By the Sunday we reached the halfway point of our city break, and this was also the day we chose to pay the rather large amount of money for breakfast at the hotel.
In the Hotel Palace’s breakfast restaurant Bon Dia, there is a massive selection ranging from muesli, to pastries, smoked fish to a massive selection of cured meats and cheeses, cooked breakfasts including omelettes made to order, fruit and yoghurt and cake! It’s at this point I wished I was a big breakfast eater, given that selection later in the day I would have gone mad. As it stood I could only manage a couple of plates of food and a pot of tea, so I didn’t find I really got my moneys worth, however Sara who is much better than me at mornings had no problem making the best of this excellent selection!
After breakfast we had a look at some of the artwork on display in the hotel, the last picture above reminded me of all the Pokémon Go players outside the Kaiser Wilhem Memorial Church near the hotel.
After breakfast we headed across the road to Berlin Zoo, it was scorching hot so we had an ice cream each. One of Sara’s favourite ice creams was available, a BumBum, vanilla ice cream with a strawberry white chocolate coating and the stick is bubblegum (although unlike me make sure you take off the plastic coating first!)
This weird looking bird sat there with it’s beak open staring at everybody who passed, kookaburras are just strange looking.
One of my favourite animals I got to see was in the nocturnal animals area, sadly because of the low light and the skittishness of the animal, I couldn’t get any photos of the fennec fox, an animal I’ve always wanted to see in real life. It was the cutest thing ever, however this desert cat was also pretty high up on the cuteness levels!
The aquarium was also full of interesting animals ranging from frogs to insects, and fish to lizards, however I found the tanks of jellyfish fascinating to watch. The way they drift around the tank was hypnotic, wouldn’t want to encounter any of them in the wild, though!
We returned to the hotel bar for happy hour, and ordered a new drink to us, which would soon become one of our favourites. A Hugo, a refreshing blend of Elderflower liquor or syrup, mint, lime and topped up with Prosecco! Recently Aperol Spritz has become available in a lot of bars in the UK, I’m hoping that this makes the jump across from mainland Europe very soon! In the meantime I’ll have to make it at home!
For dinner on the Sunday we visited Haus der 100 Biere on Ku’Damm. Here’s a word of warning, Kurfürstendamm is an extremely long road. I recommend if you’re travelling from near the Zoological Gardens to take the bus to the House of 100 Beers! A classic, must drink, beer in Berlin is Berlinerweiss, a very sour white beer which is tempered with either raspberry or an artificial woodruff cordial, which like the cola beer is nicer than it sounds!
We started with a beer cheese soup, which was just as rich as it sounds but the bowls were completely polished and not a drop was left!
Sara had a Wurstplatte, in English that’s basically a sausage platter. Three different types of sausages with mashed potato and sauerkraut.
One of my Berlin Bucket List Foods was to have pork knuckle, my schweinshaxe came with sauerkraut and bratkartoffeln, potatoes fried with bacon and onion.
Food in Berlin does not shy away from being rich, and the dark beer sauce that accompanied both our mains continued that theme.
Later in the evening we visited Alt Berliner Biersalon, a great place for any fan of drinking as this place is open 24 hours a day!
More Hugos were drunk! I cannot recommend this drink enough, it’s excellent on a warm summer’s evening… or a scorching hot summer’s afternoon. I’m convinced it would probably warm you up on a cold winter’s evening, too!
There was a lot of traditional German cakes and pastries available here including a classic BFG.
The Kaiser Wilhem Memorial Church next to the newer building was quite impressive to look at!
After a day of lots of walking we returned to the hotel and fell asleep as soon as our heads hit the pillows! There was still one more day of sightseeing to come, including yet more currywurst!