MY PERSONAL 23 MUST VISITS IN BERLIN | GERMANY 🇩🇪 BERLIN TRAVEL GUIDE
Maybachufer is a hip area in Neukölln – there is a canal going through and you can relax at the water. In Summer there are people floating with their rubber raft and a lot of tourist boats cruising through – it’s really a lively and lovely area! There are also some food and flea markets every week where you can buy cheap and tasty food or vintage clothing and furniture.
2) Görlitzer Park
Görlitzer Park is one of Berlins most famous parks and always filled with people! Some are playing frisbee, others go skating or ride a bike. Some people just chill and watch the play. In summer there are tons of free raves in and around Görlitzer Park – it’s a place to meet new people! On the other hand Görlitzer Park is famous for it’s drug problems… There are a lot of dealers anywhere in the Park – watch yourself !
3) Markthalle 9
Markthalle 9 is one of the biggest and best food markets in Berlin – on Tuesdays, Fridays and Saturdays there’ll be a traditional weekly market, while everyday except Sunday all the kinds of food you can imagine will be on sale! It gets very crowded every Thursday evening from 5–10 pm at “Street Food Thursday”. The various stalls compete with each other with their culinary delicacies! The „Breakfast Market“ is held every third Sunday of the month. Everything you need to prepare breakfast, from hand-forged knives and cookbooks to roasted coffee, is an offer here. But the market also features all of the delights associated with breakfast, including all sorts of goodies from local producers, cooks and pastry chefs that are available to be tasted all day.
- Thursday 17:00 – 22:00
- Friday 12:00 – 18:00
- Saturday 12:00 – 18:00
4) Oberbaum Brücke | Oberbaum Bridge
This Bridge connects Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain, former boroughs that were divided by the Berlin Wall, and has become an important symbol of Berlins unity! It is also one of Berlins most photographed architecture. There are always some photographers on the run to catch a shot of the subway which is crossing the bridge every few minutes. This place also offers amazing views: you can see the whole city and during sunset it gets pretty epic over here!
5) East Side Gallery
Once it was the Berlin Wall – now it is the longest open-air gallery in the world! Take a walk along the East Side Gallery and rediscover art and the history of the Berlin Wall. At 1316 metres long, the open-air art gallery on the banks of the Spree in Friedrichshain is the longest continuous section of the Berlin Wall still in existence. Immediately after the wall came down, 118 artists from 21 countries began painting the East Side Gallery, and it officially opened as an open air gallery on 28 September 1990. Just over a year later, it was given protected memorial status.
6) Warschauer Brücke
This Bridge is really busy and always crowded! There are tons out tourist crossing the bridge everyday on there way to Friedrichshain or Kreuzberg. Big metro stations are located at Warschauer Brücke, also a lot of bars, hostels and famous night clubs! Often you find free raves or street artist here, gathering crowds of people to celebrate freedom together! It’s never getting boring at Warschauer Brücke!
7) RAW Berlin
Located between bars, clubs and live music venues, the flea market on the RAW compound offers clothes, vintage and design items and street food! Every Sunday from nine in the morning, private vendors, local artists and designers present their treasures to the visitors at this lively indie hotspot!
8) Frankfurter Tor
The Frankfurter Tor is a large square in the inner-city Friedrichshains. It is situated in the centre of the district, at the intersection of Karl-Marx-Allee and Frankfurter Allee with the Warschauer Street and Petersburger Street. Last year I spent a lot of time at Frankfurter Tor – it’s quite impressive and you find a lot of cool bars and restaurants there! Also in Summer there is a lot of sun and amazing sunset views!
9) Karl Marx Allee
The monumental buildings of Karl-Marx-Allee are famous, well beyond Berlin – it was the flagship boulevard of East Berlin. It stretches for 2 kilometres through Friedrichshain from Strausberger Platz to Frankfurter Tor. Even if all the buildings have now been modernised, you can still feel the atmosphere of the east!
10) Volkspark Friedrichshain
This is one of Berlins biggest Parks – a great place to hangout and relax. In summer it’s sometimes crowded but always worth a visit! A lot of different people get together and have a good time. Some do activities like slack lining while others having a barbecue or drink some beer! This Park is also amazing for a workout, jogging or bicycling. Therefore a lot of people do sports in Volkspark Friedrichshain!
11) Treptower Park
Located down by the river, Treptower Park feels like holiday in summer! Many food trucks offering delicacies from the whole world and tasty cold drinks. You can relax at the water or book a boat cruise through Berlin! In 84 hectares of greenery you can stroll along the riverside path, across sunny lawns, past the rose garden and along the shady avenues of plane trees.
Just a few minutes from Treptower Park, Elsenbrücke offers an amazing view over the Molecule Man and the Oberbaum Bridge – sunset is epic here! You can walk down by the river or relax in the sun! There are also some cool clubs like “Else” or “Wilde Renate”!
If you ever visit Berlin you can’t miss Alexanderplatz – Berlins most prominent landmark! It looks like a giant disco ball and is the tallest building in Germany (365m). There is a sky bar up there – you can enjoy food and cold drinks while overlooking Berlin with a 360 degree view. Totally worth it on a clear and sunny day!
14) Potsdamer Platz
Potsdamer Platz in the heart of the city. High-rise skyscrapers, bustling activity everywhere, people strolling through a shopping centre, going to the cinema and sitting in cafés. The architecture at Potsdamer Platz is really impressive and you should definitely check out this area while visiting Berlin!
15) Bundestag | Regierungsviertel
This is the district where you find the German Government – Bundestag and other government institutions are located here. This area is clean, impressive and offers interesting architecture. You can also go inside the Bundestag and explore the big glass dome on top of the building.
16) Brandenburger Tor | Brandenburg Gate
The Brandenburg Gate is one of the most iconic sights in todays vibrant Berlin. More than just Berlins’ only surviving historical city gate, this site came to symbolise Berlin’s Cold War division into East and West – and since the fall of the Wall, a reunified Germany. Definitely a must visit !!!
17) Berliner Dom | Berlin Cathedral
The magnificent dome of the Cathedral Church (Berliner Dom) is one of the main sights in Berlin’s cityscape – and marks the spot of the impressive basilica housing the city’s most important Protestant church. Bring some extra time and explore the Museum Island as well – 100% worth it!
18) Schönhauser Allee
In the quarter around the Schönhauser Allee and Kastanienallee, you will find many boutiques with trendy fashion and casual furnishings. Original shops with one-of-a-kind pieces, and plenty of hats, jewellery, and vintage styles. There are also dozens of good restaurants, bars and street art! You should definitely check out the Bad Fish Bar when you are in this area!
Mauerpark is a public park in the Prenzlauer Berg district. A former part of the Berlin Wall, the park is popular with people of all ages and turns into a flea market and karaoke stage on weekends. Check out Mauerpark on Sundays for the best experience!
20) Tempelhofer Feld
This closed airport is a 386-hectare open space and one of the world’s largest buildings in a central location for public use. Today, the area has a six-kilometre cycling, skating and jogging trail. A 2.5-hectare BBQ area, a dog-walking field covering around four hectares and an enormous picnic area for all visitors. A great place to hangout or do some sports!
An American spy station during the Cold War – today it’s a popular place for a day out. Teufelsberg offers fantastic views over Berlin and a real unique experience! This lost place is full of street art, graffiti and hidden messages. Make sure to bring some extra time to explore the whole area!
22) Kleiner Müggelsee
You want to spend a day on a lake and relax at a sandy beach in the forest? Then “Kleiner Müggelsee” is the right spot! Located a bit outside of Berlin, it is one of the coolest beaches in town (it is a nudist area), you can relax naked in the sun or go swimming (you don’t have to!). There is no entry fee and you can stay as long as you want – some people even camp here!
Another great lake and sandy beach in Berlin City and one of my favourite swimming spot in town! Orankesee is located in Lichtenberg and easy accessible by public transport. The entry fee is just a few bucks and it’s totally worth it! It is easy to forget that you are in Berlin while sunbathing for hours at this quaint lake.
BONUS TIP 1 : Klunkerkranich
This is on of the coolest rooftop bars in Berlin! It is located in Neukölln on top of the Arcaden Shopping Center. The entrance fee is just a few bucks and you will find live music, cold drinks and some nice food up there, but most importantly an amazing view over Berlin City! I recommend coming here to watch the sunset – epic!
BONUS TIP 2 : House of Small Wonder
One of the best Cafes in town – I recommend coming here early! Most of the time a few people are waiting for a spot in the House of Small Wonder. Visiting this location is 100% worth it! They offer hip beverages (Coffee, Matcha, Juices) and delicious breakfast – also with a lot of vegan options.
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