(Editor’s note: This post on local things to do in Berlin originally appeared on the Local Guddy website. It’s reposted here with the permission of the author.)
By Emre Semercioğlu
Berlin is such an amazing city, one which will surprise you with something new each time you visit.
Below, I list my favorite things that I have experienced during my most recent visit. I hope you will enjoy reading it 🙂
1- VISIT KÖNIGIN ELISABETH (ABANDONED HOSPITAL)
Berlin has many abandoned buildings and many people come just to see them. Konigin Elisabeth Hospital is one of them. It dates back to 1843. The graffiti on the hospital walls will be enough to amaze you.
2- JOIN OPEN AIR KARAOKE IN MAUERPARK
If you are in Berlin on a Sunday, you should visit Mauerpark. There are public Karaoke performances in the park, so overcome your fears and get on the stage to sing a song. I am sure you will have many moments to remember.
There is also a flea market where you can find second-hand clothes, vintage bags and jewelry.
3 – EAT MUSTAFA’S GEMUSE KEBAP
4 – HAVE A REST BY LANDWEHR CANAL
5 – GET TO THE HILL OF TEUFELSBERG
Teufelsberg is a hill made of rubble that covers an under-construction Nazi military-technical college. There was a spy station on the hill that was used by the NSA during the Cold War. It’s one of the popular abandoned places in Berlin, a place where you can enjoy a lovely view of the city.
6 – CYCLE AROUND TIERGARTEN PARK
Rent a bike and go to Tiergarten, which is the city’s greenest park. Be careful, Tiergarten Park is so huge that you can get lost there 🙂 But definitely, it’s one of the best places to take a rest.
7 – VISIT BRANDENBURG GATE AT NIGHT
If you Google “Berlin,” you will probably see the Brandenburg Gate 🙂 So don’t forget to give it a visit; it’s worth seeing. It’s more beautiful at night. If you are lucky, you can see some seasonal light shows too.
8 – CHECK POINT CHARLIE: TAKE PICTURES WITH U.S. SOLDIERS
Checkpoint Charlie was the crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War (1947 – 1991) It’s a must-see place if you are interested in the history.
9 – GO TO A TECHNO CLUB IN BERLIN
Berlin is still the house of techno music in Europe. You can find so many techno clubs around the city. Some of them are in modern buildings, but the best are in abandoned warehouses by the river.
10- TAKE A SELFIE IN FRONT OF THE BERLIN WALL
The Berlin Wall was built in 1961 and remained as a barrier dividing the until 1989. It cut Berlin into two sides as free West Berlin and Communist East Berlin. Now the wall is covered with outstanding works of street art.
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About the author:
Emre Semercioğlu is a young entrepreneur (23 years old) who formerly worked in different business sectors.
Recently, he and his friends founded Local Guddy. Local Guddy is a travel marketplace connecting travelers and locals through unique local experiences.
Writing blogs and preparing to-do list for travelers are kind of a hobby for him.