Oh Berlin where do I start, you got me drunk, connected me with another travel blogger and I found an amazing little hostel to park my backpack. Just like my Amsterdam Budget was very much shaped by when the rain was going to fall so too did my stay in Berlin. Luckily having a great little hostel full of fun people made all of that was irrelevant.
Berlin on the whole seemed cheaper than Paris, Brussels and Amsterdam that had preceded it. Apart from the night out on the beers which was always going to break the bank I survived really well. Especially when the hostel I stayed two nights at was serving 1 euro pint size beer.
I failed in the train department while in Berlin. It all started when I got lost in the massive 5-6 story main train station on arrival. And then again not 15 minutes later when I missed my stop due to the station having two different names. I also seemed to spend much more on train transport here, partly because you need them just to get around and because I was forever buying the wrong tickets. Oh and be warned don’ try and skip getting a ticket here as you are guaranteed to get done.
Berlin had me staying at two different hostels. I was unable to book my entire stay at the same hostel as my friend so had one night somewhere else before spending the final two nights in the same place. The second hostel was by far my favourite as it felt like living at home, the staff were majorly friendly and had the kitchen decked out with help yourself food if you wanted along with 3 notebooks for surfing the internet.
So far it was small quiet hostels that were providing me the greatest fun in Europe.
In Berlin I stuck to walking tours to keep me amused. Mainly because there was just so much to see by getting out there and pounding the pavement. The benefit of these tours is that you tip what you think the tour was worth at the end of the 2-3 hours.
Walking tours were not the only attraction expense, there was a Pub Crawl too. For the fee of 12 euro’s I scored 3-4 free drinks and got to associate with a few backpackers I’d never met before. This event started next door to Tacheles and while it could have had some more exciting folk running the show, it did serve its purpose in getting us all sloshed.
Due to increased drinking and always going out to get food with someone else I spent up more here. Even with breakfast provided I found myself buying something in the morning to keep me going.
One place I can recommend stopping at if you find it, is a little kebab stall called Mustafas which is located outside the entrance to a train station (I cant remember what one). It’s not the best kebab I’ve had but it came very close indeed.
You guessed it, beer was the big killer here. I did also grab a souvenier bottle opener to add to my collection that I’d started in Paris but hey the cost doesn’t really count unless everybody else plans to collected them as well.
Total Cost for Berlin
All up, three days in Berlin came in at 175.5 Euro or 265.07 AUD (at an exchange rate of 1 AUD = 0.68 Euro). This averaged out to just on 58.5 euros a day. Well under my planned expenditure of 75 euro per day. I never once stopped myself buying something or felt like I was holding back here either.
To compare the costs to today’s exchange rate, leaving Australia now (November 2014) it would cost you $250.85 AUD with the current rate of 1 AUD = 0.70 Euro.
Like Paris, Berlin sucked me right in, so even with the rain slowing me down I didn’t care. The graffiti scattered across the city is amazing to see, there is a bucket load of history to take in and if you are so inclined you’ll also find dance clubs raging all night long.
Originally I intended to stay longer in Berlin for all of the above reasons. Unfortunately that meant finding yet another hostel to stay in (was only two free days at my second hostel) and possibly missing out on catching up with another travel blogging friend who was going to meet me in Copenhagen.
The upside to missing out on staying longer is I can now go back again knowing how to get around and where to stay, I can hit the ground running so to speak.