At Zopa, we want you to make the most out of your money, especially when you finally get that well-earned holiday. That’s why we won't charge you fees when you use your Zopa credit card abroad (Zopa credit builder card: 34.9% representative APR variable). So whether you’re staying at home or heading abroad, check out our series of local-approved guides. Next up, local artist Chaz Hutton on a winter’s day out in Berlin…
First up, the best way to get around town is with a BVG City Tour Card, which gives you unlimited travel for a full 48 hours! You can buy these in the app, or in one of their outlets around the city.
Cost - €19.90.
The first stop is the amazing Markthalle Neun which has been serving up all manner of market wares for the last 130 years. On the weekends you can find yourself a table and then buy food and drinks from the various stalls while enjoying the scene. Personally, this is also where I stock up on Cheese, Wine and Sausages for the week!
The Deutsches Technikmuseum is a wonderful winter spot. You could be lost in here for days looking at all manner of boats, planes, trains and automobiles all displayed together in a huge, 5-storey high space.
Entrance ticket - €8.90.
After all those stairs in the Technikmuseum you'll need a big lunch, and there's no better place than the Hofbräu Wirtshaus Berlin. Strictly speaking this is a Bavarian beer hall restaurant, so it’s very much NOT a “Berliner thing”, however that shouldn't stop you from getting in there and ordering unnecessarily large quantities of food and beer!
Cost - approx €30-40.00 per person.
A must stop destination for me is Modulor, the best and biggest art store in Berlin. Across the two floors you can get your creative juices flowing among all the stationary and art supplies you can dream of. I find it hard to escape here without spending any less than about €30.
Cost - €30.
Next up is the famous Tempelhof Airport, where a tour of the Airport’s Main Building will see you walking back through Berlin's history. From burned out bunkers under the airport, to the air-raid shelters, to the stunning entrance hall in all its modernist glory and so much more - (it was after all once one of the largest buildings in the world!) -
Cost for an English Guided Tour - €16.50.
Berlin is known for their markets and while Mauerpark Flohmarkt gets a lot of attention, I prefer a quieter spot during winter avoiding all the mud and crows. Head over to Kollwitzmarkt in the heart of Prenzlauer Berg, where my favourite thing here is flicking through the old maps at the Prints Stall.