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100 Things to Do in Berlin

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 this list of 100 things.

Because while yes it’s important to crash a karaoke showdown in the middle of a park or spend a day on an actual island of museums, you probably also don’t want to miss taking a naked techno-bath or exploring Berlin’s secret underground passages. And so from the important historical landmarks to the cutting edge of the city’s art scene, we’ve tirelessly collected all the best things to do in Berlin, whether you’re there for a day or a month.

Buckle up…

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

Things to do in Berlin - street art

Viktor Nikolaienko/Unsplash

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

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

Reichstag - things to do in Berlin

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

Things to do in Berlin - East Side Gallery

Jeison Higuita/Unsplash

AKA the longest surviving piece of wall. VIEW MORE INFO

4. VISIT THE HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL
Mitte | Free

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe - things to do in Berlin

Giulia Gasperini/Unsplash

Sobering and important. VIEW MORE INFO

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

Museum island - things to do in Berlin

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

6. BROWSE THE CANALSIDE TURKISH MARKETS
Neukölln | €

Turkish markets - things to do in Berlin

Treat yourself to some afternoon Delight. VIEW MORE INFO

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

Bearpit karaoke - things to do in Berlin

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

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

Liquidrom - things to do in Berlin

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

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

Spiegelsaal - things to do in Berlin

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

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

Clarchens Ballhaus - things to do in Berlin

It’s like stumbling on a 70s school disco, with an al fresco bar outside. VIEW MORE INFO

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

Stasi Museum - things to do in Berlin

Fredrik Rubensson/Flickr

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 Unterwelten - things to do in Berlin

Berliner Unterwelt run tours around former 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 | €

Teufelsberg - things to do in Berlin

You’ll recognise it by its totally undercover, inconspicuous design. VIEW MORE INFO

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

Pfaueninsel - things to do in Berlin

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

15. TAKE A DIP IN THE BADESCHIFF
Treptow | €

Badeschiff - things to do in Berlin

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 | €

Nowkoelln Market - things to do in Berlin

Roman Kraft/Unsplash

Or just stock up on dozens of antique trinkets. VIEW MORE INFO

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

Tegeler See - things to do in Berlin

Pascal Volk/Flickr

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 | €

Art Golf - things to do in Berlin

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

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

It’s a book shelf hidden in a tree at the Kolwitzstraße junction.

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

Burgermeister - things to do in Berlin

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 DOORMAN 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.

Spreepark - things to do in Berlin

Jaromír Kavan/Unsplash

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 | €

Mobile Kino - things to do in 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. TRY NOT TO LOSE YOUR SH*T IN THE MONSTERKABINETT
Scheunenviertel | €

Monsterkabinett - things to do in Berlin

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

26. BRAVE SOME URBAN EXPLORATION

Weissensee Hospital - things to do in Berlin

Jan Bommes

This particular abandoned 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 | €

Klunkerkranich - things to do in Berlin

It’s the Frank’s of Berlin. VIEW MORE INFO

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

Tropical Islands - things to do in Berlin

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 | €€

Currywurst museum - things to do in Berlin

Feat. “A spice chamber with sniffing stations, a sausage sofa to relax, and 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 A SILENT FILM AT MIDNIGHT IN A PRESERVED CINEMA
Mitte | Free

Babylon - things to do in Berlin

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

35. LEARN TO TANGO ON AN URBAN BEACH
Mitte | € | Spring & Summer only

Strandbar dancing - things to do in Berlin

Bernd Schoenberger

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 | €

Stadtbad Charlottenburg - things to do in Berlin

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

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

Markthalle Neun - things to do in Berlin

Take a culinary tour of the world, from Nigerian Fufu to British pies, or head there on the third Sunday of every month for the dedicated breakfast market. VIEW MORE INFO

38. VISIT THE DALI EXHIBITION
Potsdamer Platz | €€

Dali Museum - things to do in Berlin

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

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

BLESS 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

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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

YAAM - things to do in Berlin

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 | €€€

Zagreus things to do in Berlin

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 | €€€€

Trabi tour - things to do in Berlin

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 | € – €€€€€

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

47. JUMP OFF A BUILDING
Mitte | €€€€

base flying things to do in Berlin

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

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

Sammlung Boros things to do in Berlin

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

49. VISIT THE BEST RESTAURANTS IN BERLIN

Kin Dee - restaurants and things to do in Berlin

We’ve made our picks right here: VIEW MORE INFO

50. …THEN HEAD FOR A NIGHTCAP AT THE CITY’S MOST INTERESTING BARS

The upside down bar in a former brothel is one of the more standard ones. VIEW MORE INFO

51. SPEND AN EVENING EXPLORING BERLIN’S ART NOUVEAU COURTYARDS
Mitte | €

Hackesche Hofe - things to do in Berlin

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 | €

Zitadelle - things to do in Berlin

Rolf Dietrich Brecher/Flickr

Just your classic bats nesting in a Renaissance fortress. VIEW MORE INFO

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

Zitadelle - things to do in Berlin

Sergey Galyonkin/Flickr

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 | €

Teledisko things to do in Berlin

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

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

Gendarmenplatz Christmas Market things to do in Berlin

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 | €

Rausch things to do in Berlin

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

57. TAKE A DAY TRIP TO POTSDAM
Potsdam | €

Einsteinturm things to do in Berlin

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 | €€

Abenteuer Park things to do in Berlin

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

59. GO POP UP SHOPPING AT BIKINI BERLIN
Charlottenburg | €€

…then have lunch on the roof terrace overlooking Berlin Zoo. 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 | €€€€

U Cabrio things to do in Berlin

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 | €

Tiergarten things to do in Berlin

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Then reward yourself in the Biergarten. VIEW MORE INFO

64. CRAM INTO A PHOTOAUTOMAT
All Over Berlin | €

Photoautomat things to do in Berlin

Simon Matzinger/Flickr

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 | €

Kindl things to do in Berlin

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 | €

Things are about to get very weird. VIEW MORE INFO

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

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

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

Checkpoint Charlie things to do in Berlin

Luca Bracco/Unsplash

…or even better, from above. VIEW MORE INFO

71. 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

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

It’s a vinyl Valhalla. VIEW MORE INFO

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

TV Turm things to do in Berlin

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

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

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

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

Spaeti things to do in Berlin

Or even join a full on Späti crawl.

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

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

77. SEE THE BERLIN WALL FROM ABOVE
Mitte | Free

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

78. VISIT THE DDR MUSEUM
Mitte | €

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

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

DDR Museumswohnung things to do in Berlin

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

80. GET COMPETITIVE AT THE COMPUTER GAMES MUSEUM
Friedrichshain | €
And try out everything from Pong to state of the art VR. VIEW MORE INFO

81. WATCH SOME EDGY PERFORMANCE ART

Performance art things to do in Berlin

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

Kadewe things to do in Berlin

It’s the Harrods of Berlin. VIEW MORE INFO

86. MEDITATE AT THE BRANDENBURG GATE
Mitte | Free

Brandenburg Gate things to do in Berlin

Ricardo Gomez Angel/Unsplash

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 | €€

Tajikistan Tearooms things to do in Berlin

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 | €

Garten der Welt things to do in Berlin

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 NEON BEER

Berliner Weisse beers come in red or green flavour.
 

94. VISIT THE JEWISH MUSEUM
Kreuzberg | €

Jewish Museum things to do in Berlin

Hannah Rosen/Flickr

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

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

Get your culture on. VIEW MORE INFO

97. HAVE A NOSE AROUND THE BAUHAUS MUSEUM
Charlottenburg | €

The permanent museum is closed for renovations until 2019, but there’s a great pop up exhibition in its place. VIEW MORE INFO

98. CLIMB THE TOWER OF THE ZIONSKIRCHE FOR AMAZING VIEWS
Rosenthaler Vorstadt | € | Every Sunday

Zionskirche things to do in Berlin

Gregor Klar/Flickr

…also, they keep beesVIEW MORE INFO

99. SPEND ALL NIGHT ON YOUR PHONE
Mitte | €

Ballhaus things to do in Berlin

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

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

Backerei Siebert - things to do in Berlin

Ina Seidenschnur/Instagram

Bist du ein Berliner? VIEW MORE INFO

 

Last Updated: 19th November 2018


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