What to do in Berlin? ✔️ 20 weekend tipps – wall – zoo – museums

What to do in Berlin for 3 days?

Here for our guests a few hints, which events take place on the weekend in Berlin.

Since we can not list all the possibilities here you will also find many link tips.


Have fun.

Tips for the next few days:

What’s going on in Berlin today? Here are a few quick tips on what events and happenings you can visit in the city on Friday, Saturday or Sunday.


Let’s jump to the headings.

Nightlife
Culture & Going Out
Leisure
Shopping
Hotels

Nightlife?

The parties in Berlin today and on the weekend.

For up-to-the-minute tips, check out the magazines and online pages of the daily newspapers.

We have listed the most important ones and sorted them by categories.

•    Online Magazine

Tip: For a quick and detailed roundup of nightlife, click here – The best beats in town:

Clubs in Berlin

Besides the many clubs, there are also a lot of parties and party series:


E.g. 90s parties, Electro parties or Rockn Roll parties.

Tip: Party and go out to celebrate. Here is our party guide – The best music at this time in this city:

Parties in Berlin

What goes on New Year’s Eve in the capital?

Tip: The best places, parties, the coolest locations to celebrate New Year’s Eve. Look here:

New Year’s Eve Berlin

Culture & Going Out

Cinema, concerts, shows, musicals, comedy & theater events.

For up to date dates & information go to the

•    Online Magazines & Daily Newspapers



The choice of events is breathtaking. We try to bring a little order into it.

Here are our categories.

•    Cinemas

•    Theater

•    Concerts

•    Comedy

Musicals


Events, street festivals, festivals and large open-air events.The offer on site is unlimited.

To keep the overview we have created these guides.

From the big New Year’s Eve party to the Carnival of Cultures.

Tip: Visit our guide: Events Berlin Today

Events Berlin Today

 Free time

The most popular attractions of the megacity.

In one day you have over 1000 possibilities.

You have little time and look for the top sights.

Or you like climbing in the climbing park, skating on the ice rink or just strolling in the parks.

So quickly go to our sections:

•    Sights

•    Museums

•    Zoo

•    Beach baths

•    Karaoke

•    Bicycle tours

•    out with dogs

•    stroll in pars

•    City tours

•    Skating

•    Climbing parks

•    Flea markets

•    Bathing places

•    Christmas markets

•    History of the wall

You need more tips for great events, happenings and activities: cinema, comedy, theater, art, culture, readings, sightseeing, tours, sporting events, events for children information about discounts or the Welcome Card.

Tip: Read our general info about events in Berlin

Events & Events Berlin general

 Shopping

Discover new trends & collections. Women’s shoes in great colors & fashionable styles.

The smell of freshly brewed coffee in the morning, prepared by the coffee maker you just bought.

The stores, shopping markets, malls and shopping streets leave almost nothing to be desired.

Tip: Our guide to Sundays on sale provides information about many stores in the city:

open sundays

Are they missing the salt in the soup?

Do you have a big or small sweet tooth?

Here are a few more special shopping tips Quick to the headings:

•    Weekly markets

•    Shopping center

•    Candy stores

•    Spice stores

•    Sneaker Shops

 Hotels

 You want to discover cheap hotels.

How do I find the best ideal hotel for me?

Where can I book online quickly and securely?

Tip: Visit our extensive hotel guide:

 Hotels Berlin

Where to go in Berlin at the weekend

The events today and tomorrow in the online city magazines

For the very latest tips, please use these links:

Online Magazines / City Magazines:

berlin.de/weekend-tipsThe city at the weekend – The dewy tips from the Senate-owned portal of the city, with timely content.
gratis-in-berlin/todaynoteworthy brand new recommendations, events and interesting places posted by users themselves.
raspberry magazineyoung city magazine for parents with children – with events for children, updated in a timely manner.
prince.com/Germany’s leading city magazine with contemporary tips for the weekend.
tip magazineWhere to go in Berlin? The second important Berlin city magazine from the 70s with current tips.
urbanite magazineOnline magazine – a timely tips for events in Berlin today, tomorrow and Saturday & Sunday from urbanite.
visitberlin/daily tipsThe dewy event tips from visitberlin with event calendar.
berliner-silvester.deNew Year’s Eve Berlin – Where to celebrate? – How many people celebrate the turn of the year – Sylvesterpartys Tipps – What’s going on New Year’s Eve?
whatgoesdowntoday.comWhat can you do today? – dewy, hip tips not only for the Berlin weekend
zittyThe modern weekly magazine of the 70s always up to date, often with current proposals, since July 2020 only online.

Daily newspapers:

Morning PostBackground and news from business, sports, politics and culture – What are we doing in Berlin today?
Berlin NewspaperBerlin today news, culture & news from the capital – What’s going on in Berlin this weekend?
bzWhat are we doing in Berlin this weekend?  In the BZ are very many regional tips from culture and nightlife – very fast Liveticke
Daily MirrorWhat happened in Berlin? News, latest news & news from home and abroad

Tonight – magazines especially for nightlife

gaesteliste030Parties today | daily updated listing of disco & club events.
virtualnights.comNachtlife Online Guide – up-to-date, very modern for young people, those who like photos will get their money’s worth here.
clubguideberlin.comWhat to do in Berlin for young people – Club Guide with lots of information about discos, clubs, parties & bars



Berlin: sights from history to modernity

The federal capital also has a lot to offer its visitors on the weekend.

In every part of the city there are fascinating sights that give information about the eventful history of more than 700 years.

However, ES is also a modern city with many interesting examples of contemporary architecture.

A stroll through the streets reveals a harmonious coexistence of history and the present, which gives the German capital its very special character.

The Brandenburg Gate – landmark of Berlin

On a trip here, a visit to the Brandenburg Gate is, so to speak, a must.

The Brandenburg Gate was built of sandstone in the years between 1788 and 1791.

The creation by Gotthard Langhans is one of the most important representatives of classicism in Germany and was commissioned by King Frederick William II to create a crowning finale for the magnificent avenue „Unter den Linden“.

Tip: Wikipedia about the Brandenburg Gate.

Wikipedia Brandenburg Gate

Visiting the highest building in Germany : The TV Tower

Just like the Brandenburg Gate, the TV Tower at Alexanderplatz is a prominent landmark of the capital.

At 368 meters, the tower, which was completed in 1969, is the tallest building in Germany.

From the restaurant in the sphere of the tower, the visitor is offered a fascinating panoramic view at a height of 203 meters, which is one of the impressions that no traveler should miss.


Website Berlin TV Tower at Alexanderplatz

Wikipedia Alexanderplatz

Colorful life at the weekly markets

Throughout the week, weekly markets are held in each neighborhood.

With pride, locals say of their markets, „There’s nothing here that isn’t there.“

While the street markets mainly offer fresh produce, the market halls are also known for their wide range of household items of all kinds.

In any case, it is worth a visit to get to know real big city flair.

Tip: Are you also interested in flea markets. Then quickly click here:

Flea markets in Berlin

International atmosphere at the Neukölln weekly market on Maybachufer

A visit to the weekly market on Maybachufer seems like a trip around the world.

From fresh fruit from Africa to high-quality organic products from the local Brandenburg, you can find simply everything there.

However, what gives this weekly market its very special character is the oriental bazaar, which is considered by connoisseurs to be the largest in the city.

The bright colors of the merchandise blend with the scents of oriental spices to create an exotic experience unlike any other.

Website:


Website weekly market on Maybachufer



Between flowers and gourmet food at the weekly and organic market at Boxhagener Platz.

Saturdays are market day at Boxhagener Platz. Here, too, the offer exceeds expectations, but with mainly local products.

Fresh baked goods find a place next to freshly harvested vegetables and everywhere flowers shine in the most beautiful colors.

The beguiling smell of bratwurst invites hungry people to have a snack and those who feel like it can also browse through an offer of old books and records.

Website:


Website weekly and eco market at Boxhagener Platz

Enjoying nature in the zoological gardens

In addition to the famous zoo in City West, there are several other ways to meet animals in a beautiful natural setting and get away from the hustle and bustle of the city for a few hours.

These small oases of calm in the big city and are appreciated by visitors to the city and locals alike.

From the Peacock Island to the Aquarium, there are unique things to see here that will delight even young visitors.

An oasis of peace in the city – The Zoological Garden

The zoo is the oldest in Germany and today counts with more than 18,000 animals living on an area of about 33 hectares.

The aquarium located in the park contributes to the fact that today the zoo is one of the most interesting zoos in the world.

During feedings and guided tours, visitors experience the approximately 1400 species that live in the zoo up close and learn a lot about their way of life.

Website:


Website Zoological Garden

Tierpark Berlin-Friedrichsfelde – Landscape animal garden on palace grounds

An extensive zoo extends around Friedrichsfelde Palace, providing a home for a total of 8700 animals.

Elephants, giraffes and armored rhinos can be admired in the zoo, as well as polar bears and penguins.

A special fun is a guided Segway tour through the zoo, where visitors learn many educational things about the animals living in the park.

Website:


Website zoo

Shopping centers: Shopping in the metropolis

Travelers from faraway countries fly here to consume the latest fashion, modern technology or exotic specialties.

On the boulevard of the old West Berlin, the Kudamm, you will find jewelers and boutiques. In other parts of the city reside small second-hand stores that offer modern styles at reasonable prices.

Meanwhile, larger stores and small stalls can be found in the shopping temples that have been built in central locations of the city in recent years.

We reveal where you can first admire – and then purchase – a variety of products from different sectors.

Mall of Berlin: From fashion items to food specialties.

In the heart of the capital is the LP12 Mall of Berlin, which is also known as Leipziger Platz Quartier.

The covered pedestrian passage, which also consists of high arcades, was built from 2011.

Today, it is not only the location of some 270 retail stores, but home to culinary specialists who operate restaurants.

They offer their specialties in the gigantic gastronomy area called „food court“.

Those who are not shopping or enjoying delicacies can stroll around the grounds.

In the process, strollers look at the Federal Council, which is a landmark of the metropolis.

Website:


Website Mall of Berlin

Bikini Berlin: Shopping in a retro building

At the Zoological Building is a listed ensemble of buildings constructed in the 1950s.

In addition to the Palace Cinema and a hotel, the „Bikini Berlin“ shopping center is also one of the structures.

Following extensive restoration of the building, visitors stroll through approximately 17,000 square feet of retail or restaurant space.

Three floors invite you to store. Boutiques. Sports brands like Adidas or fashion labels like American Vintage offer their products.

Shoe and sports stores enrich the offer.

Technology is also sold. Afterwards, it is worth visiting the panoramic window, through which a view of the Monkey Rock can be seen.

The green roof terrace, which covers 7,000 square meters, offers a view of the entire Zoological Garden..

Website:


Website Bikini

Cinemas

Film and cinema were a significant industry in the metropolis early on.

The first film studios were already located here in the 1910s.

And everything that has rank and name in the German cinema world still comes to parties, new screenings or presentations, when once a year the Berlinale is invited.

The city still has a great variety of cinemas.

The cinema compendium gives an outstanding impression of all cinemas, even unknown halls are presented.

 Here from us a small selection – sometimes nostalgic and historic, sometimes modern:

Tip: Read our detailed compilation about cinemas and the cinema program:

Cinemas in Berlin

Zoo Palast – The cinema is back

The Zoo Palast cinema on Hardenbergstraße in the Charlottenburg district opened before World War 1.

After its almost complete destruction in a post-1943 bombing, the cinema was rebuilt in the 1950s and greatly expanded in the coming decades.

After three years of renovation, the Zoo Palast reopened in 2013.

Today, the cinema has a capacity of 1700 seats and since then has once again been the venue for numerous cinema German premieres.

Here is not simply the cinema curtain opens, in the Zoo Palast the curtain opening is celebrated, that alone reminds of the good old cinema time.

Website:


Website Zoo Palast

Cinemaxx at Potsdamer Platz with vouchers experience cinema

Centrally located at Potsdamer Platz is the Cinemaxx, the „cinema of superlatives“.

There is room for about 3500 people in 19 cinema halls.

Up to 52 films a day are shown here.

First-class technology, including Maxximum 3D and Maxximum Sound, turns a visit to the cinema into an auditory and visual experience.

Cinemaxx am Potsdamer Platz also offers live broadcasts of music and sports events.

The cinema also scores with gift certificates.

Website:


Website Cinemaxx Potsdamer Platz

You can find the current cinema program e.g. in the Tip Magazin or at kino.de.


Beach baths – cooling off in the heat of the city

Where do the locals spend their free time in the summer and where do the tourists go – to nature.

And the seat of government has plenty of that to offer, right in the middle of the city.

The city’s „green lungs“ also include beach resorts.

Today, they represent a not insignificant part of the leisure activities that can be enjoyed by old residents and tourists alike.

Where the soul can dangle once – here are two tips:

Strandbad Wannsee – beach chairs, giant slide boat rental & sandy beach. 

In the district of Steglitz-Zehlendorf, in the far west is the Strandbad Wannsee.

Surrounded by a series of canals and a lot of forest, Wannsee is the most famous lido. The connection to the public transport network is optimal.

Strandbad Wannsee has1275 m of sandy beach, a nudist area.

Beach chairs and deckchairs can be rented there.

Water slide and diving tower provide a lot of entertainment in the lido.

At the end of the beach there is a boat rental. The beach and the water area are supervised.

Ideal also for smaller children, as it takes a long time for the water to get deep.

Website:

Website Strandbad Wannsee


Wannsee Wikipedia

Weissensee lido

In the middle of the park of the Weißensee is the lido Weißensee.

The lido in the northeast was closed for a long time.

A theater scholar leased, renovated and reopened the outdoor pool. The organizers returned the lido to its former glory.

Today the lido is a place of culture and togetherness of young and old.

In addition to concerts, courses such as yoga are also offered here directly on the beach.

Website:


Website lido Weißensee

Delightful treat for those with a sweet tooth in Berlin candy stores

The city has its very own food culture and that includes sweets.

From bears made of chocolate or real capital sweets like woodruff leaves or blockmals, which are still made according to traditional recipes.

The real sweets are a nice reminder of the trip to the cosmopolitan city and also a nice gift idea.

Of course, it is also fun to stroll through the numerous candy stores where the various specialties are presented.



On a treasure hunt at Naschpirat

On Bautzener Straße in Schöneberg is a paradise for lovers of fruit gums.

In the Naschpirat fruit gum treasure is available a huge selection of this candy.

It is particularly interesting that customers can create their own mix and in this way have the opportunity to choose a little bit of everything their heart desires.

As a gift and as a souvenir, the Naschpirat theme bag is also very popular.

Website:


Website sweet tooth pirate



Werkstatt der Süße – a café for connoisseurs

If you love selected patisserie, you can’t miss a visit to Werkstatt der Süße on Hausmannstraße.

Just the sight of the little cakes, artistically decorated, makes your mouth water.

Premium handmade chocolates are also available at the café, made from only the finest natural ingredients.

Other homemade sweets include jams and fun chocolate lollipops.

Website:


Website workshop of sweetness

Removals

Moving in Berlin you can manage with many friends. This is probably the most cost-effective option. 
So do not forget: Give notice to your old apartment in time and meet all other deadlines.

Determine the date of the move, apply for special leave. Cancel all old contracts such as electricity, telephone, heating or Internet accordingly or apply for new ones. 
There is a lot to consider when changing residence. Of course, Berlin also has moving companies to offer:

Moving-Berlin.com

Berlin moving company since 1999 with an interesting blog on their website, what all to consider.
Zb whether removals are also allowed on Sunday or on holidays.

Website:

Umzug-Berlin.de

More about moving in the city:

https://www.tagesspiegel.de/themen/umziehen-nach-berlin/

Karaoke bars

Karaoke is not only one of the favorite pastimes of people in Japan.

Karaoke also has a large fan base in Germany and especially here.

The warbling of well-known songs in bars is now part of the population’s attitude to life.

After work, old and young meet with friends in the bar and find pure relaxation listening to the songs sung after them and singing themselves.

Here are two karaoke bars where „the action is“:

Green Mango Karaoke

The Green Mango Bar in Bülowstraße is Europe’s largest karaoke and experience bar.

The operators had started a good decade ago with the world’s smallest karaoke bar on 50 m².

The current premises have an area of 670 m² and are easily accessible by public transport.

Green Mango is open daily except Mondays from 7:30 pm.

Guests can choose from 150,000 karaoke songs in 24 languages.

Website:


Website Green Mango Bar




Monster Ronson’s Ichiban Karaoke – the karaoke monster!


Monster Ronson’s Ichiban Karaoke in Warschauer Straße attracts a wide audience.

The selection of songs is huge.

The bar consists of several karaoke boxes with separees.

Groups up to 16 people fit in these karaoke boxes.

It is also possible to play table football and billiards in the premises of the bar.

The entrance to this bar is allowed only from 21 years.

Website:


Website Monster Ronson’s Ichiban Karaoke

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Visit concerts

Concerts are popular. Who decides to go to a concert, has directly the choice to get to know the capital from its best side.

For visitors to the city there are many concerts. So everyone can choose a classical concert or watch the favorite band.

The concerts are usually sold out quickly. Everyone can experience something and will also accept a longer journey for it.

Such concerts are definitely worth a visit.

There are different places where the concerts take place. So the concert-goer is spoiled for choice.

Of course, only a few people will look for a concert based on the location.

But still it is worth to get more information about the location.

Tip: Visit our concert page. All locations are presented there.

Concerts in Berlin

The Kreuzberg ballroom

The Kreuzburg Festival Hall is open every day. It is located at Am Flutgraben 2 in Kreuzberg. Here, DJs give their best every day to entertain the music-loving crowd. 
Of course, there is more to discover here. Visitors are welcome to be surprised by the atmosphere of the individual rooms.

Not only concerts take place in Festsaal Kreuzburg, you also have the opportunity to find a suitable location for your own wedding here. Those who plan to get married in the capital should quickly rent a room.

Because this place is very popular for celebrations of all kinds and so they have to be really fast to get a date.

Website:

https://www.festsaal-kreuzberg.de/

Verti Music Hall

The Verti Music Hall is located at Mercedes Platz, right next to the Mercedes Benz Arena. There is space for up to 4500 visitors.

The event hall is perfect for concerts. It has a modern design and is one of the newest halls.

In the immediate vicinity there is the perfect ambience for visitors to fortify themselves before an event.

The own car can be parked in the underground car park. Visitors can reach this hall comfortably by train.

There are two stations that are adjacent.

Many concerts take place here and which ones exactly are should be clarified beforehand by visiting the website.

There you will also find the ticket prices.

Website:

https://www.verti-music-hall.de/

Parties

Where are the parties today?  Here is a daily tip:

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Parties in Berlin

Bicycle tours

Exploring the city by bike is clearly the better choice.

There are several ways to do this. Of course, they should know the bike and follow the traffic rules.

But it is definitely better.

Because from now on, there is no need to constantly search for a suitable parking space.

In addition, all the major sights of the capital are much easier and faster to reach by bike.

Visitors don’t have to go through rush hour traffic or commute traffic when they rent a bike.

Wannsee Route

The Wannsee Route is not just a simple bike route, but a real history tour.

The route is 28 km long in total.

On the way, they pass the Castle Freedom.

By the way, that’s where the route begins.

It goes over the lock bridge and past the Friedrichswerder church, as well as the Bauakademie.

Then it goes over the Gendarmenmarkt via the former Allied border crossing Checkpoint Charlie.

The cyclist then rides through southern Friedrichstadt and passes the Jewish Museum.

Along the route to the destination, one highlight follows the next and so she should definitely plan enough time.

The route ends at Wannsee.

Website:

https://www.berlin.de/senuvk/verkehr/mobil/fahrrad/radrouten/de/wannsee/index.shtml

Wall path

To the Wall Trail visitors to the city have two options at once.

Either they go alone or book a guided tour, where they can learn a lot about the wall and the buildings along this path.

This tour offers a lot of information about the inner-German border and it passes important former and still used buildings.

This way they can look at old preserved buildings or discover hidden places they normally don’t get to see as a tourist.

For example, the Wall Trail passes the Bernauer Strasse Memorial.

In addition, the Mauerpark can be explored, where remains of the Wall can still be found today.

In addition, there are many other highlights that cyclists should definitely take a look at.

Website:

https://www.berlin.de/senuvk/verkehr/mobil/fahrrad/radrouten/de/mauerweg_1/index.shtml

Museums

There are very many museums. Berlin is not only the federal capital, but also rich in history.

So a visit to the museum is definitely worth it.

There, all who are interested in German history can get good information.

In addition, the museum offers a wide range of information.

For example, the German Museum of Technology, where all technology fans will get their money’s worth, or simply visit the Museum of Natural History.

Children are also very enthusiastic about this museum.

So if there is a rainy day during your stay, a museum is a very good choice.

German Museum of Technology

This museum was opened in 1983.

It was given the name Museum of Technology and Transport when it was founded and this name was used until 1996.

Today, however, every visitor will find it under the name Deutsches Technikmuseum.

There are over 100 technical collections in the premises.

For example, you can marvel at the collection of the Museum of Transport and Construction.

In the past, the building housed an ice factory and the Anhalter freight and postal station.

Today, everything technology fans need to know is offered on 26,500 square meters.

The museum focuses mainly on waterway transport and rail transport.

But also beer production and jewelry production is an integral part of the collections.

Website:

https://sdtb.de/technikmuseum/startseite/

Museum of Natural History

The Museum of Natural History is one of the three largest museums in Germany.

The holdings include more than 3,000,000 objects. Overall, it can be said that this museum is a research museum.

It is popular with young and old and everyone gets their money’s worth here. To explore is everything that interests people.

There’s the right thing for history buffs, and of course there are great deals for anyone interested in Earth.

For visitors it is possible to spend a lot of time here.

Children and adults will have a lot of fun here.

Of course, anyone can get a guided tour in this museum.

However, visitors should definitely register for this in advance.

Website:

https://www.museumfuernaturkunde.berlin/

Dog walking areas

You visit the metropolis with your four-legged friend?

Or maybe you’ve recently moved to the Spree and want to take your dog outside for the first time?

Then we have found dog walking areas for you.

Here you can take your dog for a great spin and maybe even get some exercise.

To make sure your dog gets the right exercise, find out where you’re walking.

For this reason we have kept this information for you.

You will see that you can make a nice big round with your dog.

Grunewaldsee 
dog walking area

The outlet at the Grunewaldsee leads you into the Hüttenweg.

This area is also one of the largest on site. There is everything a dog could wish for.

He can splash and frolic here to his heart’s content.

Meeting friends is also very easy here.

Only dog waste bag dispensers you will not find here.

So you should take precautions.

Trash cans are also not present and thus in short supply.

But you can be happy that your dog can find exercise here.

You can use it to push him to his limits as often as possible and come back with him anytime.

Website:

https://www.berliner-hundeauslaufgebiete.de/index.php/hundeauslaufgebiet-grunewald.html

Nikolskoe dog walking area

The Nikolskoe dog walking area is located in Zehlendorf.

It is one of the largest areas where you can walk with your dog, with an area of about 38.8 hectares.

The dog will feel completely comfortable here, because there is a large area within the area for the dog to get enough exercise.

The forest area within the dog walking area is well-maintained and you can spend a lot of time here with your dog.

If you have some time left after walking your dog, be sure to stop at the restaurant not far from the dog walking area.

If you arrive by car, then you will definitely find a parking space.

Website:

https://www.berliner-hundeauslaufgebiete.de/index.php/auslaufgebiet-nikolskoe.html

Spice stores: exotic spices and ingredients

Germans routinely use salt and pepper in the kitchen. With the new desire to cook, the creativity of many amateur and professional chefs is awakening. They are looking beyond the end of their plates, because foreign and occidental dishes are tempting them with culinary delights of an unusual kind.

The eye is with you: rich spice colors not only lift the mood, the seasonings are health-promoting and crucial for unique taste. The internationality of the city with its guests and multi-culti inhabitants promotes the demand for exotic spices and ingredients. The products are a fancy present. And where exactly is this fetching scent in the air?

Feinkostmanufaktur: Happiness factor spicesIn 
Lichterfelde-Ost, the delicatessen of Miriam Eva Kebe and her dedicated team has established 
itself. In the lovingly designed specialty store with attached café, all kinds of spices can be looked at, smelled and tasted with all senses.

The assortment includes more than 100 delicate products in manufactory and organic quality: chutneys, spice pastes, spice mixtures, jellies, syrups, various vinegars, oils and mustards as well as unusual types of salt and sugar. Tea and coffee enrich the offer.

A visit promises pleasure in every respect. The friendly service for private and star chefs even offers appointments outside business hours. Visitors and tourists can prove customer loyalty via online store.

https://www.kebe.de/

The pepper house: from mild to hot 
Fresh produce, jars, bottles, tins, decorative items and books with striking names and colorful labels 
shine on the shelves. Hidden inside are colorful peppers, salts and spices, aromatic chili, all kinds of mustards and ketchups, smoky BBQ sauces and in-house creations.

Even fancy chili-based snacks and drinks are not missing. Ever tried chili wine gum or Tabasco lollipops? Original seeds for self-experimentation are also in the program.

Some of the unusual items are supplied by small manufacturers in the capital. The Pfefferhaus website enriches with facts worth knowing, preparation tips and of course the online spice and chili store. Pfefferhaus welcomes its customers in the Friedrichshain district.

Website:

https://pfefferhaus.de/

Shopping streets: stroll & dine

Probably every visitor associates the stay with shopping. The city enjoys a reputation for huge choice: Fashion by designers or young avant-garde, art or vintage, flea market or souvenir store, typical currywurst or sophisticated luxury food. The city shines with two world-renowned shopping streets. They are as large and diverse as befits a capital city and a true paradise for fashion lovers or scene goers. Traditional and legendary, the two boulevards are alive with flair, a mix of historic and modern architecture, art, culture, culinary delights, sightseeing and shopping temples. At the long shopping night and at Christmas time, the boulevard Kurfürstendamm and the boulevard Unter den Linden shine especially beautifully. Please this way:

Kurfürstendamm: better known as Ku’dammThe 
Elector once passed the street created for him on horseback out into the countryside. With a length of about 3.5 km and extra wide sidewalks it became -including nice side streets- a pulsating boulevard in western Charlottenburg. Wilhelminian style houses and original restored facades of the good residential and shopping area impress. Near the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, the density of noble and exclusive houses increases. Countless restaurants, cafés and bars invite you to take a break from shopping, gawking and marveling. The colorful crowd of people is easy to observe. A stone’s throw away is the spectacular KaDeWe – with 60,000 m² the largest department store on the European mainland.

Website:

https://www.kurfuerstendamm.de/

Friedrichstrasse: train station & boulevardBoth 
reflect history. The name goes back to Elector Friedrich III. In the 20/30s, there was a turbulent vaudeville life. Currently, the shopping and nightlife mile is advancing to become the new center. Friedrichstrasse stretches 3 km from Mitte to Kreuzberg and was affected by the division by the border wall. Superlatives are used to describe 
the presence of classy car dealerships, hip designers, luxury boutiques and fashion chains from A for Armani to Z for Zara. The exclusive designer department store Quartier 206 with its department store for reduced-price fashion, the French Galeries Lafayette and the cultural department store Dussmann entice visitors with window displays ranging from lavish to noble.

Website:

https://www.friedrichstrasse.de/

Parks

Hardly any other metropolis has such a diverse park landscape. From the very beginning, city planners have attached great importance to providing spots of nature in the sea of houses, from small green spaces to large parks. Everywhere there are charming large and small spots with lovingly designed meadow areas, flowers and trees. They offer the traveler a gladly used opportunity to rest between the many cultural and architectural highlights in Germany’s capital and to let the soul dangle a little.

Tempelhofer Freiheit – from the airport to the park

On the grounds of the former Tempelhof airfield, a wonderful recreational area has been created that invites you to jog, bike, skate, barbecue and fly kites. But miniature golf and even small fields for growing your own vegetables are among the attractions of this place. With 303 hectares, this park is larger than Hyde Park in London. There are three designated larger barbecue areas near the park entrances, but also a classic beer garden in the center of the park. The almost treeless and flat area invites all kinds of outdoor activities with its dense grass cover. Because there are hardly any trees, however, there is little shade on hot days.

Website:

https://de.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tempelhofer_Feld

Tiergarten – green lung

In the center is the Tiergarten, its green lung right between the Brandenburg Gate and the Zoo train station. This inner-city island measures one by three kilometers, where you can jog, skate, walk or just lie in the sun. Built in the 17th century as a hunting ground, the park was redesigned several times over the centuries and finally opened by the famous landscape architect Peter Joseph Lenné as an English folk park. In addition to a beautiful tree population and dense shrubbery, many architectural monuments invite visitors to linger: The Victory Column, the Office of the Federal President and the House of Cultures are components of the park. The memorials to Rosa Luxemburg and Karl Liebknecht, who were murdered in 1919, are also worth a visit, as is the Soviet memorial to the fallen soldiers in World War II.

Website:

https://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tiergarten

Special city tours

Unknown cities can of course be explored on your own. However, in addition to strolling through the streets individually or visiting a museum or a church with a good guide, it is highly recommended to take one or two well-organized city tours. Often these events are dedicated to a specific theme, such as a tour of the bar scene of a hip neighborhood or hiking through scenic highlights. Such special city tours are also offered in Mitte or Kreuzberg.

art:berlin – Tours, Culture & Events

The most important stations of the art and cultural landscape are visited by art:berlin. The offer ranges from architectural tours to tours of art and design galleries to culinary journeys of discovery. Also visits of the large and small gardens of the capital are on the program, which individually traveling tourists can hardly find. Those who are traveling as a group or would like to organize an excursion in their company will find the right contacts here for a specially arranged and perfectly organized program.

Website:

https://www.artberlin-online.de/

Culinary city tours

Here a journey for the palate is offered! Depending on your wishes, you can go to the original or trendy restaurants and pubs in a particular neighborhood. Indispensable is the cosmopolitan Mitte with its many well-known restaurants, where one or the other celebrity can be observed having an important political conversation. International variety in Wedding or Neukölln, cultivated cafes in Friedenau or dignified ambience in Charlottenburg: There should be something for every taste. Those who like to stay up a little longer can also join the extended pub crawl in Kreuzberg and fully immerse themselves in the famous nightlife scene. With this guided tour you will find the best places.

Website:

https://www.eat-the-world.com/

Ice rinks

Visiting an ice rink is a popular recreational activity that brings a lot of fun and action for the whole family. Skating in an indoor ice rink is much safer than on a frozen lake. Through refrigeration machines it is possible to create artificial cold. Thus, ice fields can be built in halls. An artificial ice rink has about a two to five centimeter thick layer of ice. Many ice rinks are even open all year round. So visitors can skate even in summer. If you do not have your own skates, this is not a problem. You can rent skates cheaply at ice rinks. Why don’t you try this recreational activity?

Horst Dohm Eisstadion WilmersdorfIf you are on 
vacation in Balzonia and like to go ice skating, the Horst Dohm Eisstadion in Wilmersdorf is the right place for you. The stadium includes a restaurant, skate rental and its own grinding shop for skates. The ice stadium is open every winter. In the summer months there is training for roller sports. The ice surface is 6170 square meters. The stadium also has a 400-meter speed skating rink, which meets the requirements of the Olympic Games. A visit to the Horst Dohm Ice Stadium brings fun for the whole family.

Website:

https://www.horst-dohm-eisstadion.de/

Ice rink LankwitzThe 
ice rink Lankwitz has been around for about 30 years. In 2000, after some time, it was put back into operation 
by Ice Business AG. The rink is open from mid-November to mid-March. Visitors should note the opening hours for public skating. On Saturdays from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., an ice disco is held. The rink’s gastronomy offers the possibility for celebrations and a normal restaurant service. In addition, the Lankwitz ice rink regularly hosts great events and visitors get the chance to try out sports like curling.

Website:

https://www.eisbahn-lankwitz.de

Climbing parks and climbing gyms

A visit to a climbing park or climbing hall is the perfect leisure activity for the whole family. In such a park you can experience exciting adventures. Here, balance, courage and skill play a crucial role. Visitors are secured by a rope and can climb heights, run over bridges, shimmy and slide down rope slides. Even the little ones get their money’s worth when climbing. Many parks offer extra courses for children. Climbing with work colleagues is also worthwhile, as climbing promotes team strength. Just try out a climbing hall. Fun is the name of the game here.

Jungferneide Forest High Ropes CourseThe 
Jungferneide Forest High Ropes Course is the largest forest high ropes course in the city. Here you can experience how squirrels and birds feel while climbing. Why not opt for this sporting leisure activity and an outing with the whole family. Company parties and outdoor team trainings are also possible here. In this high ropes course you get the sight of strong trees and the desire to climb comes all by itself. Here you can be Tarzan. You pay the entrance fee, take off your clothes and put on the harness. The adventure can begin. Of course you will get a detailed introduction.

Website:

https://www.waldhochseilgarten-jungfernheide.de/

South Rock climbing hallSouth 
Rock is the right place for family trips with action factor, peak climbers and pleasure climbers. The climbing hall South Rock is the highest and most modern climbing hall in the place. Indoor and outdoor climbing is possible here. The area is about 1900 square meters in the hall and 300 square meters in the outdoor area. This climbing hall is 17 meters high and has fall protection floors and underfloor heating. There is a children’s area with 44 belays, which has a climbing height of six meters. In the winter season, South Rock is open from 10 am – 2 pm. In the summer, the climbing gym is open from 10am-2pm.

Website:

https://area-85.de/klettern-berlin/

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Flea markets

Once arrived in the metropolis of Germany, of course, one thing must not be missing: Souvenirs and souvenirs. But why store in the expensive stores and shopping malls? There are much cheaper alternatives! Flea markets can be found on every corner, offering everything from second-hand clothes to furniture and bicycles. So you can quickly find unusual and unique souvenirs for the whole family.

Flea market at Marheinekeplatz in Bergmannstraße

In Kreuzberg at the end of Bergmannstraße is a wonderful little flea market set up: the flea market at Marheinekeplatz. 
Every Saturday from 10 am – 4 pm and every Sunday from 11 am – 5 pm everything your heart desires is offered: Antiques, art and designer pieces, neat clothes for adults and children and unusual vintage pieces such as old records and enamel signs. If all that browsing makes you hungry, there are plenty of restaurants, cafés and the market hall, which is open on Saturday, to grab a well-deserved snack. Younger guests are also catered for: there is a playground and in summer children can play in the fountain.

Website:

https://www.trödelmarkt-marheinekeplatz.de

Antique market at Ostbahnhof

If you are looking for something more exclusive, you should visit the antique market held on the north side of the Ostbahnhof, because here you can find selected and high-quality goods. The 120 – 150 dealers include professionals who offer high-quality collectibles and antiques, as well as private individuals and foreign dealers who sell special collections, unusual items and original goods. The antique market is open every Sunday from 9 am – 5 pm.

Website:

https://www.berlin.de/special/shopping/flohmaerkte/1998249-1724959-grosser-antikmarkt-am-ostbahnhof.html

Bike stores and tips around the bike

Who is on the road a lot on the bike, the sport must not come up short, of course. Whether looking for a rental bike to explore the capital in a completely different way, or the bike is already at the start, but accessories are missing or just need a good tip on how to change tires properly – here are two bike stores that offer exactly what they are looking for.


Bicycle station

All cycling enthusiasts are guaranteed to be happy in this store. The bike station offers rental bikes at a price of, for example, 35 euros for 3 days, which can be ordered online and picked up at one of the six rental stations the very next day. Used bikes are also offered for sale, starting at 100 euros with warranty.

Furthermore, the bike station has been organizing tours in the metropolis and its surroundings for 26 years, sometimes with up to 500 participants. And for those who love the unusual – special bike events such as a rickshaw wedding ride or a tandem rally are also bookable. For companies and institutions there is a free bike check on the company premises and events such as a day with the drill instructor, guided bike tours or company outings.

Website:

https://www.fahrradstation.com/

Cycling school for adults

In Lützenstraße there are cycling lessons for everyone who feels unsure about cycling or never had the chance to learn it as a child. The cycling school for adults, which was born in 1997 from an idea of the owner Wolfgang Lukowiak, offers individual as well as group lessons; in the courses, which take place from April to October, it is possible to join at any time and the dates are freely selectable. In addition, useful courses are offered for those interested in technology, explaining how best to repair a bicycle themselves. The correct behavior in traffic and the traffic rules from the cyclist’s point of view are taught in the theory courses. Bike tours and bike action days, whether individual or corporate, are also part of the bike school’s offering – available online for as little as 19 euros.

Website:

https://www.radfahrschule.de/

 

Bathing places in Berlin


Berlin is a city that is also known for having more bridges than Venice. What’s the reason for that? The many lakes and rivers in and around the city. Starting with the Havel in the northwest, to the Müggelsee in the southeast of the city. Theoretically, you can reach the Baltic Sea from here by water. 
In addition to the numerous providers of boat tours, the city’s lakes have bathing areas operated by the Bäderbetriebe. This applies to indoor swimming pools, but also to outdoor pools and bathing lakes. Everywhere the drinking water quality of the waters is examined regularly and thus can be splashed in the released bathing places without hesitation. In the middle of the city, but also a little more private and secluded, there is an almost endless choice of bathing places. Quickly pack your swimming trunks and off to the Wannsee or another bathing spot.

Havel – bathing place Kuhhorn

The bathing area of the Bäderbetriebe „Havel – Badestelle Kuhhorn“ is located in the district of Wilmersdorf. The name comes from its location directly on a small inlet of the Havel, before it continues to Gatow. The ideal way to get to the Kuhhorn bathing area is by bike or by car. The somewhat remote location has its advantages, because here bathers can still enjoy privacy compared to inner-city facilities. This bathing area has a large sandy beach as its main area and has smaller bays with shallow shore entrances. This bathing area offers a particularly beautiful view of the many motorboats and sailboats plying the Havel. For the small hunger in between, there is an ice cream vendor at the Kuhhorn, who provides his guests with the cool ice cream refreshment from on board.

Website:

https://www.qiez.de/berliner-seen-naturbadestellen-qiez-top-10/

PlötzenseeIn 
contrast to our first recommendation for a bathing spot, we must mention the most centrally located bathing spot in the city. Just a short distance from the Virchow Clinic, near the northern harbor, is the famous Plötzensee.

Its advantage is that it is very easy to reach by public transport and it takes only a short time to get there. Along with Flughafensee and Tegeler See, Plötzensee is one of the lakes located in the north.

Fish species such as tench are at home in Plötzensee, and it has a protected shore zone that cannot be used as a swimming area. There is a nudist area in the Plötzensee outdoor pool. In addition, the physical well-being is provided with a small attached beer garden. A boat rental service is also available 
on site at Plötzensee in the district of Wedding, near the Rehberge 
park; pedal boats and rowing boats can be rented here for a short sporting experience on Plötzensee.

Website:

https://www.strandbad-ploetzensee.de/

Theater in Berlin

The city has a very broad cultural and theatrical landscape. From vaudeville and revue theater at the famous Friedrichstadtpalast, to the most modern productions at the Deutsches or Hebbel Theater, there is no genre or stage form that does not exist in the capital. From comedy, to drama, to musical or operetta, there is everything. Always in the fall, the new plays are presented on the stages where beautiful greats Harald Juhnke and other well-known German actors learned their craft. From Gorki to BE (Berliner Ensemble), there are a few stages in the capital that stand out for their repertoire. These will be presented below.

Tip: Read our detailed compilation about theater:

Theater in Berlin

BKA Theater

On the one hand, the very special pearls of stage culture are the BKA Theater. Here you can find cabaret theater at it’s best.

Since the end of the 80s, the BKA Theater has been very easy to reach, of course, as 
always, best by public transport, because parking spaces are rarely available in the city center. If you like satire or even sophisticated, political entertainment, the BKA Theater is the place to be. 
In 2018, the BKA Theater celebrated its 30th anniversary and since then has been very successful with cabaret programs, comedy shows, with concerts as well as children’s theater pieces, but also as a stage with improvisational theater and the insider tip for culture enthusiasts in lively Kreuzberg.

Website:

https://www.bka-theater.de/

Castle Park Theater

The Schlossparktheater is one of the oldest stages in the City-West, its history goes back to the beginning of the 19th century, more precisely to the year 1804. The building was used for various purposes and became an institution only after the Second World War. Film stars such as Knef or Klaus Kinski played on the boards of the famous Schlossparktheater stage. Hildegard Knef even celebrated her stage debut in this theater. 
Immediately after the fall of the Berlin Wall, the Schlossparktheater, like many other theaters, experienced a closure or was converted into a privately run theater. Without this step, this traditional house could not have survived. In the 2000s Dieter Hallervorden became the owner and artistic director of the Schlosspark Theater, and since then there has also been a youth ensemble. The repertoire of the house ranges from ballet, on to comedies and classics. The repertoire of the theater ranges from ballet, comedies to classical plays such as „Nathan the Wise“, but interpreted in a modern way by the young ensemble of the Schlosspark Theater.

Website:

https://www.schlossparktheater.de/

On silent soles: Sneaker Shops


Berlin is a shopping paradise and fashion metropolis with Fashion Week. Young designers and passionate creatives are establishing themselves alongside large fashion chains and renowned brand stores. They love the casual city mentality with its self-confident individual people. They are fashion and trend conscious without following a fashion dictate. Sneaker culture is the best accompaniment to the city. Sneakers, in German „Schleicher“ are comfortably casual team players that can handle boho chic, suits and jeans just as well as casual looks and streetwear. From a wide range of models, the sneaker stores show a top selection: functional or suitable for everyday wear, with or without laces.

Sneaker in the City: Solebox 
The store opening was celebrated in 2002. Since then, the Solebox store has resided in West-City, Nürnberger Straße 14. The 
store in industrial design resembles an exclusive warehouse. Shoe collection and limited models are clearly sorted so that Solebot can hand the desired sneaker. The Solebot robot underlines the futuristic character as an investment in the future. The attached online store reveals what is new or on sale, what is coming soon. From sneakers for running, basketball and tennis to precious sneakers, the models range from Adidas, Nike and Reebok to Yeezy. To the high-priced sneaker there are matching clothes and accessories.

Website:


https://www.solebox.com/

Sneaker de luxe at „No74 Berlin
Sneaker fans and collectors take note of the eponymous house number. It is located in the famous Torstraße, which is 
home to design, fashion and trend culture. Opened in 2008, the store welcomes its customers in bright, spacious premises and delights them with a select adidas selection in original, Y-3, Stella McCartney and sports models. Limited sneakers 
not available everywhere complete the offer of the profiled sneaker store. It has become a meeting place and party venue for hip fashion, essential sportswear and accessories in chic designs. An offshoot of the high-end store is ‚No6‘ in London.

Website:

https://www.no74-berlin.com/

Christmas markets: Hut magic from urban to elegant


Every year they open their gates and surprise with new, creative ideas in glamorous decoration. A 
visit to the Christmas market is part of a successful Advent season for most people, young and old. Some are attracted by the aromas and delicacies that are especially available during the Christmas season: Gingerbread, roasted almonds or mulled wine. Others appreciate the special atmosphere of the stall magic or look out for Christmas gifts. Children are impressed by Christmas figures and fun attractions. The glitter of lights with its Christmas markets at the most beautiful capital city squares is a popular short trip destination. Increased efforts are being made to ensure the safety of visitors.

Spandau Christmas Market for Young & OldAlong 
the largest pedestrian zone in Spandau, traditional customs combine with experience, shopping and culture. The magnificent old town backdrop lights up in the evening like a living Advent calendar. At the medieval market, historic craftsmanship, live music and culinary delights ignite a nostalgic atmosphere. At the „Spandauer Weihnachtstraum“ (Spandau Christmas Dream) on Rathausplatz, a 30-meter pyramid is enthroned.

Talking Christmas elk and children’s railroad, three-storey mulled wine pyramid and imaginative stage program warm the hearts. Those who prefer a party atmosphere and rides take the illuminated route to the Christmas fair.

The subway station Altstadt Spandau is in Berlin jargon „j-w-d“ – janz weit draußen. But enormous numbers of visitors prove: a trip to the lively Christmas market -without entrance fee- is worth it.

Website:

https://www.weihnachteninberlin.de/weihnachtsmaerkte/971839-955635-spandauer-weihnachtsmarkt-in-der-altstad.html

Mitte: Christmas magic at GendarmenmarktWhite 
domed tent roofs with a crowning star draw a charming picture around the Schiller Monument – majestically framed by the Konzerthaus, the German Cathedral and the French Cathedral. An upscale sit-down restaurant and an exceptional bar invite gourmets to linger. A heated arts and crafts tent and a sophisticated stage program spread a special atmosphere every day, from the pre-Christmas season to the turn of the year. On New Year’s Eve, there is an open-air celebration with fireworks. Visitors over the age of 12 pay an entrance fee of 1 euro. Part of the proceeds is traditionally donated to charity projects. As part of security, suitcases, large backpacks and dogs will not be admitted. An exception are guide dogs.

Website:

https://www.weihnachtsmarkt-berlin.de

Berlin Wall – symbol of German division


The consequences of the construction of the Wall and the GDR dictatorship that ruled behind this iron curtain came to a head in a painful and tragically grotesque way. Built by the GDR on August 13, 1961, 167 km of border fortifications divided the city into eastern and western parts. The goal: in coordination with the Soviet occupying power, to stop the wave of migration to the West. The bulwark was manifested systematically and with all means: Bunkers, observation towers, barbed wire, searchlights, tank crosses. The 
Cold War and the firing order claimed an estimated 200 lives. The peaceful fall of the Wall on November 9, 1989, triggered euphoric joy. Today, the signposted Wall Trail can be followed as a bicycle and footpath.

Berlin Wall MemorialIt 
is a central place of remembrance, reconciliation and research on Bernauer Strasse between Wedding and Mitte – where the former border strip ran. Designed as an outdoor area, the national memorial runs for 1.4 kilometers on both sides of the street. Original relics, a 70-meter-long border installation with a watchtower, markings and artistic elements illustrate the extent and impact on life in East and West: destroyed urban areas, cut off life and supply routes, torn families and friends. A visitor and documentation center, an exhibition, and a bookstore are integrated. Film shows, guided tours and events illustrate contemporary history and remember the victims.

Website:

https://www.berliner-mauer-gedenkstaette.de

Wall Museum at Checkpoint CharlieThe 
border crossing once passable only for Allies, foreigners and diplomats is famous. The museum ‚Haus am Checkpoint Charlie‘ outlines the events surrounding the GDR and the Wall on about 2000 sqm of exhibition space.

In addition to a historical display section, original escape vehicles and practical aids – ladders, gasoline cans, lifts, welding equipment – show the risk of above-ground and underground escape attempts on the way to freedom. The Wall Museum was founded on private initiative shortly after the Wall was built. As an active protest and educational museum against human rights violations in the Soviet occupation zone, a two-room apartment was initially the contact point for escape helpers and fugitives, supporters and tracing service.

Website:

https://www.mauermuseum.de

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