Berlin: the capital of Germany
If you are planning a trip to Germany (👉GERMANY GUIDE), you need to know that it is a country characterized by its museums, nature, Christmas markets, its controversial past and its impressive architecture.
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Vegans in general
Welcome to paradise. It is very easy to be vegan in Berlin, there are always exceptions but the vast majority of restaurants include vegetarian and vegan dishes in the menu, otherwise you can always eat a falafel or a makali, they are very tasty and are being sold in almost every street. In general, eating out is not expensive. Check this link to find nice places to eat in Berlin.
You are in Berlin and after having ran away from most of the supermarkets that you’ve been able to find, you wonder how you will survive your holidays. Good news: it is possible. I’m not going to lie: it’s not idyllic and you will not find mango trees in the park, but you still have options.
In Germany there is a lot of Turkish population that over time have opened their own supermarkets with typical products of their country and they also offer the best quality in fresh products. The quality of the fruit and vegetables is very, very different from that offered in German supermarkets (Netto, Kaiser, Rewe, Lidl, etc.).
Prices vary, there are products that are being sold to the usual German price and you can also find good deals, especially 2×1 with the fruit that is already ripe, in this supermarkets you can get the best value for money. Dependents tend to be pretty nice, once one of them asked me if I was buying for a restaurant (I was making the purchase for 3 days), so I guess there is no problem if you don’t speak German, they will help you if you need something. Remember that you have to weigh all the fresh products before paying at the till.
Now it’s time to find a supermarket. There are a lot of them, especially in the neighborhoods where there is more Turkish population (Kreuzberg, Neukölln, Wedding, Moabit), I personally recommend staying in Kreuzberg. Here is a link of one of this chains, on the “Filialen” page there’s a map with the supermarkets, you need to select the neighborhood.
In German supermarkets you can buy lychees and tangerines in winter and they are quite good, in summer you may want to try the watermelons and I highly recommend the blueberries, when they are in season (in August) are being sold in 1kg boxes for 4 € and they are huge and super sweet, so yummy!
In the Turkish supermarkets I highlight the melons of different kinds, the figs (you can buy the whole box) are ripe and tasty and for being Germany the price is more than acceptable; in winter/autumn the pomegranates (the big ones are sweeter) and persimmons (sometimes they have to be left to mature, because they are usually being sold too unripe); you can also find a large variety of nuts and also dates and quality figs.
In general: abstain from buying grapes if they are not in season, and you still you have to choose carefully because most of the times they taste like plastic. Avocados are edible but boring.
And the best comes last: STRAWBERRIES! I promise that they are very tasty and they are also a regional product (from near Berlin), but you should buy them in the strawberry houses (it’s a MUST), not in the supermarket.
Useful stuff for your trip to Germany
Below, you will find some products that will be very useful during your trip to Germany.
In addition, the options that I recommend are committed to the environment/social causes and are vegan.
Carrying a waterproof windbreaker in your suitcase is essential in case temperatures drop, it rains unexpectedly, or to go hiking.
When traveling, it’s important to choose a jacket that is lightweight, takes up little space and that you can use in different situations; that is to say, that transpires, is waterproof and has a hood to protect you properly from bad weather.
3-in-1 hiking shoes
These La Sportiva shoes are designed to run in the mountains, thanks to this you can use them for hiking, go out to run and do tourism ; saving space in your suitcase.
They are made with goretex, which means they protect you from the inclement weather weather (such as rain, ice or cold) and are adherent to the ground. This makes them ideal for traveling due to their versatility.
10l backpack for day trips and trekking
This 10 L backpack 10 is ideal for visitng cities or going hikimg. It has two compartments to organize your stuff properly and internal space for a hydration bag, as well as a side pocket to carry a bottle.
The size is suitable for 1 day trips and to go running, since it allows you to take everything you need with ease. In addition, it covers less of the back and thus avoids being overheated.
How to get from the airport to the center of Berlin
Berlin-Brandenburg Airport (BER) is located less than 25 km from the center of Berlin.
There are 4 different ways to get to the city center. The most comfortable option is to hire a TRANSFER (👉PRICES); although you can also take a taxi or go by public transport, that is, by S-bahn (something like the subway) or by regional train.
The two S-bahn lines to get to the center of Berlin from the airport terminals 1, 2 and 5 are lines S9 and S45. In both cases there are trains leaving every 20 minutes.
To get to the center of Berlin by train, you must take the Airport Express (FEX) or the regional trains RE7 and RB14. All of them stop at Terminal 1 and 2 of the airport. The regional trains stop is just below Terminal 1, and there are 4 scheduled departures every hour.
If your flight departs from Terminal 5, you will have to transfer at the same station to take the S9 or S45 to your terminal (the trip takes about 8 minutes).
You will find more detailed information in this article on how to get from the AIRPORT to the center of BERLIN
Save Money with the Berlin welcome card
To get around Berlin easily, you can opt for the Berlin WelcomeCard (you can buy it at this link) which will allow you unlimited use of public transport (flat rate) and offers discounts of up to 50% in more than 190 museums and Berlin attractions.
If you have small children, you will be happy to know that the card is free for children under 6 years of age. Prices for adults are as follows:
|48h||72h||72h + museum isl.||4 days||5 days||6 days|
|23 €||33 €||55 €||40 €||46 €||49 €|
Tours & activities in Berlin
In Berlin there are many places and activities to enjoy during your stay in the German capital.
I leave you a list with the activities and tours you can do around Berlin, to get to know this city in more depth.
Options also include free tours to help keep your travel budget from skyrocketing.
Where to stay in Berlin
The city of Berlin changes quite a bit depending on the area you visit. I would separate it into two zones depending on your preferences and the type of tourism you like.
EXPENSIVE ZONE AND LESS ALTERNATIVE
Broadly speaking, the area of Stadtmitte, Kurfürstendamm and Charlottenburg is more arranged and expensive (American part during the GDR). Here you can do a quieter and more usual type of tourism, focusing on the monuments, the opera, museums, shopping, etc…
YOUNG people + UNDERGROUND
If you are more into the alternative style and focused on young people, I recommend the neighborhoods of Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg, Prenzlauer Berg and Neukölln. Here there are many curious and more alternative bars, concerts in basements, parks to have a barbecue, nightclubs that are open 3 days 24 hours, festivals, etc…
¿Is it safe to travel to Germany?
Germany is a safe country to travel, and there are no risk areas where tourists are not recommended to go. If you are a victim of robbery or accident, you should call the police at 110.
Although it is a safe country, crimes also occur; so remember to follow these recommendations and hire a travel insurance
- If you’re being robbed, don’t try to fight back physically.
- Ve con cuidado al salir de noche, y mantente en lugares donde haya gente.
- It’s best to be cautious at night, so stick to well-populated areas.
- Keep your valuables close to your body and out of sight to avoid being a target for thieves (your camera, phone,..).
- And finally, don’t carry your backpack on your back where it’s easy for someone to snatch it; carry it in front of you or use a belt bag or cross-body bag instead.
Eating vegan in Germany
Traditional German food is not exactly characterized by the scarcity of products of animal origin. Luckily, in this country you will find restaurants restaurants that offer many different cuisines and you will not be short of options when you go out to eat.
In general, it will not be difficult for you to find vegan food since most restaurants have vegan and vegetarian dishes on their menus and, in addition, there are also many restaurants that are entirely vegan.
If you want to cook to save a little, organic supermarkets are where you will find more options that fit your needs. And there are even german cities where you will find 100% vegan supermarkets!
Two practical tips for your stay:
- Before going on a tour that includes a meal, always mention that you are vegan or vegetarian, so that they can adapt the food.
- The quality of fruit and vegetables in German supermarkets is not the best. If you have a Turkish market or supermarket nearby, it’s better that you buy there the fruits and vegetables, nuts, hummus, muhammara, etc…
What to visit in Berlin
Besides the museums and the East Side Gallery, there are more great places to visit in Berlin. Below you will find a list of the touristic landmarks, but also some places that are out of the ordinary, so you can enjoy a mix between the popular and alternative side of Berlin.
THE CARNIVAL OF CULTURES
If you are planning on visiting the city in May-June, you’re in luck! Beacause around that time the Carnival of Cultures takes place in Berlin.
This is a street festival that includes concerts, activities for all ages and a parade of floats with everyone dressed up. It arose with the idea of celebrating the cultural diversity that exists in the city and is one of the best events of the year.
Carnival of SUBCULTURES (PUNKS IN BERLIN)
The Carnival of Subcultures is a very cool street party that I highly recommend. Every year the inhabitants of a squatted building in the center of Berlin called Köpi organize the underground version of the main carnival.
The vibe is punk and they also organize concerts and, in addition, there’s a war of tuned bicycles (some even spit fire). Later, the party continues inside the building, which becomes a club.
In Berlin it is very cold and, when the good weather begins, everyone starts doing outdoor activities: whether it is going to the park, the lake, playing sports, etc…
If you fancy going for a swim in the lake without having to travel far (since the most beautiful ones are far from the center), you can choose to go to Weissensee lake.
It is very convenient to make a visit, because it is well connected by public transport (the tram stops in front of it) and it also has a quieter and more natural area (with ducks and swans!) and another with sand and a bar where you can drink or eat something.
Warning: in Berlin it is normal to practice nudism, so don’t be surprised to see some ass in the air.
If you are visiting Berlin and want to rest or eat something, you can bring a sandwich or buy a take-away meal and go to Görlitzerpark in Kreuzberg.
If you like alternative places, Görlitzerpark has also peculiar bar that is full of graffiti. In front of the bar, there is an amphitheater, and if you are like you will find people playing music.
If you are traveling with children there is a farm-café with goats, donkeys, rabbits, chickens, geese, ducks and sheep with the aim that the little ones come into contact with animals and plants
Finding a definition for the Roses is an impossible task. At the entrance there’s a photo of Michael Jackson garnished with red roses, and the interior is adorned with leopard prints and photos of Virgin Mary and Madonna.
It is an unforgettable place to go for a drink before entering the club. Roses is a myth of the Berlin night scene and is also LGTBIQ+ friendly.