weekend in 3 (#17)

This past weekend was spent in BERLIN! As I mentioned in last weekends’ post, my boyfriend arrived from Calgary to visit me for two weeks, and even though I wanted to show him a different side to Holland that he had already seen (just Amsterdam), I wanted to take a short trip to another city. I had visited Berlin once before, but in the winter a few years ago. He had never been to Berlin so it seemed like the perfect place to spend a long weekend. We left by car on Thursday morning, arrived in the mid-afternoon and spent the rest of the days exploring this incredible city.

I’m going to be posting a lot about Berlin in the next few days so I’m going to focus on Saturday, the day we spent biking around Berlin (yes, I know, I’m obsessed with biking, especially in different cities, aka Paris, Montreal, San Francisco, Amsterdam, etc.) We had rented bikes from our hotel in the morning and made our way to Schloß Charlottenburg, a palace constructed in the late 17th as a residence for Sophia Charlotte, wife of the Elector of Brandenburg, Frederick III.

From there we biked back through Charlottenburg, in former West Berlin (our hotel was in Schöneberg), past the Berlin Zoological Garden to the Tiergarten park, the largest urban park in the city of Berlin. We biked down the Straße des 17. Juni to the Victory Column and then took a right turn into the park to the Rose Garden. Here’s a picture of how I biked all day, map in hand (it worked quite well, surprisingly)…

We ended up at the eastern rim of Tiergarten, at the Brandenburger Tor, the former frontier between East and West Berlin. From there we biked along the water, with the Reichstag to our left, up Friedrichstraße and parked our bikes at the U-bahn station Oranienburger Tor. We went to Dada Falafel, located at Linienstraße 132 in Mitte, for plates of falafel and shoarma. It was absolutely delicious! From there we biked a small part alongside the former Berlin Wall in the East, to Bernauer Straße, where the Berlin Wall Memorial stands today (it so happened that it was the 50th anniversary of the Berlin Wall on August 13, 2011, the day we were there). Here’s a photograph of the memorial…

From there we biked through the neighborhood Prenzlauer Berg, and down to Oderberger Straße, which was recommended by a friend of mine who spent a semester abroad in Berlin. She said we HAD to stop by Kauf Dich glücklich (Oderbergerstraße 44) for “trinkets and waffles” and oh my goodness, were the waffles a-m-a-z-i-n-g. I know this is supposed to be a “weekend in 3 photographs” post but I have to share this waffle with you – a fresh waffle with warm cherries and a vanilla custard…

Also, if you’re on this street, my friend recommended Bonanza Coffee (Oderbergerstraße 35) for the “best coffee in Berlin.” From there we biked back (mind you, this was at least a 45 minute bike ride!) to our neighborhood and stopped along the Kurfürstendamm before meeting my parents for dinner at Savignyplatz. What a wonderful last day in Berlin! More posts to come!

Update! Check out all my Berlin posts: weekend in 3 (#17)Berlin (Favorites)Berlin (Buildings),Berlin (Checkpoint Charlie)Berlin (Street Corner)Berlin (East Side Gallery)Berlin (Friedrichshain) and Berlin (City by Bike).

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