44 Hours in Berlin

Stay

Soho House.  As far as I’m concerned, it’s the only place to stay in Berlin.  It was a typical Soho House, no phones on the club and pool levels, huge gym, members only areas you can access as a guest, etc. It’s located in the trendy neighborhood of Kollwitzkiez and is walkable to all the best shops and restaurants.

 

Eat

I love Ramen in Europe!!  I can’t get enough of it. Austin only has a few places for Ramen so I go to town on noodles when I’m in bigger cities. We meandered down the street from our hotel and found several great restaurants with crisp patio seating. We went to Monsieur Vuong and loved it. but there are so many adorable places to eat in the neighborhood-so don’t go out of your way to eat at these places.  If you stumble upon them, they are great!

 

See

It’s cheesy, but, since we were only in Berlin a very short time, we toured the city on the Hop On Hop Off double decker bus.  We saw all the main sights and didn’t have to worry about getting lost or overpaying for taxis. To my own surprise, I would actually recommend the bus if you want a quick overview of the sights (plus you can really lean into that tourist thing- . Stops included Checkpoint Charlie, Brandanburger Tor, Zoologisher Garten, Parliament, Siegessaule (Victory Tower), and my favorite stop, the Holocaust Memorial. The Holocaust Memorial was heartbreaking and profound. Sometimes museums strike an emotional chord that take your breath away- this is one of those places. It was an opportunity to reflect and grow, which I often do after travelling, but I appreciated that I got to share that type of emotional experience with my partner during a trip.  The Eastside Gallery is a great follow up to the museum, it was exciting to see contemporary artists’ work, and to make connections to their work and the history of Berlin. It was a deep day, and one that I’ll keep thinking about for a long time.