Growing up, my dad always told me he wasn't made of money, and sadly, I seem to have received that gene (I have a feeling it's dominant). Fortunately, I have discovered Ryanair's "fare finder tool," which allows you to plug in your dates and find the cheapest place available to fly to. Sure, I could just not go places — that doesn't cost any money – but what's the fun in that?
Luckily, I had been dying to go to Berlin ever since I saw Bree from designlovefest write about it, and $40 round-trip plane tickets, a wealth of history my husband Tyler would not shut up about, and a 10-day vacation sealed the deal for us to finally go. We spent the first part of Tyler's break from work in Bavaria for Oktoberfest, and decided to close it off with 3 nights in Berlin. Luckily, we love orderly lines and efficiency as much as we love beer and doner kebab.
I'm not going to lie, Berlin wasn't my favorite city, but it was very hip and so, so cheap. I don't think we spent more than 30€ on a dinner for the two of us the entire time we were there, and we ate really, really well. If you like food, you'll get your fill; if you like history, there's plenty of it for you in Berlin, between WWII and the Cold War; and if you like art, it's literally all around you.
The city does have a kind of grunge-y vibe. Some people dig that — and though I love street art and run-down things, it was much different than the types I'm used to in Italy or or eclectic parts of my hometown, Kansas City. But the story behind the grunge — like the fact that the city's only been reunified for 25 years — is fascinating. The Cold War leaves footprints all around the city in unexpected places like brand new contemporary architecture in Potsdam Plaza, or the bohemian feel of Kreuzberg, which was once surrounded by the Berlin Wall on three sides.
For us, Berlin was the perfect marriage of history and hipster for our marriage. I got to eat obnoxious fusion foods, shop and look at murals while Tyler went on about Checkpoint Charlie and debated whether or not the Cold War was a real war (feel free to share your thoughts on this matter).