I adore Berlin. It is not only hip, cool, alternative and multicultural it also offers so many different places of art, history and meeting points for old and young. I have been to Berlin a lot of times and never paid for lodge due to the fact that i have family there. But I want to share my top favourite places and locations with you.
Berlin is the capital of Germany and segmented into many different neighbourhoods. The neighbourhoods I visited:
Wilmersdorf, Charlottenburg, Kreuzberg, Neuköln, Mitte and Spandau.
All of them offer super cool places and a multicultural society. Berlin is full of history marks of older times, for example the Berlin Wall, which was build in 1961. Next to its history Berlin offers a lot of possibilities for night-owls. It has the most popular night clubs in the country such as: Berghain, Katerholzig, Watergate, Tresor and many more. Whenever you feel hungry you will find amazing food all around the city. With a lot of different food styles and trends. Below I will list my favourite places to eat and chill. Wilmersdorf, thats where my family lives, is 10 minutes by foot from the Ku-Damm (Kurfürstendamm). It is an upper class area where a lot of families with small children live. A lot of playgrounds and activities for children are around therefor. For younger people I would recommend Kreuzberg, Mitte or Neuköln because the scene and the nightlife is more exiting and alternative. Not every part of Berlin has a good reputation but I have never experienced anything bad as I stayed there. Driving the sub by night is a little bit creepy, but no worries you will find cheap taxis everywhere.
There is a german saying which says: Du bist verrückt mein Kind, du musst nach Berlin (You are crazy my child you have to go to Berlin). And thats what its all about. The scene is super hip, alternative and all people who feel different feel accepted there. Like, it doesn’t matter what you wear when you leave the house. Even if you prefer wearing a pyjama you will not be judged. Thats one of the things I love the most about Berlin – its alternative. Great Places for shopping are the KuDamm which offers basic brands like h&m, expensive stuff like Chanel and cool, trendy shops like Brandy Melville, Monk etc. On of my beloved places to shop is the Bergmann Street in Kreuzberg. Here you can find a good secondhand shop where you can buy by kilos, good falafel and Indian food, cafes, the hippie “Guru-Shop” and many more. If you want to escape the trouble of the city for some time the “Krumme Lanke” and “Schlachtensee” offer great places for walking and swimming. As well as the Tropical Island indoor swim and fun bath.Which is decorated with real sand, palms and all sort of tropical plants. A fun thing to do on a rainy day. Berlin is also known for great art and music. People all over the World join this artistic scene- really worth taking a closer look at.
My favourite places and best locations to eat:
1 Klunkerkranich Neuköln (in the Neukölln Arcaden, Karl-Marx-Straße 66). Wonderful, alternative atmosphere. Amazing view over Berlin on the rooftop Coffee and Bar. Green. Big Sandbox for children. They serve food and drinks.
2 Afterward go eat a burger at Berlin Burger International (Pannierstraße 5). 10 min walk from the Klunkerkranich. Best burger in town! Cheap and super tasty. Delicious fries, burger and standard drinks. Little, thigh store full of graffiti.
3 Wonderwaffle No.2 (Neckarstraße 2). 5 min walk from the Klunkerkranich. Best waffles and milkshakes ever. Sweet: they write your name with chocolate on your plate if you order a waffle. Big choice of ingredients. They also have two vegan days a week. Another store is in the food area of the Mall of Berlin.
4 Preußenpark ( Brandenburgische Str.). On the weekend a lot of people meet at the park to eat fresh thai food. A lot of thais cook fresh food for low prices there. Great atmosphere. Good food and drinks. Real thai dishes. The park has fitness appliances.
5 Nenis ( Budapester Str. 40) is located next to the Bikini House in the 25 Hours Hotel. Rooftop. Besides the restaurant is a nice bar called the Monkey Bar. Delicious mix of persian, moroccan, spanish and israeli food. The food always looks really stunning and the taste is an real experience. From the toilet you can watch the monkeys in the zoo. Reservation is necessary.
6 Funk you is right in the middle of the Bikini House in the ground floor. Healthy and natural food. Juices, salads cakes and my favourite smoothie bowl with berries, chia seeds and many more. A lot of the dishes are gluten free and vegan.
7 Dolores is near the KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westen)(Bayreuther Str. 36). They offer fresh, yummy mexican food. I highly recommend the burrito bowls in vegan or vegetarian alternative. Tasty guacamole. Many burritos, soft tacos, quesadilla, salads and corn chips. You can put together your own food creations. Delicious and cheap. Another one is located in the Rosa-Luxemburg-Str. 7.
8 Mauerpark fleemarket (Bernauer Str. 63-64). My favorite fleemarket in Germany. Cool Location. Different and very special products. Fresh fruit juices and typical german food. Nice people. Chilled atmosphere. Groovy live music. Sometimes even parties at night.
Historical must sees:
1 Anne Frank Museum (Rosenthaler Str. 39) shows the touching story of the jewish girl Anne Frank in pictures and from her diary. Deeply moving. It is next to a backyard full of beautiful graffitis. The entrance fee is cheap. Closed on mondays.
2 Museum Island is located next to the Spree and has a park where you can enjoy sunny days. It includes a lot of museums like the old national gallery, the new and old museum, archaeological museum, Pergamon museum, James-Simon-Gallery and a few more. If you are into art I can recommend the National Gallery. Also interesting is the Humbold-Box which shows how the rebuilding of the Berlin castle will look like.
3 Story of Berlin ( Kurfürstendamm 207) gives us an expression what a, in case of a nuclear bomb, bunker looks like. The museum has many different rooms full of storytelling walls and new technologies. The guidances are really good and interesting.
4 Brandenburger Gate (Pariser Platz) is one of the most famous monuments in Berlin and Germany.It is build as a big city gate.
5 Reichstags building/ Deutscher Bundestag (Platz der Republik) one block to the north from the Brandenburger Gate is the Reichstags building. It is an historical building. Very impressive place where all the politicians from Germany and around the world meet. You can make an appointment for entering the building with a guide. Sometimes it is possible to see conferences of the politicians. The view from the Bundestag dom is really nice. Last time i have been there (in July) they showed a movie about the German history on the back of the Bundestag buildings wall. Outdoor cinema experience with a great animated light show, music and touching historical events.
6 Memorial to the murdered jews of Europe is also known as the Holocaust Memorial. It is near the Reichstag, Brandenburger Tor and the Mall of Berlin. It has an information table underneath it.
7 Berlin Wall/Eastside Gallery ( Bernauer Str. 111) is really important for the German history. It marks the separation between east and west Berlin between 1961 and 1989. The fall of the wall was one of the most important moments in history. Impressive. Full of beautiful, meaningful art.
8 Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection ( Schloßstraße 70) offers changing exhibitions of art. A Small museum with great pictures and sculptures in it. Perfect for art-lovers.
There is so much more to see. You have to experience that city by yourself. I would love to read where you have been and what tips, favourite places you have.
Up Next: little excursion to the vegan and vegetarian kitchen with my lifestyle and favourite recipes.