You don't have anything planned for one of the long weekends and you want to experience something new?? Then we recommend a visit to the capital. You can't book hotels in Berlin at the moment, but there are plenty of Airbnbs available. So we recommend you leave the couch at home behind and explore the capital. These insider tips will guide you off the beaten path through Berlin and the surrounding area. Here is something for everyone, whether foodie or culture lover.
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Tip #1 – Use public transport
Even if it sounds obvious, it is a heart recommendation, use the public transport in Berlin! It is super developed and will take you anywhere you want to go. Download the vbb app, through the app you can buy tickets and you will always find the best connection to your destination. You should also not be afraid to use Google Maps, so you save long walks and a lot of time.
Tip #2 – Ride the Ringbahn
One of the funniest things to do in Berlin is to ride the Ringbahn. What's so funny about that, you ask?? Well, if you take a case of beer and a few friends with you, you can have the fun of your life and see Berlin at the same time. On the 37km long route you can take the S41 clockwise and the S42 counterclockwise around Berlin. On your trip you will pass the fairground, the Sonnenallee and Tempelhof. Get on and off as you please, have a beer (or two) and see more of Berlin than the original tourist.
Tip #3 – Tempelhofer Feld
While we are at Tempelhof: don't miss the Tempelhofer Feld (Tempelhofer Damm 12101 Berlin). On the former airport site in the middle of the city you can do pretty much anything. Berliners come here to go longboarding, rollerblading or just to have a picnic and relax. There are even people who kite surf here! Everything is possible!
Tip #4 – The best kebab in Berlin
This is a difficult topic, because every Berliner swears by the kebab stand around the corner. We all know Mustafa's Gemuse Kebap (Mehringdamm 31 1096 Berlin) but if you don't want to stand in line for hours, you can get the best kebab in Berlin at Tadim am Kotti (Adadalbertstrabe 98 10999 Berlin).
If you prefer vegetarian or even vegan food, you should try Voner (Boxhagener Str.). 56 10245 Berlin).
Tip #5 – Markthalle 9
Even more food? Is this a food guide? No, I promise Berlin is not only about food. But here you get delicacies from all over the world and can taste half the globe without actually having to leave the country. In Corona times an absolute plus!
The Markthalle 9 (Eisenbahnstrabe 42/43 10997 Berlin) is an indoor market where you can get everything. During the week there is a weekly market from 12 – 18 o'clock where you can get a lot of streetfood besides the normal market stalls. On weekends the market starts at 10am and there are often community events. The Markthalle 9 is definitely worth a visit.
This is how you get there: the best way is to take the subway to U Gorlitzer Bahnhof and walk from there. You can enjoy your meal later at the river Spree.
Tip #6 – Shopping in a Spati
Spatis are part of the Berlin lifestyle. You can get everything here! From drinks to snacks to a pack of toilet paper. In summer you can find a Spati of your choice, drink a beer or two and then head off to the next party with a Wegbier in your hand. So be sure to ask your Airbnb host about the Spati around the corner so you don't go thirsty at night…;)
Tip #7 – Get out of the city
If you are already here, you might as well go again – dit is Berlin.
Joking aside, if you're fed up after 2 days in the urban jungle, you should go to Potsdam. Here alone you can spend several days, but one day is usually enough.
Potsdam has beautiful palace gardens and lakes as well as an exciting history and a fantastic film museum. The capital of Brandenburg is located southwest of Berlin and you can reach Potsdam within 30 minutes by regional express from Berlin's main train station. From the train station you stroll towards the city center and from there to the palace garden surrounding Sanssouci and the Neue Palais. At Sanssouci Palace you can visit the tomb of Frederick the Great and in summer just admire the splendor of the garden.
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