After being MIA for a month, I am ready to blog again! It is still May and I have been getting around Schiphol like 4 times already. I am not complaining though, I am busy and happy. A lot has happened in a month. I went home for a short stay (9 days only!) due to a family matter and loved the balmy weather. I gotta meet with some friends and families, which was really wonderful. I gotta eat many Indonesian snacks when I was home. My parents accommodated it, and they were really keen to feed me while I was there :p
A week after my arrival in the Netherlands I left Amsterdam again to spend 4 days in Berlin with my best friend for a short vacation celebrating her birthday. We had so much fun and we really wanted to go back again to Berlin in the future with our partners 🙂
We flew to Berlin with KLM this was because KLM had unbelievably low fares to Berlin, for the week we would visit there! lucky us. Otherwise we would just take the train and sat in the train for 6 something hours … The flight to Berlin took only 1 hour and 20 minutes we arrived at around 7 pm. Shortly after we went downtown to see a friend and grabbed dinner on the way.
We stayed in a hotel in east Berlin, it was a comfortable hotel, and had good access to the center (Alexanderplatz). Although it was more in the neighborhood area it was OK and the advantage was that it was pretty quiet so we could easily have a good rest after a long day. 3 days were way too short to see all Berlin, at least we could use 5 days to see just Berlin without Potsdam. We did not have the chance to go to some of hip districts in Berlin. And we missed the flea markets too! 😦 So, for you who want to visit Berlin and happen to have times, book it for 5 days! 😀
Berlin was such a vibrant city, with a lot of gems and lots of creativity. It had the raw atmosphere, still had the old German feeling yet it had also the international vibes. It was also much cheaper than Amsterdam, in Berlin you could get bigger portion of everything with less money. Bigger beers, bigger plates of food, bigger cakes, etc. Berlin was huge compared to Amsterdam, eclectic and playful. We also spent a day in Potsdam to visit Park Sansscouci.
If you are in Berlin I recommend you to visit Potsdam too because the town is just outside Berlin and it is such a rustic and peaceful place, you would not want to leave it. It has so many green scenery, AMAZING castles, smaller than Berlin and has many nice shops and cafes.
Below are pictures from Berlin! Happy reading y’all 😀
Upon arrival we immediately bought Berlin Welcome Card. With this pass you are able to get discounts on many museums, free public transport tickets, and get a City Map and public transportation maps.
First evening, spent it with a friend and chilled out at a Biergarten in Berlin – Mitte 🙂
Pic 1. A super cool hangout in Berlin Mitte, a typical Biergarten with a twist. Its name is Republiek Frank und Frein. Take U8 from Alexanderplatz and get off after 2 stops. The venue is just next to U Bahn station. It is really unique because of the retro double-Decker bus which functioned as the indoor place.
Pic 2. Alexanderplatz train station where we took train (RE train goes faster than if you take S Bahn or RB train) to Postdam on the 2nd day.
On the 2nd day we ventured out to Park Sanssouci in Potsdam to see some major attractions. Next post will be all about Potsdam 🙂 and the rest of Berlin .