Planning a trip to Berlin? Then it’s probably best to have some sort of plan before you go… Berlin is a vast city and with so much to do it can leave you feeling overwhelmed about how to spend your time there. As I lived there for a few months I’ve managed to do and see a few things now. Berlin is such a cool place to visit, with so much history, art and of course nightlife! Honestly this list was hard for me because mainly all I did was go to bars and clubs…
I’d highly recommend getting the “Berlin Ulmon” app. It works as an offline map and if you plan properly beforehand you can favourite all of the places you want to go and work out which places are close together before you go. There is a lot of walking to do in Berlin so make sure you bring a pair of comfortable shoes.
East Side Gallery is a memorial site representing the lack of freedom under communism after the war. The wall divided East and West Berlin and anyone that tried to cross the wall would be killed. The wall is located in the district of Friedrichshain and it is surreal to think that people living less than a mile away from each other weren’t allowed to see each other. It is a must see whilst visiting Berlin as artists have covered the wall in graffiti and quotes representing the political events that happened in 1989 and 1990.
District Mot is possibly the best restaurant that I went to the entire time I was in Berlin. It serves delicious ‘saigon street food’ and when you walk in the venue it’s as if you have left Berlin and entered Vietnam. With such a wide variety of food I’d never tried before it took me around half an hour to decide what to eat! I can’t remember the name of the dish that I chose but it was something with tofu and garlic with crispy sticky rice, which is basically a ball of rice… deep fried, it was amazing! 10/10 recommend
Get a Mexicana! Ordering a Mexicana in a bar in Berlin is about as common as ordering a shot of vodka elsewhere. It tastes like a Bloody Mary but it’s a shot and uses tequila instead of vodka. They are usually sold for 2 euros and taste absolutely amazing. I didn’t manage to get a picture because I drank them as soon as they were given to me.
Spreepark! is an abandoned theme park in the Treptow-Köpenick district of Berlin. Unless you are an early riser it’s pretty hard to get into but you can still see the whole park despite a fence all the way around it. I was put off trying to get because there’s a huge park surrounding it and people constantly walking past. You can see all you need to see just walking around it. The Ferris wheel was moving around by itself which was pretty spooky, definitely a must see and it’s nice to walk around the area too.
Klunkerkranich is the place to be in Berlin. It is a super cool rooftop bar in Neukölln overlooking the whole of East Berlin. It’s a quirky bar and you have to ‘know’ about it in order to access it. You have to go up a lift in a car park, go to the highest floor, once you get out you will be left in a car park, walk around to a ramp and you will find a funky garden. You are now in the coolest bar in Berlin. I have only been in the nights so sadly I have missed the sunsets! But I’d love to go back on a sunny day to enjoy the views. In the evening it is usually busy with DJ’s on, the seats in there are super comfortable too.
Bikini Hotel Berlin is the latest hipster hangout. You don’t need to be staying there in order to visit. Whilst walking there you can find views of the Berlin zoo (for free) so we saw a few monkeys which was pretty cute! There is also a rooftop bar here too but I’d really recommend booking in advance – we tried to go when it was 2 degrees outside and there was still a queue coming out of the door. On the main floor of the hotel there is a chill area, named ‘bikini island’ with unique seating, access to use of macs for focused work, hammocks to chill in and a cafe. There is a DJ area that sets the tone and feeling of the place – super nice atmosphere and a new place to be. No photos as my phone was dead but definitely worth the mention!
There are tonnes more things you can do in Berlin I couldn’t possibly fit it all into one post but if you need anymore help then feel free to ask in the comments.