Berlin is such an amazing city with so much going on, but it is so huge and so spread out it can be a bit difficult to know exactly what to do and where to go.
I have set out a three-day travel plan to suggest some of my favourite spots and hopefully allow you to cram in as much of Berlin as possible in a few days.
Father Carpenter – Start your day off with a delicious breakfast at this stylish cafe not far from Alexanderplatz. They serve delicious coffee and filling breakfast sandwiches.
Eastside Gallery – After breakfast take the metro over to Kreuzberg to see the Berlin Wall.
The Eastside Gallery is a particularly famous part of the wall because various artists have been granted permission to transform it into a work of art.
Yaam – Just beyond the Eastside Gallery is this amazing outdoor area. You can come here, relax by the river, enjoy a beer and treat the city like a beach.
Urban Spree – This is another amazing outdoor space near the Eastside Gallery, it opened in 2012 and is now a creative hub with a cafe, bar, indoor skate park, gallery and beer gardens.
Gorlizger Park – This huge park in Kreuzberg is a great spot to come and relax in the afternoon sun, grab a falafel kebab and take some time to rest your feet.
Mio L – If visiting Berlin in the winter this cosy bar just by the park is the perfect place to spend your evening. Lit completely by candles you can get comfortable on one of the sofas while the bartender makes you a custom-made cocktail.
Tinman – This is probably one of my favourite spots in Berlin, the food is delicious and if you sit outside then you have a perfect view of the TV tower.
Hamburger Bahnhof – This is one of the most famous modern art galleries in Berlin, it’s huge and is a great place to come and escape the city, particularly in the winter.
Museum Island – This is a famous and truly beautiful part of Berlin, built between 1824 and 1930 on a small island in the river there are five separate museums, all with beautiful architecture and space to sit outside in the summer.
Central Kino Programme – Down an intriguing ally-way with overgrown trees, vines and graffiti is this little independent cinema nearby Museum Island. It is worth an explore even if you don’t watch a film.
Brandenburg Gate – Another famous and historic monument in Berlin is the Brandenburg Gate. The gate became a symbolic place for the Nazi Party and despite the severe bombing, the gate survived.
Holocaust Museum – Located on a stretch of the former ‘death strip’ where the wall once stood is this really moving and atmospheric memorial.
CoCo Banh Mi Deli – If this day of exploring has worn you out then head to this small Vietnamese deli not far from Alexanderplatz, they serve delicious and affordable food that will restore you from a day of walking.
Berlin is a city that comes alive at night, so if you’re not too tired then I would recommend walking to a few bars just beyond Alexanderplatz.
Herman Beer Bar – This small bar has a huge selection of Belgium beers and a cosy laidback vibe.
Cafe Bar Chagall – Very close by is this really cosy Ukrainian bar, it has a really nice atmosphere and in typical Ukrainian style, cheap beers.
Of course, Berlin is famous for its eternal clubbing scene, some of my favourite clubs are AboutBlank, WaterGate and Anomaly Art Club.
Smokey Greens– This great vegetarian cafe by Mauer Park is the perfect place to fill up on a burger and some ice tea to restore yourself from an evening of partying.
Teufelsberg – In my opinion, this is one of the most interesting spots in Berlin.
Teufelsberg, which is German for ‘Devil’s Mountain,’ is a man-made hill built from the remains and rubble of the First World War.
The Nazi’s used this hill to build a technical college, however, they were unable to finish the build following the end of WW2.
During the Cold War, the U.S then turned the college into a listening station which they used the technology to eavesdrop on East German and Russian communications.
The spy station closed after the fall of the Berlin Wall and since then, Grafitti artists have crept into the site, and is now controlled as a lesser-known tourist site.
Although visiting Teufelsberg will take most of a day, it really is such a fascinating, unique and eerie site so I can’t recommend enough taking the time to explore, even if you are only in Berlin for a couple of days.