Here continues our Berlin trip, if you haven’t already read Part 1 (days 1 & 2) head here.
New Years Eve day arrived and we hit the hotel spa for a relaxing morning before heading to Chen Che (another Lonely Planet recommendation) for a Vietnamese lunch. Located on Rosenthaler Street this traditional tea house was beautifully decorated, however before you even make it to the front door you walk through a stunning courtyard which I can imagine in the summer would be even more magnificent. We noticed there were a lot of locals in the establishment which alway shouts pretty decent to me. The ginger tea was hands-down the best I’ve ever tasted and the food was absolutely fantastic too. If you’re in Berlin anytime soon, check this place out.
Post lunch make our way to arguably the most famous Christmas Market in Berlin, the WeihnachtsZauber at Gendernmarket for a gluhwein and nuts followed by a glass of Champagne, it was New Years Eve after all! We decided then and there that we wouldn’t go to the Brandenburg Street Party that night and instead booked in for dinner at a lovely restaurant inside the market where afterwards we could watch the fireworks at midnight.
After a hop, skip and a jump back to the hotel for an outfit change we found ourselves with another glass of fizz before our 9pm reservation. Dinner was a three course set price deal with an all inclusive alcohol add-on if required, of course we required it much to the amusement of the Dutch couple sitting next to us…
At midnight the fireworks were set off with accompanying music from on top of the Konzerthaus Berlin and were absolutely spectacular. We had such a fun evening and the fireworks topped it off perfectly.
Small heads up though that the public also set off fireworks, in the middle of the street, and if you aren’t used to it then it can come as a surprise so just keep your wits about you!
New Years Day was our last day in Berlin and we had until 3pm to finish our exploring. As good as the walking tour was on day two we didn’t get too spend much time at the sights and therefore made the decision due to the lack of time to get a CitySightSeeing Hop-On Hop-Off bus tour to make our last few hours as time efficient as possible.
The Traditional Tour (red route) took in all the central based sites which meant that we were able to see things we hadn’t come across yet such as the Berlin Victory Column and also go back to Check Point Charlie when the weather was much improved. We were also able to see the Reichstag Building during the day in all its glory.
We then jumped aboard Wall & LifeStyle Tour (green route) so we could go down to the East Side Gallery. It was pretty cool to see the communist architecture, and how it’s now been transformed into a cool hipster nightspot. As we wondered along we of course came across the famous The Kiss, alongside all the other beautiful works of art along the wall.
Before we knew it it was time to head back to the hotel, collect our luggage and jump on the TXL back to Tegel airport the head back to London.
Berlin, you were amazing and a very cool city, we hope to visit again some day and would definitely recommend it to others.
We flew back into Heathrow on a clear night and the views of the city were amazing 🙂 Probably the best I’ve experience from an plane to date.