What to do in Berlin
The Brandenburg Gate, the Television Tower, the Reichstag and the Berlin wall are on top of mind for most people when traveling to Berlin. Among countless sights in Berlin you will loose yourselves among boutiques, musuems, street art and exciting architecture. The many areas of Berlin offer something for all tastes and ages.
flea market at Mauerpark
A colorful flea market is held in the Mauerpark every Sunday between the districts of Wedding and Prenzlauer Berg. Meet tourists, "Berliners" and designers. Have some tasty street food during your break from searching shoes, bicycles and old vinyls. One highlight is what could be Germany’s best karaoke party by the amphitheatre. Usually a crowd of curious people take a seat early before it starts. Anyone with enough courage can show off their singing talents here! From the Bernauer Straße metro station on Line U8 it’s just a few minutes’ walk to Mauerpark.
The Panoramapunkt Berlin
Located right on Potsdamer Platz you find the the Panorama punkt which is a great alternative to the Television Tower. The fast lift whisks you to the 24th floor in just 20 seconds! Here you’ll find a café, an exhibition on the history of Potsdamer Platz, and a viewing platform with a breathtaking view over Berlin. The tower can be reached via various metro and S-Bahn lines and buses. The Panoramapunkt is just a few minutes’ walk from Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz.
Markthalle Neun and Kulturbrauerei
If you want to indulge in a cult market experience, you can either visit Markthalle Neun in Kreuzberg or Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauer Berg – or both.
Markthalle Neun (Market Hall Nine) in Kreuzberg is located near Gorlitzer Park metro station and attracts numerous curious visitors each day. They are always delighted to find regional, seasonal products and authentic foods from all over the world. The iron and glass structure with its airy atrium gives the hall a rustic charm. Streetfood Thursday is the day the stands demonstrate their culinary variety and spoil visitors with tasty delicacies. Kids and youngsters can also take part in cookery classes and learn valuable skills in food preparation. Markthalle Neun is easy to reach, either on the U1 motorway from Gorlitzer Park metro station or on Bus 140 from Wrangelstraße bus stop.
The "Street Food auf Achse" market (Street food on the move), food trucks, is held in Prenzlauer Berg by the Kulturbrauerei. On the site of the Kulturbrauerei, barrels of brewed beer can't be found here like in the old days, but party-goers, cinema and museum visitors are regulars here. Most of the stands are run by local Berlin residents from the surrounding area. This makes the market very authentic and regional. The nearby courtyards offer comfortable places to sit, or you can relax in the Frannz Club beer garden. On cold days, warm up around the fire baskets and have some tasty food. Kulturbrauerei is within easy reach of Eberswalder Straße metro and tram stations.
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East Side Gallery
Anyone who gets excited about street art whilst also having an interest in the history of Berlin shouldn't miss a walk along the East Side Gallery. This part of the Berlin Wall lies in the district of Friedrichshain and runs along the Spree river. At 1,316 metres in length and with 101 large-scale works of art, it's the longest open-air gallery in the world. The pictures on the former east side reflect the political changes and the fall of the wall. Works such as the Bruderkiss (Brother Kiss) by the Russian painter Dimitri Wladimirowitsch, has already attracted global attention. The best way to get to the East Side Gallery is from Schlesisches Tor metro station or from Warschauer Straße metro and S-Bahn station.
Enjoy a fantastic view of Berlin from Teufelsberg. A popular place for a day out in the Grunewald forest. Teufelsberg is a 120-metre high mound made up of rubble from the Second World War. On the hill there’s a rather mysterious building that was a former NSA flight monitoring and listening station. It’s located in the neighbourhood of Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf in the city’s Grunewald district. Here, locals particularly enjoy indulging in sporting activities and relax by mountain biking, hiking or paragliding, or by simply flying kites. In summer, the nearby Teufelssee lake, which gets its name from Teufelsberg, is the perfect place to cool off and during winter Teufelsberg makes a great tobogganing hill. To get to Teufelsberg, simply take S-Bahn or bus from Grunewald S-Bahn station. Scandic Berlin Kurfürstendamm is ideally situated in the city centre, from where you can quickly reach Teufelsberg via the S-Bahn.