It’s Saturday in Berlin, but we arrived in the late morning on Friday. As you’ll see, we’ll have covered a lot of the city, including a few of its great beer gardens.
After landing at Berlin Tegel Airport, we made our way to the hotel: 25Hours Hotel Bikini Berlin. It’s a modern/hip hotel, yet neither Nik or I are too hip. We couldn’t check in yet, so we went to their rooftop bar, called “Monkey Bar” as it overlooks some of the Berlin Zoo, for lunch. (Our room also looks into the zoo!)
Once we got into the room, we freshened up and scoped out a plan for our stay. We decided we’d take it easy on night 1 and just get some dinner and make it an early night. Before leaving for this trip, we watched a video that raved about Burgermeister, a burger joint beneath the elevated U-Bahn tracks, so that’s where we went. The burger and fries were great and we both agreed it reminded us of Shake Shack.
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
Saturday we slept in a bit, which was great. Once we were up and at ’em, we crossed the street of our hotel to the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Built in the 1890s, it was badly damaged during WWII and what you see in the pictures below is what remains of it.
To see more pictures of the church, check our Google photo album here. Trust me, it’s a pretty neat building that is still standing.
They’ve turned the inside into a memorial with various displays on the history of the Wilhelms’, the church destruction and modern day repairs and the construction of a new church next door.
Berlin Beer Gardens
Café am Neuen See
No shortage of beer gardens in Berlin, as we visited a few of them. Located in the Tiergarten, alongside a small lake was Café am Neuen See:
Also in the Tiergarten, was Schleusenkrug. A large outdoor space that was nice but not as serene as Café am Neuen See.
Possibly our favorite of the beer gardens we visited was The Prater Garten. It’s the oldest Beer Garden in Berlin, dating back to 1837.
It’s situated in the eastern part of Berlin in the Pankow district which is the second largest borough of Berlin.
Leaving Prater Garten we finally stumbled upon a Döner Kebab.