How to Explore Berlin, Germany like a Local: Locals introduce their city
Please introduce yourself:
I moved to Berlin four years ago and it’s still the one place I want to be. Together with a good friend I run the blog Berliner Fundstücke. I love to travel, London and Florence are two of my favourite places.
My favorite place to eat in Berlin:
I live in the district Prenzlauer Berg and there’s a café called ‘Blumencafe’ just around the corner. It’s combined with a flower shop which makes it very special. The cake is awesome!
A typical dish of Berlin:
Currywurst and Döner – Mustafa’s Gemüse Kebap is very popular.
My favorite bar in Berlin:
I like the small bars with a cosy atmosphere like August Fengler in Prenzlauer Berg or Boese Buben Bar in Mitte.
What about the Nightlife in Berlin?
If you like to enjoy your drink with a great view over the city the Solar in Mitte is a good choice. Berghain is the most popular club in Berlin.
Things to do for free in Berlin:
You can visit the dome of the Reichstag Building for free, but registration is required. It’s a great spot to overlook the city. The free Sunday Concerts at the Bode Museum in the summer are really lovely. And if you take a walk through the Tiergarten, a huge park in Berlin Mitte, with a bit of luck, you may see some of the animals living in the Zoo nearby.
Keep away of:
The great fast food restaurants – there are a lot of better places to eat, for example the Alex at the Sony Center.
Best way to get around in Berlin:
Because of the distances I usually use the public transport, which is really good. But cycling is also very popular in Berlin.
*Tip: Enjoy a 2.5-hour boat cruise along the River Spree and explore the main attractions in the city from the water.
Best place for first date in Berlin:
Club der Visionäre in Kreuzberg is a lovely place at the bank at the Spree. The Strandbar Mitte across the Bode Museum is also quite romantic.
Best place to meet locals in Berlin:
Best place to relax in Berlin:
Lietzensee in Berlin Charlottenburg.
Best spot to watch people in Berlin:
The boulevard Unter den Linden in Mitte.
Where to stay in Berlin?
I never stayed there but the Eastern Comfort Hostel Boat seems to be a cool place.
Five hot tips for enjoying Berlin:
- A Street Art Tour in Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain
- Flea market at Mauerpark
- Antique market at Straße des 17. Juni
- The Weltballon in Mitte is one of the biggest helium-balloons in the world
- A tour along the Berlin Wall
Tip: Join the Alternative Berlin by Bike Tour to the largest remaining piece of the Berlin Wall and the trendy district of Kreuzberg.
One thing you would like to change about Berlin?
You can’t really change it, but the long distances can be annoying sometimes. Otherwise there are places in Berlin where you don’t feel like you are in such a huge city at all, I really like that.
My top choice is kayak.com. You can easily search for the best fares over 30 days or see where you can go on your budget. My favorite airline is Qatar Airways, I especially like the on-demand menu in Business Class.
I would recommend checking out Agoda.com. It is one of the leading hotel sites with worldwide more than 500,000 hotels. Other sites I check are Booking.com and Expedia. Trusted Housesitters connects you with home and pet owners who need a sitter when going away. Another great option is Airbnb – Use this link to get $40 off your first stay. Visit TripAdvisor for hotel review
I’d recommend getting the Berlin Welcome Card to get 25 to 50% discount at many attractions, tours and restaurants. The card also includes public transportation. Find here more cool things to do in Berlin.