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Things to do in Berlin

Berlin – a city with an interesting past and promising future

 

Berlin is the capital of Germany and famous for being the site of the now fallen Berlin Wall which formerly separated the city into two sections before Germany united in 1989, when the wall “fell” and the two sides became one again. But the city is not only known for its history and all the historical sites you’ll find here, it is also an amazing city to be in if you love culture, shopping and nightlife - the hipster heaven of Europe offers it all, and you’ll always find things to do in Berlin when visiting.

 

Things to do in Berlin

 

Berlin Museums and historical landmarks

There are many museums and historical landmarks rich with history in Berlin, like Käthe Kollwitz Museum, Neues Museum, the Jewish Museum and the The Berlin Wall Memorial. You won’t want to miss historical sites like Checkpoint Charlie, where during the Cold War era you could cross from the East to West side only by permission.

 

Berlin Shopping

For shoppers, there are bountiful streets and areas dedicated to the urban sport, like Mitte, Charlottenburg, Friedrichshain, and Prenzlauer Ber full of big brands and small boutique labels.

 

Berlin Philharmonic

Classical Music lover? Don’t miss the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra performances, an award winning outfit that represents its city well. Art of all sorts runs rampant through the city and is home to many famous artists.

 

Berlin Marathon

Berlin Marathon is part of the World Marathon Majors along with the Boston, Chicago, New York and London marathons.
For more information about Berlin Marathon visit the official website.

 

When to go to Berlin

It does not matter what time of year you visit the capital of Germany, there are always things to do in Berlin.

Berlin in May through September features temperatures in the mid-20s (70 ℉); a nice time to visit outside events like the Carnival of Cultures in June- a four day open holiday with for drink, music, and more. You can attend a Beer Festival in August, or witness or participate in the Berlin Marathon in September.

 

Berlin Christmas Market

In the winter, you can take in the famous Christmas Market and get lower prices on hotels and airfare during this time frame. Bring warm clothing since the temperatures average between 6 and 2 degrees below zero (20-30 ℉).

 

Berlin International Film Festival

Another great attraction is the Berlin International Film Festival in February which gives film buffs a chance to see the competing short films, documentaries, and more.

 

Things to do in Berlin

Berlin Facts

Population3 401 147
CountryGermany
LanguageGerman
CurrencyEuro
Longitude13.411689
Latitude52.523394
AirportBerlin Brandenburg Willy Brandt, Germany (BER)

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UNESCO-WORLD-HERITAGE-SITE

UNESCO World Heritage Sites Berlin -Berlin Modernism Housing Estates

The six Berlin Modernism Housing Estates are some of the results of a project to improve social living conditions in the city, chosen in terms of their significance and the little damage suffered after World War II. As great examples of new urban and architectural styles, the buildings have been included in UNESCO’s World Heritage List since 2008.

Museuminsel (Museum Island)

The Museuminsel in Berlin is an island with five museums on it built between 1824 and 1930. The buildings were built by the best Prussian architectures in a way that their designs were related to the collections housed. Apart from the buildings themselves, you should investigate what each of them has to offer during your visit and pick one or two you might want to see. They are all quite big and you probably won’t be able to visit all of them, so choose wisely!

Palaces and Parks of Potsdam and Berlin

The complex of Prussian palaces and parks in Brandenburg and Berlin built between the 18th and 20th century is listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It includes two ensembles in the middle of which stands the Marble Palace, the summer residence of the king. The Schloss Sanssouci is a beautiful one-storey palace with influences from all around Europe including form Italy and Paris. The view of its golden façade and the front gardens is breath taking!

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OPERA

Berlin Opera House

Staatsoper Unter den Linden

Staatsoper Unter den Linden is the name of the German opera company responsible for the performances in the opera house on the Unter den Linden boulevard. The opera house was first inaugurated in 1741 as the Hofoper (Court Opera) and has since had several renovations and reconstructions. In 1918 the opera house got the name it still has today, Staatsoper under den Linden. The opera company is both performing classical pieces by for example Wagner and Mozart as well as contemporary pieces. If you are in Berlin, we recommend you visit the famous boulevard and check out this historical opera house.

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CAT-CAFE

Pee Pees Katzencafé - Cat Cafe Berlin

At Pee Pees Katzencafé, cats with all types off background are given a new chance in life. At the café, that has a strong feminist atmosphere, real cat lovers come together to enjoy both the company of the cats, as well as one and other. Sink down into one of the comfortable chairs, have something to drink, maybe even eat something, and enjoy all the great company at the Pee Pees Katzencafé.

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GAY-FRIENDLY

Berlin - A never ending party

Berlin has a long ”gay history”, dating all the way back to the 1920’s. Every year you can join in and feel the love, as the vibrant city hosts its own, world known, LGBT Pride festival in the district of Schöneberg. However, you don’t have to be in town for the Pride Festival, to know this city is filled with unconditional love. Head on over to the districts of Schöneberg, Kreuzberg and/or Prenzlauerberg and you’ll find a diverse selection of gay clubs, bars and restaurants that never seem to close, so join the party!

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MARATHON

BMW Berlin Marathon

The BMW Berlin Marathon is one of six marathon majors in the world joining a fine crowd consisting of Boston Marathon, Chicago Marathon, London Marathon, New York City Marathon and Tokyo Marathon. The marathon in Berlin is held annually during the last week of September and has been the favourite event of the year for runners in Berlin since 1974. Having a long history as a city marathon in Berlin, the course did get a modification after the Berlin Wall fell in 1990. The race starts and finishes near the Brandenburg Gate, a symbolic and historical place today but at the marathon in 1990 it was more than that. For the first time the race took place on both sides of the wall, further uniting the separated people by running and cheering together. Take part in this classic marathon when you are in Berlin and experience the city with your running shoes on!

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GOLF

Golf in Berlin

There are 6 courses in a reasonable close range of Berlin. The ones that truly stick out are the Berliner Golf Club Stolper Heide, located about 30 minutes north of the city in the Brandenburg countryside, and the Golf Resort Berlin Pankow about 15 minutes north-east of the city. Both are 36 hole courses where you can spend at least two days in order to experience all that the clubs have to offer.

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WATER-PARK

Water Parks in Berlin - Indoor rainforest at Tropical Islands Resort

A little bit outside of Berlin you’ll find the famous Tropical Islands Resort. The large indoors water park houses in a former airship hangar known as the Aerium and it is the biggest freestanding hall in the world. Here you find the biggest indoor rainforest in the world! Other than that Tropical Islands also consists out of different themed areas, such as The Tropical Village, The Tropical Sea and The Bali Lagoon. A day at this water park will be a day well spent!

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