Berlin, the capital of Germany and a lively city buzzing with energy you would expect from a major city in Europe. To soak up the vibe, base your adventures from the Jewish quarter in the central Mitte district where you can find various budget hotels such as the Circus Hotel or more expensive hotels with modern comforts such as Casa Camper.
Start your day with breakfast at either your hotel, or head over to Oliv in the Mitte area, where you can get yourself some energising coffee and egg dishes with the on the go professionals. Once you have finished your breakfast, you should be ready to start exploring. The UNESCO recognised cluster of museums known as Museumsinsel is your first destination.
The five museums that make up this area is filled with artefacts and treasures 6000 years old from around the world. As the doors open at 10 am, you will be arriving at the perfect time to avoid the long queues and hordes of screaming children on day trips.
Once you have had your fill of the museums, head over to the docking station for the Spree River cruises, which will take you along the river so you can admire historic Berlin. The docking point is just outside of the DDR museum and the boat will gently cruise past splendid old buildings, beach bars, the government quarter and the impressive train station.
Take a taxi over to Fischers Fritz where you’ll be treated to Michelin Star chef Christian Lohse cooking up some fantastic fish and seafood dishes. Three course lunch meals are 47 Euros which is great value for such good food or, alternatively, get two courses for 35 Euros and visit the nearby chocolatier Fassbender & Rausch which is famous for making chocolate models of Berlin’s landmarks.
Next is time to take in some of the attractions of Berlin. Head over to Gendarmenmarkt which is a graceful square sandwiched between German and French cathedrals and the brilliant Konzerthaus, Berin’s main concert hall.
Detouring from here, head over to Checkpoint Charlie and the infamous Brandenburg Gate, both important Cold War sites for their respective reasons. Nearby to the gate is a Holocaust Memorial site consisting of 2711 sarcophagi like columns that rise up in sobering silence.
Berlin is famed for its efficient traffic system, with jams rarely becoming a problem. This means that one of the best ways to explore the city in such a short space of time is to rent your own car. There are various online car rental services available for Europe, many of whom have dedicated pages for specific countries, like http://www.autoeurope,com/go/car-rental/germany/. So keep an eye out for those.
Make your way back over to the Jewish quarter where you can explore the winding lanes and check out some of the stores selling the local fashions. After you have indulged in some retail therapy, you can move on to get some dinner. Pork and beer are on the menu at Schwarzwaldstuben or you can go oriental with some Vietnamese pho (noodle soup) at Chi Sing.
Once you have eaten, head out into some of the bars for some evening drinks and get a feel for the nightlife of the city.