Any Berlin guide book will provide you with an endless list of the best places to visit in Berlin.
However if you are looking for something a bit different to do in Berlin, than this post is for you.
This post covers 16 of the best unique things to do in Berlin.
Some of the more unusual things to do in Berlin include visiting a Berlin Tropical Island, exploring weird and unusual art like galleries including Monster Kabinett and Design Panoptikum, prisons with a terrifying past like Hohenschoenhausen prison, swim in the Badeschiff pool as it floats in the River Spree or swim at Liquidrom whilst listening the coolest Berlin DJ’s and stacks more.
Best things to do in Berlin
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1. Liquidrom Berlin
One of the most relaxing alternative things to do in Berlin is to visit the Liquidrom.
At Liquidrom Berlin you can enjoy a relaxing swim in complete silence whilst listening to classical or electronic music underwater. You will love the relaxed yet cool atmosphere the dimmed lighting and underwater colour and light effects.
Liquidrom also has other pools where talking is permitted as well as 4 nude saunas.
In the Finnish Sauna you can enjoy a variety of different special infusions with intriguing names such as “Time of Peace”, “Crystal Ice Infusion” and “Hellfire”.
The Spa holds musical gigs on a weekly basis, so you can relax whilst listening to some of Berlin’s most talented artists and DJ’s.
Check their website for the infusions schedule as well as the weekly music events.
2. Tropical Island Berlin
You might be surprised to hear that there is actually a Berlin Tropical Island.
This tropical island Berlin has; is in fact completely man made and housed in a massive airship hangar, the biggest free-standing hall in the world.
The hangar was originally built to protect large airships from the elements but is now home to the biggest indoor rainforest in the world, a beach, many tropical plants, numerous swimming pools, bars, restaurants, accommodation and is open 24 hours a day every day of the year.
The pools are designed to resemble gorgeous oceans and lagoons.
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The Tropical Sea covers an area of 4,400 square metres, whilst the Bali Lagoon covers an area of 1,200 square metres. The pools also include a number of water slides, sandy beaches and whirlpools.
There is even a Truman Show like backdrop of blue sky complete with fluffy white clouds.
Other features of the Tropical Islands includes a children’s play area, spa, various sporting activities, golf course, and even real flamingos in the mangroves!
Visitors can visit for a few hours or stay overnight in lodges, beach huts or even at the camp site.
Tropical Island in Berlin is located approximately 60 kilometres south of Berlin and day tickets commence at 42 Euro.
Tropical Islands is certainly one of the more unique places to visit and definitely one of the most fun things to do in Berlin.
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3. Monster Kabinett Berlin
Monster Kabinett Berlin, is an interesting collection of massive robotic creatures, metal sculptures and insect like creations all contained within a warehouse.
Visitors can visit the part art gallery part performance each Thursday, Friday and Saturday night.
Whilst attempting to decipher which creations are sculptures or humans, visitors are haunted by strange moving robots and sculptures as well as intimidating and scary actors.
Monster Kabinett Berlin is located on Rosenthaler Street and welcomes children from the age of 6 years old.
A visit to Monster Kabinett is a must see in Berlin if you are in search of some weird things to do in Berlin.
4. BonAppetour – Best Food in Berlin
As well as Berlin being one of the most wonderful places in the world it also has some of the best food.
If you consider yourself a foodie and are looking for the best places to eat in Berlin, then it is highly recommended that you dine with a local.
BonAppetour is an awesome app where you can connect with locals who invite you into their homes and cook you some of the best food in Berlin.
On BonAppetour you will find a range of local people inviting travellers to come to their home for some authentic German food for a fee.
As well as trying out some of the best German food, it’s also a great way to meet locals and other travellers.
Other great places to eat in Berlin include the Berlin Turkish Market. Here you can try some great Berlin street food as well fresh produce, spices, cheeses and sweets.
This Turkish Market is located in Kreuzberg just off Kottbusser Tor.
To get here hop either on the U1 (Kottbusser Tor Station) or the U8 (Schönleinstrasse Station). You can’t miss it. It takes place on Tuesdays and Fridays from 11 AM to 6:30PM.
5. Badeschiff Berlin
A swim in the Badeschiff Berlin pool is another one of the quirky things to do in Berlin.
The Badeschiff pools is a swimming pool converted from an old 30 metre barge. The pool now floats in the River Spree by the East Harbour.
Swimmers can enjoy panoramic views of the Berlin city centre whilst having a dip. The floating pool is connected to the river bank by a footbridge.
On the river bank there is a bar and DJs are a regular occurrence.
The Badeschiff pool is open daily from 8 am to midnight and entrance is 5.50 Euro per adult.
6. Volkspark Wuhlheide Berlin
Popular Berlin parks are Treptower Park and Mauerpark.
However, the less known Volkspark Wuhlheide is a beautiful park for those looking for a peaceful and natural experience.
Volkspark Wuhlheide is a large recreation and amusement park with open fields, tall trees and even a miniature railway.
Other park features include sports areas, dance floor, a pool, a toboggan run and the model park of Berlin-Brandenburg which contains more than 60 models of famous sights from Berlin and Branden burg.
Volkspark Wuhlheide is open all day every day.
7. Design Panoptikum Berlin
Another one of the weird and wonderful places to visit in Berlin is the Design Panoptikum.
Design Panoptikum Berlin is a museum filled with items so rare and unusual, that visitors will think they have entered the world of a mad scientist.
Among the more than 3,000 strange-looking industrial objects are dentist chairs, prosthesis, lamps and shop window mannequins.
The arrangements of the artefacts provide for creative interpretations. Visitors are often asking “What in the world is that?”
Design Panoptikum is located on Poststr. 7 in Nikolaiviertel and is open Monday thru to Saturday from 11 am to 6 pm.
For anyone interested in strange and intriguing objects, Design Panoptikum is certainly one of the best places to visit in Berlin.
8. Take an Underground Berlin Tour
Whilst many of the Berlin main points of interest are above-ground, you will also find some must see Berlin places underground.
An underground Berlin tour will take you through WWII air raid shelters and tunnels used to smuggle people out of East Germany.
The Berlin underground tour is run by Berlin Unterwelten who preserve these underground structures for public viewing.
These original Berlin tours are based in a former air raid bunker which is also the Unterwelten Berlin Museum. Objects on display include ammunition, grenades, gas masks and Hitler’s vision for rebuilding Berlin.
The underground tour Berlin Unterwelten offers is one of the top things to do in Berlin, you will no doubt find the underground in Berlin intriguing.
The museum is located at the southern entrance to Gesundbrunnen underground station (in front of Kaufland).
9. Street Art Tour Berlin
If you’re interested in doing a Berlin Street Art tour then check out Alternative Berlin.
These guys organize graffiti tours around the back streets of the city showing you some of the latest, greatest and oldest examples of street art, graffiti and mural art.
The guides are in fact themselves street artists / graffiti writers and know where to find the best art as well as give you some insight as to the people behind the art and their motivations for their work.
You will also learn how the community corporate with regard to graffiti and the unspoken rules that the culture to bloom.
Tours are on Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 12 pm and go for around 5 hours and also include the opportunity to have a go at your own street art on canvas. They also provide free tours everyday at 11 am and 1 pm which go for around 3 hours.
To join the tours simply met the guide at the Alexanderplatz TV Tower next to the entrance of Starbucks.
Tours can be purchased here or booked in advance online. You will also be required to have a valid AM metro ticket for all tours.
Put these tours on your list if you are after more alternative Berlin top attractions.
*Tip: Join the Alternative Berlin by Bike Tour to the largest remaining piece of the Berlin Wall and the trendy district of Kreuzberg.
10. Hohenschonhausen Berlin Memorial
Inside the Hohenschonhausen Berlin Memorial you can see the darker side of Berlin’s history.
Guides take you through the Hohenschonhausen prison that houses 44 years of political persecution to give you an authentic experience into the prison conditions during the period 1946 to 1990.
On display are 300 photos and nearly 500 artefacts including prison clothes and letters from inmates, showing the everyday lives of both prisoners.
You can also visit the museum without a guide for free. However a guide tour with a former inmate provides you with a more in-depth and moving experience
The museum is open daily from 9 am to 6 pm and entry is free.
For travellers interested in Germany’s dark history, Hohenschonhausen is one of the best places to see in Berlin.
11. Topography of Terror Berlin
The Topography of Terror Berlin is an outdoor and indoor history museum, located in buildings that once housed the headquarters of the Sicherheitspolizei, SD, Einsatzgruppen and Gestapo.
The Topography of Terrors is now a memorial and museum detailing the history of repression under the Nazis and is one of the most frequently visited places in Berlin.
The Topography of Terror museum is open daily from 10 am to 8 pm and admission is free. On Sundays the museum offers free guided tours in both German and English.
The Topography of Terror museum is another one of the best places to go in Berlin for those travellers interested in Germany’s dark history.
12. Free Walking Tour Berlin
Some of the best things to do in Berlin are free! And if you are interested in a free walking tour Berlin has some great options.
If you are after a Berlin free walking tour that takes in all the typical tourist spots, groups like Sandeman Tours Berlin and New Berlin are ideal. Or grab yourself a Berlin walking tour map and create your own tour.
However if you are after something a little different join a tour with the Original Berlin Tours.
Original Berlin Tours will give you an alternative way to get an insight of Berlin. Your tour guide will take you to see street art and graffiti, community projects, the coolest Berlin bars and more.
13. Visit the Reichstag Dome
The Reichstag building is one of the city’s most significant historical buildings and the current home of the German parliament.
Every year thousands of travellers visit the Reichstag for its amazing panoramic views, architectural wonder and historical importance.
The glass Reichstag dome sits directly above the parliaments debating chambers and so visitors can get a direct view to the parliamentary proceedings below.
For security reasons, to reach the dome visitors must make prior registration, you must also show ID prior to entry.
There is also a restaurant at the dome which provides fantastic view of Berlin.
Open daily 8 am to 12 midnight with admission until 10 pm. A visit to the Reichstag is Berlin must see for the fantastic views alone.
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14. Spreepark Berlin
Spreepark Berlin is an abandoned dinosaur amusement park just outside of Berlin. The park has been abandonment for over 15 years but that doesn’t stop visitors from coming.
Visitors come to see the life-sized dinosaurs including a fallen Tyrannosaurs and the old roller coaster coming out of a creature’s mouth.
Whilst recently strict security has made it almost impossible to get inside Berlin Spreepark, there is a lovely promenade around the park which also provides glimpses inside of the abandoned park.
It is also understood that from 2018 guided tours will be offered around the abandoned amusement park.
These tours will not only give you an opportunity to view the parks remnants close up but you will have the opportunity to learn about the parks interesting history as it operated under a communist government as well as its park administrator who smuggled cocaine in via ride equipment.
A guided tour of Spreepark would certainly be one of the most interesting things to see in Berlin.
15. Things to do in Berlin at Night – Berlin Nightlife
If you are looking for things to do in Berlin at night, then check out the Berlin nightlife.
Berlin has a vibrant nightlife culture, so it is a great city for fans of bars, lounges and clubs.
While there are numerous great nightspots, there are some that are unique and will fire you up. Tausend is one of the ideal spots; it is a contemporary space with a dark mood and clean steel and mirror interior.
Spindler & Klatt is a riverside nightspot which has an understated glamour for those interested in a great class. The weekend features a rooftop terrace, a sleek bar and a great dance floor for guests, so it is a must-see spot.
16. Enjoy Clarchens Ballhaus
Clarchens Ballhaus is designed to allow guests to relive the olden days filled with classic European culture.
Established in 1913, this venue is a dance hall with a restaurant in the centre of Berlin. The revitalized center has an in-house band which creates a nostalgic feeling and spacious dance rooms for the guests.
Patrons are from all walks of life with prominent people like actress Charlotte Rampling Tango, Rocker Marilyn Manson, Campino, the singer of the band “Toten Hosen” and Klaus Maria Brandauer even spotted here.
It is a romantic spot and you can have dinner in the restaurant downstairs before or after visiting the dance hall.
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.
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