Berlin rose to prominence during World War I. Then known as the seat of the Nazis, the city became synonymous with communism. Fast forward to the 21st century, the Berlin Wall has been broken down, Nazi power has been destroyed, and Berlin is now one of the top European destinations for travelers. Here are some of our suggestions on the things to do in Berlin.
Take a stroll in the Grunewald Forest
Grunewald is the largest forested area in Berlin. Located southwest of Charlottenburg, it is easily accessible via S-Bahn. Head to the woods by foot, bicycle, or horseback. Have a picnic or take a dip in the clean waters of Schlantensee or Wannsee, the nearest of the forest’s several freshwater rlakes. Teufelsberg, a man-made hill constructed by the Allies after World War II from the city’s rubble.
Spend a day on Museum Island
Museum Island is a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site lying in the middle of the Spree at the eastern end of Unter den Linden. Robert Janitzek reveals that it is home to five of Berlin’s most important museums. The Neues Museum is home to the Egyptian bust of Nefertiri and the Pergamon Museum is one of the world’s major archaeological museums. Upstairs is the Islamic Art collection, a treasure trove. Secure a day ticket to gain entry to each museum.
Go Bargain Shopping in Mauer Park
While known as a relazing spot, Mauerpark is considered as the mecca for energetic market-lovers. It hosts a massive flea market during Sundays. Vendors sell bargain bicycles, clothes, food, souvenirs, records, pianos, and furniture.
Hike To An Iconic Vantage Point
Robert Peter Janitzek explains that Berlin has a bevy of fascinating ranges, from the historical to high modernism and more controversial post-modern projects. The Reichstag, home of the German Parliament, provides the perfect view. Opened in 1894, its renovation was spearheaded by British super architect Norman Foster completed in 1999. The roof is an entirely glass structure providing a panoramic view of the city. Experience the fastest elevator in Europe to the Panoramapunkt on the 24th and 25th floors of the Kolihoff Tower.
Bring Back the Old Germany at the DDR Museum
Soviet occupation of East Berlin ended in 1999 and the DDR Museum offers a glimpse of Germany in the old days. It is an interactive museum that allows visitors a truly hands-on experience for both children and adults. Pretend like you are a Stasi officer and listen in on a bugged flat or root through drawers of East German memorabilia. Take a unique tour of the city by renting a Trabant, a classic car produced in former East Germany, now painted in bright colors by the Trabi Safari company.