Germany Berlin: a city trip

Exploring Berlin with Good Friends: A Memorable City Trip

A city trip to Berlin becomes even more special when it involves reuniting with dear friends. Join us as we embark on an unforgettable journey, filled with warm welcomes, iconic landmarks, culinary delights, and cherished moments spent together.

Day 1: Arrival and Exploring the Heart of Berlin

Our adventure began with an early flight from Brussels to Berlin, brimming with excitement and anticipation. Upon our arrival, we were met with open arms by our friends, their smiling faces radiating warmth and joy. The stage was set for an extraordinary experience in the captivating capital.

After a short transfer, we checked into the Hilton Berlin, a luxurious hotel that exceeded our expectations. We were delighted to find ourselves in a corner suite on the 6th floor, offering breathtaking views of the Gendarmenmarkt and the charming Mitte district. Adjacent to cathedrals and the renowned Rausch chocolate shop, the location was truly exceptional. The hotel itself boasted impressive amenities, including an indoor pool, fitness center, sauna, and spa, ensuring our stay was both comfortable and rejuvenating. Additionally, its proximity to significant landmarks such as Checkpoint Charlie, Brandenburg Gate, and the Berlin Wall made it an ideal base for our exploration.

Some more pics and details are available in this blog post from a previous visit ❤️.

Eager to start our city adventure, we first visited Alexanderplatz and its iconic TV tower. This bustling square captivated us with its vibrant atmosphere, and ascending the tower offered panoramic views of the sprawling cityscape.

From there, we strolled down Unter den Linden, a historic boulevard adorned with magnificent trees and awe-inspiring buildings. Our journey led us to the majestic Brandenburg Gate, an enduring symbol of German unity and an essential stop on any visit to Berlin. Standing before this landmark, we marveled at its grandeur and reflected on the rich history it represents.

Day 2: Monuments, Parks, and Culinary Delights

On our second day, we set out to explore more of Berlin’s treasures. Our first stop was the Victory Column, an impressive monument celebrating Prussia’s military successes. Climbing to the top, we were rewarded with breathtaking panoramic views of the city and its surrounding beauty.

Continuing our journey, we ventured into the tranquil oasis of Tiergarten, Berlin’s largest and most beloved park. As we meandered along its winding paths and lush greenery, we reveled in the serenity it offered amidst the bustling metropolis.

We then visited the Memorial Church, a poignant reminder of the city’s tumultuous past. Its partially destroyed spire stands as a haunting symbol of the devastation caused during World War II, while the adjacent modernist church provides solace and hope.

As the day transitioned into evening, we enjoyed a delightful and romantic dinner at Lutter & Wegner, after visiting Potsdamer platz and Checkpoint Charlie This renowned restaurant tantalized our taste buds with its exceptional local cuisine, allowing us to savor the flavors of Berlin while creating cherished memories in the intimate ambiance.

Day 3: Brunch, Museums, and Reflection

The third day of our adventure began with a leisurely brunch at Victor and Victoria, a charming eatery known for its delectable cuisine. With our friends by our side, we savored the delightful flavors and enjoyed the warm company, creating moments that would forever be etched in our hearts.

Afterward, we visited the New Museum, which housed a captivating collection of art and artifacts. Immersed in the city’s rich history and cultural heritage, we marveled at the exhibits that told stories of the past and celebrated the beauty of human creativity.

As we enjoyed a great brunch, we did enjoy end of the afternoon a nice moment in the Gendarmerie Restaurant… some cool local food before the thirds part of the walk…

To pay homage to the solemn history of Berlin, we made our way to the Holocaust Memorial. This thought-provoking memorial, consisting of hauntingly abstract concrete slabs, serves as a poignant tribute to the millions of lives lost during the Holocaust. As we walked through the memorial, we were reminded of the importance of remembrance and the collective responsibility to prevent such atrocities from recurring.

Day 4: Bidding Farewell to Berlin

On our final day in Berlin, we cherished the remaining moments spent with our friends, reflecting on the incredible experiences we shared. With heavy hearts, we bid adieu to this vibrant city, filled with gratitude for the memories we had created.

We embarked on our return flight from Berlin to Brussels, carrying the spirit of friendship and adventure with us. As the plane soared through the sky, we looked back on our extraordinary city trip, grateful for the opportunity to explore Berlin’s treasures with our beloved friends.

In conclusion, our city trip to Berlin, including an average of 15,000 steps/day punctuated by warm welcomes, iconic landmarks, culinary delights, and heartfelt connections, will forever remain etched in our memories. This captivating capital provided the perfect backdrop for an unforgettable journey, and the presence of our dear friends made it truly exceptional.\

By the way let’s not forget the MUST

The Curry Wurst…

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  1. Serge,

    What a lovely trip! Your photos are great and your writing tells a wonderful story. Thank you for sharing this-trust all is well


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