side Gallery is 1316 metres, 1.3km of the Berlin Wall, running alongside the river Spree. When the wall came down, artists started to paint on both sides and the wall was later given memorial status. I only walked part of it, because I was in so much pain with my feet, and I’ll definitely be walking the lot if I ever go back. My top tip is take a sharpie pen with you, as there are sections where members of the public can leave messages of hope and support. I didn’t have a pen, so couldn’t leave a message-which makes me so sad.
The Oberbaumbrucke Bridge is just across from East Side Gallery, and it used to be a border crossing for pedestrians when the wall was in place. Nowadays it’s just a gorgeous bridge with a lovely view down the river Spree, and I stopped to take in the view whilst going to my next location. I didn’t take a photo from the bridge but you can see it in the background of this one.
Further down the river Spree is the sculpture of the three Molecule Men, which represent three districts (Kreuzberg, Treptow and Friedrichshain) coming together. It was close to both East Side Gallery and my next stop, so I took quick walk down to have a look and I’m glad I did, as it was pretty spectacular against the blue sky.
A public swimming pool sat on top of the River Spree? A family friendly public pool by day, and a cool bar by night? Obviously I wanted to check the place out, so I headed along the river and through a very industrial estate, until I found the entrance (and another of my beloved photobooths) and then spent an hour sat in the sun on a deckchair. The pool sells swimwear and loans towels so if you’ve not brought yours you can still swim. There’s a big sand pit and play area for kids and the bar looks to be open all day-heaven. You can also do some paddleboarding, if that’s your thing.
My last stop of the day was to one of the Curry 36 stalls, this one was conveniently close to my hotel so I bought Currywurst for tea and took it back to my room. Currywurst is German fast food, steamed then fried pork sausage with a curry ketchup. I also had fries seasoned with curry powder, and added some mayonnaise for good measure. I’m not the biggest fan of sausages normally but I knew I couldn’t leave the city without trying Wurst.
Monday morning started with a lie in, and the end of my packing. I checked out of my hotel with a short list of things to do, and a longer list of things I hoped to fit in if I had time. In the end, I did everything slowly and only managed the short list, but that’s okay. Sometimes you need that slower paced day.
I’ve written a post all about my day at the Zoo, so you can read that to see my thoughts. I got to see Pandas in the flesh which really made my trip, and I had a lovely few hours there.
Drinks at Bikini Berlin’s Rooftop Bar
I wanted to stay close to my hotel as by the time I left the zoo, I knew I’d be leaving for the airport on three hours. I went to Bikini Berlin to see the rooftop bar at the 25 Hours Hotel, which overlooks the monkey enclosure of the zoo, and had a drink and a rest there. Sadly I didn’t take photos, because I was pretty tired at this point.
Once I’d had a drink at Bikini Berlin I headed back to my hotel for another drink and some food, then I admitted defeat and went to get the train to Schonefeld Airport. Luckily I left plenty of time, as I had a few issues and ended up being made to get off the train, missing it and having to get two more to get back on course-but I made the airport in enough time to catch my flight, thankfully!
Have you been to Berlin before? What did you get up to? Did you do the same things I did? What would you recommend someone does during 72 hours in Berlin?