19 Sep Things To Do In Berlin
Things To Do In Berlin
A city with a heart breaking history, but a bright future – this hub of art and museums is one of Europe’s most metropolitan spots. Whether you’re looking for a trip filled with history or simply an excuse to enjoy some of the best shops in Germany – Berlin has something for everyone.
Where to Stay in Berlin
Tryp Berlin Mitte – Sleek and modern design awaits you in this centrally located hotel just a stone’s throw from the iconic Brandenburg Gate. Home to a 24 hour fitness centre and relaxing Finnish sauna, this is the ideal place to unwind after a long day exploring the city.
Wyndham Berlin Excelsior – This hotel is walking distance from some of the city’s biggest sites and is equipped with spacious modern rooms to relax and recuperate in. A great choice for those looking for a home away from home here in Berlin.
Berlin Mark Hotel – Design meets history in this luxurious four star hotel. Hidden down a sweet little side street, they offer you the perfect place to get away from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Moevenpick Hotel Berlin – Whether you’re looking for a business hotel, a quiet get away, or a fun packed city break – this hotel has got what you need. With over 200 beautifully designed rooms, a central location, gym and sauna facilities, on site restaurant and conference rooms, you won’t need to look anywhere else.
Park Plaza Wallstreet Berlin Mitte – This hotel offers stunning and expansive rooms right in the heart of the old city. With high speed Wi-Fi throughout, you’ll be able to stay connected during your stay.
BB Hotel Berlin – Located a short walk from the Kurfürstendamm shopping boulevard and offering excellent underground/bus connections, the cosy BB Hotel Berlin is a peaceful and central base for exploring the capital.
What To Do
Berlin’s Parks – This city is among the world’s greenest urban spaces so any visit here should include the exploration of some of the amazing parks. From a space that has been transformed from an old airfield, to the more traditional Tiergarten that’s filled with teahouses and landscaped gardens – there are some wonderful parks to choose from.
Brandenburg Gate – You can’t visit Berlin and ignore its history. This landmark was a symbol of division during the Cold War but now serves to represent the reunification of Germany
Reichstag – The modern home of German parliament, this building has been through a lot. In its short life it has been burnt, bombed and rebuilt and now stands as one of the city’s most distinctive features. This is a government building though, so if you plan on visiting – don’t forget your ID.
Berlin Wall – This outdoor memorial stands to remind us all of the chequered events of the city’s past. Running 1.4km long and integrating an original piece of the wall itself, this monument is a must see. It also houses multimedia panels, excavations and a document centre, and you can enjoy some amazing views from atop its viewing platform.
Museuminsel – Museuminsel means “Museum Island” and is the perfect place for history buffs to enjoy and explore. You can travel through ancient Babylon, see and Egyptian Queen or enjoy the beauty of Monet’s great works.
Holocaust Memorial – A football field sized space filled with concrete columns to symbolize the victims of the holocaust, this is a difficult but important place to visit. You’re free to walk around the exhibit whenever and however you want, and there is an underground information centre which works to explain more about the atrocities that went on during World War II.
Contemporary Art – Berlin is home to 440 galleries so you’d be hard pressed to avoid art completely during your visit. The main contemporary art exhibit is housed in the Hamburger Bahnof a huge museum housed in an old railway station and containing paintings, installations and video.
Judisches Museum – Learn an in depth history of the Jewish community through this architectural masterpiece created by Daniel Libeskind. This exhibition will take you on an emotional journey of over 2,000 years of Jewish history, rather than just focusing on the more recent 20th century
Shopping – You can’t visit Berlin and not go shopping. The famous Kurfurstedndamm – or Ku’damm for short – in Charlotteburg is lined with shop after shop and will have even the most seasoned shopper needing to take a break.
Best Restaurants in Berlin
Imren Grill – Serving up doner kebabs that are quite a few steps up from the drunken ones of our youth, Imren Grill has six locations throughout Berlin where you can enjoy this firm favourite.
Mogg – Housed in a former Jewish girl’s school, just the building itself is worth a visit. The menu here is sprinkled with comfort food favourites, including their famous New York Cheesecake – the best in Berlin.
Cocolo – The best place to enjoy a warm bowl of ramen, this little known Japanese restaurant makes the perfect lunch or dinner spot to recover your energy.
Jolesch – The proud owner of a Michelin star, this Austrian restaurant is right in the heart of the city. Serving up local classics like schnitzel and apple strudel, you’ll be coming back time and again.
Gasthaus – If you want to experience some authentic Berlin food, this is the place to be. Right off the shopping street of Ku’damm it’s a great place to enjoy some food between shops.
Der Goldene Hahn – Authentic Italian cuisine served in a cosy, atmospheric setting – this is the perfect place for date night. The low lit interior gives the whole restaurant a romantic vibe, so grab your special someone and get ready for great food and great wine.
Les Solistes – With enough Michelin stars to his name to create a small constellation, Chef Pierre Gagnaire is at the helm of this nouveau French restaurant. Serving Gallic classics with a twist, it’s a great location for a special occasion.
Hugos – High class food in a laidback setting, Hugo’s is a great way to enjoy luxury food without the pressures of luxury dining. Sit back and relax and let the staff take good care of you.
Glass – Enjoy one of the newest trends in dining – molecular gastronomy. Using science to create new and innovative ways to prepare and enjoy food, you’ll be sure to have a dining experience here like no other.
Experimental Cocktail Club – The exposed brick and wood beams help to give this dimly lit bar some authentic vibes of yesteryear. A cool yet cosy corner filled with the young and stylish with reasonably priced drinks.
Le Bar Tuileries – If you’re looking to add a touch of class and luxury to your trip, this is where you need to be. You can sit and sip the delicious champagne and cucumber mojitos, just a few doors down from Role, Bulgari and Dior.
Tausend – Classic cocktails in a beautiful bar, you’ll be transported back to a more elegant time at this city centre bar.
Prater – If you’re planning on visiting Berlin over the warmer months, then this establishment needs to be top of your list of drinking spots. With a beautiful beer garden that they open during good weather, you’ll get the true German experience here.
Rum Trader – You’ll need to arrive early as this tiny little bar only fits 25 people at any one time – but it’s definitely worth it. Overseen by a dapper gentleman, this bar harkens back to pre-war Berlin, and its cocktail selection is something to be proud of..
Berlin by Bike – One of the best ways to explore the city is on two wheels. While Berlin does have an excellent public transport system, so much of the city is flat and drivers are generally very respectful towards cyclists. And, with a number of great cycle routes – including one that circles the Berlin Wall – you’ll have no shortage of places to visit.
Stumbling Blocks – These small but poignant memorials are easy to miss as you wander the streets of the city. Keep looking down and you’ll soon notice small, square brass covered blocks in front of some of houses. These blocks document the people who used to live there (usually Jewish) and what happened to them during and after World War II – detailing which concentration camps they were sent to, and whether they lived or died.
Graffiti and Street Art – Almost everywhere you turn in the city, you will be greeted by some amazing and colourful street art. From the political to the pretty, make sure you’ve always got a camera handy to snap these works of art.
The Berlin Pass – Save some money with this great access pass. Giving you free entry to over 60 of Berlin’s top attractions, you’ll be able to explore to your heart’s content.
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