You need an international passport and Visa (Being that I was backpacking around Europe and I have an American passport, I did not get a visa, if you have a Nigerian passport, you need a SCHENGEN VISA). I was already in Germany, so I took a bus from Frankfurt to Berlin for 22 Euros. I am pretty sure it’s cheap to fly to Berlin though. I stayed in Berlin for 4 days before heading to Stockholm.
The journey to Berlin was tiresome cause it was a 10-hour bus ride from Frankfurt (I should have taken the train but it’s all for the experience). As usual, I travelled alone because that’s just how I roll.
To get around Berlin, you can purchase a one-day pass at the train station and it cost about 10 Euros. You can also purchase tickets at the train station for about 2.50 Euros per ride. Truth is even if you don’t pay to get on the train no one will notice (not that I am encouraging this). Germans are really nice in Berlin, at least nicer than those in Dresden. There is plenty to see in Germany so I would suggest the one-day pass.
Everything is in German but the signs are translated to English and Germans speak English so communication won’t be a problem.
I stayed in a very nice hostel called Grand hostel Berlin. I loved it because there were lots of backpackers like me there and they were friendly
Things to do in Berlin
I travel for art so you know the first place I visited was the DDR museum in Museum Island and it cost 4 Euros. The reason why this museum is crowded is that it is one of the best interactive museums where you really understand how Eastern Germans lived in the old days (the 60’s – 90’s if I remember correctly). Another museum I love is the Gemaldegalarie because it is slightly bigger than the one in Dresden, so naturally I fell in love.
When I needed a break from museums, I went to the check-point Charlie, Brandenburger Tor and the Jewish Memorial. Other museums I went to are Jewish Museum and Hamburger Bahnhof (contemporary art). I will suggest walking around Museum Island because its so beautiful.
If you are not interested in all the artsy stuffs I have been rambling about you can visit Panoramapunkt in Postadamer Platz for a great view of Berlin. The shopping mall there is amazeballs (I got good deals there). Check out the remains of the Berlin in Checkpoint Charlie. If you are interested in a free art gallery then the East Side Gallery is a must. It is wall that stretches for a mile with graffiti with powerful messages of freedom established in the 90’s (Go now before it becomes completely defaced). Finally, if you love architecture like me then the Berlin cathedral is a must (its about 3 Euros though).
I took the train and then a bus to the airport, that took about 45 minutes and it wasn’t a bad commute at all. I was a little sad to leave Berlin because its so artsy but I was very excited to see Stockholm. I will write about that later hehe.
Quick Tip: If you visit Berlin walk around the city as much as possible.