Berlin Story – Part 3 FINISH (with 2 Postcards Giveaway)

On the 3rd day we only got the chance to see some of the touristic places in Berlin. Started the morning by having breakfast at Marcann’s cafe in Berlin Mitte. It was a very cozy cafe, with French menu and had cute French-y interiors. Again, the price in the cafe was so much cheaper than in Holland, we ate baguettes (French sandwiches) and croissants with tea and for me a cup of coffee with lactose-free milk, we paid less than 10 euro each.

After breakfast we felt very energized. We took the U Bahn to Noordhauptbahnof area, and there we were, standing at Berliner Mauer, or Berlin Wall and reading about the country’s dark history. The one we went to was the one  between Benauerstrasse and Gartenstrasse.

 

Then we went on, to the city center, and mingled with Bayern Munchen and FC Dortmund supporters at Brandenburger Gate. On the same time it was a final match between those two football clubs at Olympia stadium so the city was packed with football fans/supporters from both teams.

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{ Brandenburger Gate }

For you who love visiting some cultural spots, you must go to Museum Island, a complex of five internationally significant museums, all part of the Berlin State Museums. One of them is the Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral). The sun was shining at this moment, so we took a long break at Lustgarten in Museum Island area, laid down on the grass for a while just soaked up the sun and ate waffles. It was soooo nice!! Afterwards we went into the Cathedral that was just on the opposite site of the park (Lustgarten). Inside the Cathedral there was an orchestra rehearsing and OH MY GOD…they were so GOOD! So that was like a free 15 minutes orchestra performance for us πŸ™‚

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{ Lustgarten }

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{ Berliner Dom }

That day there were many protests on the streets, besides that, the streets looked like ocean of football supporters :O… I did not feel really at ease since it was soooooo crowded and my feet sore so much from yesterday’s walking in Sanssouci Park. In addition, many streets were closed due the protests which made the sight-seeing less attractive. We stranded around Ku’Damm (the shopping streets of Berlin) and quickly became so crowded with tourists and football supporters we then decided to end the misery by going to a less crowded square if there was any. We ended up in Potsdamplatz (Potsdam Square) not so far from Ku’Damm, because that was the only place that wasn’t too crowded in the city at that moment. Took a break a little bit and did some make up shopping at Kiko shop at the mall followed by dinner, we ate simple Asian food at the mall’s food-court (so Indonesian huh, malls and food-court hahaha).

Speaking of malls, when we were in the city center near Ku’Damm, we accidentally went to one of the latest malls in Berlin, which was Bikini Berlin. This mall just had a facelift and became the hippest and grooviest mall in the city due to its unique concept of shopping. Look at one of the coffee hangouts, see below picture. It had a panoramic view into Berlin’s Zoo. Awesome!!!

P1010118-25.-April-2014-BerlijnBlog-Bikini-Berlin-2 pic is borrowed from here

Well, that was our 3rd day in Berlin though. Our feet could not take it anymore so went to the hotel and had a good warm bath and we passed out afterwards.

The next day after we checked out of the hotel, we took off directly to the airport, it was pouring rain the whole afternoon. Should you have time when you are in Berlin, you should make time and go see the Botanical garden and the beautiful gardens of Charlottenburg palace. With 22.000 types of plants, Berlin’s Botanical Gardens rank among the three most important botanical gardens in the entire world and also Europe’s only Botanical Museum. I didn’t have the chance nor the time to go to these aforementioned places, but that is a valid reason to come back here again πŸ˜€ and must go to the flea markets too! The transportation is really easy you just have to get yourself public transportation maps (for S Bahn, U Bahn and metro; metro in Berlin means trams). If you are lost, no worries, not like other cities in Germany, in Berlin people speak English so you can ask for direction πŸ™‚ They even appreciated my funky German and said I spoke well German…how genuinely sweet!! (my German is very rusty now and I sometimes hear myself spoke German in Dutch accent…hehehe). One more thing, Wifi seems very hard to find except at Starbucks 😦

Eventually, thanks for reading the Berlin stories. I have two free Potsdam postcards which I want to give away for my dearest blog readers. If you are interested, just leave me a comment below! The first comments are the lucky ones, so easy! and if your comment happens to be the first two comments, but are not interested in getting free postcards please let me know. Danke! πŸ˜€

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37 thoughts on “Berlin Story – Part 3 FINISH (with 2 Postcards Giveaway)

  1. I have been to Berlin 3 – 4 times Oppie. Everytime I visit the remnants of Berlin Wall, it gives me a chilly feeling. I imagined what life must have been like. The traces of East and West Germany are so vividly present.

    Ah, I just love the city, the vibe and the places. German Zoo, Museum Island, Friedrichstrasse, Prenzlauerberg, the people and cute shops plus affordable cafe’s and restaurants.

    You are right, in Berlin it is hard to find free WiFi spots. Love your Berlin stories.

    PS: We wish there was a Kiko store here in The Netherlands, don’t we? G calls it a MAC wannabe with Catrice price πŸ˜‰

    • The crazy part is, that it happened not so long ago..to find myself walking in the area of the Berlin wall freely without someone holds a gun to my head is just weird. I had that chilly feeling all the time when I was there, so I left after 20 something minutes underwhelmed by the atmosphere, left the place after sent the victims prays.

      Noooo we don’t have Kiko in NL…hahaha! indeed, the quality is surprisingly good though and it’s so affordable. Kalap mbak pas disana huahaha.

  2. Woww many interesting places in berlin! Will take notes on them, TFS Oppie πŸ™‚ btw slalu sukaa ngeliat orang2 leyeh2 di rerumputan gitu…mauuu postcard from berlin *moga2 dapet**crossing fingers* πŸ™‚

  3. Why would we need a wifi spot if the city gives so much to enjoy? πŸ˜€
    Biasanya saya foto2 aja yang banyak, setelah sampai penginepan/hotel (yg dipastikan ada wifinya) baru posting2 di socmed, blog dll, biar puas jalan2nya.

    • So true tika! you don’t need wifi when there’s plenty things to do in Berlin. I think I need to inform whoever who reads the Berlin post about the wifi because I found it not so handy when I tried to find a specific cafΓ© and restaurant I wanted to visit, and could not get wifi to find the location and such from the internet. And failed when I wanted to do online check in on KLM website. Just for a practical reason that is.

    • Yay! Ga kenal maka gak saying, ya toh? ^^

      Berlin is such a vibrant city and has a lot to offer πŸ™‚ you can do many things here. A lot of cool hangout places and lots of breathtaking palaces and museums.

      • Oh ya…menurut gue Jakarta mahal bener buat beberapa produk, lebih mahal drpd harga sini. Kayak pas ke Jkt kemaren keabisan facial foam gue pake Kiehl’s eh disono di hargain 800 ribu..ajegile! Mending gue cuci muka pake sabun Lux ajah! Nah kalo Kiko ini emang beneran murah kok produknya, kisaran 2 euro an sampe 15 euro…

      • Iya, kosmetik emang mahal banget udah gitu prosesnya lama banget (ini juga bikin mahal). Sephora di Jakarta sudah mau masuk, sudah sewa toko, tapi produknya masih keganjal di Bpom.

  4. Oppie lagi di Brandenburg berfoto dg 3 atau 4 tentara gokil ga? hehehe ada yg berseragam Amerika, Rusia, mana lagi ya lupa πŸ˜€ . Pokoknya jadi salah satu objek wisata di Berlin tuh. Kalau ga salah bayar brp euro berfoto dg para tentara tsb.

  5. Aaaah.. Jadi pingin lagi kesana.
    Berlin kota gede tapi masih nyaman bgt ya buat turis. Gampang kemana2nya. Gw dulu sempet diajak jalan (kaki) sama Bubu dari Jewish Museum up to Museum Island (lewat checkpoint charlie) trus lanjut ke Brandenburg Gate. eudaaaaan.. Kaki udh kayak mo copot.. T__T

    Soal wifi… Emberaaaan.. Kalo mau dpt gratis selain di sbuk ya di sony center Pie.. >_<

    • Hahaha, iya bayangin aja Be kemaren itu sehari sebelum muter2x kota kita udah muter2x Potsdam jalan kaki sampe kaki kapalan (ga lebay ini beneran)…udah cukup olahraga buat bulan ini deh gue lol. Betchul neng Bebe, gue rada heran juga hari gini wifi kok pake bayar. Sampe mau check in online buat fly back itu pun susah bgt 😦

  6. wah amazing banget :”) hahaha jadi pengen kesana deh hahaha .
    btw boleh nanya mbak ? hahaha mbaknya bisa berapa bahasa sih :”) aduh aduh …. les dimana aja mbak mau nyebutin gak ? hahaha . berharapdijawab banget nih mbak xD
    apa bales di email nih mbak :p . ayumbajaa@gmail.com

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