4 Cool Spots to Visit in Berlin

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Berlin was not always the center for culture, music and art as it is today. Berlin used to yearn for tourists in the years before the fall of the wall. Ever since the wall collapsed, Berlin has changed completely: immediate developments, construction works all over the east side of the city and establishment of a new, improved image. Visitors from all over the world started traveling there and Berlin was rediscovered in its full glory.

Berlin by Night
Berlin by Night

The city is known to be rather alternative it is after all the Mecca for electronic, techno and dance music. Because the locals have been suppressed in the years before the wall fell, it is only natural that they would be so incredibly open-minded people.

In the list below you can find some of the strangest places to visit around the city, don’t miss out on them.

1. Tempelhof Park
Location: right next to the old Tempelhof airport

tempelhof park
Tempelhof Park

The moment you enter this surreal park you will be amazed to realize this used to be an old airport terminal just two years ago. Located few minutes from the city center and the same size as the famous Hyde Park in London, you will have the unusual option to take your bikes or roller skates and enjoy riding in this used to be “no enter” area. Not only is this spot perfect for meeting new people and have a nice afternoon, it is also extremely unique to be able to see an old airplane’s ruins from the time the airport was still active.

2. Kunsthaus Tacheles
Location: Oranienburger Str. 53 10117

Kunsthaus Tacheles
Kunsthaus Tacheles

This odd looking, bizarre building used to be a luxury department store. Today, this unique spot has transformed itself to an exceptional gallery which showcases art works from talented local artists. It will take some time for new visitors to get used to the funny smell and the dirty atmosphere. However, after the first shock fades away, you will be amazed to observe the incredible art pieces, the laid-back attitude, which lies in the surrounding bars and cafes, and the outgoing people you will meet there.

3. Propeller Island City Lodge
Location: Albrecht-Achilles-Straße 58 10709

Propeller Island City Lodge
Propeller Island City Lodge

This hotel is a regular guest in almost every “strangest hotels in the world” top list. Some will say it was the most creepy experienced they have ever had while others will not be able to stop talking about how great it was. The core idea of this hotel is to allow the visitors to sleep inside a living art object for a day, weekend or more. All the 30 rooms were designed by Lars Stroschen – a well-known German artist. Each room has its own wacky theme, personal touch and character. “The castle room” , “Flying bed room”, “Mirror room” and “Upside down room” are just part of this pleasant freak show.

4. Nocti Vagus – Dark Restaurant
Location: Saarbrücker Str. 36-38

Nocti Vagus
Nocti Vagus

This experience will for sure be something you will never forget! Take pleasure in an evening where you will be using your all senses except your eye sight.
You will be served by blind individuals who will guide you through the whole process. If you are allergic to some kinds of food, no need to worry, the waiter will give you the option to notify him about things you simply cannot or do not want to eat.


5 Responses

  1. Wouter Blok

    Hey Yuli,
    Great stuff! Although I must add that in Tacheles you should watch out for drugged out folkes trying to prevent you from taking pictures. (speaking from experience) Because of this rather unpleasant experience we went to C/O, same street, no violent acid users. It’s a great place for those who like photography, when I was there Anne Leibovitz had her work exposed. To know what’s on now, check http://www.co-berlin.info/.
    Cheers, Wouter.

  2. Iskander Smit

    Good tips. Some years ago I watched one of the strangest movies I’ve ever seen in the bar of Kunsthaus Tacheles. And I biked and walked the Tempelhof Park during my last visit in September.

    As Wouter asked me on Twitter, here some other suggestions to check out.
    – The Arena Area, not only for the Badeschiff, but also for the strange grass terraces and the restaurants and clubs along the canal.
    – A bit further the Treptower park. The Sovjet Monument is rather famous but surely a must, but also during summertime a visit along the Spree is very nice.
    – Volkspark Friedrichshain is also sweet with nice fountains and restaurant Schoenbrun in the middle
    – Clubben in Club Weekend at the 12 and 15 floor
    – Transformed alternative life in RAW Tempel area at Revaler strasse
    – Always surpising expositions in the old water tower area in Prenzlauerberg
    – Karl Marx Allee is of course also an icon of East German times, in the Cafe Sibylle is a small expostion to put it all in context

  3. John

    One of the most corny, yet coolest things I have done in Berlin is a ‘trabi-safari”! Completely over the top, but fun and not too expensive. There are more companies that offer such an event, from simply hire a Trabant (I hope everybody nows what that is, but to be sure: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trabant) and drive around town, up to a complete dressed up guided tour (e.g. here: http://cms.trabi-safari.de/opencms/opencms/trabi-safari/de/_main/home/).

    the one thing I would like to do next time I have some spare time in Berlin is driving around Berlin in a Go-Kart. As always, good ideas draw multiple suppliers but this is a good one (as i have been told); http://mietkarts.de/Standorte/Berlin.html

  4. Ramon Eijkemans

    Another tip for those wo are on a tight budget. When i was a student, me and my friends often visited Berlin for the clubs & the techno scene. The way we traveled, was with the socalled ‘schones wochenende’ ticket. It costed about 35€ and you could use one card for five people. With this card, the five people could travel through the whole of Germany for one day in the weekend.
    One disclaimer: you could only use ‘regional’ trains so you had to switch a couple of times before the trains reach Berlin.
    We live in Holland so took a Dutch train to the first German city (in our case: Emmerich), and bought the Schones Wochenende tickets in a machine at the station.

    This tip is convenient for those living near Germany and on a tight budget

  5. Wouter Blok

    Thanks Iskander for the raw Berlin hangouts! Prenzlauer berg I loved, when you go to the Wasserturm, have breakfast or lunch at Anna Blume. Also closeby is the Kulturbrauerei for a great mix of artsyfartsy stuff, including a German Kino (cinema). Don’t trip over the prams on the way over there, Prenzaulerberg is also babyboomtown.

    @John: Trabi’s and Go-Karts, on the bucketlist. In the DDR museum I sat in one, nut would love to ride it for real.

    @ramon that’s a good shoestring tip. Then party at night and sleep in the parks on summerdays.

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