Highlights of Berlin – More than 60 Insider Tipps

Berlin looks back on an eventful history of more than 750 years. Various historic episodes have left marks on the face and the atmosphere of the city: The Brandenburg Gate, Victory Column, Olympic stadium or the Urania World time clock. These and other monuments and memorials remind visitors of the city’s lively past. Nowadays, Berlin is an open-minded city, a melting pot for many cultures. More than 190 nationalities represented in the city shape the metropolis in many ways. This is also reflected in the cultural life. 175 museums, 140 theatres, 300 private or municipal galleries and 300 cinemas demonstrate that Berlin is an excellent destination when it comes to art and culture.

 

Around 12.5 million people visit the German capital every year – and the visitor numbers are increasing. From the famous landmark, the Brandenburg Gate, the symbol for division and unification of Germany, to the Reichstag, the seat of the German government – the city has many interesting sights to offer. One highlight – and also a historic location – is the Museum Island, home to five internationally-renowned museums, e.g. the Pergamon Museum with its most prominent exhibit, the monumental Pergamon Altar. Last but not least, many beautiful parks and gardens with impressive stately homes such as the Charlottenburg Palace or Sanssouci Palace attract many visitors every year.
Besides these sights, a Spreetour along the river is a great way to view the city from another perspective or a city tour including stops at famous traditional and international restaurants and cafes, while experiencing interesting facts about the “Kiez” history.

 

Apart from the cultural sights, Berlin is also a culinary hotspot. Around 4,500 restaurants serve almost every type of food. One particularly famous Berlin dish is the Currywurst, a fried sausage with spiced tomato sauce. There are numerous restaurants where you can try Currywurst and even a Currywurst museum located close to Checkpoint Charlie. It is a dish definitely not to be missed when visiting Berlin.
The culinary hotspots often have a certain hipster flair. Most of them are very modern and unusual like the invisible restaurant, where you can dine in the dark or kado whose offering diverse licorice from all over the world. For more variety a quick trip to the Market hall nine, with all kinds of diverse dishes, or to the Thaipark serving traditional food, should be made.

Insider Tipps

Berlin is celebrated for its bride cultural variety, its buzzing nightlife and amazing restaurants. To show you some sights of Berlin, we have compiled a selection for you. Please use the drop-down list.

Unique Activities and boat tours

Trabi Tour

The Trabant tour is perfect for combining the joy of driving a Trabant whilst taking a look at famous sights in Berlin. Participants can rent a Trabant for up to 3 people. The first tour starts at 10 am and the last one at 5 pm and will take around 1h15minutes.

The costs for this tour depend on the number of participants: 1 pers. € 60, 2 pers. € 98, 3 pers. € 132.

Directions: Take the S41 from Sonnenallee to Bahnhof Tempelhof then transfer to the U6 until the stop Kochstraße (Duration-20min). Starting point is Zimmerstraße close to Checkpoint Charlie.

Find more information on the website

Escape Room

You are locked up in a room with a team, consisting of 2-8 Team players, for 60 minutes. The goal is to solve different riddles and tasks with the team, in order to get out of the room. The tasks and riddles are all based on Berlin. The first game starts at 10:30h and the last at 22:30h. The price depend on the team size: 2 players 58€, 3 players 78€, 4 players 88€ up to max 8 players 128€.

Directions: Take the S41 from Sonnenallee to S Südkreuz Bhf where you transfer to the S2 until the stop S Oranienburger Str. (Duration-28min.). Location – Oranienburger Str. 27

Website: http://escapegameberlin.de/

Blacklight Minigolf

Unique experiences to be found in five different rooms, especially decorated with colours and light to create a fantasy adventure, beginning with the Brandenburg Gate. Opening times: Mon. -Thurs. 2-10 pm; Fr. 2 pm – midnight. Sat. 10 am – midnight; Sun. 10 am -10 pm. Price per person €6.50.

Directions: Take the bus M41 from Sonnenallee until Sonnenallee/Panierstr., then change to bus no. M29 until Görlitzer Bhf (Duration 20min.) Location – Görlitzer Park-Kreuzberg

Website: http://minigolf-in-berlin.de/?page_id=90 

Bathing ship (Badeschiff)

To enjoy a relaxing day out you can go to a bathing ship. A ship converted into a pool, where you can bathe in the Spree river along with many other cool and trendy hip people. The pool even includes a beach. The pool opens daily at 8 am and closes depending on the weather conditions.

A ticket for the whole day costs €5.50.

Directions: Take the S42 from Sonnenallee until S Treptower Park (Duration 3 min.). Location – Eichenstraße 4

Website: http://www.arena.berlin/veranstaltungsort/badeschiff/

Spree rafting (Spreefloß)

Viewing the city from the water is a relaxing experience not to be missed, especially with good weather! Starting daily at 10am. Price for up to 4h Mon. -Thurs. €100; Fri.-Sun. €110 excluding gasoline (+€150 deposit).

Directions: Take the S42 from Sonnenallee to Treptower Park then change to the S8 until Betriebsbahnhof Schöneweide (Duration 14min) Location – Wilhelminenhofstr. 92

Website: http://www.spreefloss.de/home.htm

Treptow Harbour Tour (Rund um den Hafen Treptow)

This tour will expand your knowledge of Berlin from a different perspective. The boat tour offers a relaxing way to see some of the sights of Berlin and learn about its history. The tour lasts around 1.5 hours and costs €10.

Directions: Take the S42 from Sonnenallee until Treptower Park (Duration 3min).

Website: https://www.sternundkreis.de/de/shop/Tour/Rund%20um%20den%20Hafen%20Treptow/609/

Bridge tour along the canal and Spree (Brückenfahrt über Landwehrkanal and Spree)

Take a look at the diverse architecture of Berlin, including its bridges. Did you know that Berlin has more bridges than Venice? Some of the highlights are the Charlottenburg and Bellevue palaces as well as the house of culture and the museum island. The tour lasts around 4.5 hours. The first boat leaves at 10am and the second one at 14:35pm. The price for this tour is €23.

Directions: Tour starts and ends at the Estrel.

Website: https://www.sternundkreis.de/de/shop/Tour/Br%C3%BCckenfahrt/401/

Boat trip downtown (Spreefahrt in die Innenstadt)

Discover Berlin from the Spree perspective with its historical and modern sights, starting from Treptow or the Jannowitzbrücke. Includes an audio guide in German and English.

The tour lasts around 4 hours and costs €23.

Directions: Take the S42 from Sonnenallee until Treptower Park (Duration 3min).

Website: https://www.sternundkreis.de/de/shop/Tour/Spreefahrt%20in%20die%20Innenstadt/406/

Museums and Art

Museum of Computer Games (Computerspielemuseum )

Time travel through computer games! Containing over 300 exhibits, including rare originals, playable classics and more will turn you into “Homo Ludens Digitalis“ so that you can create your own image of the gamers that made this medium of entertainment possible. Make your visit a historical journey of games and their creators with things to do and see for people of all ages!
Opening times: Sun.-Thurs. 10am -8 pm; Fri.-Sat. 10am-9pm. Price: €9 (after 6pm €7)

Directions: Take the S42 from Sonnenallee until S+U Frankfurter Allee then change to U5 until U Weberwiese (Duration 17min.) Location – Friedrichshain close to Alexanderplatz

Website: www.computerspielemuseum.de

German Museum of Spying (Deutsches Spionagemuseum)

The German Spy Museum Berlin gives a unique insight into the gloom of espionage just where the Wall once divided the city. Visitors are welcome to use the most recent multimedia-based technology to detect all the bizarre and sneaky methods of agents and secret services.
Open daily from 10am-9pm. Price €12

Directions: Take bus no. M1 from Sonnenallee until Potsdamer Platz (Duration 26min.)

Website: https://www.deutsches-spionagemuseum.de/

German Currywurst Museum

Information and the secrets revolving the famous currywurst snack. An exhibition to feel, eat and participate. Open daily from 10am-6pm. Price €11 including a portion of currywurst or the snack ticket for €13.90 including a whole currywurst menu (Mondays 20% off).

Directions: Take the S41 from Sonnenallee to Bahnhof Tempelhof then change to the U6 until Kochstraße (Duration 20min.) Location – 100m from Checkpoint Charlie.

Website: http://currywurstmuseum.com/

Trabant Museum

Nostalgia in the Trabant museum Berlin, which is all about the history of the ‘Volkswagen of the GDR’. Open daily from 10am-6pm. Price €5.

Directions: Take the S41 from Sonnenallee to Bahnhof Tempelhof then change to U6 until Kochstraße (Duration 20min.) Location – close to Checkpoint Charlie.

Website: www.trabi-museum.com

New Museum (Neues Museum/Museumsinsel)

The new museum includes fascinating exhibitions and architecture. After visiting the museum a trip to the beer garden is a must. Opposite the Bodemuseum at the Hexenkessel Hoftheater you can look at the Spree and relax. Opening times: Mon.-Weds. and Fri.-Sun. from 10am-6pm and Thurs. until 8pm. Price for the New museum €14; for all museums on the museum island €18.

Directions: Take the S41 from Sonnenallee until S+U Tempelhof, then change to U6 until Friedrichsstr. (Duration 23min) OR take the S41 until S Ostkreuz then change to S7 until S+U Friedrichsstr. (Duration 12min) Location – Bodestraße

Website: http://www.smb.museum/museen-und-einrichtungen/neues-museum/home.html

Wunderkammer Olbricht

Around 300 pieces from the Renaissance and the Baroque periods can be found here! Open Weds.-Mon. from 11am-6pm. Admission fee is €8.

Directions: Take the S41 from Sonnenallee to S+U Tempelhof, then change to the U6 until Oranienburger Tor (Duration 24 min)  Location – Augustusstraße 68

Website: https://www.me-berlin.com/wunderkammer/

KW Institute for Contemporary Art

The KW is an exhibition space for modern art – it aims to approach the central questions of our times through the production, display, and dissemination of contemporary art. Open Weds.-Mon. from 11am-7pm and Thurs. from 11am-9pm. The admission price for this exhibition is €10.

Directions: Take the S41 from Sonnenallee to S+U Tempelhof, then change to the U6 until Oranienburger Tor (Duration 24min) Location – Augustusstraße 69

Website: www.kw-berlin.de/

Galleries Berlin Mitte

Centered around Auguststrasse, and between Invaliden- and Oranienburgerstrasse, you can find the centre of the gallery scene in Berlin-Mitte (29 galleries). Opening times and admission charges vary from gallery to gallery .

Directions: Take the S41 from Sonnenallee until S+U Tempelhof, where you change to the U6 until Oranienburger Tor (Duration 24min)

Website: http://www.galerien-berlin-mitte.de/galleries.html

Hidden highlights and trips

Market hall Nine (Markthalle Neun)

Celebrate the world of food – British pies, Asian dumplings, Mexican tacos and Nigerian fufu are just some of the things you can find here. In this historical market you can find a wide range of culinary variety located in fascinating Kiez.

Opening times: Tues. -Thurs. 8-12 am and 6-8 pm; weekly market Fri. midday-6pm, Sat. 10am-6pm; Thurs. street food 5-8pm

Directions: Take the bus M41 from Sonnenallee until Sonnenallee/Panierstr. Then change to bus no. M29 until Görlitzer Bhf (Duration 20min). Location – Eisenbahnstr. 42 in Kreuzberg

Website: https://markthalleneun.de/

Horseshoe Estate (Hufeisensiedlung)

The Horseshoe Estate is a housing estate in Berlin, built in 1925-33. It enjoys international renown as a milestone of modern urban housing. In 2008 it was awarded UNESCO World Heritage status as one of six Berlin Modernism Housing Estates.

Directions: Take bus no. 171 from Sonnenallee/Saalestraße until Onkel-Herse-str. (Duration 13 min + 5 min walk).

Website: https://www.hufeisensiedlung-berlin.de/204.htm

Open-air cinema Friedrichshain (Freiluftkino)

You can find Berlin’s most beautiful open-air cinema in the middle of a park in a glade. Decide between chairs or a picnic blanket. It opens 30 min before movies start. Price €7.50 per person.

Directions: Take the S42 from Sonnenallee until S Landsberger Allee, then change to the tram M6 until Platz der Vereinten Nationen (Duration 24min.) Location – Landsberger Allee 15 in Friedrichshain

Website: http://www.freiluftkino-berlin.de/eine_woche.php

Timber Market (Holzmarkt)

The “Holzmarkt” is a culture and experience garden along the Spree river. Concerts, open air cinema, restaurants and much more can be found here.

Directions: Take the S42 from Sonnenallee to S Ostkreuz Bhf then change to S3 until Jannowitzer Brücke (Duration 19min) Location – Holzmarktstr. 25

Website: http://www.holzmarkt.com/ 

Traditional Manufacturing Workshops (Klein aber fein - Traditionsmanufakturen)

Discover how the creative minds during the times of mass handicraft production worked. Watch shoemakers create perfect fitting shoes in over 300 working steps or take a look at the many bags, belts and the general traditional fashion scene. Every first Saturday in the month – starting at 11:00 and lasting two hours. Price per person is €15.

Directions: Take the S42 from Sonnenallee to S Ostkreuz Bahnhof then change to S7 until S Hackescher Markt (Duration 20 min + walking time). Meeting point is the entrance of the Hackescher Höfe at Rosenthaler Str.40/41

Website: https://www.artberlin-online.de/tour/klein-fein-traditionsmanufakturen-statt-massenproduktion-in-berlin/

Is this art or is it necessary? (Ist das Kunst, oder kann das weg?)

Street art in Kreuzberg – take a walk through the trendy district to discover what makes Berlin street art so special. Every second Saturday in the month – starting at 11am and lasting two hours. Price €15.

Directions: Take the S41 from Sonnenallee until S+U Hermannstr., then change to the U8 until Kottbusser Tor (Duration 15min.). Meeting point is the Kottbusser Tor, in front of Kaiser’s.

Website: https://www.artberlin-online.de/tour/ist-das-kunst-oder-kann-das-weg-streetart-tour-durch-kreuzberg/

Hip and Trendy Neukölln (Hippes Neukölln)

Discover the new Reuterkiez in the up and coming trendy district of Neukölln! Visit the creative fashion scenes and alternative ateliers while learning about the history of the Kiez. Starting time is 2pm and lasts two hours. Price is €15 per person.

Directions: Take the S41 from Sonnenallee to S+U Hermannstr., where you change to the U8 until Schönleinstr. (Duration 13min). Meeting point is the U Schönleinstr. in front of the “Restposten Paris-London” shop.

Website: https://www.artberlin-online.de/tour/hippes-neukoelln/

App "Berliner Mauer"

You can discover parts of the Berlin wall with this app – the software takes you along remains of the old wall, monuments and locations important for German history. The software includes an interactive map and the possibility to create your own routes within the “Discovery mode” and consists of pictures, audio and videos in German or English. The app can be used with all smart phones and is free of charge.

Website: http://www.chronik-der-mauer.de/171305/app-die-berliner-mauer

Article: https://www.berlin.de/tourismus/insidertipps/1939659-2339440-mauer-in-berlin-app-fuers-iphone-macht-g.html

Restaurants

Gasthaus Figl

Eat pizza and enjoy the bowling alley down in the basement. This traditional restaurant in combination with modern pizzeria offers fantastic pizza and one of the oldest bowling alleys in Germany. Open daily from 18:00h (Bowling alleys have to be reserved). Price 30€ for 2h at the bowling alley and pizza starting at 10€.

Directions: Take the S41 from Sonnenallee to S+U Hermannstr. Then transfer to U8 until Schöneinstr. (Duration 13min) Location – Urbanstr. 47 in Kreuzberg

Website: http://gasthaus-figl.de/

FES

This Turkish BBQ restaurant offers great service with high quality meat and table BBQ. Tues.-Sun. 5pm-11pm.

Directions: Take Bus line M41 until U Hermannplatz/Sonnenallee, then transfer to Bus line N7 until the stop Hasenheide (Duration 15min) Location: Hasenheide 58 in Kreuzberg

Website: https://www.facebook.com/festurkishbbq/

Osteria Maria

Osteria Maria offers Italian cuisine with menu evenings in a grand historical city house with a painted ceiling. Open Tues.-Sat. from 7pm. 5 course menu €64 (NB: No debit or credit cards accepted).

Directions: Take the S41 from Sonnenallee until S Schöneberg, change to S1 until S+U Rathaus Steglitz (Duration 23min) Location – Leydenallee 79

Website: https://osteriamaria.de/

Restaurant Sage

This stylish restaurant offers delicious international food and a bar around the corner with its own beach and is located on the Spree River. It is open from Tues.- Sun. 6pm. The beach opens at 2pm in good weather.

Directions: Take the S42 from Sonnenallee to S Treptower Park, where you change to bus number 165 or 265 until Schlesisches Tor (Duration 18min) Location – Köpenicker Str. 18-20; Kreuzberg

Website: http://www.sage-restaurant.de/cms/

Goldies Berlin

This restaurant is perfect for a snack on the move! It offers fries in all different varieties. Open Tues.-Thurs. midday-10pm; Fri.-Sat. 12:30pm-11pm and Sun. 12:30pm-10pm.

Directions: Take bus no. M41 from Sonnenallee to Sonnenallee/Pannier Str. and then change to bus no. M29 until Görlitzer Bahnhof (Duration 19min) Location – Oranienstr. 6

Website: http://goldies-berlin.de/index.html

Unsichtbar-Bar Berlin

The invisible bar in Berlin offers a unique experience of dining in the dark. A meal at the invisible bar will cost around €41.50 upwards. Open Weds-Thurs. and Sun. from 6pm-1am and Fri.-Sat. from 5pm-1:00am.

Directions: Take the S41 from Sonnenallee to S+U Hermannstr. Then change to subway line U8 until Weinmeisterstr (Duration 23min) Location – Gormannstr. 14; Berlin Mitte

Website: http://www.unsicht-bar-berlin.de/de/html/home_1.html

Crackers Berlin

A big restaurant with excellent cuisine. In order to get to the dining room, you first have to walk through the kitchen of the restaurant. At weekends DJs play. The restaurant is open daily from 18:30.

Directions: Take the S42 from Sonnenallee to S+U Tempelhof and change to line U6 until Französische Straße (Duration 22min) Location – Friedrichstr. 158 in Berlin Mitte.

Website: http://crackersberlin.com/

Konnopke’s Imbiss

This famous restaurant opened in 1960 and served the first Berlin currywurst. You can even buy souvenirs at the counter. Open Mon.-Fri. 10m-8pm and Sat. 11:30am-8pm

Directions: Take the S42 from Sonnenallee to S+U Schönhauser Allee and change to the subway line U2 until Eberswalder Str. (Duration 25 min) Location – Schönhauser Allee 44b; Prenzlauer Berg

Website: https://www.konnopke-imbiss.de/de

Curry 36

This currywurst restaurant is known even beyond Berlin’s borders. It offers its popular currywurst according to the slogan “The original from Berlin”. Open daily from 9am-5pm.

Directions: Take the S41 from Sonnenallee until S+U Neukölln where you change to the U7 until Mehringdamm (Duration 16min) Location – Mehringdamm 36, Kreuzberg

Website: http://www.curry36.de/

Massai Restaurant

A culinary journey throughout Africa can be found at the Massai Restaurant. Be fascinated by authentic cuisine and atmosphere.

Open Mo.-Th. 16h-24h and Fr.-Su. 13h-24h

Directions: Take the S42 from S Sonnenallee until Schönhauserallee (Duration 36min + 12min walk) Location Lychener Str. 12

Website: http://www.massai-berlin.de/site/index-1.html 

Souvenirs, shops and boutiques

The Mall of Berlin

The Mall of Berlin offers about 270 shops. A big highlight is the indoor slide, which starts on the second floor of the mall.
Open Mon.-Sat. 10am-8pm

Directions: Take the S41 from Sonnenallee to S+U Bundesplatz and change to U9 until Kurfürstendamm (Duration 25min) Location – Opposite the Gedächtniskirche

Website: https://www.mallofberlin.de/start

Bikini Berlin

The Bikini Berlin is a new concept mall next to the Zoologischer Garten. This shopping mall consists of Art pop up stores with individual fashion labels, shops and restaurants. The terrace looks out on the Zoologischer Garten. Special events and exhibitions can often be found there. Open Mon.-Sat. 10am-8pm.

Directions: Take the S41 from Sonnenallee to S+U Bundesplatz and change to U9 until Kurfürstendamm (Duration 25min) Location – Opposite the Gedächtniskirche

Website: https://www.bikiniberlin.de/de/

Luxus International

Presents, souvenirs, memories or just something to keep for yourself. Different artists offer diverse curiosities. Open Mon.-Sat. 11am-8pm.

Directions: Take the S42 from Sonnenallee to Schönhauser Allee (Duration 18min + 10min walk) Location – Mitte/Prenzlauerberg close to Kollowitzplatz; Kastanienallee 84

Website: http://www.luxus-international.de/

Naschhaus

Here you can find over 200 different sweets from Sweden to choose from in a colourful world.
Open Tues.-Fri. 10am-6pm; Sat.-Sun. midday-6pm.

Directions: Take the S42 from Sonnenallee until S+U Frankfurter Str., then change to U5 until Samaritenstraße (Duration 15 min) Location – Friedrichshain, Schreinerstr. 15; Close to Stadtpark Lichtenberg

Website: http://www.naschhaus.de/

The Inventor Store (Erfinderladen)

You can find everything from practical solutions to solutions for daily problems in this creative inventory store. Also perfect for souvenirs, since they offer unique décor and designs. Open Mon.-Sat. 11am-8pm.

Directions: Take the S42 from Sonnenallee to Schönhauser Allee (Duration 18 min + 8 min walk) Location – Prenzlauer Berg, Lynchener Str. 8; Close to Helmholtzplatz

Website: https://erfinderladen-berlin.de/

Kado Liquorice Store (Kado Lakritzfachgeschäft)

The Kado Lakritzgeschäft is Germany’s first liquorice store opened in 1997. It offers around 500 different sorts from Iceland to Sicily.

Open Tues.-Fri. 9:30am-6:30pm; Sat. 9:30am-3:30pm

Directions: Take the M41 from Ziegrastr. to Graefstr. (Duration 15min) Location – Graefstraße 20, Kreuzkölln

Website: https://www.kado.de/

Bandy Brooks

At Bandy Brooks you can find the finest ice cream & homemade chocolates – Fine chocolates and exquisite chocolate bars, still handmade as they used to be; extremely creamy ice cream with more than 20 ice cream flavours and excitingly fruity sorbets.
Open daily from 10am-10pm. Price: One scoop €2.50

Directions: Take the S41 from Sonnenallee to S+U Tempelhof, then change to U6 until Friedrichsstr. (Duration 23min) Location – Friedrichstr. 6

Website: www.bandybrooks.com

Andreas Murkudis

“Shop 81” offers a product range of more than 300 brands. Innovative designs up to high-end furniture.
Open Mon.-Sat. 10am-8pm

Directions: Take the S41 from Sonnenallee until S+U Innsbrucker platz, where you change to the bus no. M48 until Kurfürstenstr. (Duration 28min) Location – Potsdamer Straße 77/81

Website: https://andreasmurkudis.com/en/

Konk

Konk is a real institution in Berlin for independent Berlin fashion design. It is all about local designers who design and produce both locally and fairly. Open Mon.-Fri. midday-7pm, Sat. midday- 6pm

Directions: Take the S42 from Sonnenallee until S Potsdam Hbf where you transfer to the U7 until Hackescher Markt (Duration 24min + 10min walk) Location: Kleine Hamburger Straße 15

Website: http://www.konk-berlin.de/

Fiona Bennett – Hat Store

Elegant, creative and crazy hats from fashion designer Fiona Bennett. Each hat is handmade according to customer wishes and measurements.
Open Mon.-Sat. 10am-7pm

Directions: Take the Bus line M41 until S Potsdamer Platz Bhf/Voßstr. (Duration 30 min + 6min walk) Location: Potsdamer Straße 81

Website: https://fionabennett.de/

Bars and Cafés

Neni /Monkey Bar

These bars located inside the 25hours Bikini Hotel offer a view of the whole city or inside the Berlin zoo. The Neni requires a reservation whilst the Monkeybar next door is perfect for spontaneous people. Open Mon.-Fri. midday-11pm and Sat.-Sun. 12:30-11pm.

Directions: Take the S41 from Sonnenallee until S+U Bundesplatz, change to the U9 until Kurfürstendamm (Duration 25 min) Location – Budapester Straße 40

Website: http://www.neniberlin.de/

Weinbar JAJA

This small wine bar offers natural wines and snacks and is open Tues.-Thurs. 6pm-midnight, Fri. 6pm-1am and Sun. 6pm-10pm

Directions: Take bus no. M41 from Ziegrastr. until Fuldastr. (Duration 8 min) or a 25 min. walk. Location – Weichselstraße 7; Neukölln

Website: https://jajaberlin.com/

Stone Brew

This bar is located in the historical gas works Mariendorf and offers craft beer from the USA. Enjoy beer specialties and good food in this fascinating location. Open Mon.-Fri. midday-midnight and Sun. 10am-10pm

Directions: Take the S41 from Sonnenallee until S+U Tempelhof, then change to the U6 untl Alt-Mariendorf (Duration 19 min + 10 min walk) Location – Im Marienpark 23, Tempelhof.

Website: http://www.stonebrewing.eu/

Steel Vintage Bikes Café

At the steel vintage bike café you can find restored vintage bikes and retro bicycles in combination with a café and a nice atmosphere. The café sells bikes, calendars, postcards, shirts and bags all made in Berlin. Open Tues.-Sat. 10am-5pm

Directions: Take bus no. M41 from Sonnenallee until S+U Potsdamer Platz, change to the subway line U2 until Mohrenstr. (Duration 33min) Location – Wilhemstr. 91, Berlin Mitte

Website: https://www.steel-vintage.com/

Hokey Pokey

The best ice cream parlour in Berlin with different varieties of ice cream and good products. The location is also perfect for shopping! Open daily from midday-10pm.

Directions: Take the S42 from Sonnenallee to S+U Schönhauser Allee (Duration 18min) Location – Stargarder Str. 72-73

Website: www.hokey-pokey.de

Café am Neuen See

In the middle of the Tiergarten restaurant lies the oldest and most popular beer garden in Berlin. The restaurant offers fresh and seasonal food from the region and high-tea including some cake specialties. They also have typical Bavarian and Italian specialties. The restaurant is open daily from 9am and the beer garden Mon.-Fri. from 11am and Sat.-Sun. from 10am

Directions: Take the S42 from Sonnenallee until S Ostkreuz, then change to the S7 until S Tiergarten (Duration 30min) Location – Lichtensteinallee 2

Website: http://www.cafeamneuensee.de/

Schwarzes Café

The Schwarzes Café is special because they serve breakfast in the middle of the night! This café is open 24 hours except for Tuesdays.

Directions: Take the S41 from Sonnenallee to S Westkreuz and transfer to the S7 until Savignyplatz (Duration 28min) Location – Kantstr. 148

Website: https://www.schwarzescafe-berlin.de/

Klunkerkranich

This beautiful terrace garden is located on the top of a multi-storey car park belonging to a mall. The view from this terrace is fascinating and the beer garden offers a perfect atmosphere to relax in. From 4pm onwards DJs perform. Open Weds.-Fri. from 4pm-2:00am and Sat. + Sun. from midday-2am. If there is a special event, the admission fee is €3-4

Directions: Take the Bus line M41 from Sonnenallee until Fuldastr. afterwards walk 5 min (Duration 11min) Location – Karl-Marx Str. 66

Website: http://www.klunkerkranich.de/

Parks

Gardens of the world (Gärten der Welt)

Diverse international horticulture can be found in “Gärten der Welt”, from different regions and epochs, including Japanese, Chinese and European horticultural art. The park is open daily from 9am-8pm. Price for a one day ticket costs €20 and an evening ticket from 16h onwards €10.

Directions: Take the S42 from Sonnenallee until S+U Frankfurter Allee, then change to the U5 until U Kienberg (Duration 33min) Location – Eisenacher Straße 99

Website: https://gruen-berlin.de/gaerten-der-welt

Treptower Park with Soviet memorial

In the middle of the park the Soviet memorial can be found. It was built for the fallen soldiers of the Red Army. The park offers an impressive mix of rivers, wide meadows and lively restaurants and cafes, close to the city center. Open daily from 10am-1pm.

Directions: Take the S42 from Sonnenallee until S Treptower Park (Duration 3min)

Website: https://gruen-berlin.de/projekt/sowjetisches-ehrenmal-treptow

Britzer Garten

This park offers horticulture through all seasons. This modern park includes a large lake area with rivers and streams, as well as great catering options and the Britzer train, which takes you on a ride through the park. Open daily from 9am until darkness.

Directions: Take bus no. 171 from Sonnenallee until Rudwer Str./Grüner Weg, then change to bus no. 181 until Rotkofweg (Duration 33min)

Website: https://gruen-berlin.de/britzer-garten/besucherinformation

Thaipark

A piece of Thailand in the middle of Berlin. The Preußenpark has become a paradise with traditional Thai food. Open Sat. and Sun. from midday-9pm

Directions: Take the S41 from Sonnenallee until S+U Heidelberger Platz, where you change to the U3 until Fehrbelliner Platz (Duration 23min) Location – Wilmersdorf

Website: https://thaipark.de/ein-stueck-thailand-mitten-in-berlin/

RAW – Gelände – Friedrichshain

If you are looking for the city feeling you should visit the RAW Gelände including bars, clubs, exhibitions and a chance to boulder or climb. Open Tues.-Fri. from 8am-11pm and Sat. -Mon. from 10am-11pm. Price: a day ticket costs €7

Directions: Take the S42 from Sonnenallee to Ostkreuz Bhf, then change to the S75 until S+U Warschauer Str. (Duration 12min) Location – Revaler Str. 99, Friedrichshain

Website: https://www.berlin.de/kultur-und-tickets/tipps/kunst/institutionen/3848472-2227531-raw-gelaende.html 

Insel der Jugend (Island of the youth)

This island offers a summer garden and boat hire. The summer garden opens on Mon.-Thurs. from midday and Sat.-Sun. from 10am.

Directions: Take the S42 from Sonnenallee until Treptower Park (Duration 5min) Location – Puschkinallee/Bulgarische Straße

Website: http://inselberlin.de/

Tempelhofer Feld

This park offers a perfect location to skate, cycle and walk. The park is next to Tempelhof airport, which was never finished. Open from 6am-10pm

Directions: Take the S41 from Sonnenallee until S+U Tempelhof (Duration 7min)

Website: https://www.thf-berlin.de/standortinfos/tempelhofer-feld/ 

Shopping Areas

Hackescher Markt/Scheunenviertel

A beautiful district for some ‘retail therapy’ is the area around Alte Schönhauser Straße, Rosenthaler Straße, Oranienburg Straße and Hackesche- and Sophien-Höfe.

Directions: Take the S42 from Sonnenallee until S Ostkreuz Bhf, then change to S7 until S Hackescher Markt (Duration 20min) Location – Hackescher Höfe

Website: http://www.hackesche-hoefe.de/

Prenzlauer Berg

The Kollwitzplatz or Helmholtzplatz provide the perfect atmosphere to go shopping. Not just shops but also cafes and little restaurants make this place special. A beautiful market can be found on Thursdays and Saturdays at the Kollwitzplatz.

Directions: Take the S42 from Sonnenallee to Schönhauser Allee (Duration 18min)

Website: Prenzlauer Berg

Kurfürstendamm

The Kurfürstendamm is one of the most famous and popular streets in Germany because of its many malls and retail outlets. A visit to the famous KaDeWe is a must, especially the food hall!

Directions: Take the S41 from Sonnenallee to S+U Bundesplatz, where you change to the U9 until Kurfürstendamm (Duration 22min).

Website: Kurfürstendamm