Berlin - I love you, let's party.

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Berlin - I love you, let's party.

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Daytrips and Weekend Getaways

Leaving Berlin for a few days

Image - Sanssouci Park
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Sanssouci Park
Christin Menzel:Potsdam boasts many castles, lakes and parks and is best explored with a bike.
Image - Bauhaus Dessau
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Bauhaus Dessau
Christin Menzel:Only 90 min from Berlin, you can partake in this essential pilgrimage for modernism fans.
Image - Warnemünde
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Warnemünde
Christin Menzel:Only 2,5 hours from Hauptbahnhof to put your feet into the finest white sand beach and enjoy a Fischbrötchen (try saying that one!).
Image - Kulturkosmos Müritz e.V.
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Kulturkosmos Müritz e.V.
Christin Menzel:The last weekend of June is when the rocket goes off at this Burningman like festival.
Image - Beelitz-Heilstätten
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Beelitz-Heilstätten
Christin Menzel:Built in 1898 in response to skyrocketing rates of tuberculosis in Berlin, the grand architecture of the Beelitz Sanitorium will capture your attention. Afterwards, kick off our shoes and step into the neighboring barefoot park. Long before forest bathing and mindfulness caught on in the Western world, Germans looked to the healing powers of nature. Walk along specially designed forest footpaths, over (blunted) shattered glass, acorns and stones; through knee-deep mud and murky cold water in an attempt to boost our health, German-style.
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Things to do

Leisure activities

Image - Schaubühne
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Schaubühne
Christin Menzel:My favorite stage in Berlin - they have play with English/Spanish subtitles and a lot of the cast has joined Germany's most famous actors (i.e. Lars Eidinger).
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Image - Liquidrom
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Liquidrom
Christin Menzel:Take a break from the clubs by going to a spa that resembles a club. Float in saltwater pools and enjoy electronic or acoustic beats.
Image - Hotel Oderberger Berlin
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Hotel Oderberger Berlin
Christin Menzel:Now a spunky boutique hotel filled with art, the Oderberger was originally built in 1898 as a public bathhouse. It survived WWII unscathed, and people can still swim in the original art deco pool. It's right around the corner from us (and my mom actually learned how to swim here).
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Image - bronze "stumbling stones" commemorate Holocaust victims who lived there
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bronze "stumbling stones" commemorate Holocaust victims who lived there
Christin Menzel:Look down - nearly everywhere in Berlin you find the Stolpersteine that commemorate people who died in the Holocaust. https://www.stolpersteine.eu/en/
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Image - Fluxbau
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Fluxbau
Christin Menzel:This is the physical space of Berlin's top radio station - 106,6 Flux FM - tune in and listen to what Berliners like to listen to. Especially fun - Friday / Saturday evening they have music to get you in the mood for the clubs (i.e. Club Sandwich).
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Image - Photoautomat
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Photoautomat
Christin Menzel:You can find these all over town - the analog photo booths. Try them.
Image - Jazzclub-Kunstfabrik Schlot
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Jazzclub-Kunstfabrik Schlot
Christin Menzel:Almost daily live jazz in this long-standing spot run by musicians themselves.
Image - Lido
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Lido
Christin Menzel:Fun venue for live concerts.

Retail Therapy

Shops etc.

Image - Hallesches Haus - General Store, Lunchroom & Event Space
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Hallesches Haus - General Store, Lunchroom & Event Space
Christin Menzel:Former post office and underground techno club, it now offers beautiful homeware by city-based brands (also artwork by our good friend Dörte from California Dreaming Macramé).
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Image - Souq Dükkan
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Souq Dükkan
Christin Menzel:Ask for Yapo and Alican - our good friends who own the store. They bring amazing Turkish homeware and clothing to Berlin's Kollwitzkiez.
Image - OYE Records
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OYE Records
Christin Menzel:Jeremy's favorite record store in the neighborhood.
Image - SchneidersLaden GmbH
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SchneidersLaden GmbH
Christin Menzel:Jeremy can tell you all about it - he goes here and stays for hours to try and tinker with the enormous collection of synthesizers they have.
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Image - Markthalle Neun
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Markthalle Neun
Christin Menzel:If you can't decide between shopping and having food - here you can have both. Delicious food and arts and crafts by locals.
Image - Wochenmarkt Kollwitzplatz
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Wochenmarkt Kollwitzplatz
Christin Menzel:Saturday mornings the entire Kiez flocks to this market to get great produce and local artisan stuff.
Image - Hard Wax
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Hard Wax
Christin Menzel:okay, so you fell in love with techno - how do you transport that feeling home? with some records - hard wax has the best.

Places to visit

Museums, Attractions etc.

Image - Boros Foundation
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Boros Foundation
Christin Menzel:Originally built in 1942 as an air raid shelter, this historic structure has had many lives—a prisoner-of-war camp, a fruit storage facility, a hard-core techno club—but has now been transformed into a 32,000-square-foot exhibition space housing the personal art collection of the Boros family. It’s the perfect subject for all your low-key, high brow discussions. Pre-book a ticket well in advance.
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Image - DARK MATTER
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DARK MATTER
Christin Menzel:Amazing kinetic and digital art exhibition.
Image - Freizeitgelände Tempelhof Field
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Freizeitgelände Tempelhof Field
Christin Menzel:The former airfield was turned into a public park and presents the largest open air space in any inner city. Tour of the former airport which is the largest monument in all of Europe is also worth to get a better understanding of the history of the city. Built as an expression of Nazi ideology, Tempelhof is weighed down by a history of forced labor and war weapons production. However, due to the role it played during the Berlin Airlifts of 1948, it is also a symbol of the city’s freedom. Entirely shut down to aircraft since 2008, its runways and fields have been converted into a giant public park filled with Berliners on bikes, rollerblades, and picnic blankets.
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Image - Teufelsberg
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Teufelsberg
Christin Menzel:Great day trip to an abandoned NSA listening post on Berlin's 'Devil's Mountain' which is actually just rubble piled up from WWII - nice views and the surrounding forrest is deep and boasts a beautiful lake for swimming.
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Image - Museumswohnung WBS 70
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Museumswohnung WBS 70
Christin Menzel:An original GDR apartment in a Hellersdorf tower block which has been left completely unrenovated since Communist times. The real deal! Sunday 2pm-4pm
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Image - Mauerpark
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Mauerpark
Christin Menzel:After the fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989, the former death strip was designated as a public space and one of several green spaces in the city by local residents - now it's become Berlin's favorite park where hipsters and tourists mingle for the famous open air karaoke and flea markets on Sundays.
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Image - Memorial to May 10, 1933 Nazi Book Burning
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Memorial to May 10, 1933 Nazi Book Burning
Christin Menzel:Here is the place where 40,000 Nazis burnt books in 1933 - a small window in the middle of the plaza in the ground shows you a world without books.
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Image - Spreepark
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Spreepark
Christin Menzel:An abandoned dinosaur amusement park where you used to be able to just roam around, now tours on weekends. Don't try to break in - they have security.
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Image - German Historical Museum
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German Historical Museum
Christin Menzel:DHM describes itself as a place of enlightenment & understanding of the shared history of Germans & Europeans - a really great introduction to the history of Germany plus it features a new addition by architect Pei (same guy that did the pyramids at the Louvre).
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Image - Viktoria Park
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Viktoria Park
Christin Menzel:Great views and Berlin's only waterfall inside of this park.
Image - Jewish Museum Berlin
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Jewish Museum Berlin
Christin Menzel:Shouldn't be missed.
Image - Berliner Fernsehturm
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Berliner Fernsehturm
Christin Menzel:Berlin's tallest building and fittingly - it looks like a giant disco ball. To the East German government's dismay, they only found out after it was built that the reflections in the sun made it look like a giant crucifix.
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Image - Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
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Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
Christin Menzel:Jeremy's favorite modern museum.
Image - KÖNIG GALERIE
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KÖNIG GALERIE
Christin Menzel:Iconic gallery for modern (sometimes very instagrammable) art in a brutalist church.
Image - Funkhaus Berlin Nalepastrasse
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Funkhaus Berlin Nalepastrasse
Christin Menzel:The former central radio broadcasting center of East Germany is a place built for perfect sound. The vast interiors of Berlin’s Funkhaus were built using marble from Hitler’s destroyed chancellery along with old-growth Russian timber (now among the rarest materials in the world). This unusual design created a perfect blend of modernism and functionality, with a nod to Soviet architectural traditions. Once employing thousands of staff, the complex lay almost entirely abandoned for decades. Book a tour ticket on their website.
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Clubs & Bars

If you keep saying 'Mie-ze-kat-ze' (kitty cat) over and over again, you're halfway there to beatboxing.

Image - Sisyphos Nightclub
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Sisyphos Nightclub
Christin Menzel:It's a bit further out, but once you're there, you probably won't leave for 2-3 days. It's an adult playground with hard techno Hammerhalle and sunny outdoor dancefloors.
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Image - Watergate
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Watergate
Christin Menzel:On the river's edge with floor-to-ceiling glass windows, it offers a panoramic view. Watergate mostly hosts house and techno parties.
Image - Roses
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Roses
Christin Menzel:With reviews like 'makes you feel like in the womb of a muppet' this place is the coziest drinking cave ever and the music is thumping until 6am. Sometimes hard to get in if you're not obviously gay.
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Image - Klunkerkranich
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Klunkerkranich
Christin Menzel:On the rooftop parking lot of a mall, you have to take the elevator up top to find this makeshift bar that boasts amazing views and live music - come early!
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Image - Paloma Bar
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Paloma Bar
Christin Menzel:Kotti (the plaza around the Subway) is a hub for nightlife. It's a little gritty, but don't worry - it's not dangerous. Paloma bar is above the supermarket.
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Image - Ä
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Ä
Christin Menzel:Great dive bar in the River District of Neukoelln - very laid back - as kind of the whole area.
Image - Yorckschlösschen
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Yorckschlösschen
Christin Menzel:Serving over 30 years low key live jazz on Wednesday, Friday and Saturday plus down-to-earth German food - this place is an original!
Image - Schwarzes Cafe
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Schwarzes Cafe
Christin Menzel:Bohemian hangout spot with food options around the clock (!) - great spot after a visit to Schaubuehne.
Image - Eschschloraque
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Eschschloraque
Christin Menzel:Trash Chic Galore - the best dive bar in Mitte including coin-operated metal dragons, massive robotic creatures, clanking metal sculptures in the patio.
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Image - KINK Bar & Restaurant
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KINK Bar & Restaurant
Christin Menzel:Great cocktails with an amazing neon light installation inside and a beautiful outdoor space.
Image - 8MM
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8MM
Christin Menzel:Packed with British hipsters, often with live music.
Image - Lass Uns Freunde Bleiben
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Lass Uns Freunde Bleiben
Christin Menzel:Nearby down to earth bar with great cocktails.

Restaurants

Great places to get a bite.

Image - Mezze Bar by MontRaw
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Mezze Bar by MontRaw
Christin Menzel:Try the shrimp carpaccio and the cocktails with fresh tonka bean.
Image - Clärchens Ballroom
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Clärchens Ballroom
Christin Menzel:Founded in 1913, Clärchen’s has seen it all. Opened before World War I, it remains an operating dance hall, and for Berliners, it's a place that embodies the very essence of their city. Great for summer evenings. Do not miss the Spiegelsaal (the mirror room).
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Image - Wen Cheng Handpulled Noodles
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Wen Cheng Handpulled Noodles
Christin Menzel:People line up around the block for these spicy noodles.
Image - Taquería El Oso
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Taquería El Oso
Christin Menzel:Perfect for when you're craving Mexican food. Plus it's location in the hip food court Pfefferberg makes it perfect when everyone is in the mood for a different cuisine
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Image - Iimori Ramen
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Iimori Ramen
Christin Menzel:Great hole-in-the-wall ramen and gyoza spot
Image - Konnopke's Imbiss
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Konnopke's Imbiss
Christin Menzel:Traditional East Berlin spot for Berlin's famous Curry Wurst.
Image - Schwarzwaldstuben
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Schwarzwaldstuben
Christin Menzel:Great for German food - especially the Käsespätzle (German Mac'n Cheese)
Image - Ryong
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Ryong
Christin Menzel:Delicious and inventive vegan place
Image - Nobelhart & Schmutzig
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Nobelhart & Schmutzig
Christin Menzel:If you really want to splurge and enjoy one of Berlin's Michelin star restaurants. Hyper local sourced ingredients leave you feeling good.
Image - Tadshikische Teestube
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Tadshikische Teestube
Christin Menzel:Amazing place for teas and oriental fairytales. The tearoom was originally a Tajikistan pavilion at a trade fair in Leipzig in the 1970s. So cozy. Shoes off!
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Image - ORA Restaurant & Wine Bar
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ORA Restaurant & Wine Bar
Christin Menzel:Occupying an 1860 pharmacy, this wine bar and restaurant now serves seasonal dishes and a great selection of wines and cocktails.
Image - 893 Ryōtei Japanese Restaurant
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893 Ryōtei Japanese Restaurant
Christin Menzel:Behind a graffiti-splattered facade, you can find one of the hippest restaurants in town. You might even spot some local celebrities.
Image - Chipperfield Kantine
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Chipperfield Kantine
Christin Menzel:Daytime eatery (originally for the employees of architect David Chipperfield) but now open to the public.
Image - No Bananas
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No Bananas
Christin Menzel:Great Turkish food by a great host - we spent many wine and Raki fuelled nights here with friends and shared a meal.

My Recommendations

Wonderguide map

  1. Sanssouci Park
  2. Bauhaus Dessau
  3. Warnemünde
  4. Kulturkosmos Müritz e.V.
  5. Beelitz-Heilstätten
  6. Schaubühne
  7. Liquidrom
  8. Hotel Oderberger Berlin
  9. bronze "stumbling stones" commemorate Holocaust victims who lived there
  10. Fluxbau
  11. Photoautomat
  12. Jazzclub-Kunstfabrik Schlot
  13. Lido
  14. Hallesches Haus - General Store, Lunchroom & Event Space
  15. Souq Dükkan
  16. OYE Records
  17. SchneidersLaden GmbH
  18. Markthalle Neun
  19. Wochenmarkt Kollwitzplatz
  20. Hard Wax
  21. Boros Foundation
  22. DARK MATTER
  23. Freizeitgelände Tempelhof Field
  24. Teufelsberg
  25. Museumswohnung WBS 70
  26. Mauerpark
  27. Memorial to May 10, 1933 Nazi Book Burning
  28. Spreepark
  29. German Historical Museum
  30. Viktoria Park
  31. Jewish Museum Berlin
  32. Berliner Fernsehturm
  33. Hamburger Bahnhof - Museum für Gegenwart - Berlin
  34. KÖNIG GALERIE
  35. Funkhaus Berlin Nalepastrasse
  36. Sisyphos Nightclub
  37. Watergate
  38. Roses
  39. Klunkerkranich
  40. Paloma Bar
  41. Ä
  42. Yorckschlösschen
  43. Schwarzes Cafe
  44. Eschschloraque
  45. KINK Bar & Restaurant
  46. 8MM
  47. Lass Uns Freunde Bleiben
  48. Mezze Bar by MontRaw
  49. Clärchens Ballroom
  50. Wen Cheng Handpulled Noodles
  51. Taquería El Oso
  52. Iimori Ramen
  53. Konnopke's Imbiss
  54. Schwarzwaldstuben
  55. Ryong
  56. Schwarzes Cafe
  57. Nobelhart & Schmutzig
  58. Tadshikische Teestube
  59. ORA Restaurant & Wine Bar
  60. 893 Ryōtei Japanese Restaurant
  61. Chipperfield Kantine
  62. No Bananas

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