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My Berlin Plans

April 29, 2016Susan

Its been about four years since I’ve been away on holiday with my girlfriends and even longer since going abroad. So we have planned a weekend trip to Berlin.

Berlin might not be the first place you’d think of when planning a girls holiday, but I’ve always wanted to go back after visiting years ago on a German school exchange. I was about 14 years old and it was probably the oddest and most awkward holiday I’ve ever been on. But that’s a story for another time perhaps. It did massively improve my German though!

Berlin is now a bit of a hipsters paradise, so I’m told. With masses of history this city is certainly a creative melting pot. Berlins heritage and culture are rich and diverse, and of course we hope to be soaking up some of that over a coffee and a bratwurst.

colourful car berlin vintage classic motor trabant

You can hire a vintage Trabant and tour the city but I’m not sure I trust us to be sensible and safe, (too giddy!!) we’ll probably leave that for the grown ups. We plan to do a bit of a Bowie pilgrimage too and just generally relax and take in the city.

We are going for a weekend in May, and I’m hoping to catch a vintage market whilst there. Although will obviously have to watch the baggage allowance on the return journey.

We are doing the whole AirBnB thing, a first for me so that’ll be interesting! The apartment we are staying in looks stunning and I’ll share it with you on my return.

I’m looking for suggestions and recommendations of what we just cannot miss whilst there, so please add yours in the comments or Tweet me @oldfashionedsus

If you know the best place for a gin cocktail in Berlin, or a great view from an off the beaten track spot, the best coffee/cake venue or even the perfect Instagram backdrop for all the hipster photos we’ll end up taking- then please do share!


Comments (20)

  • geraldine

    April 29, 2016 at 8:22 am

    I’ll be going to Berlin soon too. Can’t wait to see your recommendations. x

  • Dr. Diana Hardy

    April 29, 2016 at 9:36 am


    Good luck for your trip. I’m excited to see your trip photographs. Top Ten Things To Do In Berlin:

    1. Brandenburger Tor (Brandenburg Gate)
    2. Fernsehturm (TV Tower)
    3. Museums
    4. Eat a Currywurst
    5. Checkpoint Charlie
    6. Get wet!
    7. Zoologischer Garten (Zoological Garden)
    8. Reichstag building (Parliament)
    9. East Side Gallery
    10. Kurfürstendamm

    I hope you’ll enjoy your weekend trip to Berlin. God bless you!

    ~Dr. Diana

    1. Susie

      May 2, 2016 at 9:03 pm

      Wow thanks Lovely!

  • Becky

    April 29, 2016 at 11:19 am

    Ooh have never been but i hop eyou have a top trip

  • Antonia Ludden

    April 29, 2016 at 11:38 am

    Ooh, looking forward to seeing photos from your trip, should be really interesting – and I’ve heard lots of good comments about staying somewhere via Air BnB x

  • MissPond

    April 29, 2016 at 11:40 am

    I’ve still not made it back to Berlin, I went as a kid but remember nothing. I’m desperate to revisit the famous places but also check out the up and coming restaurant scene!

    1. Susie

      May 2, 2016 at 9:00 pm

      Yes- hope to try a couple whilst we are there x

  • Kate

    April 29, 2016 at 11:45 am

    Ahhh, the German exchange! Easily the WORST experience of my high school years, which had me swearing I’d never go back to Germany again (I got over it, the lure of both Berlin and Munich when I was old enough to appreciate it was too strong!)

    Have only ever spent a couple of days in Berlin though so don’t have tons of tips – although I did take the open air tour bus (super touristy!) as I was on my own and would def recommend if you want to see loads of sights in a short space of time.. Totally not a hipster recommendation, I know! I wrote a few more (much cooler) tips up for Heart Home mag way back when.. will have to find out which issue for you to peruse xx

    1. Susie

      May 2, 2016 at 9:06 pm

      Hahaha- OMG I need to know more details about your trip Kate! And yes please to the mag article x

  • Arianna

    April 29, 2016 at 2:14 pm

    oh how fun – love a girls holiday 😉 I only have been to Berlin for a day on a press trip so cannot say I’ve seen much of it. I think you girls are going to have so much fun 😉 A x

  • Hannah

    April 29, 2016 at 2:23 pm

    This sounds like it will be a great trip! I’ve never been to Berlin so I’ll be excited to see your posts. Enjoy! x

  • Kimberly Duran

    April 29, 2016 at 2:46 pm

    Oh I went to Berlin back in 2005 (I think?!) for a stag do (gay couple so they just invited a whole bunch of us to join them, I think there was 20 of us in all!). It was an amazing city and I have such good memories of our weekend there! Have an amazing time!! xxx

    1. Susie

      May 2, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      That sounds like a brilliant weekend Kimberley!

  • karen jones

    April 29, 2016 at 4:25 pm

    I would love to go to Berlin ! When serving in the Army in West Germany we were not allowed to go ! Maybe one day. Think you will love AirBnB My son did it in Paris and stayed in a very swanky apartment. Enjoy the girlie break, sounds like great fun xxx

    1. Susie

      May 2, 2016 at 8:57 pm

      Thanks Karen! Yes fingers crossed its a good’un!

  • Rachel @ The Ordinary Lovely

    April 30, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    I worked in Berlin for a few days a couple of years ago but I didn’t get much time to see the city. I believe it’s seriously cool, though. My friend has an apartment there. I’ll ask if she has any suggestions and pass them on to you x

    1. Susie

      May 2, 2016 at 8:54 pm

      Oh great thanks lady!

  • ghostwritermummy

    May 1, 2016 at 11:48 am

    Ahh I’ve never been to Berlin myself but it is one of those places my OH has always wanted to go. It never appealed to me but he’s heard great things. Hopefully someone will have some fab suggestions for you. Wherever you go, a girl’s holiday sounds bliss! xx

  • Emma

    May 10, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Hi Susie,

    You can find an off-the-beaten-track guide to Berlin from my holiday last year on my old blog
    I’ve been several times (it’s my favourite city!), so just let me know if you want/need any more tips!

    Rose & Grey

    1. Susie

      May 10, 2016 at 1:46 pm

      Ah thanks Emma! I’ll take a look xx

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