A wonderful blend of history, culture, and nature, Berlin has plenty to offer travellers in search of memorable experiences and stunning attractions. The capital of Germany is also the country’s largest city and is known for its festivals, architecture, and nightlife. Here’s a list of the top things to do when in Berlin.
Picnic in Grunewald Forest
This sprawling forested area near Charlottenburg is perfect for an idyllic picnic. You can choose to bicycle or ride a horse through the woods, and end your day with a refreshing dip in one of the many freshwater lakes in the forest. Guided tours are also available to Teufelsberg, a man-made hill built by the Allies after World War II.
Timing: English tours are at 1.30 pm on Sundays.
Step Back in Time at the Museum Island
This UNESCO World Heritage Site houses five of Berlin’s best and most important museums, all built between 1830 and 1930. The Egyptian collection at the Neues Museum, 19th century European art at the Alte Nationalgalerie, and the medieval sculptures at the Bode-Museum are some of the highlights to look out for.
Timing: Varies by museum.
Shop for Bargains at Mauer Park
Enjoy some karaoke music as you hunt for bargains at the flea market in Mauer Park on a Sunday. This green strip of land, which once divided the city into two, now sees a host of vendors selling everything from clothes to food to souvenirs to furniture and records.
Timing: Park open from 8 am to sunset.
Stop for a Somber Moment at the Berlin Wall
Demolished in 1990, parts of the Berlin Wall still stand as testimony to the turmoil wrought by the Nazis. The Topographie des Terrors featured on the Wall chronicles the terror unleashed by the Third Reich.
Timing: 10 am to 8 pm.
Marvel at the Architecture of the Reichstag
Take a tour of the German Parliament building renovated by British architect Norman Fisher in 1999. The view from the roof is a spectacular one and an audio tour is available to help you understand the history of the building in detail.
Timing: 8 am to 12 am.
Dabble in Art at Bauhaus Museum
This museum of design is a storehouse of furniture, sculptures, ceramics, and photographs created in-house. The Bauhaus Archiv was founded by architect Walter Gropius in the early 20th century and once served as an institute of art.
Timing: 10 am to 5 pm.
Enjoy the Nightlife at Berlin
Known as the world techno capital, Berlin boasts of a vibrant nightlife which has to be experienced to be known. There are plenty of clubs and pubs with various themes, and you are sure to find one to suit your liking. Berghain and Panorama Bar, Sisyphos, and Salon zur Wilden Renate are some of the popular ones.
Timing: Every night, though weekends are the best time.
Go Wild at the Berlin Zoo
The Zoologischer Garten Berlin is home to over 17,000 animals and is located close to convenient public transportation. The well-maintained facilities and variety of flora and fauna make it a great place for people of all ages.
Timing: 9 am to 4 pm.
Enjoy Verdant Greenery at Charlottenburg Gardens
This baroque garden surrounding the beautiful Charlottenberg Palace draws visitors from across the globe. A carp pond, lawns, and sculptures can be found in plenty. The Belvedere houses a porcelain collection and there is also a mausoleum to Queen Luise.
Timing: 8 am till sunset.
Savour Music at the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra
Considered one of the best orchestras in the world, the Berlin Philharmonic was founded in 1882. Concerts by renowned musicians are held here on a regular basis. The building is an architectural marvel and is known for its spectacular acoustics.
Timing: Guided tours at 1.30 pm.
This is just a short compilation of the many things and experiences that await you in Berlin. So, pack your bags and leave the planning to GoFro for the holiday of a lifetime in this mesmerizing city!