TOP 30 SIGHTS in BERLIN [Best places to visit & things to do]

Do you spend your holidays in Germany and are you planning to visit Berlin? There are many things to do and see in Berlin: cultural and historical visits; popular tourist attractions; admire the palaces; enjoy sightseeing, outdoor activities and festivals; learn in its museums; have a drink in the bar area and experience the most alternative side of the German capital, among others.

In this travel guide, I give you all the information about the top things to do in Berlin during your vacation and what are the top sights and best places in this city. You’ll also find advice on how to get from the airport, where to stay and how to save money during your stay.

What to do and see when visiting Berlin

  1. Famous tourist places
  2. Christmas Markets
  3. Going to the opera
  4. Let’s go party (bars + clubs)
  5. Festivals in Berlin
  6. Parks and lakes: outdoor activities
  7. Abandoned places
  8. What to see around Berlin
  9. What to do in Berlin on Sunday
  10. How to go from the airport to the center
  11. Useful things for your trip to Germany
  12. How to save on transport and museums
  13. Where to stay in Berlin
  14. Tours and activities in Berlin
  15. Safety in Germany
  16. Vegan food in Berlin

Visit Berlin: the capital of Germany

Its capital, Berlin (👉BERLIN GUIDE), is a multicultural city that stands out from the rest European cities thanks to their own style, as you can see in their underground bars and clubs.

Although it also offers a great variety of activities. If you want to learn more about its history, I recommend you visit the Sachsenhausen camp and take a tour of the Nacism in Berlin.

Another option is to get on the tourist bus, or sail along the River Spree and enjoy the iconic landmarks on this Berlin boat tour.


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Places to visit in Berlin (tourist attractions)

Apart from the museums and the wall, there are many more great places to visit during your trip to Berlin. Either in the city itself or in the surroundings of Berlin.

In addition, this city offers different activities to the traveler according to the season of the year (such as festivals during spring/summer and Christmas markets in winter)

Below you will find both, the most iconic and popular sites for sightseeing in this city (a.k.a. berlin top attractions) as well as some different places that are out of the ordinary; so that you can mix the usual and alternative and give a different touch to your trip.

Must see in Berlin (tourist places)

In this section includes all the must do things and activities, tourist spots and historical sites that you must visit when sightseeing in Berlin. Fortunately most of them are in the same area and you can see many attractions without having to waste too much time.

Let’s dive in and find out what are most famous and beautiful places in berlin!

Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom)

The Berlin Cathedral is a neo-baroque building that was built between 1894 and 1905 by order of William II and his wife. In order to build a Protestant temple of great dimensions capable of competing with the influence of St. Peter’s Basilica in the Vatican City.

In 1944 the cathedral was destroyed by a bomb that fell on the dome. Reconstruction began in 1975 and could not be completed until 2002.

On a historical level, we can also highlight that in the Hohenzollern crypt you will find the sarcophagi of several members of the German royal dynasty.

berlin cathedral Dom. what to do and see on your trip

Check point Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie was one of the border crossings that were located on the Berlin Wall to go from one side of the city to the other. Only the military, staff of allied embassies, foreigners, and workers from the FRG and the GDR could cross this pass.

It is located in the center of Berlin, on the well-known Friedrichstraße street, and you will probably pass by when sightseeing in the area. Don’t expect anything impressive if you decide to visit it, although it is an interesting place to see.

Memorial to the Jews

This memorial to the Jews murdered in Europe was inaugurated in 2005 and is the most recent monument erected in memory of the victims of the holocaust.

It is a labyrinth formed by concrete slabs of different heights and it’s built on top of an undulating terrain. The architect tried to create a confusing and chaotic atmosphere for the visitor, disconnected from human reason.

If you are worried about feeling uncomfortable, the place is not at all gloomy, in fact it is pleasant and interesting to see. In reality, its use is very far from what was expected when its construction was planned; because (due to its aesthetics) many people use it to take vacation photos or Instagram pictures.

East Side Gallery (the Berlin Wall)

This is the part of the wall that attracts more people and draws more attention for its color and good state of conservation.

This section of the wall is covered in graffiti by artists from all over the world, which reflects the state of mind and change following the fall of the wall that divided the city in two.

The images are striking, not only because of the care with which they are drawn but also because of their message, as can be the famous kiss between the Russian leader Leonid Brezhnev and the leader of the GDR Erich Honecker.

east side gallery places to visit berlin

Charlottenburg Palace

The Charlottenburg Palace (or Schloss Charlottenburg in German) was built at the end of the 17th century. This beautiful palace was where Sophia Charlotte of Hanover (the second wife of Frederick II) spent her summers.

During the years it underwent different remodeling and expansions, until in 1943 the bombings in the city destroyed part of the palace. Currently the Charlottenburg Palace is rebuilt and in good condition.

It is really worth seeing this palace when visiting Berlin, to appreciate its spectacular interiors and walk through the gardens that surround the building. It is a clear and beautiful example of the baroque style of the time.

Museum Island

The Museum Island (Museumsinsel in German) is a set of 5 museums located in the very center of Berlin, next to the river Spree. They were built during the Prussian era.

This set of museums is made up of the Old Museum (Altes Museum), the New Museum (Neues Museum), the  Pergamon Museum, the Old National Gallery (Alte Nationalgalerie) and the Bode Museum.

These museums are world famous for housing the bust of Nefertiti, the Egyptian pharaoh (c. 1370 BC-c. 1331 BC). This work of art is more than 3,000 years old and is located in the New Museum (Neues Museum).

Reichstag

Another beautiful place to visit because of its architecture is the Reichstag building, where the German parliament meets. It is located in Berlin city center and well comunicated with public transport.

The Reichstag was built at the end of the 19th century (during the Second Reich) and renovated afterwards with a more modern look. It has an impressive glass dome from where you can see the plenary session of the parliament.

During the visit you will also have access to the rooftop of the Reichstag. On the roof itself, next to the dome, there is a restaurant with great views of the city, you can take the opportunity to eat there and continue discovering the city later; or have dinner while watching the sunset.

Brandenburg Gate

The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin is one of the fifteen gates through which one could access the city and it’s the only one that remains standing. It was built by order of Frederick William II between 1788 and 1791.

It is comparable to the Roman tradition of erecting triumphal arches and the style to which the door adheres is neoclassical. It has representations of some gods from classical mythology, such as Mars, Hercules or Minerva.

At the top you can spot a statue of a winged woman driving a chariot drawn by four horses riding towards Berlin.

 places to visit berlin: the brandenburg gate

Sightseeing Berlin: Christmas markets

One of the main attractions of Berlin in winter (November-December) are the Christmas markets. They are located throughout the city and you cannot miss this activity during your visit.

In these markets is where the magic of Christmas happens: you will be surrounded by wooden cabins full of figurines, decorations, colored lights, crafts, and… there are also food and drink stands!

This is the best opportunity to try the Glühwein (a spicy and sweet wine served hot typical of Christmas), it’s perfect to warm up. And so that you don’t get tipsy quickly, you can eat a sandwich made with one of the famous German sausages or pork steak (if you are vegan or vegetarian, forget about food).

Gendarmenmarkt

At the Gendarmenmarkt takes place a Christmas market which have been baptized WeihnachtsZauber (Christmas Magic). One of the most impressive things about this market is its location; since the square is surrounded by the German Cathedral (Deutscher Dom), the Berlin Concert Hall (Konzerthaus Berlin) and the French Cathedral (Französischer Dom).

In the market you can find a wide variety of crafts beyond Christmas decorations: glass blowers, goldsmiths, candle makers,… as well as musical and dance shows.

If you arrive hungry, you can try traditional food not only from Berlin, but also Bavarian and Austrian. Don’t forget to live the experience grabbing a good mulled wine!

Kulturbrauerei

This Christmas market is a bit special because it is held in the courtyard of an old brewery. The wooden cabins (where Christmas objects, crafts, food and drink are sold) are distributed throughout the inner courtyard.

But there is something else that sets this market apart from the rest. It is about the bonfire that burns to warm the visitors. Around the fire you will find wooden benches and winter coats that you can wear (yes, the coats stay there and everyone can wear them).

It is a pleasant and very cozy market in the heart of the Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood and, in addition, it is well connected by public transport. It is and ideal place to have a good time when visiting Berlin.

Alexanderplatz

The Alexanderplatz Christmas market is one of the most visited in Berlin thanks to its central location and aesthetic appeal.

There you will find Christmas decorations made of wood, mulled wine, sweets, a beautiful old carousel (it works), and a wooden tower all lit up where you can have a drink and sit down. If you like skating, don’t miss the rink that is available these days.

The market is split in two. One part is located in the main area of the square, and the second is on the other side of the subway station (this is where the skating rink is located).

What to do in Berlin: Street Festivals

When spring begins in Berlin, different activities and concerts are organized in the street. It is an ideal time to visit the city, due to the good weather and the festivals that take place.

If you fancy seeing Berlin at one of its happiest and funniest moments, don’t miss any of these celebrations:

La Fête de la Musique

On June 21, la Fête de la Musique takes place. Street concerts are organized throughout the city and anyone who wants to play is allowed to improvise on the street or in the parks.

The festival takes place during the day but there’s also a lot going on at night. It is a great time to go out dancing, or enjoy and learn about music from other countries, since Berlin is a multicultural city where people of different origins live.

fiesta de la música Berlín

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.

What to see in Berlin: Parks and Lakes

Two of German’s favorite activities are spending the day at the lake or in the park (I’m talking about very large parks for having a barbecue, playing sports, with open-air cinema, etc…). When the good weather starts, they all leave their houses and get to these places.

You won’t have to go far from the center to go for a swim, eat or enjoy nature. Here are 5 of the most popular and fun options where you can go when visiting Berlin:

Tiergarten

Tiergarten is the lungs of the city, something like the berliner Central Park. It has 210 hectares of park in the form of a forest and gardens (well arranged and full of flowers). If you plan to visit the city on wheels (something highly recommended), you need to know that you can go by bicycle inside the park, since there are paths suitable for cyclists.

Located close to the Reichstag, the Victory Column and the Brandenburg Gate, it is an ideal place to have a small picnic, have a drink by the lake and continue exploring the city.

This area is also where the main pride parade takes place; so if you’re there in July, don’t miss this party with concerts and lots of fun.

Weissensee Lake

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.

Görlitzerpark

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

Thai park

At this Thai Park in Berlin you can enjoy real Thai street food. When summer arrives, the city’s Thai community makes stops at this park and cooks typical dishes from their country (they also offer massages). 

It’s something alternative and fun to do on a Sunday afternoon, compared to typical places for tourists. You go to the park, eat something, and lie on the grass while you drink a coconut or a mojito.

thai park parque tailandés comida berlin

Volkspark Friedrichshain

If you like lakes and parks, I recommend visiting the Volkspark Friedrichshain. It’s one of my favorite places in summer because of the atmosphere and its central location.

It is a very complete park: many people organize barbecues with friends or come to play sports. There are also bars, and a lake with ducks where you can’t swim, but you can sunbathe lying on the grass.

When the temperatures begin to rise and the good weather arrives, there’s also an outdoors cinema where you can see mainly independent films.

Visit Berlin: Going to the opera

The day doesn’t end when the sun goes down, and if you like music, Berlin is a great place to enjoy an evening at the opera or ballet (and at a great price, too).

GOING TO THE OPERA OR BALLET

Something that many people do not know is that going to the ballet or the opera is very cheap and the billboard gets renewed very regularly – in the same week you can see 2 or 3 different performances.

You can choose between the Deutsche Oper and the Komische Oper. The stagings can be classic, or modern and groundbreaking (some are amazing), thus approaching the younger audience.

Prices range from approximately €20 to €50 per person. And here comes the best: if you are a student or under 30 years old, you can buy the ticket you want for only €10 (awesome) showing up 1 hour before the performance.

What to see in Berlin: Abandoned places in Berlin

Abandoned and occupied buildings are part of Berlin’s cultural and historical heritage. Some have been rehabilitated and turned into social centers, discos, bars or as a gallery to show the urban art of different artists.

Before you decide to take a tour to visit this side of Berlin, don’t forget that there are some buildings that you can legally visit, and some where it is illegal to set foot.

Devil’s Mountain (Teufelsberg)

The Devil’s Mountain is a totally different place from what you have seen before. If you like urban exploration or underground graffiti style, then you have to go there.

This is a hill built with rubble from the Second World War, and below the mountain a military and technical university of Nazism is buried.

Years later, an American spy station was built on the top. Now it is abandoned and open to the public so you can visit it legally.

Abandoned children’s hospital

This abandoned children’s hospital was opened in 1911, and it was the first and the largest hospital for newborns and children in all of Prussia .

However, ten years later, in January 1997, the hospital was closed permanently.

Since then it has been abandoned and deteriorating due to several fires that took place and damages occured over time. But it has achieved another type of charm: the one from graffiti and adventure.

If you like abandoned places, in Berlin there is also an Iraqi Embassy.

What to do in Berlin at night (clubs + bars)

Berlin is known for its party culture. There are plenty of bars and nightclubs in this city and, moreover, each establishment is different and has a unique setting, like entering in a different reality.

While in Berlin, I wouldn’t recommend to lean so much towards elegant bars. Try to get to know the very heart of Berlin life, and let yourself be surprised by the peculiarity, decoration and atmosphere of its night scene.

Sisyphos Nightclub

Sisyphos is an underground nightclub in Berlin that has 5 rooms and an open air area. In the outdoor area, there’s a fake beach with sand, loungers and sofas

It’s built inside an old dog biscuit factory and the music they play is electro. The parties at Sisyphos are unstoppable, it’s open from Friday to Monday (without closing).

sisyphos berlin discoteca fiesta

Bar Roses

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.

Madame Claude’s Bar

Madame Claude opened its doors in a former brothel in the neighborhood of Kreuzberg. It is a very peculiar bar due to the distribution of its furniture: it is both hanging from the ceiling and on the floor.

It is a very nice place to go for a drink and then continue the party in a nearby nightclub or bar, as it is located in one of the liveliest neighborhoods in Berlin. In addition, they also offer alternative music concerts in the basement.

RAW Gelände

The RAW Gelände in Berlin (Germany) is a former abandoned train construction and repair factory that has become one of the liveliest places in this city.

The different areas of the RAW-Gelände have been remodeled to house small businesses, a skating rink, a swimming pool, gyms, bars and clubs and much more.

It is a perfect place to visit during your stay in Berlin; It is also very well connected by public transport and is located between two neighborhoods with a lot of nightlife (Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain).

You can take the opportunity to eat something, enjoy urban art and go out for a drink or spend the night in one of the clubs that you’ll find inside the RAW Gelände.

Sage/Kitkat Club

The inside of Sage/Kitkat nightclub is quite shocking: the walls are painted with images of people, in one room there is a metallic dragon that breathes fire and there’s also an indoor swimming pool in oriental style. It’s amazing.

It is a space shared by two discos: Thursday is the day of “Rock at Sage” with free admission from 8:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. You will find a mix between live concerts by international artists and DJ’s in the three rooms of this nightclub.  

During the rest of the week, KitKat‘s parties take place. This nightclub has become famous in Berlin for being a swinger club.

Different themed parties are organized and people are free to do whatever they want and wherever they want as long as there is mutual consent. There’s a dress code and it is clear: less is more.

Ritter Butzke Nightclub

The Ritter Butzke started illegally in an old factory in the Kreuzberg neighborhood. Shortly after the owners were fined and a few months later the club opened legally in the same location.

The club has 3 rooms with different themes (one of them starring a gigantic teapot) plus an inner courtyard that turns into an open air in summer (there is a huge seahorse).

The music is techno and the atmosphere transports you to another world: half decadent, half fantastic, and an extra half of nonsense. Be sure about my word, I was working there for a while.

Sightseeing near Berlin (one day trip)

To spice up your trip, you can always leave Berlin and visit its surroundings. The most recommended 1 day trips or weekend getaways take place only 40km from the capital, in the city of Potsdam. You can get there by subway (S-bahn) and the journey takes about 45 minutes.

Potsdam

This city has a rich historical past, as it was the residence of the Prussian royal family. Thanks to its the beauty of is architecture, it was declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1990.

There are different places worth visiting:

  • Potsdam itself: go for a leisurely stroll, soak up the pretty streets and sit on some of the terraces to enjoy the food.
  • The Dutch Quarter (Holländisches Viertel): it was built on the initiative of King Frederick William I during the 18th century. His goal was to make Dutch artisans living in Potsdam feel at home in this red brick neighborhood.
  • Babelsberg Palace: it was built on the banks of the Havel river between 1833 and 1835 and served as a summer residence for William II and his wife Augusta. From the outside it has a very nice aesthetic that imitates the English style.
  • Nauener Tor: This is one of the old gateways to the city of Potsdam that are still standing. Its construction was completed in 1755, and it is a clear example of the influences of the English neo-Gothic style.
  • Church of St. Peter and St. Paul: This is a Catholic church located in the center of the city and was completed in 1870. The Italianate-style bell tower is made of yellow brick and It measures almost 60 meters.

Sanssouci Palace

Sanssouci Palace (French for “without worries”) is the jewel in Potsdam’s crown and deserves its own section.

Frederick the Great had this impressive palace built between 1745 and 1747, which would become his summer residence. At present, the rooms of the palace keep the decorations and paintings on the walls and ceilings, and are decorated with classical furniture (it is really amazing to see)

This palace complex includes the New Palace, the New Chambers, the Chinese House (this one is very fun and interesting to see), the Orangerie and the Charlottenhof Palace. Remember to reserve some extra time to walk among its gardens full of statues.

What to do in Berlin on Sunday

In many cities Sunday is a boring day, with shops closed and few things to do; but in Berlin this changes and Sunday becomes one of the best days of the week. These are the places to visit in Berlin and the things you can do:

Boat trip on the river Spree

The Spree river and the Landwehrkanal canal cross the historic center of Berlin, and going on a BOAT TOUR (👉PRICE + TIMETABLE) is a beautiful way to enjoy the architecture and tourist attractions of the city.

The tour lasts 3.5 hours and you will see iconic buildings such as the Reichstag, Museum Island, Oberbaum Bridge and Charlottenburg Palace.

Mauerpark (Wall Park)

It is located in Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood and part of the Wall borders the extension of the park. On Sundays a flea market takes, you’ll find street food, antiques, clothes, handmade soaps, and many other things.

When the weather allows it, there is also a karaoke where everyone can participate for free. But do not imagine something small and not nerdy, that’s far from reality.

The speakers are huge and the amphitheater where people sit is always full (very full). If you feel like singing you just have to go there and talk to the guys who are in charge of karaoke.

Opera and ballet

On Sunday afternoon you can go to the ballet or the opera. The experience is well worth it and it is not particularly expensive.

You can also enjoy very good discounts if you are under 30 years old. I leave you two links with more information in case you want to go to the Deutsche Oper or the Komische Oper.

Museum island

If cultural activities are your thing, you can spend the day in the museums of this complex (especially in winter).

These are 5 museums located in the center of Berlin (next to Alexanderplatz) that were declared a World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. This is also where you can see the famous bust of Pharaoh Nefertiti.

Thai Park

The name of the park says it all: it’s a little vacation to Thailand without having to get on the plane.

Every Sunday (if the weather is good), the inhabitants of Berlin from Thai origin cook traditional food from their country and sell it in the Thai Park. Everything is very well organized in little stands and you will find both sweet and salty food, drinks and you can even get a massage!

Christmas markets

Christmas markets do not close on Sundays, and it is the perfect day to visit them to say goodbye to the city or before going to work.

Here you can eat sweets, some German specialty (such as a sausage sandwich, steak, etc.), drink mulled wine, warm up around a campfire and go ice skating.

Without forgetting the stalls for Christmas decorations and crafts that make up these Christmas markets.

Lake + barbecue in the park

When the weather is nice, the best plan is to have a barbecue in the park or spend the day playing cards on the lake.

If you are in Berlin just passing through, in supermarkets you will find small one-piece kits to set up a barbecue. They include all the materials you need and are very cheap.

Open air/club

Many of the clubs in Berlin are open 24 hours a day during the weekend. This means that at any time on Sunday (either 10 in the morning or 5 in the afternoon) you can go out and party.

In summer there are many clubs that have open areas with sofas where you can have a beer while listening to the music, and open airs are also organized on the roofs of buildings or other locations.

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

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.

Waterproof windbreaker

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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.

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3-in-1 hiking shoes

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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.

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10l backpack for day trips and trekking

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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.

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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:

48h72h72h + museum isl.4 days5 days6 days
23 €33 €55 €40 €46 €49 €

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…

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.

Is Germany safe for travelers?

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…

Useful resources for your trip

Properly organizing a trip can help ensure a smooth and stress-free vacation. PLANING an ITINERARY and making a travel BUDGET can help you stay organized and avoid overspending.

While you’re getting ready for your trip, don’t forget to find a flight that fits your needs and budget. With this easy and efficient guide on how to find CHEAP FLIGHTS step-by-step, you’ll be able to snag the perfect flight for your pocketbook.

When it comes to financial aspect of your trip, it’s important to also think about how you will MANAGE your MONEY and cash once you arrive in the country or if you decide to travel by plane. Additionally, these tricks on how to WASH your CLOTHES during your trip, whether you’re staying in a hotel, camping, or dorm, can help you save money and keep your clothes fresh.

If you’re eager to explore the world but have a limited budget, a popular option is to VOLUNTEER while TRAVELING volunteer while traveling. This approach allows you to experience other cultures while also giving back, and it’s also a great way to travel solo and meet new people.

If the idea of traveling alone interests you and you want to learn more, be sure to check out this post where I discuss all the BENEFITS of SOLO TRAVEL and how it can change you. And, if you are a woman, I highly recommend reading these tips for TRAVELING SOLO as a WOMAN, they will give you insight on how to ensure your safety while traveling and how to choose the right destination and avoid any unsafe situations.

Before I say goodbye, I want to share one final tip with you. From my personal experience, I understand how challenging it can be to TRAVEL while staying VEGAN. That’s why I’ve put together a comprehensive guide filled with advice for traveling as a vegan. Inside, you’ll find plenty of suggestions for ordering vegan meals at restaurants, information on where to purchase vegan personal care products, and even tips on how to prepare food in your hotel room!

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