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If you have never been to Berlin before, than this is a great itinerary for you. During this walk you will visit most of Berlin’s major sites within one walk / day.
Start either at Alexanderplatz if you want to go up either the TV-Tower itself or the cheaper Park Inn viewing platform, or skip the Alexanderplatz and go straight to Hackescher Markt, which is the last stop on the M4 line. At Hackescher Markt you can stroll around the neighbourhood and visit the Hackesche Höfe and Heckmann Höfe. If you are lucky you might see how candy is produced at the candy factory.
From here head over to the Nikolaiviertel, the old medieval centre of Berlin. Then walk across the canal and you are on the Museum Island with its many great museums and the Berlin Dom or Cathedral.
Follow the street Unter den Linden until you reach the Brandenburg Gate. You can also do a little detour and visit the Gendarmenmarkt. From the Brandenburg Gate go to the Holocaust Memorial and then back to go to the Reichstag or the German Chancellery. If you have the time you should definitely go up to the cupola.
From here you can stroll through the beautiful Tiergarten and visit the Sony Center with its striking roof architecture and film museum. Or skip the Sony Center and go on straight to the outdoor exhibition Topography of Terror. You will also go past the Martin Gropius Bau which might have an interesting exhibition.
Finally past Check Point Charlie and end your day trip with a visit of the Jewish Museum.
If you are in Berlin on a Sunday and the weather is pleasant, try this walk.
Start in the Museum Kulturbrauerei where you can find out about everyday life in the GDR free of charge. It can be best reached from the M10 tram station Eberswalder Straße.
From here, stroll to the Mauerpark and go shopping at the Fleamarket Mauerpark. Try the freshly pressed orange juice from the vendors at the entrance, or other tasty foods being sold at the stalls. If you are here in the afternoon on a sunny day and the outdoor karaoke is happening, grab a beer from the Späti across the street and enjoy the show. It’s always a fun event. If it’s not on that Sunday, don’t worry, there are always plenty of musicians and street performers here when the weather is good.
You are still hungry for more bargain shopping? Don’t worry, only two blocks away you will find the Arkonaplatz Flea Market. Two streets over and you will find a lovely bakery with French Pastries called Du Bonheur. Try their cannelle pastry.
Head back to the main street, Bernauer Straße. The Berlin wall used to run along this street, and parts of it have been turned into an open-air exhibition that explains the history of the division of Berlin.
Also check out the Chapel of Reconciliation. At the end of the walk you will find the Visitor Center with a viewing platform. Inside the S-Bahn station Nordbahnhof you will find the exhibition “Border Stations and Ghost Stations in Divided Berlin”.
If you are here with kids on a nice day it might be a nice option to check out Beach Mitte or Mount Mitte and let them climb the interesting structure which includes an old trabbi while enjoying a cold beer in the beach bar.
Finish your day by marvelling at the dinosaurs in the nearby Natural History Museum.
This walk will work on any day, but since all of the sites are outdoors, it will work best on a sunny day. Also, the Turkish Market takes place on Fridays and Tuesday, so these days are optimal.
Start by taking the M10 line to the last stop, called Warschauer Straße. You are now in Friedrichshain and basically in the area where most of Berlin’s night life is happening. Just for future reference, behind you is the RAW area which has some nice restaurants, clubs and bars, bouldering and climbing area, an outdoor swimming pool, vintage furniture stores and much more. So you might want to check it out.
But our walk starts with the East Side Gallery, the longest part of the wall that has been painted by graffiti artists. Walk along and when you are done head across the bridge to Kreuzberg. Kreuzberg is probably Berlin’s most popular district with the most expensive rents. It has a gritty feel and lots of street art. You can have a beer or a meal right by the canal in the Freischwimmer. Behind the Freischwimmer is an area that turns into a night club called Ipse at night. If you head right through it during the day you will find a place where you can rent kayaks and pedal boats to explore the Spree.
Opposite of the Freischwimmer is an outdoor club that is build right on top of the river. It’s really nice and called Club der Visionäre.
If you fancy a swim or want to hang out at a beach bar you can head to the Badeschiff, a swimming pool build inside a ship that is on the Spree. If the weather is nice, go for a walk along the canal until you reach the Lohmühle Comune. Here people are living inside of colourful trailers. You are allowed to have a look around, it's a really cool place. But be respectful you are basically in someone else's home.
Go across the river and walk across the infamous Görlitzer Park. If you are hungry, you will find a “Hühnerhaus” chicken roasting place at the other end of the park. It’s cheap and tasty.
If you aren’t tired yet, and its Friday or Tuesday, you can check out the Turkish Market on the Maybacher Ufer. On a sunny day there might be street musicians performing and its easy to find something tasty to eat.
Finish off your day by grabbing a beer at a Späti and hanging out on Admiralsbrücke or by the waterside with the Hipsters.
And if you want to go out dancing, the queer friendly SO36, where David Bowie used to party, is only a couple of blocks away.
Fancy some art and culture? Then this is the tour for you.
Start at the Gallery Carlier | Gebauer. Here you will find an ever-changing exhibition of inspiring contemporary art. The scope of the gallery is international and ranges from sculpture, painting and drawing to installation, film, and photography.
Walk across Lindenstraße to the Berlinische Gallerie where you will find art from artists who have worked in Berlin over the course of the last 100 years. The Berlinische Gallerie is a Museum, so here you will have to pay an entrance fee.
If you are still up for another museum, the Jewish Museum is right next door. Present your Berlinische Gallery ticket at the door and you can buy your Jewish Museum ticket at a discounted price. The Jewish Museum is inside an architecturally stunning building and well worth visiting.
Next, head over to the König Galerie. Same as Carlier | Gebauer, it is free to enter and always has some interesting contemporary exhibitions. In addition to the art, the building itself, is also noteworthy, the brutalist structure once used to serve as a church.
End your day Berlin style, by chilling with a beer next to the Landwehr Canal. If you didn’t bring a drink, you can grab one at the Späti “Drinks and More” across the Admiralsbrücke. Or go out for dinner or coffee and cake in one of the many restaurants and cafes in the area.
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