14 finest issues to do in Berlin

Berlin is a scene-stealing combo of glamour and grit, poised to mesmerise anybody eager to attach with its vibrant tradition, daring structure, international meals, intense events and easy-going vibe.

Whether or not your tastes run to posh or punk, you possibly can sate them within the German capital. Listed below are 14 of one of the best experiences Berlin has to supply to get you began.

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Berlin’s Museum Island is among the metropolis’s many distinctive highlights © elxeneize / Shutterstock

Museum Island

Berlin’s ‘Louvre on the Spree’, this imposing cluster of 5 treasure-houses is an undisputed spotlight of town’s spectacular panorama. Declared a Unesco World Heritage Website in 1999, Museumsinsel showcases artwork and cultural historical past from the Stone Age to the Nineteenth century.

Feast your eyes on antiquities at on the Pergamonmuseum and Altes Museum, absorb Nineteenth-century artwork on the Alte Nationalgalerie and lean in for close-ups of medieval and Renaissance sculptures on the Bode-Museum. The Neues Museum is known because the residence of the beautiful however controversial bust of Nefertiti which has been the topic of repatriation requests from Egypt for nearly a century. 

Graffiti at the East Side Gallery, the longest preserved stretch of the Berlin wall.
The East Facet Gallery is the longest preserved stretch of the Berlin Wall © Ewais / Shutterstock

Berlin Wall

Few occasions in historical past have the ability to maneuver the whole world. When you had been alive and sufficiently old for the autumn of the Berlin Wall in 1989, you’ll most likely bear in mind the crowds of euphoric revellers cheering and dancing on the Brandenburg Gate. Though little is left of the bodily barrier, its legacy lives on within the creativeness and in such locations as Checkpoint Charlie, the Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer (Berlin Wall Memorial) and the East Facet Gallery with its vibrant murals.

Berlin nightlife

Berlin’s fame for intense and unbridled nightlife is rooted within the libertine Twenties when everybody from Marlene Dietrich to Christopher Isherwood partied prefer it was 1999. For the reason that fall of the Wall, Berlin’s membership tradition has put town firmly again on the map of music-lovers all over the place.

The edgiest golf equipment might be present in places like energy vegetation, deserted residence buildings and different repurposed places, particularly in Kreuzberg & Neukölln and Friedrichshain. Digital music dominates at cult favourites like ://about clean, Kater Blau and Griessmühle, whereas Prince Charles has made a reputation for itself as a hip hop mecca, fetish-focused KitKatClub is a should, and the native punks mosh away at SO36.

Learn extra: A information to Berlin golf equipment: organised hedonism

The artwork scene

Artwork aficionados will probably be actually spoilt for alternative in Berlin. Dwelling to a whole bunch of galleries, scores of world-class collections and hundreds of worldwide artists, town has assumed a pole place on the worldwide inventive circuit. Its principal modern artwork showcase is the Hamburger Bahnhof, an unlimited museum housed in a former railway station whose loft and grandeur are the right foil for this top-notch assortment of work, installations, sculptures and video.

When you’d want one thing much more Berlin-centric, strive City Nation in Schöneberg. A relative newcomer to Berlin’s array of galleries, this avenue artwork celebration turns the idea of a museum on its head and celebrates artwork in a novel approach.

Outside drinks

Whether or not its beer gardens, rooftop bars or some informal drinks in parks and by the Landwehrkanal, Berliners take a relaxed strategy to ingesting and socializing outside. Whereas Berlin has one thing to supply all yr spherical, town within the heat climate has a particular buzz round it.

Schloss Charlottenburg

An beautiful baroque palace, Schloss Charlottenburg evokes the onetime grandeur of the Prussian royals. It’s significantly particular to go to in the summertime when you possibly can fold a stroll, sunbathing session or picnic within the lush palace park right into a day of peeking at royal treasures.


It’s been burned, bombed, rebuilt, buttressed by the Berlin Wall, wrapped in cloth and at last was the trendy house of the German parliament: the Reichstag, certainly one of Berlin’s most iconic buildings. Designed by Paul Wallot in 1894, that is the place the German parliament, the Bundestag, has been hammering out its insurance policies since 1999. The placing glass dome is accessible by raise without spending a dime – reserve prematurely.

View of a bread stall in an indoor food market
Markthalle Neun is a superb spot to go to in Berlin, particularly for those who like to strive new meals © JJFarquitectos/Getty

Markthalle Neun

This pleasant 1891 market corridor was saved by devoted locals in 2009. Not solely do native and regional producers current their wares but in addition, on Avenue-Meals Thursday, they’re joined by aspiring or semipro cooks, who arrange their stalls to serve scrumptious snacks from world wide. There’s even an on-site craft brewery, Heidenpeters.

Jüdisches Museum

Berlin’s Jüdisches Museum presents an eye-opening and emotional journey by 2,000 years of Jewish historical past in Germany, not simply the 12 years of Nazi horror that such reveals typically deal with. Discover out about Jewish cultural contributions, vacation traditions, the troublesome street to emancipation, excellent people just like the thinker Moses Mendelssohn and denims inventor Levi Strauss, and the fates of extraordinary individuals and households.

An older couple riding bikes among autumn foliage in Tiergarten
Tiergartenis simply one of many nice metropolis parks in Berlin © Shutterstock / rawf8


Berlin’s rulers used the grounds to hunt boar and pheasants within the rambling Tiergarten till grasp panorama architect Peter Lenné landscaped the grounds within the 18th century. With its sweeping lawns, shaded paths, woodsy groves, romantic corners, ponds and creeks, the Tiergarten is among the world’s largest metropolis parks and a beautiful retreat from town bustle. In summer season, a number of charming beer gardens beckon, together with Café am Neuen See and the Teehaus im Englischen Garten.

Potsdamer Platz

Regardless of the title, Potsdamer Platz shouldn’t be truly a sq. however a complete metropolis quarter, cast within the Nineties from terrain as soon as bisected by the Berlin Wall. A collaborative effort by the world’s most interesting architects, it’s thought of a showcase of city renewal. The world itself is quite compact and shortly explored – except you stick round to see Berlin from above from the Panoramapunkt or dive into German movie historical past on the Museum für Movie und Fernsehen.

Couple take a selfie at Brandenburg Gate at sunset, Berlin
The well-known Brandeburg Gate landmark is most picturesque at sundown or night time © SAHACHATZ / Shutterstock

Brandenburg Gate

Prussian emperors, Napoleon and Hitler have marched by this neoclassical royal metropolis gate that was as soon as trapped east of the Berlin Wall. Since 1989 Brandenburg Gate has gone from an emblem of division and oppression to the image of a united Germany. The elegantly proportioned landmark is at its most atmospheric – and photogenic – at night time, when gentle bathes its stately columns and proud Goddess of Victory sculpture in a golden glow.


No journey to Berlin could be full with no saunter alongside Kurfürstendamm (Ku’damm for brief) in Charlottenburg. Together with its continuation, the Tauentzienstrasse, it’s the metropolis’s longest and busiest procuring strip, lined with high-street chains and designer boutiques. Don’t miss the KaDeWe, continental Europe’s largest division retailer with a mind-boggling meals corridor, or the cutting-edge idea and flagships shops at Bikini Berlin, a revamped Fifties landmark close to Zoo Station. Amid all this, the majestically ruined Gedächtniskirche (Memorial Church) stands quietly as a poignant reminder of the absurdity of battle.

Topographie des Terrors

Within the spot the place probably the most feared establishments of Nazi Germany (the Gestapo headquarters, the SS central command and the Reich Safety Essential Workplace) as soon as stood, this compelling exhibit paperwork the levels of terror and persecution, places a face on the perpetrators, and particulars the impression these brutal establishments had on all of Europe. A second exhibit outdoors zeroes in on how life modified for Berlin and its individuals after the Nazis made it their capital.