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I’ve now been to Berlin several times, and I absolutely love it as a city. It’s kind of the embodiment of “cool”. There’s always something new and interesting going on and it would be impossible to not fill your days in Berlin doing something amazing. 

10 things to do in Berlin

1. See the Brandenburg Gate 

Obviously, this is a highly touristy thing to do, but not seeing the Brandenburg Gate would be like going to Paris and not taking time to look at the Eiffel Tower. 

2. Tour the Reichstag/Bundestag 

One of my most memorable travel experiences ever was getting to have dinner on top of the Reichstag Building and seeing the Bundestag at night with no other visitors in the building. If you want to tour it (which I highly recommend) you need to book your tour in advance. You can do so here

3. See a show 

Berlin has some excellent theatre, and a lot of it happens to be in English. If you want to see something a bit different, I highly highly recommend booking in to see a show at the Chamaeleon theatre. I’ve seen two shows there now and they are both amazing. 

4. Go thrifting at Maeurpark 

Every Sunday a massive flea market takes over Mauerpark in Prenzlauer Berg. It’s the biggest market that I’ve been to and it gets busy. But that won’t stop you from finding a few good deals! (And maybe even needing a second suitcase to take them home in.) 

5. Walk around the Tiergarten 

It’s Berlin’s answer to Central Park. It’s 520 acres and it’s heavily wooded. After WWII only 700 trees survived out of over 200,000 that lined the park (some dating from the 16th century). It’s since gone through loads of regeneration and you’d never know that it was once destroyed. 

6. See most beautiful square in Europe (The Gendarmenmarkt) 

The Gendarmenmarkt is located in the historic centre of Berlin and is said to be one of the most beautiful city squares in all of Europe. Having seen it in person, I completely agree. (I’ve included some photos of it below.) More than a million people visit the square every year. 

7. DDR Museum 

The DDR Museum is a hands-on museum that explores what life was like in East Germany (aka the DDR – Deutsche Demokratische Republik). The museum has three themed areas: “Public Life”; “State and Ideology” and “Life in a Tower Block”. It’s one of the few things on my list that isn’t free. Tickets cost around €8.

8. Visit the Holocaust Museum 

It makes for a draining visit, but it’s respectful, sombre and moving. It’s a piece of history that should never be forgotten. I highly recommend visiting the subterranean museum as well. There’s usually a queue to get in, but if you arrive early in the morning, you’ll only have to queue for 15 minutes or so. 

9. Eat

Berlin has a really interesting food scene, so you’ll definitely eat well during your visit. I recommend trying out one of the local food markets, and take a peek at my vegan guide to Berlin if you’d like more recommendations. 

10. East Side Art Gallery

It’s a 1316 meter long section of the Berlin Wall, that was painted by 105 artists from all over the world in 1990. You could spend hours looking at all the different murals and it’s an incredible free attraction. 

 

art museum 2 art museum berlin cathedral 1 Berlin Cathedral 
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berlin cathedral berlin grafitti boats and bridge boats on river brandenburg gate bridge on bridge bridge over river spree busy intersection church gendarmenmarkt The Gendarmenmarkt
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outside another theatre ronald reagan river spree river spree banks soviet monument gendarmenmarkt square streets of berlin tiergarten train station tv tower from the other side of the river

Is there anything else you’d add to the list?

For more posts on Berlin, you can check out: 

Dinner on Top of the Reichstag 
Berlin in 24 Hours 
A Vegan Guide to Berlin 
Scandic Hotel Berlin 

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  • Berlin is one of my favorite cities in the world – it has a vibe I just can’t put my finger on, but whatever it is, I love it! We went to the most unforgettable exhibition at the KW Institute for Contemporary Art when we were last there and I really need to make my way back. I had made the mistake of booking it as a surprise trip for John’s birthday … in January, and it was FREEZING. So, definitely want to go back when it’s slightly warmer!

    • I’ve only been in the autumn, but luckily both times it was still fairly warmish still. It does have a really distinct vibe, but you’re right I can’t quite put my finger on it either! x

  • This post is firing up my wanderlust again!

  • beautiful photos!

  • Amy Eade

    Berlin is so high on my travel wish list! I’ll pop back to this post when I go for sure,
    Amy xx
    http://www.callmeamy.co.uk

  • Magda

    Berlin is my favourite place on earth 🙂 I’ve been there way too many times and I’m still hungry for more 🙂 I’d add taking a stroll around Gruenewald (it’s a high end neighbourhood but in 19th century it used to be a dumping site – Nabokov wrote about it), then one S-bahn stop from Gruenmewald and you reach Wannsee which is great for relaxing during spring/summer/early autumn. And the next stop is Potsdam which is also a lovely place to visit, especially the palace. If you go to Berlin in August, there is a street art festival lasting nearly the entire month on Alexanderplatz. It has wonderful atmosphere and the artists are truely amazing

    • Those are all amazing suggestions! I’ll definitely pout people towards this comment. Berlin is just so wonderful, isn’t it?! X

      • Magda

        It really is a lovely place, whenever you decide to visit – sping/summer/autumn season is great because of all the green areas in the city and winter is all about Christmas markets, roasted almonds and Gluehwein :). I feel sooo lucky because I had an opportunity to study there for some time and feel not like a stranger but someone who lives there 🙂 xx

  • I want to visit this city so so much!! I can’t believe how pretty your pictures are, it almost feel like I’ve actually been there now!!
    Lucie, xx

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  • I’m yet to visit Berlin but it’s high up on my list! Sounds like there is a lot to do there.

    Suitcase and Sandals Blog XX

  • Oh what amazing photos, it sounds like an awesome place to visit

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  • You are so right- Berlin is just “cool” as a city right!
    Loved our recent trip and will certainly be planning a return at some point!

  • I really loved having a tour of the Reichstag! Definitely worth a visit! x

  • The only time I’ve been to Berlin was on a school trip when I was 15, and we were only there for a day. I’ve wanted to go back every since and explore it again.

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