Best Things to Do in Berlin, Germany

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Misha Sharp

  • International Travel

  • Germany

  • Berlin

  • Arts & Culture

  • City Travel

  • History

  • Shopping

  • Nightlife

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Curator’s statement

Berlin is a city with a little something for everyone: profound historical sites, a strong creative scene, shopping, distinctly unique neighborhoods, lush leafy parks, efficient public transit and incredibly fun and funky nightlife. The German capital city maintains a balance between feeling young and modern, while boasting some of the heaviest historical, political and cultural sites in the country. As far as large European cities go, Berlin can be an incredibly cost effective option, and is great both for long weekends or an extended stay.

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Things to do

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Historical and Cultural Sites in Berlin

If you're traveling to Berlin and a history buff, there are several must-see sites focusing on 20th century historical events, from World War II through the fall of the Berlin Wall. You can visit most of these sites in one or two days.

The Reichstag: Climb the glass dome at the restored German parliament building for some great vistas and information on German politics and history. Advance reservations required.

The Brandenburg Gate: Stop by the monument first built in the 18th century by the Prussian empire that has marked of the most significant moments in German history.

Checkpoint Charlie: Take a visit to the well-known crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War.

Holocaust Memorials: Take a moment to quietly reflect at the memorial for Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

Art, Culture, and Entertainment in Berlin

The Badeschiff: An unassuming barge turned pool and beach in the middle of the Spree River that is a fantastic summertime spot.

Hackesche Hofe: Brimming with street art, this charming series of interconnected courtyards provides a wealth of clothing boutiques, book shops, a local theater and a cinema.

RAW Gelande: A former train station-turned-gallery of culture and art, where visitors can step through artist galleries or visit the Sunday flea market.

East Side Gallery: A short walk away from RAW Gelande is the East Side Gallery, a stretch of the Berlin Wall which has been covered in local street art.

Places to eat & drink

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Where to Get a Drink in Berlin

Prater Beer Garden: A classic outdoor Berlin biergarten with abundant picnic tables, walk-up service, bratwurst and beer of all kinds.

Buck and Breck: A truly hidden speakeasy with no phones allowed, fantastic cocktails, and excellent service (ring the bell to get in).

Klunkerkranich: An extremely funky rooftop garden with casual fare and drinks, which is just as enjoyable during the day as at night.

Where to Eat in Berlin

Katershmaus Enjoy an vegetable-forward or classic German meal at this modern lunch spot on the Spree river.

Markthalle Neun A large brick market hall with food stalls galore and specialty events occurring on the weekends.

Katz Orange: A laid-back Michelin star eatery featuring slow food and seasonal produce.

Berlin Coffee Shops

Kiez Kaffee Kraft:Cozy spot for exceptional coffee and small pastries.

Five Elephant Roastery: A small coffee shop with modern design featuring micro roasts and fair trade products.

Tres Cabezas: A warm and inviting space with an impressive selection of single origin beans.

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