Actually, it is crazy to stay only for one night in Berlin. Not for me, because I have lived there for 3 years and I am often there now as well for business trips and seeing my sister. But for travellers, one night in Berlin isn’t enough!!! OK, my american friend Emily is in Berlin tonight for one night as well, but she’s going to a concert and she has been quite often to Berlin, so that’s an excuse.
I am really thinking about what I would suggest if someone in the hostel is asking me what he should do if he or she only has one night in Berlin… I might say: STAY IN THE HOSTEL AND DON’T GO OUT BECAUSE YOU MIGHT REGRET THAT YOU HAVE ONLY ONE NIGHT!!! But since I am no fan of wasting time and staying in a hostel in a city which is so awesome, I can’t say that.
Before I give some recommendations to you, please promise, that you will give your best to try to not only staying in Berlin for one night, ok? I am thinking about 2 ways of exploring Berlin in one night…
1. SIGHTSEEING CRASH
2. GO OUT AND HAVE FUN
It is quite easy to see the most important sightseeing highlights in a few hours. There is a bus going from Berlin Zoo to Berlin Alexanderplatz (easy to remember, it is Bus 100). Buy a ticket and jump in @ Berlin Zoo and you will pass the Gedächtniskirche, loads of embassies, the parliament buildings, the Reichstag, the Brandenburger Tor, drive along „Unter den Linden“ and see the opera, the Humboldt university, the Berliner Dom and and and… That takes maybe 1 hour by bus. But I would suggest that you get off from the Bus at Brandenburger Tor and walk the rest, which is actually only 2-3 kilometres. So you can stop and have a closer look at the buildings. You will finish at Alexanderplatz and might be hungry then?! Not a problem, because there are loads of restaurants around. It is a bit touristy there (haha, a bit…) and the prices are higher then in other Berlin restaurants, but it is still not too expensive. Ja, that’s it! Now you have spent some hours in Berlin, got some impressions of the hightlights and can go back to the hostel and prepare yourself for your trip tomorrow. Where are you going? To the east? Maybe Dresden, Leipzig or even Prag? Have fun!! (and check our articles about the eastern german cities).
If you are no sightseeing addict and if you like to „feel“ the city, then START IN THE HOSTEL. What I would do is to ask the staff about their recommendations (like „What can I do and see in this area?“ „Which is the place to be in this area?”). Don’t ask for tourist places. Ask where the staff would go if they won’t work. Then I would have a look around and see if there are some other travellers, who might want to go out with me. Berlin is devided in “Stadtbezirke” like Mitte, Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg, Prenzlauer Berg and so on and every part of the city has it’s own area where the young folks go. Go with them! Check out a concert in an old and shabby club, go to an electro party, try the hippest veggie burger and drink as much cheap beer as you can. And then you go to bed, early in the morning, just a few hours of sleep until your trains goes to XYZ. And yes, you will be sad, that you have to leave so soon. And it is good that you are sad, because then you definitly will come back in the best german city ever! (I will be there in 3 hours… Do you want to know how I will spend my night in Berlin? OK… My sis is waiting for my at the train station to pick me up. Then we will go to Nil, which makes the best Falaffel in Friedrichshain. After that we will meet some friends in a bar called “Red Rooster” and THEN … I have to go to sleep because I have a meeting tomorrow morning. No, I won’t lie to you!! I’ll be back to Berlin in summer again for a few days and then I will tell you about all the great places I have been to!)
Enjoy Berlin, enjoy Germany, enjoy yourselves!