Berlin on a Budget with Kids | How we spent 24hrs in Berlin
As a family of 4, an adventure or simple jaunt around a city can prove fairly costly…. especially when taking in some museums, using public transport everywhere and even some shopping before a lunch out…. So we set out to discover Berlin and how we could enjoy it on a budget!
Every city should have Something special
However, the first stop in Berlin was undoubtably going to have to be the iconic and free to view Brandenberg Gate. A monument to rival anything we’ve seen across Europe….. Certainly as impressive as Pisa’s Leaning Tower or the London Eye or Big Ben. This place has been the centrepiece of all aspects of Germany’s history… from the military parades, to the shutting of the gate for the Cold War through to the revolutionary displays in the 1800’s… It’s now a tourist honeypot with plenty to do and see… you can even hop on a bike for 9 (if you dare! – see above picture)
Educational? You’d better believe it, an amazing Ed-Venture!
It may be historic but it’s such a vibrant city too
Huge monolithic glass structures rise up and create an inspiring cityscape to rival any that we’ve seen… yet before long it is back to the wonderful older buildings that date back to the 1800’s and a chance to see the iconic Berlin Wall.
Throughout the visit to Berlin, we’ve asked the girls to imagine how it might feel to live in the city during the time when it was a divided city… our European journey is all about comparisons… is Stockholm more friendly than Bergen, does Seville have more culture than Florence…. But we’re pretty sure that not many cities in Europe could compare to Berlin with perhaps the exception on Nicosia in Cyprus… The differences between the lives of children no more than 30m apart must have been enormous, especially when you see the Trabi displays above (an insight into life in the East pre-unification)
A city full of truly iconic landmarks
Summary Need to escape for a few days? Want to compare weekend breaks to top cities such as Bordeaux, Rome or Copenhagen? Does your family love to explore new cities too? Do you also think that city breaks aren't just for adults and are a great way to learn, relax and bond as a family. If so, grab a seat, make yourself comfortable & discover some of the favourite 'family friendly' cities we've visited in our 700+ day European Roadtrip