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Berlin Travel Guide

Last month, I found myself business traveling through Europe and had the chance to take a quick trip for fun to Berlin. I’d been dying to check this city out and was determined to make the most of my 48 hours there. Here’s my guide to Berlin.

Everywhere you go in Berlin, you're sure to see plenty of street art and graffiti. | Berlin Travel Guide | Gays and Confused

Stay

Since I was only going to be in Berlin for a short time, it was really important that I pick a place that offered a great location and an even better experience. The Michelberger Hotel offers both of those things. Located in the eastern part of the city, there’s a train station right across the street and a second one just around the corner from there. It’s also a short walk from a bustling entertainment district.

The Michelberger Hotel is a total hipster haven and everything is Instagramable. | Berlin Travel Guide | Gays and Confused

Most importantly, the hotel is a total hipster haven and everything is Instagramable. A certain indie rock band was even checking in at the same time as me, but I ain’t no TMZ. Aside from trendy interior design, the hotel also leaves quirky notes around your room reminding you to lock the door or informing you about what time you can get breakfast at.

Eats

Hit up the trendy deli Mogg & Melzer. | Berlin Travel Guide | Gays and Confused

Eating is one of my favorite things to do, just ask my jeans. In all seriousness, I was excited to try the Berlin food scene, especially anything that could be considered Modern German. For lunch, I hit up the trendy deli Mogg & Melzer. This restaurant is easy to miss since there’s not an obvious sign on the street. It’s inside a building that also houses the Kennedy museum.

Hit up the trendy deli Mogg & Melzer. | Berlin Travel Guide | Gays and Confused

For my last night, I really wanted to treat myself to a nice dinner so I headed to Lokal. They were pretty booked for the night but I was able to snag a spot at the bar. The menu’s only available in German but the staff was super helpful and translated it for me.

Drinks

Aside from eating, drinking is typically a major part of my vacations. Maybe it was because I took this trip alone but I rarely drank in Berlin. I set out with a list of trendy watering holes and skipped each one. But if you’re in the area, or staying there, the Michelberger Hotel’s bar is excellent. I actually ended each night with one of their speciality cocktails. My absolute favorite was the Rosemary Bourbon Sour made with lime and maple cinnamon syrup.

Sights

Berlin has an insane amount of museums. It’s overwhelming if you’re in town for a short time. Also, be aware that unlike the US where museums tend to be closed on Mondays, museums in Berlin are closed on Tuesdays. I was in town for a Tuesday and Wednesday. After trudging around to closed museums, I made it to the Jewish Museum which was open. It’s huge and contains so many thought-provoking pieces and moving installations.

The Jewish Museum is huge and contains so many thought-provoking pieces and moving installations. | Berlin Travel Guide | Gays and Confused

After I’d given up on getting into museums on this trip, I happened onto the KW Institute for Contemporary Art on Wednesday afternoon. Their current exhibit, Fire and Forget. On Violence, is a collection of work that examines the conventional ideas about war and weapons. I saw plenty of interesting pieces you can find on my Instagram.

The KW Institute for Contemporary Art | Berlin Travel Guide | Gays and Confused

If you know anything about me, you know I love graffiti and street art. Berlin is covered in the stuff. If you’re a fan, check out East Side Gallery, which is a huge section of the Berlin wall covered in artwork. It makes for wonderful photo ops. There are also plenty of famous sites that are easy to check off your list. My favorites were the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and the Fernsehturm Berlin, also known as the TV Tower.

Fernsehturm Berlin | Berlin Travel Guide | Gays and Confused

Shops

If you’re looking for a great shopping strip, you’ll definitely want to check out Breitscheidplatz which contains tons of larger stores. I was most excited by the abundance of neighborhood boutique shops. One of my favorites was Feinspitz, where I picked up some adorable gifts for my pup.

Feinspitz was one of my favorite shops where I picked up a gift for my dog. | Berlin Travel Guide | Gays and Confused

Visiting Berlin was an absolute pleasure and I only wish I had more time to explore the city. If you’ve ever been, please let me know your favorites in the comments below!

East Side Gallery features amazing murals on the Berlin Wall | Berlin Travel Guide | Gays and Confused

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