Recommended by Lollie from Berlinagenten: Gastro-Rallye, we visited Buck and Breck on our first evening in Berlin. She had described it to us as a “small but unique bar with fantastic and friendly staff“. Her information couldn’t have been more accurate.
Known as one of the world’s best bars, this cosy, one-room bar is home to one of the best that I have encountered. Buck and Breck is perfectly located in Mitte, just a short walk from Rosenthaler-Platz. It’s not obvious to find at all and depends upon you precisely locating the doorbell and shop fascia that overlooks Brunnenstrasse 177 – no mean feat as the shop fron that conceals the bar is often changed. Continue reading Buck and Breck cocktail bar, Berlin #byExpedia→
Our third day in Berlin saw us gather with a small group totalling five people, meeting at 10am for our next tour with a difference. We were off to visit Sachsenhausen. The SachsenhausenCamp was most prominently used during the second world war as part of Hitler’s regime. It also served as the model camp during the Holocaust, used to structure the other concentration camps – this being one of the first to be formed.
As part of a successful entry in a competition arranged by Expedia, I won a trip to Berlin for five fun-filled days. The element of my entry had focussed around the alternative side of the city. Street art, liberalism and an open culture that I couldn’t wait to experience.
With this in mind, I opted to take part in the Sandeman’s New Europe Tour, one that promised to show the unique identity of West Berlin that has developed during nearly 40 years behind the Iron Curtain. This part of Berlin has been a magnet for non-conformists embracing the non-judgemental, progressive attitude that allows them to live in the alternative underground scene.
Having pre-confirmed the date and time for commencing the tour, we met the tour group outside of the Old Post Office at Oranienburger Strasse. Our guide introduced herself to the group as Grace, and after brief introductions from around the rest of the group (which drew attendees from around the world), it was clear that this was already a great representative mix of the people that Berlin attracts. Continue reading Street Art and an Alternative City tour in Berlin #byExpedia→
After the previous fun-filled evening, the following day in Berlin proved to be as exciting as the first, giving us a chance to take in more of the city. Highlights from the itinerary are featured below.
Aquadom (Sealife Centre)
After leaving Eurostars Hotel, we headed to Alexander Platz, a short stroll from the Aquadom, which would be our first stop off for the morning. With it being January, it was very quiet giving us a great chance to take in the sea life undisturbed. We enjoyed creatures from sharks to sting ray, crabs to starfish. Like many such centres, they are typically aimed at families with younger children to provide an educational experience, but we had a great time Continue reading Part 2: Sealife & acrobatics in Berlin #byExpedia→
St. Mary’s Church, also known as Marienkirche, is the oldest church in Berlin located on Karl-Liebknecht-Straße near Alexander Platz. Estimated to date back to the 13th century, the now re-composed architecture of the building stands as a Lutheran Protestant church.
Overshadowed by Berlin’s Sky Bar, St.Mary’s Church has withstood the transition that Berlin made during the war when it was previously a Roman Catholic Church. The structure of the building gives it an unmissable presence, with its largely red brick composition giving it a characteristic feel. Below are a few photos that I took whilst wandering around the church. Continue reading A photo essay of St. Mary’s Church, Alexander Platz, Berlin #byExpedia→
I had proposed taking an alternative visit to the city, as whilst I love taking in the historical elements of a destination, I was particularly interested to learn about modern Berlin and the lifestyle that exists today. With that objective in mind, I set about choosing the following activities to be arranged by Expedia to contribute to our January visit to Germany’s capital city: Continue reading An ‘alternative’ visit to Berlin #byExpedia→
As part of the #byExpedia Berlin Bloggers competition, I had to choose a hotel to accommodate my boyfriend and I for the duration of our stay. Having perused a selection of hotels on the Expedia website, I settled on the Eurostars Hotel, a five-star complex located on Friedrichstrasse; the heart of Berlin and a perfect base from which to explore the city.
Upon arrival at the hotel, we received a warm welcome by the Receptionist who confirmed that our room was ready and all facilities were available except for the hotel pool. Unfortunately it was having its annual service but an alternative pool was available in a nearby hotel. To be honest we didn’t miss it as Berlin is jam-packed with activities to keep you occupied. Continue reading A 5-star stay at Eurostars Hotel, Berlin #byExpedia→