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100 Things to Do in Berlin

100 Things to Do in Berlin

If you’re only going to do one thing while you’re in Berlin…

…make sure it’s these 100 things.

 

1. TAKE A STREET ART TOUR WITH SOME LOCAL ARTISTS
Mitte | €€

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Then create your own graffiti in their abandoned factory complex. VIEW MORE INFO

2. HAVE BREAKFAST ON THE REICHSTAG’S ROOF TERRACE
Mitte | €€€

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And walk around the Norman Foster-designed glass dome afterwards. VIEW MORE INFO

3. TAKE A STROLL ALONG THE EAST SIDE GALLERY
Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg | Free

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AKA the longest surviving piece of wall. VIEW MORE INFO

4. SPEND A DAY ON MUSEUM ISLAND
Mitte | €€

Or just admire it from afar on a river cruise. VIEW MORE INFO

5. BROWSE THE CANALSIDE TURKISH MARKETS
Neukölln | €

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Treat yourself to some afternoon Delight. VIEW MORE INFO

6. SMASH YOUR DEBUT AT BEARPIT KARAOKE IN MAUERPARK
Prenzlauer Berg | Free

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Yep, singing to an amphitheatre of cheery strangers in a park. VIEW MORE INFO

7. TRY NOT TO LOSE YOUR SH*T IN THE MONSTERKABINETT
Scheunenviertel | €

It’s basically a haunted artist squat filled with terrifying robots and even more terrifying actors. VIEW MORE INFO

8. FLOAT NAKED IN A TECHNO-FILLED SALT BATH
Kreuzberg | €€€

The music’s designed to be heard underwater. VIEW MORE INFO

9. DINE IN A FADING 19th CENTURY MIRRORED SALON
Mitte | €€

Wills and Kate visited. They’re very proud. VIEW MORE INFO

10. …THEN TAKE DANCE CLASSES IN THE RETRO BALLROOM DOWNSTAIRS
Mitte | €

It’s like stumbling on a 70s school disco. VIEW MORE INFO

11. FIND OUT HOW THE STASI MONITORED EVERYONE
Lichtenberg | €

The Museum even offer checks to see if they held a file on you. VIEW MORE INFO

12. …THEN LEARN HOW PEOPLE ESCAPED FROM THEM ON AN UNDERGROUND TOUR OF BERLIN
Gesundbrunnen | €€

Berliner Unterwelt run tours around smuggling tunnel networks, as well as bunkers, abandoned subway stations, and underground hospitals. VIEW MORE INFO

13. EXPLORE AN ABANDONED SPY STATION SURROUNDED BY WILD BOAR
Charlottenburg | €

Yes, the architects genuinely decided this was the most inconspicuous design. VIEW MORE INFO

14. SIT IN AN ACTUAL IVORY TOWER ON A WILD PEACOCK-INHABITED ISLAND
Wannsee | €

Take the vintage buses on route 218 to get there. VIEW MORE INFO

15. TAKE A DIP IN THE BADESCHIFF
Treptow | €

Why swim in a river, when you can swim in a swimming pool in the river? VIEW MORE INFO

16. GET YOURSELF SOME BERLIN THREADS AT THE NOWKOELLN FLEA MARKET
Neukölln | €

The more the clothes stand out, the more you’ll blend in. VIEW MORE INFO

17. TAKE A STEAMBOAT CRUISE ALONG THE TEGELER SEE
Reinickendorf | €

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And visit Berlin’s oldest tree, Fat Marie, on the other side. VIEW MORE INFO

18. PLAY ARTIST-DESIGNED CRAZY GOLF ON A FORMER AIRPORT STRIP
Tempelhof | €

Or bring a BBQ. Or fly a kite. Or go land-windsurfing down the runways. VIEW MORE INFO

19. WALK ROUND THE BRUSHMAKER’S WORKSHOP THAT SAVED THE LIVES OF BLIND JEWS
Mitte | Free

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He said he couldn’t work without them since all the machines were custom-made for blind operators. VIEW MORE INFO

20. SWAP SOME LITERATURE AT THE BUCHERWALD
Prenzlauer Berg | Free

You can even track where the books go with Book CrossingFind it at the Kolwitzstraße junction.

21. EAT BURGERS IN A FORMER TRAIN STATION TOILET
Kreuzberg | €

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It sounds wrong, but just watch the video on their website and tell us you’re not dribbling a bit. VIEW MORE INFO

22. TRY EVERY POSSIBLE TACTIC TO GET PAST THE DOORMEN AT BERGHAIN
Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg | €€

Current theories are that the head bouncer is “seeking inspiration from the nocturnal atmosphere” (his agent) or “just being a dick” (everyone else). VIEW MORE INFO

23. DON’T SNEAK INTO SPREEPARK
Treptow-Köpenick | Free, because you’re not going.

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Yes, it’s an abandoned theme park. Yes, people recommend you break in. And yes, they now leave crazed, unattended guard dogs in there to maul anyone who does. VIEW MORE INFO

24. …BUT DO WATCH A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT IT
All Over Berlin | €

Or an arthouse film, or Monty Python and the Holy Grail, at this mobile cinema that pops up in places like former GDR holiday camps… VIEW MORE INFO

25. VISIT THE HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL
Mitte | Free

Sobering and important. VIEW MORE INFO

26. BRAVE SOME URBAN EXPLORATION

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This particular abandoned children’s hospital was left derelict when they sold it to an investor who claimed to cure AIDS with radio waves… VIEW MORE INFO

27. VISIT BERLIN’S OLDEST BEER GARDEN
Prenzlauer Berg | €

Then catch something at their open air theatre after. VIEW MORE INFO

28. SEE A FREE PIANO CONCERT IN A BOHEMIAN GARAGE
Wedding | Donations Encouraged

It’s like a much classier version of the gigs you used to do in your friend’s garage as a teenager. VIEW MORE INFO

29. HAVE A COCKTAIL AS THE SUN SETS AT KLUNKERKRANICH
Neukölln | €

It’s the Frank’s of Berlin. But also with brunch. VIEW MORE INFO

30. TAKE A DAY TRIP TO A TROPICAL ISLAND. IN AN AIRCRAFT HANGAR.
Krausnick | €€€€

60km from Berlin is a giant, Truman Show-esque tropical bubble, where you can get a real suntan, camp in tents on the fake beach by the fake sea, take a hot air balloon ride (yes, INSIDE) and stroll through a rainforest and mangrove swamp, complete with wild flamingoes. VIEW MORE INFO

31. VISIT A MUSEUM DEDICATED TO CURRYWURST
Mitte | €€

Feat. “A spice chamber with sniffing stations, a sausage sofa to relax, audio stations in ketchup-bottle shape with iconic songs about the Currywurst”. VIEW MORE INFO

32. …THEN EAT SOME AT CURRY 36
Kreuzberg | €

You can order it “with or without bowel”… VIEW MORE INFO

33. GO CLUBBING OUTDOORS
Kreuzberg | €

Ipse has fancy chandeliers hanging from trees. VIEW MORE INFO

34. WATCH FILMS IN AN OPEN-AIR JACUZZI
Friedrichshain | €€

That’s what’s up. VIEW MORE INFO

35. LEARN TO TANGO ON AN URBAN BEACH
Mitte | €

Then bust out your own moves when the DJs come on later. VIEW MORE INFO

36. GO SWIMMING IN GRAND BUDAPEST HOTEL-STYLE BATHS
Charlottenburg | €

These ones are the oldest preserved baths in the city. VIEW MORE INFO

37. SEE HOW BERLIN DOES DINERAMA AT STREET FOOD THURSDAYS
Kreuzberg | €

Take a culinary tour of the world, from Nigerian Fufu to British pies. VIEW MORE INFO

38. VISIT THE DALI EXHIBITION
Potsdamer Platz | €€

Look at him there. What a man. VIEW MORE INFO

39. GO SHOPPING IN AN APARTMENT
Prenzlauer Berg | €€€

This boutique is also a home to several artists – but everything, even in the cupboards, is for sale. VIEW MORE INFO

40. VOICEOVER A PORNO AT PORNO KARAOKE
Prenzlauer Berg | €

Free drinks if you dress up in ‘trashy porno costume’, apparently. VIEW MORE INFO

41. CATCH A LIVE FILM-SHOW AT THE 1950s ZOO PALAST CINEMA
Charlottenburg | €€€

Book into the largest screening room, and you’ll be treated to anything from a laser show to a rendition of Singing in the Rain – IN ACTUAL RAIN. VIEW MORE INFO

42. VISIT THE HASSELHOFF MUSEUM
Mitte | €

And hassle him. Hassle him reaaaal good. VIEW MORE INFO

43. HIT THE BEACH AT YAAM
Friedrichshain | Free Entry

Caribbean food trucks, deckchairs in the sand, and club nights with sets from the likes of Roy Ayers and Princess Nokia all in one place. VIEW MORE INFO

44. ENJOY A GOURMET DINNER INSPIRED BY ART
Mitte | €€€

This guy just holds temporary exhibitions in his basement. Then gets chefs in to cook meals inspired by them. VIEW MORE INFO

45. TAKE A TRABI TOUR FROM EAST TO WEST
Potsdamer Platz | €€€€

The East Germany-produced car was described by critics as a “spark plug with a roof”. Good luck. VIEW MORE INFO

46. GO TO AN HONESTY WINE BAR
Mitte | € – €€€€€

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Drink what you like, pay what you like. VIEW MORE INFO

47. JUMP OFF A BUILDING
Mitte | €€€€

…In a totally safe, controlled manner. VIEW MORE INFO

48. TAKE A GUIDED TOUR OF A BUNKER-TURNED-ART GALLERY
Mitte | €€

It’s called Sammlung Boros, and it’s excellent. VIEW MORE INFO

49. TRY SOME CLASSIC GERMAN FARE

At any one of these excellent establishments: VIEW MORE INFO

50. …THEN HEAD TO A BAR

This former brothel with furniture glued to the ceiling is one of the more normal ones. VIEW MORE INFO

51. SPEND AN EVENING EXPLORING THE ART NOUVEAU COURTYARDS
Mitte | €

The Hackesche Höfe boast galleries, theatres, boutiques and cafés, besides being completely adorable. VIEW MORE INFO

52. EXPLORE THE BAT CAVE AT THE ZITADELLE
Spandau | €

Holy nesting bats in a Renaissance fortress, Batman! VIEW MORE INFO

53. …OR IF YOU’RE THERE IN APRIL, GO TO THE ‘EASTER KNIGHT SPECTACULAR’
Spandau | €

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Because they fill the courtyards with people in Medieval garb, jousting and fire shows. Oh, and something called mice roulette. VIEW MORE INFO

54. HIT UP THE SMALLEST DISCO IN THE WORLD
Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg | €

Part jukebox, part photo booth, part A. VIEW MORE INFO

55. IS IT WINTER? THEN GO TO A CHRISTMAS MARKET
Mitte | €

The Gendarmenmarkt is like being inside an advent calendar. VIEW MORE INFO

56. THEN SEE THE SIGHTS IN CHOCOLATE FORM AT THE LONGEST PRALINE BAR IN THE WORLD
Mitte | €

They also have a CHOCOLATE RESTAURANT overlooking the marketplace. VIEW MORE INFO

57. TAKE A DAY TRIP TO POTSDAM
Potsdam | €

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You can visit the Hobbit-style tower where Einstein developed his theory of relativity. VIEW MORE INFO

58. …THEN SWING BETWEEN TREES IN THE NEARBY WOODS
Potsdam | €€

We like to think this is where Einstein developed his theory on gravity. VIEW MORE INFO

59. PULL OFF AN ART HEIST
Mitte | €€€€

…In an immersive escape room. VIEW MORE INFO

60. PADDLEBOARD ON THE SPREE
Treptow | €€

And if that’s too easy, do it at night. Or with yoga. VIEW MORE INFO

61. TAKE A LATE NIGHT, OPEN-ROOF TRAIN RIDE TOUR THROUGH BERLIN’S SUBWAY NETWORK
Mitte | €€€€

It’s like the night tube, but way, way better. VIEW MORE INFO

62. VIEW HITLER’S ARCHITECTURAL EXPERIMENT
Tempelhof | €

This massive cylinder was used to see how far large buildings would sink into the marshy soil of Berlin (quite far, as it turned out). His ultimate plan of a huge domed hall was never built, but it would have been so large that it would have had its own weatherVIEW MORE INFO

63. RENT ROW BOATS IN THE TIERGARTEN
Tiergarten | €

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Then reward yourself in the Biergarten. VIEW MORE INFO

64. CRAM INTO A PHOTOAUTOMAT
All Over Berlin | €

Find a map of them here: VIEW MORE INFO

65. BIKE ALONG THE SPANDAU CANAL (SING GOLD ALL THE WAY)
Spandau | Free

Combine it with a visit to this abandoned Boeing: VIEW MORE INFO

66. CHECK OUT CONTEMPORARY ART IN A FORMER BREWERY
Neukölln | €

There’s a nifty vegetarian café amongst the tanks, too. VIEW MORE INFO

67. GRAB SOME PROPER STREET FOOD
Wilmersdorf | €

Every Sunday, crowds of Thai families serve up delicious home cooking in a park. VIEW MORE INFO

68. VISIT THE DESIGN PANOPTIKUM, GET FREAKED OUT
Mitte | €

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Things are about to get very weird. VIEW MORE INFO

69. FIND A HIDDEN CINEMA THROUGH AN APARTMENT WINDOW
Friedrichshain | €

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It’s on the ground floor of this block, and that’s all we’re allowed to say. 

70. GET DINNER AND A SHOW…IN THE DARK
Prenzlauer Berg | €€€€

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They range from erotic poetry readings to horror shows, depending on your mood. VIEW MORE INFO

71. CHECK OUT CHECKPOINT CHARLIE
Mitte | € – €€€€

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…from above. VIEW MORE INFO

72. LEARN ABOUT THIRD REICH RESISTANCE AT THE BENDLERBLOCK MUSEUM
Tiergarten | Free

It’s housed on the site of the attempted coup of 1944. VIEW MORE INFO

73. FLICK THROUGH RECORDS AT THE SPACE HALL STORE
Kreuzberg | €

It’s a vinyl Valhalla. VIEW MORE INFO

74. HAVE DINNER IN THE REVOLVING TV TOWER
Mitte | €€

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They have a, er…rotating menu. VIEW MORE INFO

75. RENT A MOTORBOAT, TOUR NEW VENICE
Köpenick | €€€€€ (but seats 4)

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And get garden envy from all the fancy houses there. VIEW MORE INFO

76. ACT ÜBER-LOCAL AND DRINK 60¢ BEERS OUTSIDE A SPÄTI
All Over Berlin | €

Or go one further and actually stay in one.

77. JOIN A COOKING CLASS THAT SUPPORTS DISPLACED INDIVIDUALS
Schöneberg | €€€€

They appear as guest chefs to swap skills and meet the community. VIEW MORE INFO

78. SEE THE BERLIN WALL FROM ABOVE
Mitte | Free

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This museum shows you a hidden patch of preserved East Berlin behind the wall. VIEW MORE INFO

79. VISIT THE DDR MUSEUM
Mitte | €

You can get hands on with all of the exhibits, from ministerial limousines to bugging devices. VIEW MORE INFO

80. OR CALL IN AT AN UNTOUCHED DDR APARTMENT
Hellersdorf | Free

The manager will be able to tell you some first-hand stories, too. VIEW MORE INFO

81. GET COMPETITIVE AT THE COMPUTER GAMES MUSEUM
Friedrichshain | €



And try out everything from Pong to state of the art VR. VIEW MORE INFO

82. WATCH SOME EDGY PERFORMANCE ART

We don’t know what’s happening here, but we like it. VIEW MORE INFO

83. SPEND A SATURDAY STOCKING UP AT THE WINTERFELDMARKT
Schöneberg | €€

Lots of places are shut on Sunday – which is a good excuse for an all-day BBQ in Tempelhof park. VIEW MORE INFO

84. VISIT THE WILD WEST, COMPLETE WITH COWBOY CLUB, LEATHER WORKSHOPS AND OLD SALOONS
Spandau | €



According to the website, “Weapons may only be used with permission.” VIEW MORE INFO

85. HEAD TO A ROLLER DISCO AT SO36
Kreuzberg | €

It’s one of Bowie’s former haunts. VIEW MORE INFO

86. GO WINDOW SHOPPING AT KADEWE
Charlottenburg | Free/€€€€€

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It’s the Harrods of Berlin. VIEW MORE INFO

87. MEDITATE AT THE BRANDENBURG GATE
Mitte | Free

The Room of Silence is a peaceful space for thinking. And, you know, for running away from ALL THE CROWDS. VIEW MORE INFO

88. MUCK IN AT THE PRINZESSINNENGARTEN
Kreuzberg | Free

It’s a guerilla gardening project on former wasteland. VIEW MORE INFO

89. TAKE HIGH TEA IN THE TAJIKISTAN TEAROOMS
Mitte | €€

Or an atmospheric two-course meal with live music and storytellingVIEW MORE INFO

90. …THEN CONTINUE YOUR WORLD TOUR AT THE GÄRTEN DER WELT
Marzahn | €

From the comfort of a WOODLAND BOBSLEIGHVIEW MORE INFO

91. PLAY BLACKLIGHT CRAZY GOLF
Kreuzberg | €

And make relentless ‘shot in the dark’ jokes. VIEW MORE INFO

92. WALK AROUND THE MEDIEVAL STREETS OF SPANDAU’S ALTSTADT
Spandau | Free

It’s the perfect spot to…

93. ORDER A BEER

Berliner Weisse beers come in red or green flavour. 

94. VISIT THE JEWISH MUSEUM
Kreuzberg | €

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It covers 2 millennia of Jewish-German history. VIEW MORE INFO

95. SEE A FREE LUNCHTIME CONCERT AT THE BERLIN PHILHARMONIE
Tiergarten | Free

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Get your culture on. VIEW MORE INFO

96. HAVE A NOSE AROUND THE BAUHAUS MUSEUM
Tiergarten | €

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Get brunch and a guided tour for €22. VIEW MORE INFO

97. CLIMB THE TOWER OF THE ZIONSKIRCHE FOR 360 VIEWS
Rosenthaler Vorstadt | €

…also, they keep beesVIEW MORE INFO

98. SPEND ALL NIGHT ON YOUR PHONE
Mitte | €

This retro cabaret bar has phones on every table, so guests could flirt from afar. VIEW MORE INFO

99. WATCH A SILENT FILM AT MIDNIGHT IN A PRESERVED CINEMA
Mitte | Free

They’re accompanied by improvised soundtracks on the original organ, which includes sound effects like car horns and telephones. VIEW MORE INFO

100. EAT ALL THE DONUTS AT BÄCKEREI SIEBERT
Prenzlauer Berg | €

Bist du ein Berliner? VIEW MORE INFO

 


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