​7 Awesome Things to do in Berlin, Germany

​7 Awesome Things to do in Berlin, Germany

Jonathan Howe Destination, Europe, Travel Blog 21 Comments

The true ‘dark horse’ of what is considered one of the most reserved countries in Europe, you’ll be surprised at the number of things to do in Berlin, as well as its night life and cultural attractions. Unlike other big European cities like Rome or Paris, Berlin has only been known for its lifestyle since the nineties until today. 25 years after the wall was torn down and Germany reunified, you can still feel the difference between East Berlin and West Berlin. Today Berlin is famous for its vibrant atmosphere and night life. Berlin is the place to be for everybody who calls themselves wild, free and creative. Every day you can discover new places, new styles, and new behaviors. Those who love abandoned places and feel comfortable when it’s a little bit dibrty and lofty will quickly feel at home here. That’s because of the “Wende,” where people got an intense energy, and everything seemed to be possible. After the pioneering work of the German group “Kraftwerk” new techno music was the ideal language to communicate this new feeling. People held illegal raves at old warehouses and celebrated that special Berlin feeling.

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Things to do in Berlin

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If you decide to visit Berlin, Germany, these are some of the best things to do in Berlin.

1. Experience the Historic Berlin

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Why is this one of the most awesome things to do in Berlin?

You should see this area to acclimate and get yourself into the Berlin mood. At least this is the story you should tell your family. You don’t need to take a classic tour in a group, just take the 100 bus line with a Berlin AB ticket for 2,70€. It starts at Alexanderplatz and ends at Zoologischer Garden. This line is given amazing street views of Berlin in all directions. You will see the monument of Frederik the Great, the Brandenburger Tor, the Kurfürstendamm with the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Church, the Philharmonie, Potsdamer Platz, Martin Gropius Bau, Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin Dome, the Berlin TV tower and the Museum-island. After this you should get to the station Ostbahnhof, you can still use the same ticket (it lasts 2 hours) and should make a point to visit the Berlin Wall.

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2. Visit the Turkish market at Maybachufer

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Every Tuesday and Friday you will find a great market at the Maybachufer from 11 till 18. You can sample ultra delicious pastes, bread, fruits and also fresh juices. Just take the subway to “Schönleinstraße” (U8) starting at Alexanderplatz. Here you can also eat a very common fast food which most Germans love – the Döner. There are also several variants like the vegetarian “Gemüse Döner.” The best “Döner” of Berlin is at Mehringdamm 36. When you see a very long queue, you’re going the right way. It’s good value!

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3. Grab a beer at the Spätie and enjoy the sundowner

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Why is this one of the most awesome things to do in Berlin?

When the sun goes down, you should go to the Modersohn bridge at the Modersohnstraße. Here you have a good view of the east side of Berlin, and it has become a common thing that couples and people meet here with a drink from the Spätie (that’s where Berliners buy fresh beer). Späties are little supermarkets which have a cold beer, wine, and some other stuff. They are open on Sundays and the central ones in the night as well. If you are in West Berlin, you can watch the sun-downer from the Nationaldenkmal at the Kreuzberg. This is the mountain which gave the famous district “Kreuzberg” its name. You have a fantastic view and in summer a romantic waterfall.

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4. Drink more beers in Bar Marathon

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Why is this one of the most awesome things to do in Berlin?

Berlin has many bars, but there are some special streets where you can do a bar marathon. The most famous are the Simon-Dach-Straße at Berlin Friedrichshain. You’ll find many bars in different styles for each taste. If you are too drunken just take a Pizza at Pizza Dach for 3,50€ and continue drinking. Berliners, even girls, love to drink beer. It’s a signal to be casual. Everyone likes casual people around, that’s why drinking beer is one of the best things to do in Berlin! 

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5. Try your luck at the Berghain door

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Why is this one of the most awesome things to do in Berlin?

The most famous techno club of the world is the Berghain. Because the club lays between Kreuz-berg and Friedrichs-hain its name is Berghain. For most tourists, the Berghain experience ends at the door, as it’s very hard to get past Sven Marquardt, who is very well-known in Berlin. It’s forbidden to take pictures inside Berghain, but there are a series of portraits which show people in front of the Berghain. There is also an app which is called “How to get into Berghain” which should help you dress the right way. If you are refused, you can continue the magic Berlin night at other places like Watergate, Wilde Renate, Kater Blau (which is the follower of Bar25) and Tresor. You can also go to the Revaler Strasse, where there are several Techno Clubs. Be aware of scammers in the area.

6. Take the Ferry boat (to cure a hangover!)

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Why is this one of the most awesome things to do in Berlin?

If you find yourself with a hangover after a party night, don’t waste your whole day in your hotel room or apartment. Try a relaxing boat tour, which usually starts at Friedrichstraße. Eat a “Bockwurst mit Senf” which is served on almost every boat and recover from the night before while beautiful Berlin passes by on both sides.

You should also try a seven seas boat tour at the Wannsee. If you are low budget, you can take a ferry boat starting at Wannsee to Kladow and back with a BVG Ticket for 2,70€.

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7. See some real culture

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Why is this one of the most awesome things to do in Berlin?

Berlin is not just about parties. You can find creativity and art in every corner. If you are interested in some real art, you should visit the Volksbühne, the Ostkreuz photography exhibitions (the next is on 9th October at the HO Berlin), art exhibitions like Positions or Berlin fashion exhibitions like Premium.

If you can’t stop drinking, then try some bar events like the Bar convent (in October), where you can drink the finest and newest creations made by the best bar keepers of Europe. There are also many flea markets and spontaneous exhibitions, and sometimes there are even exhibitions at Berghain – this is another way to see the techno-temple from inside, in case you didn’t make it in the first time around.

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Comments 21

  1. A relaxing boat tour and watching the sunset are some on my bucketlist. Although, I am not into beers. Haha! Amazing list!

  2. Berlin is on my list to go to for a while now. I hope to go sometime soon. These are nice things to do in Berlin. A lot them I didn’t know about yet. So now I can expand my plan! Berghain sounds very interesting!

  3. One of the spot on my bucket list! And wow, I thought it was just a myth about them beers but woah, I need to practice drinking a lot more before I’ll go there haha I might be embarrassed as girls can drink way harder than me :))

  4. Thank you for taking me on this short trip home 🙂 Well , I am not really from Berlin , I am from Cologne, but still Germany . How lovely to see these photos , but !!! You forgot the most popular thing about Berlin : The Currywurst (lol) the sausage with the world famous curry sauce . That is as famous as the Brandenburger Tor I guess . Just kidding … a great post about a great city !!!

  5. Berlin and Beer… sounds like I can never get enough of these two 🙂
    The pictures have come really vibrant; and as always, you guys have listed the to-do’s very excitingly…

  6. I want to watch the sunset at Modersohn bridge and cap off the night with a boat ride ? How I wish Berlin is an arm’s length away haha Thank you for sharing these sites, Jon ?

  7. LOL. I had to laugh. Drink beer, and drink more beer. So that is a very Berliner thing to do? I remember seeing photos of the Berlin Wall. That I would love to really really see. And yes, I accept. Beers.

  8. Some great ideas! Definitely given me inspiration for my upcoming trip! Although not sure I can be bothered with the clubs haha. Great post.

  9. Berlin is one of my favourite all time places it is so packed with culture, art and history there really is something for everyone x

  10. I’ve been to Berlin before but I never did any of these things. I really want to go back because it’s such a nice place x

  11. Oh wow what some amazing sounding things to do – I wold absolutely love to visit Berlin and other places in Germany. x

  12. I’d love to take a ferry on the river. That would be fun. Germany is on my bucket list and I look forward to going one day!

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