Berlin is one of the coolest cities around right now. It’s steeping in history but it’s also renowned for having the best clubs in Europe, so you’ve got a little bit of everything for everyone.
More often times than none, when you book yourself a little European getaway you can find yourself trying to actually plan it at the last minute. Never fear, we’ve done the hard part for you.
Here are Berlin’s best bits:
Where To Stay:
-Hostel: Wombats City Hostel
The Wombats City Hostel is a chain that I just keep going back to. Their hostels are central, have a good atmosphere and are reasonably priced.
The Wombats City Hostel in Berlin is up there as one of the best I’ve been to. They have a gravity bar on the top floor that’s always buzzing in the evenings and serves up some deadly cocktails. They also provide a free breakfast in the morning so you can fill up before setting out on your adventures.
It’s also got a deadly view of the city.
-AirBnb: Berlin Penthouse
If you’re looking to stay a little bit out of the city, this gorgeous penthouse should be right up your street.
Charlottenburg combines American south-western flair with notes of German modern style and baroque antique.This two-storey penthouse with a truly unique interior will provide for a once in a lifetime Berlin experience.
-Hotel: Hotel Adlon Kempinski
If you really want to step up your game, this luxurious 5-star hotel will send you on a one-way trip to relaxation town. The spa is the perfect spot to kick up the feet and forget about all of the stresses in life.
It’s as central as can be so it’s super easy to get from A to B and it’s downright gorge.
-What To Do: SANDEMANs Free Walking Tour
The SANDEMANs Walking Tour is a must for any and every European city. I’d always recommend to do them on the first day as it really gives you a feel of the city and the tour guides often point out the hidden gems and best places to eat.
This tour covers some of the most popular landmarks in the city like the Brandenburg Gate, the remains of The Berlin Wall, Hitler’s Bunker location and The Holocaust Memorial.
-What To Eat: Zur Letzten Instanz
Say hello to Berlin’s oldest restaurant.
This famous two-story eatery is the perfect place to sink your teeth into some traditional Berlin cuisine.
-Where To Go: Stroll Around The Tiergarten
This is the largest inner city park in Berlin.
The Neuen See is the ideal spot to take a break during your stroll and watch the world go by.
Top tip: If you’re trying to save money, bring a picnic and enjoy!
-Where To Drink: Berghain
If you’re into clubbing and you’re in Berlin this the spot for you.
The famed club is located in a former power plant in Friedrichshain. The enormous building has an 18-metre high dance floor with space for 1500 guests. As well as the massive main room, there’s also a smaller upstairs space called ‘Panorama Bar’, where the walls are emblazoned with huge Wolfgang Tillmans prints and tall windows with stunning views of East Berlin, and international DJs play sets until sunrise.
Be warned however, Berghain has an extremely strict door policy. People end up queuing for ages, only to be refused at the door, it’s usually based off luck on the night.
(Hint: This app will help you dodge the queue!)
What To Do: Visit Sachsenhausen
A lot of people choose to visit Berlin for its history.
Sachsenhausen was a Nazi concentration camp that operated during World War II. The tours here offer harrowing accounts of the events that took place on sight and it truly is something that will stick with you for life.
It’s definitely worth visiting if you want to learn a little bit more about the Nazis rise and fall from power.
What To Eat: Engelberg
You’ll find the ultimate German breakfast here – Sourdough rools, a load of charcuterie and a heap of cheese – the DREAM.
The cute little restaurant is situated on one of Berlin’s prettiest streets and serves the best goods from all over the country.
Where To Go: Holocaust Memorial
This is one of Berlin’s most famous landmarks and it really is worth a visit. You could find yourself getting lost in here for hours.
There is also a museum beneath the monument that gives detailed accounts of the Holocaust victims and their own stories.
Where To Drink: Prater Garten
This vintage Biergarten becomes one of the busiest bars in Berlin between the months of May through to September.
There’s always such a great buzz here and some of the best pints in town.
What To Do: 666 Anti Pub Crawl
The 666 Anti Pub Crawl takes a step away from conventional, touristic honeypot bars and takes you on a round trip of the most authentic bars in the city, a.k.a the ones the locals actually go to.
There are some quirky places thrown into the mix but this is a deadly way to meet new people, have a few scoops (watch yourself in the absinthe bar) and have the absolute craic.
What To Eat: The Store Kitchen
This stunning design store come contemporary restaurant is a treat for veggie lovers. Their lunch menu is beaming with hearty salads to fill you for the day.
Where To Go: East Side Gallery
Anyone who’s ever been in Berlin has taken a pic here. We guarentee you’ve seen this literally 100’s of times on your Insta feed.
The East Side Gallery however, is even better in person. This open air gallery stretches 1316m and boats some of the coolest murals you’ll ever see.
You could spend hours here if you wanted, just taking it all in.
Where To Drink: Buck & Breck
Similar to VCC in Dublin City, this discrete speakeasy is only accessible by ringing a teeny tiny doorbell.
The bar provides for one of the most unique cocktail experiences in the city and serves up some very intriguing drinks.
What To Do: Reichstag
It may seem odd to have the house of Parliament as one of the top things to do in Berlin but believe me, it’s a must.
The historic building showcases some of the most incredible architecture around with its glass dome roof. It can be difficult to impulsively visit, so make sure to book this one.
It will not disappoint.
What To Eat: Zenkichi
This fine dining Japanese eatery is hidden away in one of the coolest cellars you will ever see.
It specialises in authentic Japanese cuisine and premium sake, a rice wine.
This really is a unique dining experience and one you’ll be talking about over and over again.
Where To Go: Flea Markets Maursegler
Flea markets are full to the brim with weird and wonderful bits. They have everything from used electronics to old vinyls and vintage jackets.
There’s also a load of food stalls so you can dig in while you dig round. (We recommend the crepes, omg!)
Where To Drink : Sisyphos
Sisyphos is one of Berlin’s most famous clubs.
It’s quirky, it’s odd and it’s very out-there – Everything you would expect form the Berlin clubbing scene.
There is a no picture policy and you will be asked to cover your phone with a sticker when you enter, so no one will ever know what you got up to in Berlin.