Berlin, the prelude

I’m going to Berlin on Wednesday with a few old friends for five nights. It was a spur of the moment decision driven mainly by us all having to take holiday time off work before the end of the year, and the cheapness of the flights.

Unlike recent holidays to New York, Barcelona and Croatia, where I had either been before, done a bit of research or had a fairly good idea of what to expect from movies and music, Berlin remains a mystery to me.

I’m expecting big, wide public squares, hundreds of kinds of beer, crumbling Communist blocks, nightclubs that stay open till the last person leaves and a huge David Hasselhoff fanbase. But this could just be the stereotypical view for all I know.

Anyway, I’ll be back next week with my thoughts on the German capital and hopefully a few photos – although they won’t be as good as my Croatia pictures as it will just be my pitiful phone camera this time.

In the meantime, have you been to Berlin?

Care to give this clueless tourist a few tips on good bars / restaurants / clubs / sights?

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3 thoughts on “Berlin, the prelude

  1. There’s this pizza place, in which I drank two carafes of red wine because they only have wine and beer on order and it turned out my friend didn’t like either, that’s a must-visit. It’s where all the bands (and the Fratellis) go when they’re on tour, and write their names on the walls.

    A quick Google reveals it’s called Cucina Casalinga, but if you’re GOING to drink two carafes of red wine, make sure it’s not the night before your early Easyjet flight.

  2. I’m going to Berlin in a week and a half. Been before, in 2005, but I don’t have any leftover recommendations from then. I hear Monster Ronson’s Ichiban Karaoke Bar is the place to be these days. And someone e-mailed me with a bunch of cheap/vegan/punk/etc recommendations, which I’ll forward to you if you want (if so, what’s your e-mail address?).

  3. Thanks Lis I’ll definitely check out the pizza place. Pizza and alcohol is a winning combination!

    Nine, I hope that karaoke bar doesn’t have anything to do with a certain Mark Ronson. If not I’ll check that out too…

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