Berlin is without a doubt one of the most interesting European capitals. From its architecture and history to its diverse nightlife, there’s something for everyone in this famously friendly city.
But, if you’re one of those people who likes a getaway with a difference, you’re probably less interested in Berlin’s hotspots and more interested in its unique side.
So, to give you some unique ideas for your next adventure, here are some of the quirkiest things you can do in Germany’s capital.
As showcased in its many museums, Berlin is not afraid to discuss its dark past. There are countless tours with guides recalling the tales of the World Wars and the Cold War. However, one of the city’s most fascinating historical sites is the Berliner Unterwelten, an underground museum that uncovers secrets of former escape tunnels, WWII bunkers, Hitler’s “Flak Towers,” and more.
Ever fancied a late-night dip while sipping cocktails to the tunes of DJs? Berlin’s nightlife is highly praised, but one of the quirkiest ways to make the most of dusk is to go swimming in the Badeschiff. The swimming pool lies on top of the Spree River and comes complete with sun loungers, poolside chairs, and plenty of restaurants and bars.
What was once one of Europe’s three iconic pre-WWII Airports is now an abandoned museum and park – with a fascinating story. Here, you can find one of the largest recreational spaces in Berlin. Or, you could go on a guided tour to learn about its origins, Nazi expansion plans and strategic use during the Cold War.
When the Soviets implemented a blockade on Berlin, the only way to get supplies to the city’s residents was by air. By the end of the airlift, nearly 13,000 tonnes of supplies were delivered daily to Templehof to sustain Berlin’s population of two million.
Museum Island, or Museumsinsel, is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that boasts five world-class museums. Despite being architectural masterpieces that house some of the world’s most fascinating exhibits, you only pay one admission fee to visit all five of them.
If you don’t have the time to visit all the island’s museums, make sure you look at the famous bust of Ancient Egyptian queen Nefertiti in the Neues Museum. More into Byzantine sculptures? The Bode-Museum is where you’ll get your fill of ancient artwork.
Burgermeister is located in one of Berlin’s old toilet houses in the thriving nightlife district of Kreuzberg. But don’t let the ‘toilet’ part of that fact put you off eating here. Burgermeister is one of Berlin’s hidden gems, and it serves some of the juiciest burgers in the city until the early hours.
Be prepared to queue for your American-style burger regardless of the time. Don’t worry, your taste buds will thank you for waiting.
You can buy designer clothes and accessories in just about any city, so why not add a touch of authenticity to your shopping experience in Berlin. Flea markets throughout the city sell goods ranging from antiques to housewares and recording equipment.
If you’re looking for some artisan goods, we recommend visiting the market at Fehrbelliner Platz. In addition to the usual assortment of bags, clothes and books, you’ll find works of art on the art promenade. Check out the artists that display their handmade paintings, ceramics, jewellery and furniture.
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