10 things to do in Berlin
Learn about the German history and visit Museuminsel
You can find here suggestions for 10 things to do in Berlin as a tourist. There are, of course much more than just 10 things to do in Berlin but this is only a suggestion selection. To begin, you could start by visiting Berlin with Unter den Linden. This displays monuments from the dynasty of Hohenzollern through to the Weimar Republic (including the Third Reich and the German Democratic Republic). The boulevard is in the Mitte district of Berlin and got its name from the linden (“lime” in English) trees that line the pedestrian mall between two carriageways.
Museuminsel (Museum Island) is a sanctuary for arts and science. The complex includes the first public museum of Prussia, the Altes Museum and other modern museums such as the Alte Nationalgalerie, the Bode Museum, the Neues Museum and the Pergamonmuseum. You should not miss the treasures of the Pergamonmuseum with pieces from 170-159 BC.
Walk through Potsdamer Platz Arkaden and Learn about the Holocaust
Potsdamer Platz is the commercial city centre. You can find in this square a replica of the first traffic lights that were put here in 1924. The square was bombed during World War II and divided in two by the Berlin wall. Today this is the home of Berlin’s Film Festival.
Visiting the Jüdisches Museum is a good way of learning about the tragic Holocaust and discovering the personal stories of Jews who contributed to the Berlin culture and history during the Weimar Republic, but who lost their lives in World War II.
Climb the Berlin wall or admire the city views
The remains of the wall can be seen in Berlin. Along the way of the demolished wall, you can visit the documentation centre. A stone on Sandkrugbrücke commemorates the shot of the first person attempting to escape to the West. At Haus am Checkpoint Charlie, the symbol of the Cold War, a history museum tells the story of the Wall.
If you climb the picturesque hill of Victoriapark in Kreuzberg, you will see the beautiful landmarks of East and West. If you do not have enough time, just visit the Panoramapunkt in Potsdamer Platz. The elevator will take you to a platform where you can admire the Berlin’s modern skyscrapers.
Practicing some sports
The Olympiastadion is the best Nazi architecture representation. Its original design survived the bombing and was amazingly rebuilt for the 2006 World Cup. If you wish to go for a swim instead, the Grunewald forest with its beautiful lakes is the best place. The forest gives the opportunity of cycling, walking, swimming and even horse riding.
Clubbing or Shopping
You can spend the night on one of the pubs and clubs on the Schönhauser Allee. DJ’s are playing here house, rock & roll or country music for all tastes.
You will have many choices for shopping in the malls, but if you wish to find cheap things, visit the stores and stalls on Trödelmarkt Boxhagener Platz. Vintage and clothing and accessories can also be found at Antik & Flohmark flea-market.