Berlin is an amazing place with the East full of 1950’s buildings and transport and the West like everywhere else in Europe. The transport is not yet properly joined up and each area has it’s own system.
From around the end of November, usually the 25th, great-smelling food and drink of the Christmas stalls entice visitors to spend the evening. The Berliner Weinachtszeit is located behind Alexanderplatz and is an excellent place to soak up the Christmas spirit. You will find rides, mulled wine and traditional toys among many other gifts here. WeinachtsZauber at the Gendarmenmarkt is another institution of Berlin Christmas markets and can be found in the cultural district housing the Konzerthaus and cathedrals. Späth’sche Baumschule dates from the 18th century and is particularly great for kids.
Find the details at https://www.visitberlin.de/en/christmas-markets-berlin
I flew into Berlin Schönefeld Airport and the signage is not great on how to get a train to the city.
I preferred East Berlin as it feel more like you are somewhere different and staed at the IBIS near Alexanderplatz.
Restaurants and Bars
Dicke Wirtin, Carmerstraße 9, 10623 Berlin, Germany is my favourite place and booking is recommended. Typically German with similar food and not too expensive.
YamYam, Alte Schönhauser Str. 6, 10119 Berlin, Germany. A Korean restaurant which I really enjoyed.
Things to Do
The guide books will have all the stuff but here are the things I enjoyed
Fat Tire Tours – they take you to the areas that the buses can not go and as Berlin is pretty big you need a bike. The tour was really good value and included stories about Rosa Luxembourg as well as Michel Jackson. No hills and pretty easy going.
Stasi Museum, Ruschestraße 103/Haus 1, 10365 Berlin, Germany
Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, Terror Museum,