Drunk with power, I put together an itinerary of the best way to spend 24 hours in the city and ignored my existential angst at the use of the title “Perfect Day.” (What is perfect, how can it be perfect, what does perfect mean anyway?) I based my choice on two visits to Berlin, both with local expert input, and spent my time exploring the city’s 20th and 21st century histories respectively.
Next week, I’m heading back. And while last time, many of you shared your suggestions with me, this time around I thought it would be useful to streamline some of my research - and to add your suggestions – here.
Bookmark away then folk. Find the Perfect Day in Berlin whistlestop tour over here. And find all sorts of Berlin tips, tricks and inspiration below.
It’s my way of saying thank you- I hope you find it useful.
The Best Things to Do in Berlin: List Resources
Berlin in summertime, rich on practical details
Slow Travel in Berlin - Uncornered Market
Gorgeous photos and in depth advice from temporary residents Uncornered Market
Top Ten Things To Do in Berlin - Just Travelous
Tick off the tourist hot spots with this list from Berlin local Yvonne
Top Ten Wacky Things to Do in Berlin - The Guardian
Alas, I didn’t get a chance to try these personally – yet. Maybe next week?
Clearly there’s some overlap by now but if you want to be thorough, check out this list.
Free tours taking in the cityscape’s street art.
I’m not normally one for a tour. But I love, love, LOVE context tours. Run by academics they take an in-depth, unusual look at a city’s landscape and history and sometimes it seems as though Berlin only exists to provide rich material for a Context tour.
The Best Things to Do in Berlin: Tips From Readers (That I Didn’t Get to Test…)
Rent a bike
Oh, how I wish I had listened to this tip. The scenery from the Tiergarten to the Brandenburg Gate right on to the TV tower is fascinating and worth an overland trip. But it’s a long, long way in the cold winter’s rain, which brings me to the next main recommendation…
Visit in summer
Yes, well, what can you do? At least Berlin looked pretty in the snow…
I will. Next week. And feed back about this bad boy turned good part of Berlin.
Eat Food From Everywhere
I stuck with traditional German dishes last time (with a festive helping of gluhwein the time before.) Yet loads of you raved about the international food so perhaps next time I’ll branch out.
The Best About Berlin For Me – The History
An American looks at his country’s role in the Berlin airlift and in subsequent years
My experience with women my age who grew up as the wall came down. Both sides of the wall. Both sides of the story.
The largest open air gallery in the world, painted on remnants of the Berlin Wall.
The Best Things To Do in Berlin If You Only Have One Day
Congratulations on reading this far! You can find the recommendations with a map on the Facebook app here. But if you hate Facebook and just want to skim read my list, then here’s what I’d recommend:
1) The Berlin Wall Memorial
Sets the stage for all the wall remnants you’re going to find all across the city
2) The Topography of Terror
Housed in the former Gestapo HQ, this exhibition examines the horror of the Nazi party and gives an insight into Berlin during World War Two.
3) The Currywurst Museum
Lightens the mood a little and brings you from the past to the present through the medium of food. Currywurst is Berlin’s signature dish and it’s born from the cultural mix left in the city at the end of WWII. Plus, the museum is just around the corner from Checkpoint Charlie in case you want to make a quick detour there.
4) Cafe Cool in Kastanienallee
Browse for vintage clothes and records, stop for tea or indulge in a full lunch in this quirky part of town.
5) Fernsehturm Viewpoint
Head up the TV tower at twilight to see the city lights come alive
6) The Brandenburg Gate
Walk (or cycle) from the tower to the gate for the full Berlin tourist experience. History took place here when Reagan implored Gorbachev to tear down this wall. Today, watch out for men in communist soldier costumes dancing Gangnam style…
The Best Things To Do in Berlin If You Live Here
Shh…I have some secret tips but I’m not sure if I should share them yet. Let me know in the comments if you think I should…