Tips on What To Do in Berlin
A trip to Mitte is a must for tourists, especially those interested in history. Here you'll find the famous Brandenburg Gate, the daunting, dazzling Reichstag (Parliament Building), the expansive and relaxing Tiergarten park, and the famous boulevard, Friedrichstrasse, home to some of Berlin's best shopping. But outside Mitte you can also find some of the best (and most affordable) nightlife on the European continent. Oranienstrasse and Wiener Strasse, two streets in Kreuzberg, are lined with great bars and small clubs, and you can find an abundance of nightlife options east of the city. Plus, Berlin's numerous art museums also make it one of the most cultured and cosmopolitan cities in Europe.
- In Berlin there are fantastic nightclubs, where you can dance all night like it's going out of fashion. At the kitsch old-school venue Clärchen's Ballhaus in the heart of Mitte, DJs plays contagious tunes that get everyone grooving, from twenty-something hipsters to 75-year-old veterans." -- Time Out Berlin
- A leisurely and scenic way to get from one end of the city to the other is by traveling by boat along the Spree River. Prices for tours are fairly reasonable per person, and most only operate from March through October." -- Smarter Travel
Berlin was in many ways the center of some of the most fascinating and important historical events of the 20th century. From World War I to the fall of the Berlin Wall, you can see some of the remnants of Berlin's violent past, and gain an insight into how this vibrant city handles its oftentimes an overwhelming history.
Also, if you tend to enjoy visiting UNESCO's world heritage sites, you should definitely plan on seeing the Berlin Modernism Housing Estates, Museum Island and the Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin -- all of which make the list.
- Start your visit with a stroll down the Unter den Linden: its monuments trace the city's evolution, from the Hohenzollern dynasty through to the Weimar Republic, the Third Reich and the GDR. The focal point is the Brandenburg Gate, installed as a triumphal arch to mark Prussia's capital city in 1791, with the Quadriga statue on top." -- Time Out Berlin
- The CityTourCard gives you free entry to more than 50 museums in Berlin, a free trip up the Fernsehturm (Berlin Television Tower), and reduced fare on BVG tours. The card is sold at all BVG and S-Bahn (urban rail) ticket counters and at some 200 hotels, and it's also available from automatic vending machines run by the BVG." -- Frommer's
The Berlin Wall
You can see the Berlin Wall at several points throughout the city, and you can even take a tour of the wall's remains from Brandenburg Gate, Potsdamer Platz and other Berlin landmarks. The longest stretch of wall that still stands is at the East Side Gallery in Friedrichshain, but you can also learn about famous escape attempts at the Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie (Checkpoint Charlie Museum) in Kreuzberg.
- Walk the Berlin wall, what's left of it … Along the way, you can see a restored segment at the Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer, next to a documentation centre that charts the stories of escapees who attempted to cross the divide." -- Time Out Berlin
- A $6-million, 100-mile-long biking trail called the Berlin Wall Trail has been built through the death strip that once divided the city. Tours that explore the sites along the trail include Discovery Tours WallGuide, GPS-guided tours that can be taken on foot or on bicycle and begin at Checkpoint Charlie." -- Los Angeles Times
Berlin is the epicenter of Germany's independent fashion, and travel experts especially highlight the streets Kurfürstendamm, nicknamed the Ku'Damm, and Tauentzienstrasse, for their plethora of shops, as well as their variety. Eastern Berlin's Friedrichstrasse carries a cache of upscale shopping, too.
- The Ku'Damm (Kurfürstendamm) is the Fifth Avenue of Berlin. It's filled with quality stores but also has outlets hustling cheap souvenirs and T-shirts. Although Berliners themselves shop on the Ku'Damm, many prefer the specialty stores on the side streets, especially between Breitscheidplatz and Olivaer Platz." -- Frommer's
- For cheap chic, visit the Trödelmarkt Boxhagener Platz, where local young artists and T-shirt designers set up stalls. For vintage clothing, try the bustling flea-markets, Berliner Antik- & Flohmarkt and the Strasse des 17. Juni." -- Time Out Berlin
Berlin offers some of the best nightlife in Europe, with dozens of bars, nightclubs and cafés open all day and well into the night. Most neighborhoods have a plethora of bars and pubs with great local beer, but the Mitte and Kreuzberg have particularly excellent nightlife options. Berlin Mitte also contains several theaters, which show plays and performances popular with Berliners and tourists alike.
- Berlin has a monthly English language newspaper, The Ex-Berliner, providing a witty, informative guide to the city's culture and entertainment. This magazine is available at newsstands and tourist offices." -- Frommer's
- The best gay and lesbian clubs include the East-German relic Das Haus B (Warschauer Platz 18; 30 296 0800, www.dashausb.de), which plays retro and mainstream pop tunes, and exudes a young and stylish atmosphere." -- Time Out Berlin