Berlin is one of my favourite places and there are endless things to see and do. After my second visit I fell in love a little more and did less of the touristy things than the previous trip. Here’s a compilation of some of my favourite things to see and do. I stayed in Kreuzberg both times, and used airbnb both times; this is definitely my favourite area and you can find affordable accommodation and plenty of food options on every corner.
1. Markthalle Neun
EISENBAHNSTRASSE 42-43, 10997 BERLIN, GERMANY
Street Food Thursday is held every week at Markthalle Neun with vendors selling a wide selection of international food for every taste. Make sure you don’t show up too late as everything will be sold out, and if that does happen you can always come back and try to catch the Breakfast market held every third Sunday.
2. NEUE HEIMAT
REVALER STR. 99, 10245 BERLIN, GERMANY
Another great market in Berlin. Every Sunday, this outdoor market has street food options as well as clothing, jewellery, live concerts and art on offer. The space used to be an old railway station and is teeming with a great atmosphere, the perfect way to spend an afternoon or evening in Neukölln.
3. Vögelchen Cafe Bar
EISENBAHNSTRASSE 6, 10997 BERLIN, GERMAN
I actually want to move into Vögelchen. Not only is the cozy decor and style absolutely stunning, the coffee is amazing. The service is super chilled and friendly, the atmosphere warm with a selection of jazz music playing out all day long. In the evening the cafe turns into a bar so you can stay from 2pm to 2am. Oh, and don’t miss the secret dance room downstairs through the wardrobe!
4. Nowkoelln Flowmarkt
MAYBACHUFER 31, 12047 BERLIN, GERMANY
Yet another market; Berlin definitely has the best selection of food and flea markets and the hardest choice is just which one to go to. In summer this outdoor market is really wonderful, with a relaxed feel and bands playing live music. In the same location there is a Turkish Market every Tuesday and Friday; with an authentic bazaar feel, fresh food, an array of amazing scents and vibrant colours.
5. Berlin Wall
EAST SIDE GALLERY
Mühlenstraße, 10243 Berlin, Germany
No trip to Berlin is truly complete without a visit to the East Side Gallery, where graffiti artwork covers the remnants of the wall which separated this city for so long. Take a stroll along the symbolic walls and marvel at the longest open air gallery in the world.
6. DDR MUSEUM
Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 1, 10178 Berlin, Germany
An interactive, educational museum that was completely packed when we visited, and with good reason. This experiential museum allows visitors to put themselves in the everyday life of East Germans before the wall was torn down and learn how life differed so dramatically from the West.
7. Flohmarkt im Mauerpark
BERNAUER STRASSE 63-64, 13355 BERLIN, GERMANY
This hugely popular flea market and is also held every Sunday, with stallholders selling clothing, food, antiques and other goods. By far the highlight though, is the weekly Karaoke at Mauerpark which is so much fun. The atmosphere is great and when we were there even the rain didn’t stop the show – everyone just got up and danced!
8. Rosenthaler Straße
ROSENTHALER STR., BERLIN, GERMANY
This area is a great place to check out some graffiti, including works by Banksy as well as local artists. There is also the Anne Frank Museum, several bars and the Lumas photography gallery which is well worth seeing.
Grunewald is a large forrest area and one day doesn’t allow you enjoy time to fully see everything, but if you rent bicycles and start early you can get a good chance to explore.
10. Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
A moving and thought-provoking memorial that is well worth seeing and paying respects to; the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is a place of quiet contemplation.
PFLÜGERSTRASSE 6, 12047 BERLIN, GERMANY
If you fancy getting a tattoo, this is the place to go. The decor is beautiful and there’s even a resident pug to keep you company while you wait.
For Vegans Let it Be has the best burgers I’ve ever tasted.
The disused Berlin Tempelfof Airport is now a public park and ideal for chilling out or playing some sports. Or just doing a photoshoot.
This beautiful central park is definitely worth a visit, even if just for an outdoor picnic or quick stroll.