1. Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
The great thing about present day Berlin is it’s openness about its undeniably horrific past. The memorial, 9,000 m2 site covered with 2,711 concrete slabs and designed by architect Peter Eisenman and engineer Buro Happold, is a really poignant representation of the atrocities of WWII. It is definitely worth a visit alongside the Holocaust Museum located underneath the structures.
2. Daluma Café
As a city with a younger demographic, Berlin houses health crazed young adults and a range organic cafes. This one near U Rosenthaler Platz in Mitte takes the cake, with its minimalist interiors and wooden furnishings you can sip on a green smoothie, take an immune shot to recover from your previous night out, or dive into a delicious Acai Bowl and people watch from the café’s trendy steps.
3. Raw Temple
This former railway maintenance yard, the Reichsbahn Ausbesserungs Werk Franz Stenzer, is a mismatched constellation of eateries, bars and clubs a short walk from the famous East Side Gallery. The space was created by a non for profit community organization for social and cultural purposes. Chill out in Urban Spree, an outdoor beer garden with weekly events and an inhouse dumpling store, or swing by at night to dance to techno at clubs like Suicide Circus.
4. Café Am Neuen See & Tiergarten
New York is not the only city to house a formidable park smack bang in it’s centre and not all tourists know about the massive green that is Tiergarten that Berlin is home to. Oodles of European charm and green, cyclists, lovers, friends on the banks of the river. Check out Café Am Neuen See for some delicious (albeit overpriced) german tucker and an outdoor beer garden overlooking the lake and some paddleboats which you can rent out with your own Ryan Gosling variant.
5.Club der Visionäre & Chalet
The berlin nightlife is unlike anything back in Oz. you won’t find Beyonce or Katy Perry blasting on the dance floor, and if you do, you are most definitely in a tourist marketed club. My recommendations for a great night out would be to check out the clubs in the Kreuzberg area, the more ‘hipster’ area of Berlin.
Chalet and Club der Visionäre neighbour each other, separated by the river and offer two completely different club experiences. Chalet is indoors and akin to an intimate house part with mood lighting and old school furniture, plus an outdoor area.Club der Visionäre is really pretty by night, fairy lights, a massive tree, on the canal with an outdoor dancefloor.
6. Rooftop Bar/Rooftop Yoga
I am a bit obsessed with rooftops but there is nothing like sipping a delicious drink and admiring a view. Check out AMARO rooftop terrace or Hotel de Rome in Berlin for some nice views of the city as the sun sets (which is incredibly late in the summer at around 10:30 PM!).
Alternatively, Circus Hotel runs morning rooftop yoga on their terrace which is a perfect way to centre yourself with a spectacular view and cool breeze before launching into the city during the day.
7. Mauer Park Flea Market
Every Sunday, flea markets pop up around the city. The biggest and baddest of them is at Mauer Park. Rows of vintage goods, clothes, sunnies, cameras, you name it. And great pop up street food vans, cheap beer, and an afternoon outdoor karaoke session in the amphitheatre, magicians performing, singers busking. Just a super fun relaxed way to spend your Sunday.
8. Berlin Wall & Street Art
Berlin has quite a large underground street art scene which you quickly notice walking through the city. It makes for trendy backdrops for photos. The most famous is of course the East Side Gallery, the largest remaining portion of the Berlin Wall. I highly recommend taking a walking tour and also walking the wall. The latter puts the history of the wall into perspective, and houses some famous pieces of art including ‘The Kiss’ by Dmitri Vrubel.
9. Sample the German Food
German food is freaking yum. My favourite is definitely Sauerkraut, I can eat that shit by the jar back home. The germans know how to put on a hearty meal and wash it down with some quality beer; my two favourite places to eat were Sauerkraut and Rosé in Mitte. Try some currywurst, have a veal schnitzel (eggplant as the vegetarian alternative. So yum), Spätzle( like a creamy delicious pasta but actually an egg noodle of some sort) or try the best burger in Berlin at Burgermeister!