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What a cool city Berlin is! You can fill days with seeing overwhelming, historic buildings … Super impressive! But what I’m even more enthusiastic about is the incredibly cool atmosphere. Berlin is also called the creative city of Europe and it soon became clear to us. You will find many vintage markets, street art and trendy eateries. During our city trip we were surprised by special places that aren’t yet standard in the travel guides.
1. Mauerpark on Sunday
If you visit Berlin at the weekend, it is definitely worth taking a look at Mauerpark on Sundays. There is a huge “floh market” every week: a hotspot if you like to shop vintage clothing and unique accessories. In addition, no shortage of food trucks. But that’s not all … in the elongated park there are street musicians, hip-hop dancers and magicians everywhere. So many talent together! There is also a piece of Berlin Wall where plenty of graffiti is sprayed on summer days. There is a great festival atmosphere in the Mauerpark. Highly recommended for an afternoon of shopping, relaxing and enjoying all the creativity. Oh yes, and if you like karaoke: that spectacle starts around 3:00 pm so make sure you are on time to get a good spot.
Snake dress: Ibiza Mode
2. Admiral bridge
When our cousin (who has been living in Berlin for four years) suggested meeting at the Admiral Bridge, I thought it was just a central point. But when we arrived it turned out to be a nice chill place! When the weather is nice, the bridge will be full of cheerfully chatting people and the street musicians will create a good atmosphere. Get a drink on the corner of the street and sit down with the locals. You can also sit along the river and in the neighborhood (Kreuzberg) you will find nice, small cafes / terraces. The ultimate Berlin experience!
3. Rooftop dinner @Bikini
Do you prefer something more luxurious? In Berlin you will find a number of hip rooftop restaurants. A nice detail is that the restaurants in Berlin are on average slightly cheaper than in the Netherlands. This means that the ‘somewhat more luxurious’ locations can often also be easily paid for. We celebrated my 29th birthday last week at Bikini Berlin in West Berlin. A great combination of a cool view of the city and a cozy atmosphere. Order a nice drink and enjoy!
4. Beach bar Mitte
Escape the hustle and bustle of the city and sit down on a lounge chair among the palm trees. Yes, I’m talking about beach bar Mitte. If, like me, you go to Berlin in the summer, this is a wonderful place to relax in between all the ‘sightseeing’. Although there is no real beach, you are right on the river Spree which creates a ‘beach vibe’. Moreover, you can enjoy a beautiful view; on the other side of the river is the impressive Museum Island building. Order a nice brick oven pizza at the bar and throw your hips loose on the dance floor.
Sleeping in Berlin
We stayed in West Berlin on the Kurfürstendamm: one of the most famous shopping streets in Berlin. The distances in Berlin are quite large but we’ve done everything by bike. In addition to the fact that you immediately get rid of those schnitzels again, this way you get a better impression of the city than if you take the metro. Recommended!
We slept in the Hollywood Media hotel. When you walk into the hotel, you immediately feel that you have arrived in Hollywood. A red carpet, everywhere celebrity images and there are cool details such as retro film equipment. The breakfast is super extensive and the comfortable rooms all have their own movie star as their theme.
* This article has been created in collaboration with Ibiza Mode