a guide to berlin

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Berlin was an interesting city. I will admit that I wasn’t the most excited to be visiting because just 2 weeks before my departure, I booked tickets for my brother and mum to visit and then flights to Morocco and Paris. Berlin had a lot of mixed reviews from my friends. Some said it was difficult to photograph, others told me I would love the history. It was true that I found the city very difficult to capture (because of all the construction and considering how immense it was), but I absolutely loved the political and historical significance. If you’re new here, I studied international relations and thus Berlin plays a major part in everything I learnt.

monumental

Some of the things we did on our own were Schlob Charlottenburg and the Helmut Newton Museum. The next day we decided to take a bus to the center of the city and walk around to see Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie and the moving Topographie des Terrors.
 

{berlin city guide} via chevrons & éclairs
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tour

Visit Berlin’s WelcomeCard
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Visit Berlin provided us with the WelcomeCards perfect for traveling through the city. Unlike most European cities, Berlin is very difficult to walk, especially in the Winter. Historically, the east and west were heavily divided, so you will want to get a travel card for the length of your stay. You can use it on basically all forms of transportation and it even comes with access to Museum Island and more! Also, be sure to check out these ideas for wintertime in Berlin and the ‘Going Local Berlin’ app to help find lesser known places.

Urban Adventures
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I love tours that are run by locals or cover something that you would look past. The hidden Berlin tour hosted by Urban Adventures covered the parts of Berlin that I wouldn’t even think of like the Palace of Tears, Jewish Quarter and everything from those and the Berlin Wall. The tour provides you so many different perspectives of various groups, communities and even time periods.
 

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what I wore

jumper MADEWELL shirt JCREW jeans c/o JOULES trainers ADIDAS jewelry J.LAUREN black trousers REISS grey tunic ZARA boots & OTHER STORIES lipsticks BOND GIRL and AMAZING GRACE coat ELLEN TRACY blanket scarf ZARA leather backpack FIORELLI nails TRIS c/o ZOYA NAIL POLISH
 

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stay

Max Brown Hotel KuDamm
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I stumbled upon Max Brown when I was in Amsterdam over the summer and fell in love with the interiors! Looking deeper, I saw that they had a hotel in Berlin too and at that point I was already planning a trip to Berlin. Upon entering the lobby, the vibes were relaxed and casual. The palm wallpapers and corner cacti garden made us get over the winter blues pretty quickly.

We had the medium-sized room and it was the perfect size as we weren’t spending too much time there. I loved the brass finishings and the subway tile bathroom, but the perk was the little gifts set on the desk/my blogging and work space for the weekend.

The eclectic mix-match decor and exposed, dim lighting made this boutique hotel feel very comfortable. In the middle of a residential location, it was nestled between such cute cafes and shops and the the streets were quiet during the night. You also don’t have to go too far if you’re looking for a cheeky drink before bed as the hotel bar and restaurant is fully equipped… but more about that below.
 

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eat

Zeit Fur Brot
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I came across this place on Instagram by accident. We got there with a major queue creeping out the door. When we walked in the air was perfumed with cinnamon and everything glutinous and naughty. We picked up a maple-pecan bun and a cherry-white chocolate bun too, but went back without a second thought when the apple-cinnamon arrived coming straight from the oven.

Zur Letzten Instanz
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When I was discussing plans with the Visit Berlin team, they immediately suggested I visit Zur Letzten Instanz for dinner. I wanted an authentic experience and got so much more. A proper pub experience with all the right German touches. We started off with a pilsner, followed by a very meaty meal and ended with the best apple pie ever and a glass of schnapps on the side! I couldn’t even explain to you how wonderful the meat was, but if you’re a vegetarian, you’ve got a few options too!

Cecconi’s
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No trip feels complete without a visit to Soho House. I was actually surprised by the set up of the Soho House in Berlin. It seemed to be right in the middle of a busy highway like road. When we entered, everything was dark and draped with heavy cloths. It was absolutely gorgeous. We were directed to a seat in the middle of the restaurant surrounded by all the candles. I never ate at Cecconi’s in London, but was told to try the fried olives and it was definitely worth it. I also suggest the dover sole and the pappardelle. If I had to make a drink suggestion, go for the house wines with particular focus on the Sangiovese Rose. It was vibrant, refreshing and perfect for the start of our meal. You can find the dinner menu and wine list here.

Benedict
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Who doesn’t love breakfast food at all times of the day? If you’re staying at Max Brown Ku’damm, you get a complimentary breakfast from here otherwise it’s open to the public. I definitely suggest the Shakshuka or the buttermilk pancakes.
 

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shop

Horizn Studio
for a bit of travel and luggage love. I really want their smart-suitcase!

Paper & Tea
The sweetest space for all things tea and stationary!

Homecore
German men’s fashion, need I say more?

Broke & Schön
Lots of cute statement pieces for the wardrobe.

Rausch
A local favorite chocolatier! Get a small box of truffles that you can mix and match.
 

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as always, all opinions and thoughts are my own
 

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  • Sarah

    Did you do something different to lighting in the indoor photos? They look so creamy and gorgeous! xxx

    • I don’t think so! I added a touch of green to the editing technique probably. Played around with bouncing light off of candles 🙂

  • The quality of these photos are gorgeous and this whole post makes me want to travel!

  • LOVE this post and all of your photos!
    I need to visit there! 🙂

    ~Adriana
    http://www.leopardmartini.com

  • Tiffany {A Touch of Grace}

    Yep. I knew I wanted to visit Berlin but you just confirmed it for me. All the history! And tours given by locals are the only way to go. But please, the food photos. You make my daily fare look so sub par, ha!

    • It’s totally lovely for food and history! I don’t think I’ve ever come back from a trip feeling 10 lbs heavier 🙂

  • Leah G.

    These photos are beautiful. Thank you for introducing me to Urban Adventures! They have so many other tours done by locals all over the world!x

  • HERRENDEZVOUS

    Lovely photos, so many great tips!

    XX

    Love, http://herrendezvous.com/

  • It has been years since I went to Berlin and I am hoping to go back soon, the photos of all the food look like the perfect reason to go back =o)

    http://dreamofadventures.blogspot.com/