As a last minute trip, we packed our bags and headed for Gatwick airport. The sleepy 5am flight took just under two hours and before we knew it we had touched down in Germany.
Having never been before I was excited to see what the culture was going to be like in Berlin and I quickly found out just how different it was as we arrived at St Christopher’s Hostel, where we would stay for the next 4 days.
For our first day in Berlin we decided to see the most famous landmark- The Berlin Wall/ East Side Gallery. The art on the wall was done by unknown artists and thousands of people still travel to see the graffiti. We walked the length of the wall all the way to Checkpoint Charlie and then took to our Hostel to have some delicious food and drinks before heading to bed after our first long day.
The next day we took ourselves to the Holocaust Memorial and Brandenburg Gate which are two beautiful monuments in the centre of Berlin. Visiting the Holocaust memorial was a haunting experience for us as the vast space and concrete blocks reminded you of how extreme the events of the holocaust actually were.
On our third day we went to the Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom) which was absolutely beautiful. We paid our €5 to go inside and walked up the 270 steps to walk around the Dome. The views from the top were breathtaking and allowed us to see the whole of Berlin from above.
As Berlin is the home of Techno, we decided to spend our last night at one of the well known clubs- Tresor. We queued up outside the concrete warehouse and waited to be let in. Once inside it was clear this was nothing like the nightclubs in the UK. The whole interior was made of grey concrete which really made no difference to our night as you couldn’t see through the smoke and flashing lights. We had so much fun here and all managed to stumble home in a taxi in the early hours.
Our last day consisted mainly of packing and scrubbing down the rooms in time for check out (which we missed by 2 hours) and taking naps/eating in the hostel bar after a tiring few days. I really enjoyed visiting Berlin for the first time and would recommend anyone that was interested to go for it. The hostel was great and as students we managed to budget quite well while we were there.