This year Christmas will be spent in Berlin. Last year we went to Dresden which was wonderful; we visited the traditional markets, drank hot mugs of Glühwein and huddled round the open fires to keep warm. The trip was so enjoyable it inspired us to experience a German Christmas for the second year in a row.
There are several reasons Berlin was our choice of location. Firstly, we have visited several times before and absolutely love it (it might even be my favourite city in the world). Secondly, Germany is a magical country to visit over Christmas time – the markets filled with twinkling fairy lights, hand crafted toys and gingerbread make you feel like you’ve stepped into the pages of a Brothers Grimm fairytale. And lastly, on a purely practical level, the flights from Glasgow to Berlin were on the days we wanted and were very cheap.
Here’s how we booked our Christmas trip to Berlin.
Booking flights to Berlin
Booking flights to Berlin was easy (I do love it when flight booking is straightforward). We’re flying out from Glasgow Airport to Berlin Schönefeld at 7.30am on 23rd December and flying back from Berlin at 1pm on 26th December with Easyjet. We got the dates we wanted at a good price. The only thing I would have changed is making the flight out a little later (I have my work Christmas night out the night before. Yikes).
Booking accommodation in Berlin
The last time we visited Berlin in 2014 we stayed in Mitte which is the city centre and close to all major attractions, such as the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, the Holocaust Memorial and Museum Island. However, this time we fancied staying in more of a neighbourhood. I Googled cool neighbourhoods in Berlin and was presented with a wealth of information to wade through; Berlin is a massive city which changes and gentrifies quickly.
We briefly considered an area called Wedding (best neighbourhood name ever) which is supposed to be Berlin’s latest hot place to be but decided its location north east of the city centre was a bit far away from other areas we wanted to go to. The last time we visited Berlin we ended up spending some time in and enjoying Neukölln in the south of the city which, according to Google searches, still seems to be a cool area so we decided to try to find a place to stay there.
Usually we would always choose an airbnb over a hotel but over Christmas time our options were limited so we ended up booking the Days Inn Berlin City South. The rooms looked clean with everything we would need, the reviews online were positive, the location was right in the middle of Neukölln and Kreuzberg, another cool area, and most convenient of all, the hotel is just a one minute walk from a U-Bahn station (Hermannplatz) which will make it very easy to get home at night.
So that’s us ready to go to Berlin. I can already taste the Glühwein.
Total Cost Of Booking Berlin Trip (For Two – Me and Paul)
Return flights from Glasgow to Berlin – £160
Accommodation for three nights – £140
Total cost of our trip to Berlin – £300