Did you know that as of late, it is a lot cheaper to fly from Helsinki, Finland to Berlin, Germany, than it is to fly to Finland's neighbouring countries the likes of Sweden and Estonia? Well, it came as a shock to me when I stumbled upon this discovery.

With a few days left of 2018, I began to make solo travel plans for the year approaching. In all honesty, I was not set on any destination in particular. I wanted somewhere outside of the Nordic countries, but within the EU Zone. As I scoured the internet for affordable flight tickets, I came across Easy Jet's deal, where round trip tickets to Berlin, Germany were pricing for 50 Euros. So, without putting further thought into it, I booked my ticket and began to finalize the details for my three-day solo trip. 

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After a two-hour journey, I arrived in Europe's infamous poor but sexy capital city, as told to me by the receptionist at my place of accommodation. So if anything, Berlin is more like your fellow  enigmatic friend who is a seemingly prolific artist, yet is still struggling to pay rent. Aside for the contemporary art, the German capital city attracts it's fair share of tourists due to the annual festivals, lively nightlife, and history.  Without any further ado, here is a quick guide to making the most out of your weekend getaway in Berlin, Germany. 


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TO STAY 

The Wallyard Concept Hostel is a modern, family-owned, 5-Star hostel that is located in the heart of Berlin. When we think of hostels, rarely will we think of them as high-end, and with such stunning interior design. However, the Wallyard does a great job at dispelling whatever preconceived notions you may have in regards to hostels. When I posted snippets of my trip on my personal Instagram stories, a few of my followers admitted to me that they were under the impression that I was staying in a luxury hostel. Well, not quite! 





TO EAT & DRINK

Located at Wilhelmstrabe 91, which is not to far away from the Brandenburg Gate, the Steel Vintage Bikes Café is a cosy and unpretentious hub for cyclist enthusiasts; think of Hard Rock Café, but for cyclists.

I remember waking up with undeniable hunger pangs. And as a consequence, I found myself on a desperate search for nearby cafes and restaurants on Google Maps. What caught my eye was the interior, and the fact that it was not too far way from my place of accommodation. One bus ride and brief walk later, I made my way inside and ordered a Wild Berry Smoothie Bowl and the most delicious Caramel Pancakes.



Through the Free Tour, I was able to visit the Memorial to the Murderded Jews of Europe.
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TO DO 

A major downside of going on a weekend getaway is the time constraint. Especially in a collosal city like Berlin, where there is so much to do with such limited time. Hence why I signed myself up for a Free Tour. Free Tours are a fantastic way of exploring the destination in question with the help of an extremely knowledgeable tour guide who happens to be a local. On top of that, you are given the chance to tip your tour guide. It is not obligatory, but it is advised since majority of the tour guides depend on the tips for their source of income. 

Through the Sandemans New Europe Free Tour, I was able to visits sites and attractions the likes of The Berlin Wall, Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe , and Bradenburg Gate in a matter of 2.5 hours. Since the tour is a group affair, I was fortunate enough to get acquainted with a Britt by the name of Abby. Throughout the tour, we touched on all things history, politics, and solo travel. 

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