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Pergamon Museum
Bodestraße 1-3,
10178 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 266424242

Located in Museum Island, Pergamon was one of the few museums we went to due to lack of time. We chose this museum because it is about to close on September 29, 2014 for 5 years due to renovation. So our tour guide recommended we go already before it closes down. It sounds as though 5 years is a long time to renovate but that’s already short considering it took 20 years to build the place.

Known for its Pergamon altar and artifacts flown in from Turkey, loved the details of the place. If you do have time before it closes, go and catch it.

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Museum Island Berlin, Germany
Museum island located in Mitte, was walking distance from our hotel. It was a place where all 5 museums were beside each other namely, Altes Museum, Neues Museum, Altes Nationalgalerie, The Bode Museum, and the Pergamon Museum. All of which you can get a pass for all museums in one day. Or it would actually be best to go either on a weekday to avoid lines or get a slot online.
Since there are no stores open on sundays, this is where most people go, so I would not recommend to go on a weekend since you’re a tourist you will have more time on weekdays anyway. The lines get really long because everyone is bringing their children to the museum.
On sundays though, there is an art market in the area where you can buy hats, jewelry and other small items.

Museum Island
Berlin, Germany

Museum island located in Mitte, was walking distance from our hotel. It was a place where all 5 museums were beside each other namely, Altes Museum, Neues Museum, Altes Nationalgalerie, The Bode Museum, and the Pergamon Museum. All of which you can get a pass for all museums in one day. Or it would actually be best to go either on a weekday to avoid lines or get a slot online.

Since there are no stores open on sundays, this is where most people go, so I would not recommend to go on a weekend since you’re a tourist you will have more time on weekdays anyway. The lines get really long because everyone is bringing their children to the museum.

On sundays though, there is an art market in the area where you can buy hats, jewelry and other small items.

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Monbijou Hotel
Monbijouplatz 1, 10178 Berlin
+49 30 616 20 300
http://monbijouhotel.com/

Loved the breakfast in our hotel. It wasn’t included in the room, its 14 euros per person for the buffet. We tried having breakfast elsewhere to try and see if we can get something cheaper but in starbucks, we ended up spending 7 euros per person for coffee, croissant, and yogurt only. So after that we kept eating in the hotel.

What i loved about their breakfast was that they had a farm where they get their organic food like yogurt, honey and nougats. Their bread was good too, croissant most especially with their selection of cheese. What i really kept coming back for was their fig mustard that you are supposed to eat with cheese. Its the first time i’ve tried it but I was able to get one in Kadewe to bring home. Yum!!!

You can also have unlimited coffee that had choices of cappuccino, cafe creme, depends on what was available in the coffee machine. There was also a vast selection of Tea with fresh leaves and not in bags. Really worth it!

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Monbijou Bar
Monbijou Hotel
Monbijouplatz 1, 10178 Berlin
+49 30 616 20 300
http://monbijouhotel.com/

In our hotel, was a bar that was part of the recommended list of places to go. It was pretty much complete with drinks, from single malts to beers, gin and vodka. There really isn’t a menu but the bartender knew his alcohol pretty well. So you can practically ask him for anything you want.

What was quite impressive was when my brothers ordered whisky, he served it with a dropper. The dropper contains water only however, it just ensures that you don’t over pour water into the whisky and completely dilute it. We would usually come here after dinner but we don’t stay long when someone is smoking inside.

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Borchardt Restaurant
Franzosische Str. 47, 10117 
Berlin, Germany (Mitte)
+49 030 81886262
www.borchardt-restaurant.de/en/

Apparently known as the restaurant where the stars usually go. We had no idea it was a popular one, we just followed the list of our friend since its specialty is Wiener Schnitzel. One serving of their schnitzel is too big for a regular Filipino so its best to share. Of course, I ordered asparagus again. This place probably serves one of the best schnitzel’s in town. Although, its quite expensive, I would try it at least once.

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Millie’s Cookies
Hauptbahnof Berlin,
Invalidenstrasse 53
10557 Berlin Germany

S5, S7, S75, U55

I first tried Millie’s cookies in France, as since I love sweets, i got so ecstatic when I saw there was one in the train station. Hauptbahnhof station is also one of the stations with stores open on sundays. The cookies are the way I like it, soft and chewy! Make sure to try them!

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MauerPark Flea Market
Bernauer Straße 63-64,
13355 Berlin, Germany
+49 176 29250021

Since everything is closed on sundays, Markets are open! One of the popular ones is the Mauerpark Flea Market - where people can hang out to eat and drink and shop at the same time.

Warning: its a true blue flea market where you can find brand new and 2nd hand stuff. You need to like to go thru a lot of stuff to find what you are looking for. Otherwise of course, if the weather is good, then its a good place to have a beer and sit down since there really is nothing else to do.

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Maroush
Adalbertstraße 93,
10999 Berlin, Germany
+49 30 69536171
11:00 am – 2:00 am

In the same neighborhood of Kostbusser Tor, where all the turks have migrated to, you will find a few of the best Doners and Kebabs in the area. One of them in this restaurant where we stopped for lunch during our Urban Berlin Tour. Its a different kind of doner, they actually toast the bread after they put in all the condiments inside - somewhat like our flying saucer sandwich. If only we had more time, I would come back for more. For Filipino standards, 1 is enough to share for 2 people otherwise its just too much for 1 person.

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Kottbusser Tor

Located in central Kreuzberg, the area has a bad reputation for the relatively high, mainly drug-related crime rate, instances of which have recently become quite rare in most other parts of the district. The original Kottbusser Tor was a southern city gate of Berlin; the road through the gate led via the Neukölln suburb to the town of Cottbus (wikipedia).

At the end of our Urban Berlin Tour, we ended up here in this area. It is the “ghetto” area of Berlin where most of the Turkish immigrants live in the city. It’s also quite well known for its street art and superb turkish food.

The Spaceman in the picture, is by Victor ash, the biggest stencil art in the city. While the Tree House, is the border where east meets west.

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Urban Berlin Tour
http://www.berlinwalks.de/

We found out that Berlin’s main source of income is Tourism and they are very well known for walking tours. A friend of mine recommended to try out the walking tours of this particular company. We chose 2 tours to do and the first one was the Urban Berlin. Its a tour about the buildings and architecture of the city.

Our tour guide was really funny and entertaining, he was British so it wasn’t too hard to understand his accent. Such a good tour but be ready to walk for 4 hours with like a 30 minute rest to grab some lunch. I reserved our tickets online simply because we were 7 persons but its easy enough to just go to the meeting place and pay when you get there. That way, you’re also not pressured to go since the weather is quite erratic. It rains throughout the day so you can just go when the weather is good like when we did this tour.

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