We ended up settling on Berlin for a few reasons. For one, I had always wanted to go there since I did my study abroad in Rome. My roommates went for a weekend and said they had a blast. Secondly, Berlin is billed as being pretty cheap for a major European capital. Now having returned, I can vouch for that. We spent less money than we did on our honeymoon in Costa Rica and I still have euros left over!
Running aside, there is plenty to do in Berlin and we easily filled 8 days with activities. I won't torture you with the 500+ photos that I took. Instead, here is a sampling
Complimentary breakfast every morning at the hotel usually included green tea, fruit salad, yogurt with muesli (there's so much muesli in Europe!) and toast or a roll with jam
Cool sculpture on Kurfurstendamm Strasse
The Bode Museum. We saw 15+ museums and memorial sites
Schloss Sanssouci in Potsdam
At the Reichstag on a gloomy day
Berlin Wall Memorial
At the Berlin Zoo
On our last day, when we felt comfortable with the roads, we rented biked and cruised around for 6 hours
I've never seen so many cyclists in any city. All ages. Everywhere.
Food-wise, I can't recommend Berlin enough. Surprisingly we ate cuisine from all over the world except for traditional German fare. The city is extremely diverse and international. You can find everything from Chinese to Italian to Vietnamese to Ethiopian.
Bruschetta for one? Yes please! From one of the many amazing food trucks at the Sunday flea market, Flohmarkt am Mauerpark
From another flea market cart - perfectly ripe watermelon spears in a cup
So many wonderfully delicious quick-stop cafes for pizza and panini
But don't worry. I ate lots of dessert too!
And you better believe I raided the grocery store our last night to smuggle these treats home. I won't tell you how long it took me to go through them
Lastly, this is Germany, so of course there was beer
They were all awesome and all as cheap as a bottle of sparkling water
And wine. We can't forget about cheap, delicious, European wine
We now return you to your regularly scheduled running programming.