Last weekend we had a very special visit in Berlin. The hubby’s cousine came to visit us with her husband, and it was her birthday! Plus they are newly wed and this is the first time we see them after the wedding :)
We couldn’t let such a special occasion pass by unnoticed, so we organized a special dinner for them.
Here is the menu.
Menu for a special dinner
Appetizer: Rosemary white bean dip served with pita chips
First course: homemade Squash cappellacci from Ferrara
Second Course: Guinness beef stew served with puff pastry (here you can find the recipe)
Dessert: Baileys nutella bon bons
Since we had guests we played the tourists for the weekend. And after almost one year in Berlin I feel like giving you some tips on the best free things to visit in Berlin. I am proud to say that the best free things to do in Berlin are not parks or monuments to enjoy from the outside, but rather free museums and guided tours. Berlin has a reach and dramatic history and it makes a big effort to not let it go forgotten. These museums will be an eye opener, and they will make your visit to Berlin quite unforgettable.
Berlin Top 3 for free
- Topography of Terror or in German Topographie des Terrors. This museum is just steps from Potsdamer Platz, it’s hosted on the site where during the Third Reich the central offices of the Secret Police SS where located. Part of the exposition is outside, so don’t forget to bring a good jacket for the unforeseeable Berlin weather. Old pictures and captions tell the story (German and English) of the rise to the power of the Nazis and the propaganda and terror they established.
- Memorial to the Berlin Wall. Located along Bernauer Straße, this is another partially open air museum, filled with pictures and captions in German and English that tell a piece of history. I would suggest you to start your visit from the Nordbahnhof Station, there you can find an exposition, and then go watch the movies (2 movies, 15 minutes each) at the visitor center (Besucherzentrum).
- Visit with audioguide at the Reichstag. Just steps from the Brandenburg Gate, you can’t avoid to walk by the seat of the German parliament and be amazed by the gigantic glass and steel dome on top of it. By making an advanced reservation online, you will be able to access the dome and pickup an audioguide (available in many languages). The guide will give you a lot of information, on the city and the various buildings visible from the dome, o the history of Berlin and on the parliament itself.
All these are completely free (movies and audioguide included). Go for them!
There are many other things that one can enjoy for free in Berlin. For example the open air exhibition at Checkpoint Charlie has recently be expanded and is really nice.
Enjoy Berlin! But remember to dress with layers and bring some warm clothes!