Berlin is a fascinating city just bursting at the seams with excitement. The list of activities is never-ending and the food choices for a vegetarian exceeded my expectations.
Public transportation is fantastic; however, I preferred walking to experience the city like a local and to see as much as possible. The people were quite friendly and I never grew tired of being asked where I was from because of my accent (personally, I prefer the German accent).
I stayed at an Airbnb that I highly recommend. The host is lovely and her apartment is situated in a top-notch neighborhood. link
Hopefully your visit will include a special street surprise like mine – seeing an adorable couple juggle at a red light for tips. Here are my top picks to become acquainted with Berlin:
East Side Gallery – Some of the most amazing street art you will ever see!
Cool Runnings at YAAM (Young African Art Market) – A unique beach bar and market.
DDR Museum – So many hands-on activities for kids and adults at this engrossing museum.
Tiergarten Park – Plan to spend the entire day here, because there is much to see and do in a peaceful setting. I adored the landscape, statues, and especially chilling at Café am Neuen See's biergarten by the lake.
Berlin Cathedral – Magnificent inside and out. I was fortunate to visit during an actual service.
Brandenburg Gate – A landmark that shouldn't be missed.
Das Meisterstück – A phenomenal restaurant featuring local, organic ingredients and a distinguished beer selection.
Chipps – Another delectable restaurant fit for a vegetarian.
Anand – Authentic Indian cuisine with attentive service.
Oranium – Offers an extensive menu in a beautiful, vintage-like setting.
Bar Van Gogh – I love everything about this place! The décor is spot on with candles and reproductions of Van Gogh art (hence the name). Great selection of drinks and a wonderful piano player tickling the ivories.
Bellini Lounge – The place for out of this world craft cocktails made by bartenders who take their job seriously.
BöseBubenBar – A really charming cafe for coffee and food during the day, and drinks in the evening. I could spend hours at this cool venue.