Berlin with a baby

We visited Berlin when James was 11 months old. We were able to visit all of the places we wanted to see in Berlin with a baby in tow – we aren’t into clubbing, which is one of the reasons people visit Berlin, of course, so we weren’t hindered by James’ presence!

entertaining baby on plane

James was easily entertained with a leaflet and a paper bag.

We travelled from Newcastle via London, which of course meant taking two flights. A word about flying with a baby – they are very easily entertained simply by just being in a strange place, and comforted by being with their parents. Travelling with a baby is a lot easier than people tend to think it is! Flying with a toddler is marginally more of a challenge, but babies don’t need quite so much stuff to keep them busy!

flying sky sun aeroplane wing

I love flying next to the window, especially when you get skies like this!

We stayed in a gorgeous hotel not too far from Mitte – Hotel Indigo Alexanderplatz.  I had cranked my brain into using German a little while before we visited Berlin and had asked for a cot bed (Kinderbett) to be available.  When we entered the room, there it was, all made up already – it makes such a difference not having to ask again at check-in.  Our bed was super comfortable, and the shower and bathroom was terrific.  I’d definitely recommend this hotel, not only for location but also for service and style.  The breakfast buffet was fantastic, with everything made freshly and presented well.

view from hotel indigo alexanderplatz berlin

And the view from our room wasn’t bad!

Moving around in Berlin was easy – you can see that we could have hopped on a tram, but we either walked as we were so close to the centre and the weather was good, or we got taxis.  In the UK taxis may or may not have a child’s seat, and it’s usually a booster seat, but in Berlin we were very well catered for with James’ weight and age being asked of us before a suitable car seat (Autositz) being provided.

baby car seat Berlin

Car seats were provided free of charge in the taxis we used in Berlin

We visited the Brandenburg Gate, which is one of the most recognisable landmarks in Berlin.  At most of the landmarks in Berlin, there are people like this dressed up in costumes.  You can have your photos taken with them for a small fee.  They have you pointing and throwing shapes to make some interesting photos!

costumed people in front of brandenburg gate

Brandenburg Tor

We carried James everywhere in our Solarweave Connecta.  He was just walking by 11 months, and a pushchair, although useful as a pack-mule, isn’t really our style, so we carried him everywhere in Berlin. It isn’t uncommon to wear your baby in Germany, and plenty of people commented to me that’s how they’d carried their baby when they were younger, or that’s the way to do it, and so on. In fact, blending in with the Germans may have got me slightly into trouble…

Having a fine view of the city with Daddy Foote

Having a fine view of the city with Daddy Foote

We visited the Reichstag, which is the home of the German Parliament, where the views of the city are brilliant.  We visited at night time, so the panoramic view of the city from the glass structure was quite romantic and beautiful.

Reichstag tour

Reichstag tour

Entrance to the roof is free but you must register in advance – you need to enter your passport details and book a time slot. You get an audio tour included, and that is totally worth listening to if your baby doesn’t yank at your headphones all the time.  The view from the open roof was great, because you can see the glass structure.

inside the reichstadt

The structure is beautiful to look at

After we’d visited the open roof, we headed inside, and there was quite a queue for the toilet. I was totally ok with standing in the line. Except a lovely toilet attendant second guessed my reason for being there, and decided I must be wanting to change James’ nappy. So she summoned me over, and informed me there was no baby change in these toilets. I told her, that was ok. I should tell you that this whole sorry story was all in German. Then she involved another tour guide, who told me that I was welcome to change the baby in an office, but first they needed to make sure the minister was finished for the day. Oh my goodness.

So, at this point my shyness and German oral did not combine well. I didn’t actually need to change James. I just wanted a wee! However, frantic telephoning and radioing on the walkie-talkies was going on. I felt rude to interrupt (or, apparently, explain I was English!). Then we were ushered into a lift and taken to another floor, with special instructions as to how to leave the building as we were not on the tour anymore…

Reichstag at night

Reichstag at night

So we found ourselves in an office with an en-suite (would you call it that in an office? You know what I mean) and we were pretty much obliged to change James. Ha! Anyway, my accent was obviously convincing enough that I was mistaken for a German on several occasions during our visit to Berlin.  Thanks, Mrs Copeman.

Anyway, what else did we do in Berlin? Lots of eating!

eating pretzel outside reichstag

Pretzels outside the Reichstag

Scheinehaxe in the Biergarten at the Hofbrauhaus berlin

Scheinehaxe in the Biergarten at the Hofbrauhaus

When eating out with a baby, we found there were plenty of places to eat well and so many restaurants had high chairs (hochstuele) that it really wasn’t a problem.  We also ate at a fabulous burrito restaurant not too far from the Fernseherturm called Doroles.  I took no photos because I was too busy enjoying people watching and also loving my food!

currywurst

Currywurst at the Berlin Wall

And, say what you want about McDonalds, but one thing we really like about their restaurants is the free wifi.  Checkpoint Charlie is right next to a McDonalds, so we FaceTimed my parents while showing them the view in these photos.

Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie

you are now leaving the american sector sign berlin

The American Sector

But this is my favourite memory of Berlin –  this photo of James on a section of the Berlin Wall.  It was my phone background photo until Noah was born! I love it because it’s so colourful, but also because we had a great time in Berlin.

baby with berlin wall

 The Berlin Wall – #myholidaymemories

So, would I go back to Berlin? Oh yes, it’s easy to get around, there’s so much to see and do, and the people are friendly.

 

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  1. May 4, 2015 / 5:16 pm

    Wow Berlin looks like lots of fun – you’ve made it sound wonderful and I will definitely consider it in future. I agree- babies are easy to travel with and just love looking around the strange environment/different people.

    • May 4, 2015 / 5:38 pm

      Berlin was great, so much to see and so many friendly people to talk to.
      Definitely check it out if you can – one for your other blog, perhaps?!

  2. May 6, 2015 / 7:00 am

    Looks like you had a brilliant time. Me and hubby were only talking about vsiting Berlin the other day. Maybe we will. Look at that food! #travelwithkids

  3. May 6, 2015 / 8:55 am

    Berlin looks like a great option for a weekend away with the family. I spent some time in Munich when I was younger and loved it (especially the pretzels, beer and sausages!) so it would be great to do a little tour of Germany – will add to my travel wish list!

  4. May 6, 2015 / 7:21 pm

    Somewhere I’ve always wanted to visit and nice to know it’s so easy to get around. Another one for the list #travelwithkids

  5. May 6, 2015 / 7:25 pm

    Great post – brought back lots of fab memories. We went to Berlin three years ago when I was pregnant with my little one so would be good to go back with her one day. Love your pics! I can almost taste the food. That story about the toilet is hilarious – and well done you on the German!! Impressed! #travelwithkids

  6. May 10, 2015 / 6:51 am

    Berlin is definitely on out to do list, but the two flights really does put me off! This trip looks fab though

    • May 10, 2015 / 6:53 am

      We actually enjoyed our two flights because we broke it up in the middle with a lovely Wagamamas in the airport!

  7. May 10, 2015 / 8:41 pm

    sounds like you had a great trip loved the story about the toilet haha so funny least you got to go to the loo in the end!!! thanks for linking up to #sundaystars

  8. May 24, 2015 / 9:02 pm

    Commenting again to say thanks for linking to #traveltales – I’ve added this post to our pinterest board. Love the photos, esp of your LO and the street art!

    • May 25, 2015 / 11:49 am

      Thanks! Some of those pieces of the Berlin Wall are amazing.

  9. May 25, 2015 / 5:10 pm

    I love this – I haven’t been to Berlin since I (briefly) lived in Germany many years ago. I doubt I’d be mistaken for a native any more but would love to go back with my daughter. And what a great story to have about the toilet #MondayEscapes

    • May 25, 2015 / 7:11 pm

      It must have been interesting to have lived there. I love Germany. I am all to often mistaken for a German or Dutch person when on holiday. I was once trapped in a lift with a German man who thought I was German, too. A-Level German doesn’t really set you up for that kind of situation. 🙂

  10. May 25, 2015 / 5:14 pm

    Looks great! I ma visiting Berlin next month probably and am so excited already!Don’t want to miss out on any of the awesome sights and experiences:)

    • May 25, 2015 / 7:06 pm

      On some levels it’s just like visiting, say, Manchester, and on other levels it’s an amazing place to see so many wonderful sights 🙂

      • May 25, 2015 / 7:11 pm

        Did you go up the tower at night? When would you recommend going there?

        • May 25, 2015 / 7:31 pm

          The Fernsehturm? We didn’t go up that. We did go up the tower in the Tiergarten, which gave us great views.
          I would recommend visiting in the summertime. In August there are some great summer festivals and while we were there the strasse vin 17 juli was one big party!

          • May 25, 2015 / 8:03 pm

            I’ll be there in June..19th to 23rd or so..ya,was talking about the Fernsehrturm!

  11. May 25, 2015 / 6:39 pm

    What a fab post! Monkey went to Berlin too, albeit about 4 months old and in my tummy 🙂 But it’s wonderful to see you managed to do all the sights with James in tow. I do love Berlin, I would like to go back when it’s warmer, it was snowing whilst we were there! Also, how great is it that the cabs provide child seats? I wish that were the case here and everywhere else! Thanks so much for linking up with the first ever #MondayEscapes

    • May 25, 2015 / 7:05 pm

      Yes, James has been on some really great trips while in my tummy! Haha, at least he travelled for free 🙂
      Loved reading the #mondayescapes posts 🙂

  12. May 25, 2015 / 7:10 pm

    I’d LOVE to go to Berlin! It’s been on my wishlist for ages but it’s a little far from Mexico City (where we currently are). We’ll have to save it for when we’re back in the UK. Great pic of James and the Berlin Wall, definitely one to frame!

    • May 25, 2015 / 7:22 pm

      You are a bit far from Berlin, but you’re much closer to some of my own wish list destinations, such as La Paz in Mexico, and Costa Rica!

  13. May 26, 2015 / 7:51 pm

    Great photos, and brings back memories – I went to Berlin as a child and I’m an old fart so The Wall was still up too. We went to the Brandenburg Gate and also Checkpoint Charlie. Funny to see those places now as tourist attractions (though to be fair, they kinda were back then too).

    Love the story of you being whisked away to a Minister’s office in the Reichstag – that’s brilliant! 😀

    #traveltales

  14. May 29, 2015 / 10:07 am

    your post is very optimistic but everytime I think about L you just doesnt like to stay still and gets bored easily means that going away will be a choir for us- we cant spend even 10-15 minutes in a pub with her

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