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.
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
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
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
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
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.