Liam and I recently spent a long weekend in Berlin celebrating our 9 year (!) anniversary. It was cold (down to -3 on some days) but sunny with clear blue skies on most days. There is absolutely loads to do in Berlin - museums, monuments, street art and of course eating and drinking. Most things were within walking distance, but train tickets are cheap and we found it fairly easy to navigate our way around (I say, we, Liam is the only one with any sense of direction in this relationship). Below are some photos of some of my favourite things that we did on the trip.
East Side Gallery
A few meters from the bank of the river Spree, over a kilometre of the Berlin wall has been left standing as an outdoor gallery. On one side, artists have painted murals, and the other side is covered in graffiti by locals. Both sides are eye catching, with plenty of good photo opportunities. There were lots of other people taking photos, and many were queuing to take a picture in front of some of the more famous scenes.
Street art alley
An almost hidden entrance off Hackescher Markt leads to a tiny, graffiti-covered alleyway, packed with different styles of street art. It only takes a few minutes to wander down and look at everything but again, good for some arty photos!
Museums and landmarks
Unfortunately it was easier said than done finding restaurants that offered both gluten free and vegan options. However, we did find some really tasty food - sadly none of it traditional German (some places offered vegan Currywurst, however nothing was coeliac friendly). These are the places I would definitely recommend:
Berlin is the perfect place for a city break if you fancy a mix of historical and hipster, plenty of walking and lots of good food and drink. I would recommend packing your thermals if you visit in January!