Here are some of our favourite things to do when in Berlin:
Start off in Mitte, right under the majestic towers of Brandenburg Gate. Constructed in the 16th century, this historic monument now acts as symbol of unity for the German capital. A little further off is the Reichstag building, home of the Bundestag (otherwise known as the parliament), and one of the key attractions in this area. Queues snake around the building, all waiting for a chance to ascend to the glass dome at the Reichstag’s peak. Designed by Sir Norman Foster, it offers unrivalled, panoramic views of Berlin’s cityscape.
The weekend brings about even more revelry for the intrepid traveller. Flea markets are a great way to get to know the city, but few are as immersive as Mauerpark’s Sunday market. With stalls hawking everything from pocket-sized DJ mixers, to vintage posters, to children’s storybooks and big spreads of hearty German fare, we guarantee that you’ll leave fully satiated. Don’t be alarmed if you hear wailing drafting in from a nearby park, it’s probably just some brave individuals rocking out at Bearpit Karaoke.
If you’re looking for a good party, you’ve come to the right place. Berlin’s reputation as a party paradise is not unfounded. With clubs that stay open for more than 12 hours, sometimes the real party only begins at the break of dawn. Berghain, located between Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain, is the most notorious of the lot, and also Berlin’s most underground but exclusive club. Watergate is Berlin’s other mega-club. Located in Kreuzberg, the split-level building sits just over the River Spree. Don’t go in expecting to tango, Berlin’s music scene plays mostly hard, bone-rattling techno.