Okay, so I didn’t quite manage to get through all of these things when I visited, which means another trip to this edgy city is definitely on the cards! This city break was memorable for us in more ways than one – it was me and my boyfriend Dale’s first Valentine’s Day together.
The city itself is endlessly captivating and overflowing with creative energy. Full of vibrant monuments, landmarks, and culture, here are 11 things to do in Berlin:
Swing by Berlin’s unique concept Monkey Bar, located at the top of 25hours Hotel. Here, you can enjoy panoramic views of the city and gaze down at the monkey enclosure of Berlin Zoo. There are several fancy cocktails on the menu; I opted for ‘Don the Beachcomber Mai Tai – Monkey Style’, which came in a huge wooden monkey head! This place is definitely worth stopping by. It also boasts a roof terrace, perfect for the summer months to watch the sun go down.
The Brandenburg Gate is one of Berlin’s most famous and beautiful landmarks that represents peace and unity throughout Germany. The Gate itself has withstood the test of time, and witnessed much of Germany’s recent history; from the Nazi’s rise to power, the Cold War and the abolition of the Berlin wall. There’s a small pop up café that looks on to the monument where you can have a cold beer and a currywurst, and take in the beautiful view!
The East Side gallery is a colourful open air museum that consists of a section of the Berlin wall, which had previously served as a division of West and East Germany. The wall once symbolised divisiveness, which is today replaced by a representation of freedom – especially creative freedom, as the intriguing graffiti art speaks for itself.
The Reichstag is the home of the German Parliament. The large glass dome that sits atop the building is open to visitors and offers 360 degree views of the surrounding landscapes. It’s advisable to pre-book tickets online in advance.
The currywurst is an iconic German fast food dish. It consists of sausage, spicy ketchup and curry powder and is an absolute TREAT. I sampled about five of these when I visited Berlin, before my veggie days. But don’t fret vegan/veggie pals, they have plenty of meat free options too!
There’s a website that is specifically dedicated to abandoned sites throughout Berlin! Say no more. You can find it here.
Travel up to the Fernsehtrum – or, the Berlin TV tower. This is the highest building in Germany where you can dine with a view! This is located in the Alexanderplatz area.
Checkpoint Charlie was the name given to a crossing point of the wall between East and West Berlin. This border crossing stands as an iconic symbol of the Cold War, where the Ally-occupied West met the Soviet East. On November 9, 1989, Checkpoint Charlie was opened for free movement for the first time in thirty years, after Germans on both the West and East side protested for the guards to open the gates, which they eventually did.
If you’re looking to relax after a few busy days of exploring, the Liquidrome is the place to be. The main spherical room consists of a heated salt water pool that includes underwater music and Zen lighting. You can also enjoy various “infusion” experiences – a choice of saunas boasting individual aromas. There are also other unique treatments available here, definitely worth a visit if you’re after some R & R.
Get lost. I tend to prefer walking from A to B, in order to take in and see what a place has to fully offer. Often, it’s easy to wander of the beaten track, and if you’re fortunate enough you will stumble upon many of Berlin’s hidden gems.
Now, on to one of the most important activities.. BEER. Germany’s renowned beer culture is second to none. Stop in a beer garden. Order a Stein.
Of course, there is plenty more on offer in the hipster city. Please feel free to leave any suggestions in the comment box. Hope you have enjoyed reading!