A friend and I spent 10 nights in Berlin in early May. This was our third May in a row to spend at least 8 nights in the city. The two previous years, we started in Berlin and then moved on to other places in Germany and Austria (2016 and 2017 trip reports). This time, the trip was limited to Berlin. Since we had hit many of Berlin’s top spots in the previous two trips, we were able to visit some less-visited sites this time.
Resource for Planning
The main resource used for planning this year’s trip was The Rough Guide to Berlin, which is EXCELLENT. I will offer thanks to Fred for directing me to it. The guide was supplemented with the Atlas Obscura website, the Going Local Berlin app created by Visit Berlin, this forum, and numerous other websites.
We once again stayed at mittendrin, a 4-bedroom establishment located in a flat in the former West Berlin near the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. The owner calls it a “boutique hotel;” I call it the world’s greatest B&B. The building was built in the early 1900’s and survived the Allied bombing of Berlin during WWII; solemnly, there are 6 Stolpersteine at the entrance to the building. The flat itself has been wonderfully updated while maintaining its historical character. The owner Sabine is a former stage actress and a vivacious, gracious, lovely hostess. Breakfasts are unbelievably wonderful with many healthy options and are shared with Sabine and the other guests around a communal table. Mittendrin is a very, very special place to stay in Berlin.
Yarok is a Syrian restaurant that has two locations in Berlin. Both locations serve very good Syrian food at a reasonable cost in simple digs.
Momos a vegetarian dumpling place in the northern part of Mitte that makes 6 varieties of dumplings that are served steamed, skillet fried, or in soup. My friend and I went for the 24-dumpling plate for two people (2 of each dumpling fried and 2 of each steamed + 3 sauces). It was pretty pleasurable sitting at the outdoor table, guessing which dumpling we were about to eat and then being delighted by whatever we chose.
Kid Creole is a Cajun/Creole restaurant (!) in Friedrichshagen that we noticed on Google Maps as we plotted our path from the Köpenick Hbf to the Friedrichshagen Hbf. The restaurant was incredibly cute and full of ambiance. It also had excellent food – think Creole with a healthy European twist.
I’m going to write this so that each day’s major activities are bolded for anyone who may want just to skim what we did. Details/thoughts/reflections will be in regular type under each day.