We travel not to escape life, but for life not to escape us.
I love this quote… For me, travelling became an addiction. Some people might not understand that or think that this person must be unhappy at there own home. But that’s not true! I totally love my home and also my country and all those beautiful places here in Austria, but for me there is nothing I’m looking more forward to than leaving my own little spot of life and escaping into another world. Exploring new places gives me the chance to maybe see things differently and be fascinated by the architecture, history, people, culture and so on.
Like I already told you in my last post, I visited Berlin with my friends and it was freakin AMAZING! We got to see so many stunning places and ate a lot of delicious food of course ;-). In this post I want to share with you a list all the things you have to know when you want to visit Berlin.. Enjoy!
Where to STAY.
We stayes at a very nice hotel called “Berlin Berlin”, which I booked via secret escapes. I can only recommend this Booking page as it offers good hotels for good prices and I’ve never had any problems with it so far. I have to admit that the area around the hotel is not the most beautiful, but it’s very close to Kurfürstendamm and the Zoologische Garten. All in all a very good place to stay.
Where to EAT.
A dream came true! I visited my first cleaneating restaurant called THE BOWL (pictures below) and it was really delicious. Everything they offer is clean and plantbased…. I really wanted to stay there forever. Unfortunately we had to wait 45 minuted for our food, which made us feel a bit uncomfortable as all the other guests got their food within 10 minutes. I can’t imagine that we were the reason for this as we are super nice and friendly girls of course ;-).
Another restaurant, which is one my Top 4 list is NENI Berlin. I already know Neni from my hometown, but it’s always a pleasure to eat there. They offer israeli food and have a lot of vegan and vegetarian dishes. But the main reason why I mention this restaurant is the location. It’s on top of the 25 hours hotel and you can see all over the zoo of Berlin. Breathtaking!If you want some Burgers and Fries I recommend 5 PLACES BURGER, which is very close to The bowl and more a take away than a restaurant. Very good price-performance ratio.
A very romantic place to eat is the CAFE AM NEUEN SEE. It’s located directly in the Zoologische Garten and very beautiful.
Where to SHOP.
Yesss…. I fulfilled myself another dream and bought myself my first vegan and fair produced Handbag by MATT & NAT! I looked at their online shop a million times and wanted to order one already, but then I decided that I wanted to see them in real. I dragged my patient girls (love you guys) to a shop called DEAR GOODS, which sells vegan, organic, fair etc. clothing and bags. IT WAS HEAVEN! Everytime I look at this beauty I fall in love. I also think the price (144€) is completely legitimate for this high-quality product. I think it’s better to buy one bag, which is maybe a bit more expensive, than a lot of cheap bags, which only look good for a month.
Wanna know what the best place to shop in Berlin is? Definitely the KAUFHAUS DES WESTENS (KaDeWe). It’s huge and it’s beautiful. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for make up or fruits you’ve never heard of before, you can get anything you want there. Speaking about shopping, I bought my second pair of ray-bans wuhu.
FRIEDRICHSHAIN is a very hip and modern district of berlin. It’s also the place where all the vegan restaurants are. In the streets of Friedrichshain you can find a lot of cute small shops from young designers.
What to SEE.
On Saturday we participated a so called FREE WALKING TOUR. It’s a guided tour through the inner city of berlin and basically is for free, but if you liked it, you give a gratuity. We visited the HOLOCAUST DENKMAL, which is very impressive and also a bit intimidating, Brandenburger Tor, Gendarmenmarkt, Berliner Mauer and other places I can’t remind myself anymore. You should definitely do this when you are in Berlin.
Apart from that we visited the EASTSIDE GALLERY, which are residues of the Berlin wall and are painted by artists. The photos of my lates outfit post are taken at this place.
Some more pics of our trip…