Welcome to Germany’s premiere city of culture, diversity and entertainment. Once separated by the infamous Wall, Berlin is overflowing with different personality types, living together peacefully and happily - it’s like no other city in the world.
The Berlin nightlife is infamous - of course - and if you’ve ever been asking yourself where to find the best places to visit in Berlin, or what to do in Berlin, then you’ve come to the right place.
If you’re studying at the Humboldt University, you’ll probably still never get used to this marvellous sight: over 200 years old, the gargantuan Brandenburg Gate is a beautiful symbol of unity for the people of Berlin. The overwhelming cultural message aside, it’s just a stunning construction. Standing nearly 30m tall and 65m across, it’s a behemoth of carved stone and you simply can’t go to Berlin without visiting it.
One of the busiest visitor hotspots in the entire city - for locals and travellers alike - the Reichstag is the home of the constitution and the legislative body of Germany. Through many turmoils and with power always changing hands, the Reichstag has a long history filled with memories. It’s another massive building, as is not uncommon in Berlin, but topped with a gorgeous glass dome. Before it is a sprawling public park, where you can enjoy a picnic with mates. Register for a Reichstag visit online to guarantee entry on your day of choice
Awarded UNESCO World Heritage Status just before the dawn of the new millennium, Museum Island is a prosaic collection of five museums, all built on a single, small island on the Berlin Spree River. For the best view, consider a boat trip along the Spree to enjoy multiple angles of this unique architectural project. The weather in Berlin in summer is perfect for just such a trip!
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
One of the more harrowing visits you can make is also the most important. The "Field of Stelae" is consists of 2,700 enormous stone blocks, all laid around at varying heights, at changing depths and sprawls over a 19,000m2 area. It’s officially called the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, remembering the horrific crimes committed under the Nazi occupation during the 1930’s and 40’s. It is emotionally charging, visually beautiful and a must-see in Berlin.
Alexanderplatz with TV-Tower
Visible throughout the city, the TV Tower at Alexanderplatz (or Fernsehturm de Berlín) stands at over 350 metres and is the tallest publically-accessible building in the whole of Europe. Every year, over a million tourists will come, ride to its observatory (over 200m) and gaze down at the sprawling, busy city of Berlin. If you’re unsure what to do in Berlin, visit the tower and get to know the city from above.
Carnival of Cultures
2017 will be the 51st year of the Carnival of Cultures, an annual celebration over Pentecost Weekend (a public holiday in Berlin) with a massive street parade featuring crazy, colorful costumes, music and dance! However, this is just the finale to the event - it is preceded by several days of live music and performances at Blücherplatz in the Kreuzberg district. It’s a very famous, highly energetic festival you don’t want to miss!
Festival of Lights
There are a few dotted around Europe, including the spectacular Fete des Lumieres in Lyon, however, the Festival of Lights in Berlin is equally as impressive, with such sights as the Brandenburg Gate, the TV Tower and the Berliner Dom Cathedral all ablaze with stunning light projections. You can tour the whole city, finding brilliant displays at every turn. Takes place in October.
Whether you’re a spectator or a runner, everyone loves a good Marathon! The Berlin course features around 30,000 runners every year, from elite professionals aiming to break records, to motivated gamers who decided to get off the couch for a good cause. The best way to watch is often to pick a good spot, bring a packed lunch and just enjoy the atmosphere of the day, as well as cheering on everyone who comes past!
Berlinale - Berlin International Film Festival
Berlinale is the third-largest film festival in Europe, and is probably Berlin’s largest event in the calendar! For two weeks in February, Berlin plays host to filmmakers and film lovers from all over the world - the event sold over 335,000 tickets last year, and those numbers aren’t expected to go down! If you don’t know what to do in Berlin in February, you simply can’t go wrong with Berlinale.
Berghain & Panorama Bar
Everyone knows that the Berlin nightlife is on another level - that might even be why you’re moving here. If you haven’t heard of them, Berghain and Panorama Bar are two big reasons for that reputation. Berghain is a techno paradise, featuring some of the world’s finest talent every single night - they simply don’t compromise on their ludicrously high standards. Panorama Bar is all about house, and it’s chilled out and relaxed. It’s where you go to unwind before venturing back in Berghain. If you want to call yourself a Berliner, you have to go.
Though the building itself may fill you with foreboding, you have to ignore that impulse telling you to run away, and hit the button for level 12 on the Alexanderplatz high-rise. The dance floor will be packed, the music perfectly-match to the atmosphere and everyone there will be looking for a good time. Weekend has a good rep in Berlin, and it’s no secret why.
Techno. Techno. Techno. Techno. Did you know Berlin is famous for techno? Tresor is a big underground venue filled with a techno-mad crowd who will be going hard. It’s not a laid back night out, but if you want to immerse yourself in massive beats until well after sunrise, this is your chance. It has 3 separate rooms, and you can find it at Köpenickestrasse in Kreuzberg.
Club der Visionäre
Though you can go inside and mingle with a slightly awkward crowd on a small dance floor, you really want to spend your time off the boat, chilling around outside. There’s music there too, and you can enjoy the warm air, drink in hand while goofing around with your mates. You can dip (skinny or just toes) into the water, or just laze about enjoying your beverage. It’s not a techno warehouse, it’s just a cool place for a night out in Berlin.
For a start, it’s an abandoned dog food factory. How Berlin! There’s an empty bus, a lake, a pizza place, a maze of dance floors...Sisyphos is virtually indescribable. It’s a world unto itself. It’s a pretty long way out of the centre, and many will claim that a night there doesn’t start until 4am, but boy is it worth it. You need to commit, and if you do, you will have a crazy night. €10 entry.
You will not have a finer meal in all your stay in Berlin, though your cost of living will skyrocket if you visit Les Solistes more than 1-2 times over the course of a year! It’s €120 (for four courses) or €150 (for seven) and is run by Pierre Gagnaire, a multi Michelin Star winning genius. The food changes with the seasons and will caress your palate with flavors and textures which just don’t exist elsewhere in the city.
We all know that Germans love their sausages.. In Berlin, Currywurst is king. Have it with Pommes rot-weiß for a classic, delicious serving. Curry 36 offers the finest selection, quality and price for Currywurst (and other sausages) in the city. Eating in Berlin has never been simpler, and your Currywurst will never be tastier than right here!
Berlin is a melting pot of culture, so you shouldn’t be surprised to see a non-traditional entry make this list. Ishin is quite a bizarre place - the design of the interior isn’t overly welcoming or well-done, but they’ve put the focus exactly where it should be: the food. Enjoy complimentary green tea with your favorite Japanese dishes, right in the heart of Berlin.
Berlin serves up more doner kebabs every year than Istanbul - needless to say, it is beloved by the locals! In the Turkish areas of Berlin, you can find dozens upon dozens of kebab shops, and most of them will serve up a delicious, fair-priced helping to fill you up. Imren Grill is just one of these places, though it’s held in pretty high regard by many! It’s cheap, as well as a nice, easy place to eat in Berlin every week.
More of a what to eat in Berlin, rather than a place to eat, the Berliner is a famous pastry which is, you guessed it, favored among locals! It’s like a precursor to the donut, and is traditionally filled with sweet jelly. You can buy them at bakeries throughout the city, but the general consensus is that those at Bäckerei Siebert are the best.