Here are some of our snaps from our weekend in Berlin! We spent 2 nights away and had such a fun family time. Below are some tips for travelling on a budget too
My favourite parts of the trip were taking Gracie to the aquarium and seeing her reaction to the fish and copying them, finding these cute little boutique shops in courtyards that we could play around in, strolling around chatting with Gareth while Gracie was napping in the pushchair and having the most delicious brunch!
TIPS FOR FAMILY TRAVELLING ON A BUDGET
Aside from booking out of school holidays etc, a cost effective alternative to hotels is using sites like Airbnb and HomeAway to rent property directly from the owners. It can be way cheaper than hotels and more spacious too! Having a separate room for Gracie to sleep in during the evenings just makes it sooo much more relaxing. For this trip we actually found a good deal and booked into the Adina Apartment Suites in Hackescher Market (10 min walk from Alexanderplatz station) as location is high on our priorities as well as being able to have a kitchenette in our room. The hotel even provided a box of toys for us too!
Budget airlines Flybe, Ryanair and Easyjet are what we frequently use and to keep the cost really low I sometimes pack super light so we’re not checking any luggage into the hold. This only works on really short trips though, Gracie doesn’t tend to travel light! We buy nappies wherever we are too so only really take enough for our journey plus a little extra.
We flew with Easyjet for this trip and travelled early in the morning. It was the cheapest flight of the day and although it meant a really early start (7:15AM flight) we landed at 10AM and had the whole day to explore. Gracie and I flew alone as Gareth was already in Berlin for work so I chose to pay to reserve our seat – I didn’t want to be jammed in the middle with a wriggly toddler! As it was the flight was half empty (another bonus of early flights) and we had a row of three seats to ourselves!
Public transport and walking are definitely the most cost effective ways to get around. We like to go on the hop on/hop off bus tours and often they combine them with river tours or other tourist sights. For this trip we did exactly that and got tickets for the aquarium too so we could make sure Gracie had fun and we could escape the cold.
We LOVE brunch and it’s always kind of an assumed thing for us that when we are away we have brunch!! We found a cool little cafe called Father Carpenter that was a bit hipster (no highchairs of course) but was sooo friendly with the most amazing coffee, beautiful poached eggs and delicious Pain Au Chocolat.
We didn’t really need lunch so just survived on little snacks until dinner. One night we ate out and the second night we ordered Deliveroo to our room and shared pizza. Gareth grabbed a bottle of wine from a local shop so we were set! Sometimes it’s just more fun for Gracie this way too so she can just have a good stretch afterward without us worrying about disturbing other diners!
I do love to eat out to really experience the culture and enjoy researching places to go. Local cafes for breakfast or street food by an iconic site definitely appeal more to us than a standard hotel buffet with rubbery scrambled eggs and cold toast! And they charge so much in hotels too?!
Hope you all had a lovely weekend, I’m glad to be home now curled up on the sofa getting ready to catch up on The OA on Netflix (new obsession, it’s so good!)