Illuminated Berlin Shines in Fall
Have you been? To Berlin? (That rhymes in my accent. I can’t guarantee in yours.)
Berlin is all sorts of cool and sits like an island alone for its uniqueness in Germany. West Berlin did actually sit alone, after World War II in the middle of East Germany. The powerful march of history on this place is undeniable. Modern Berlin – which now luckily includes both east and west offers a kaleidoscope of options for every traveler. From gritty, graffitied, super funky Kreuzenberg for cafes and coffee along the canals to posh Charlottenburg for epic shopping and restaurants along Ku’damm (Kurfürstendamm avenue.) History seeps deep here and there are more museums than you could possibly shake a stick at or visit in a weekend, but rest assured there is one for every motivation if you should desire to try.
REASONS TO VISIT BERLIN IN AUTUMN:
Should you have the chance to make it to big beautiful Berlin this fall, you should NOT miss Berlin Leuchtet. Berlin shines. This colorful and creative city lights up in the autumn. Literally. They light up the city. All over the Berlin, buildings, monuments, museums will be covered in light displays for all to enjoy. For free! Berlin shines with illuminations for two weeks starting September 30th – October 16th, 2016. We were lucky to be able to enjoy last year’s Lichterfest on our fall school break and highly recommend the experience, even in potentially chilly and soggy autumn. Bring layers! There are many ways to see the lights, from tourist bus tours to covered boat cruises along the canal. If the weather is less than stellar, these may afford your tribe brilliant options. While it did rain (a LOT) when we were there last October, we managed a night or two with slightly less precipitation and a little more fog, so chose to walk through the historic center Mitte and enjoy the lights on foot. Doing so gives you time to enjoy the rotating displays in their full glory.
BERLIN-LEUCHTET September 30th – October 16th, 2016 BERLIN SHINES
BERLIN LEUCHTET – Official website for all the information about this year’s displays.
REEDEREI RIEDEL – Boat tours for Lights Week.
TOP TOURS SIGHTSEEING BERLIN – Lightseeing bus tours.
PUBLIC ART AT COLORFUL BERLIN’S EAST SIDE GALLERY
And while in Berlin, don’t miss the East Side Gallery. Here you can see large sections of the old Berlin Wall that divided East and West Berlin that stand along Mühlenstraße in Friedrichshain neighborhood. This outdoor public art gallery is free to all and a wonderful way to show your kids how art can be used for many purposes – from social commentary and pointed political statements to uplifting, energetic and colorful images of hope and peace.
We stayed in this AirBnb near the Birkenstaße U-Bahn Station and were able to easily pop in and out to the center Mitte area easily. It was large, spacious and afforded free street parking. Berlin is very large and spread out and we were glad to have a car to explore all over, but parking in the center is difficult and does cost. If you don’t have a car, I would recommend staying closer to Mitte in the center. We liked the neighborhood feel of Moabit and perusing the amazing German grocery store down the street. I mean when your lunch meat comes in shapes like this? Who wouldn’t? For our growing family of 5, we often choose apartments to accommodate us all and afford the possibility to keep costs down by cooking at home night or two. The kids love seeing what the locals buy at their groceries and try to find the most unique items. Usually that means sweets. *Wink. Wink.
CAFFEINE FIXES AND EATS
KAFFEE IN BERLIN:
Münzstraße 21, 1st backyard, Berlin Mitte
Tucked back off the street in the charming and historic Hackeshor Hof neighborhood, Father Carpenter is a delicious and charming little cafe.
EAT IN BERLIN:
Zeit Für Brot
Alte Schönhauser Str. 4, Berlin Mitte
Directly translated means time for bread! Super yummy pretzels, buns, rolls and duh – bread! Breakfast options as well as pre-made sandwiches. Take away or eat in. Try the carrot cake. Amazing. Lucky for you, they have outposts of this delicious German bakery in Hamburg, Frankfurt and Cologne as well.
Grimmstraße 30, Kreuzberg, Berlin
Super cozy and popular Italian joint. Worth waiting for a table. Don’t mind the grumpy host, it’s good enough that you’ll forget his gruffness as soon as your huge wood fired pizza arrives. Red or white? Yes please. Affordable and tasty. A hit with all our travelers.
Gasthaus Dicker Engel
Birkenstraße 44, Moabit Berlin
You didn’t come to Germany to eat Italian food? Ok, ok. Want some traditional German fare – try kitschy Gasthaus Dicker Engel. Hearty authentic dishes. Try the schnitzel and spaetzel to wash down with a big German beer of course.
READ MORE ABOUT BERLIN:
Craving more? These fabulous websites will help you dig deeper into what to do and see and eat in Berlin.
NOW YOU ARE:
Hopefully I have illuminated new options for your upcoming Fall Break. Berlin in October is the best. Shine on! Cheers from Copenhagen, I’m still enjoying summer this week! Woot woot! Erin
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