Top Things to do in Berlin
Ticking all the boxes, the buzzing Berlin boasts amazing local food, an exciting nightlife scene, rich in history, world famous beer and some of the most incredible cultural landmarks and museums in the world. Berlin is a city celebrated for its freedom, creativity and cool attitude.
Below, we have compiled a list of the top things to do in Berlin. Check it out!
1 – View the spectacular Brandenburg Gate
The Brandenburg Gate is a neoclassical monument that has stood through the city’s history since the 18th century. The gate is a symbol of separation between East and West Berlin, – and is probably one of the most significant landmarks in the city. The decorative Pariser Platz was laid at the foot of the gate and is now home to many of the city’s important buildings.
2 – Watch the sunset on top of the TV Tower Berlin
Berlin TV tower, also known as Fernsehturm Berlin, gives the best 360-degree view of Berlin. It can hardly go unnoticed as it is the highest building in the city! Book a slot here.
3. Visit one of Berlin’s most popular tourist attraction – The Berlin Wall
The Berlin Wall originated in 1961 when East Germany sealed off that half of the city to prevent citizens from fleeing to West Germany. By the time it was torn down in 1989, the four-meter-high wall extended 155 kilometers, dissected 55 streets, and possessed 293 observation towers and 57 bunkers. Today, only small stretches of this graffiti-covered travesty remain, including a 1.4-kilometer stretch preserved as part of the Berlin Wall Memorial (Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer). It stands as a chilling reminder of the animosity that once divided Europe.
4. – Drive around the city in a Trabi
Jump into a Trabi for a self-drive tour of Berlin. A guide will drive ahead of you while discussing and showing you points of interest via the radio as you pass them. A Trabi became a symbol of bygone East Germany back when the city was separated. P.S. Make sure you are used to driving a manual car!
5. – Check out the city on foot by joining a Walking Tour
Berlin offers both free and paid walking tours. The free walking tour of Berlin will cover the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie and the Brandenburg Gate. Find out more here.
6. – Venture outside the city to Charlottenburg Palace
Just outside the city you can find the magnificent Charlottenburg Palace. This palace contains fine collections of china and paintings and is located in the middle of a stunning palace garden right next to the River Spree.
7. – Visit Museum Island
Museum Island is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites and home to the city’s most important exhibition centres: the Altes Museum (Old Museum), the Neues Museum (New Museum) the Bode Museum, the Pergamon Museum and the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery). The collections in these buildings encompass over 6,000 years of art and cultural history.
8. – Check out Mauerpark
If you are arriving ahead of the conference, be sure to stop by Mauerpark – one of the busiest flea markets in Berlin. Enjoy a wide variety of stalls selling all different kinds of items as you roam through the market. You can find clothes by local designers, rare records, local food and drink and more! Mauerpark is also known for an outdoor singing session: Bearpit Karaoke. Joe Hatchiban has been bringing his battery-powered karaoke system to the Mauerpark every Sunday since 2009. Providing the weather is good, he’ll be there from 15:00. Why not take a chance and sing your favourite song!
9. – Taste Currywurst and a German Beer!
Rumour has it, the curry-wurst was created by a woman in East Berlin in 1949 after she received some curry powder from British soldiers. She mixed the curry powder with what she had, added some grilled pork sausage and voila – the currywurst sauce was invented! Berliner Currywurst quickly became one of the signature fast food dishes of the city. Be sure to try it out! Find yourself a huge beer, Oktoberfet style in Berlin! If you like craft beer, we recommend Hopfenreich.
10. – The German Museum of Technology
The German Museum of Technology was established in 1983 to showcase and celebrate Germany’s industrial and technological skills. Explore through the museum to enjoy plenty of vehicles and aircraft, including a number of preserved steam engines dating back as far as 1843. Other highlights include riding in a vintage 1930’s train. Check out their site for more information.
11. – Berin Day to Night
Berlin’s cafe culture is thriving, as seen in the lively cafes that line its streets. When it comes to artisanal coffee, a leading light is Bonanza Coffee, located close to Mauerpark. With multiple outposts dotted around town, The Barn is another speciality coffee heavyweight, while Five Elephant occupies a peaceful corner of Kreuzberg and serves mouthwatering cakes alongside their hand-crafted brews. For sweet treats, Konditorei und Cafe Buchwald is a highlight, having been making indulgent cakes for over 150 years. Cafe Einstein in Schöneberg has a delightful and sophisticated Viennese feel, while Cafe Vux in Neukölln serves delicious vegan fare and Cafe Rosenduft in Steglitz is a specialised organic cafe. Looking for some nightlife? You’ll find the perfect way to spend the evening in each neighbourhood.
- Auguststraße and Torstraße: Artistic celebration
- Hackescher Markt and Oranienburger Straße: Nightlife in the city centre
- Eberswalder Straße: Partying in Prenzlauer Berg
- Oranienstraße: Vibrant and lively
- Weserstraße: The whole world in one neighbourhood
- Wrangelstraße: Party by the River Spree
- Simon-Dach-Straße: Berlin’s most diverse restaurant scene
- City West: From chic elegance to iconic neighbourhood flair
12. – Take a leap!
Looking to bring your EPPC experience to a whole new high? Then head to Park Inn Hotel Berlin, take the elevator to hotel’s roof…98 meters high and base fly! Base flying is almost like speed free falling. Click here for more information.
Check out Visit Berlin for more ideas.
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