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11 plus 1 insider tip for an excursion in Berlin's "Kieze"

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Bürgerpark in Pankow: Flowerbed and Pavillon in spring
Bürgerpark in Pankow: Flowerbed and Pavillon in spring © Abdulrahman Barakat, tic

There is no need to travel far away. With its twelve twelve different districts (Kieze), Berlin offers a lot of wonderful destinations for excursions. Here is a collection of many great tips and suggestions directly from the districts. Come with us on a tour and discover some of the not so well-known corners of the capital. 11 plus 1 insider tip for a postcard-worthy mini vacation in your own city.

Tip 1: Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf - Green Oasis

Restaurant Bootshaus Stella by lake Lietzensee
Lietzenseepark mit Blick auf das Wasser © Runze & Casper, Foto: Martin Beikirch

Although located in the middle of Charlottenburg, the Lietzenseepark is a green oasis of peace. Here you can go for a walk and enjoy the view of the lake. By the way, the landscape park designed by garden director Erwin Barth celebrates its 100th anniversary this year, which will be celebrated on June 13 and 14. Naturally, the current hygiene and safety meassures will be observed. You will also find the beautiful cafés and restaurants a little emptier than the terrace of the Stella boathouse shown above. Fortunately there are some to choose from. Here are three tips:

  • Where: Boathouse Stella, Witzlebenplatz 1, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf
    When: daily 10 am to 10 pm
  • Where: Engelbecken, Witzlebenstr. 31, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf
    When: Monday to Friday, 17 - 22 hrs; Saturday, 16 - 22 hrs; Sunday & Holiday, 12 pm - 3 pm and 4 pm - 10 pm
  • Where: Café Manstein, Witzlebenstrasse 32, Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf
    When: daily 9 am - 10 pm

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Tip 2: Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg - Pop-up bike lanes

Park Friedrichshain in Berlin
Park Friedrichshain © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Berlin has never been so bicycle-friendly as at the moment. Let the Pentecost sun lure you outside and try the new pop-up bike paths. In Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg alone, you can now cycle safely along Mehringdamm to Tempelhofer Feld, along Skalitzer Straße, Kottbusser Damm, as well as Tempelhofer and Halleschen Ufer. More pop-up cycle paths can be found at Lichtenberger Straße and Petersburger Straße. 

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A real classic for a sunny weekend with children is a trip to the fairytale fountain (Märchenbrunnen) in the Volkspark Friedrichshain. And if you don't want to pack a picnic, you can get some food at the Schönbrunn snack bar. For older kids, a trip to the Computerspielemuseum (Museum for Computer Games) is currently worthwhile, because here you can currently try out all the games without long waiting times.

Where: Computerspielemuseum, Karl-Marx-Allee 93a, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg
When: daily 10 - 20 o'clock

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Tip 3: Lichtenberg - Lake tour with history

Paar am Orankesee
© Runze & Casper, Foto: Bezirksamt Lichtenberg

Bathers were already cavorting here in the golden 20s. And even today the Strandbad Orankesee is a popular bathing destination in the east of Berlin. If you prefer a more peaceful atmosphere, you can enjoy nature on a walk around the Obersee under shady red oaks and maple trees.

Afterwards, a visit to the Orankesee Terraces is recommended. Get inspired to further excursions around the two lakes with the audio stories, which the Förderverein Obersee & Orankesee has compiled under the title Hörenschönhausen.

You want to discover even more? Then take a look at this bicycle tour through bicycle tour through Lichtenberg.

Where: Orankesee Terrassen, Orankestraße 41, Lichtenberg
When: daily 11 am - 10 pm

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Tip 4: Marzahn-Hellersdorf - Enchanted idyll

Schloss Biesdorf in Summer
Schloss Biesdorf in Summer © Fachbereich Kultur Marzahn-Hellersdorf, Foto Karin Scheel

Between single-family homes and prefabricated housing estates lies Biesdorf Castle, an enchanted gem in the middle of the city. The octagonal tower of the late classicist villa can be seen from far away. Surrounded by 15 hectares of land, you stroll along winding paths under 100-year-old trees towards the castle. The park was designed in the English style by the renowned landscape architect Alfred Brodersen. Relax in the reading garden or let yourself be spoilt in the castle café, which - like the castle and exhibition rooms - is open for you again.

The exhibition at Biesdorf Castle Sehnsucht nach dem Jetzt (Longing for the Now) is extended until June 4. 

Where: Biesdorf Castle, Old Biesdorf 55, Marzahn-Hellersdorf
When: daily from 10 am to 6 pm, Friday 12 am to 9 pm, closed on Tuesday

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Tip 5: Mitte - Time travel to the historical heart of Berlin

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In Mitte, there is a lot to discover, even away from the much frequented attractions. Travel back in time at the Mitte Museum and learn more about the historical centre of Berlin. Until the new permanent exhibition opens in 2021, you can look behind the scenes and learn more about the tasks and ideas of the staff of this regional history museum through various video interviews. At the same time, the museum objects will be related to contemporary art.

The cabinet exhibition "Otto Nagel and the Mitte Museum - Cabinet Exhibition on the occasion of the artist's 125th birthday" is on view until 13 September 2020. 

Where: Mitte Museum, Pankstraße 47, Mitte
When: daily except Saturday, 10 am to 6 pm

Tip: If you are travelling by bike, you can start the Spreerunde to Spandau from the Nordhafen (7 minutes from the Mitte Museum).

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Tip 6: Neukölln - Beyond the mainstream

Brücke im Britzer Garten Berlin
Brücke im Britzer Garten © Foto: Dominik Butzmann

Away from the mainstream, Neukölln invites you to take a walk in the Britzer Garten and the park around Britz Manor (Gutshof Britz). The area around the KINDL-Zentrum is somewhat more urban. Contemporary art can now be seen in the former brewery. Please book a ticket with time slot online in advance. After visiting the exhibition you can enjoy coffee and cake in Babette's garden.

If you are travelling in Neukölln on Saturday, you should definitely stop by the weekly market Die Dicke Linda on Neukölln's Kranoldplatz (10 am to 4 pm) and pick up a delicious picnic for a subsequent bike tour through Neukölln.

Where: KINDL - Center for Contemporary Art, Am Sudhaus 3, Neukölln
When: Wednesday to Sunday 12 pm - 6 pm Wednesday to Sunday 2 pm - 10 pm

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Tip 7: Pankow - The fine English way

Botanischer Volkspark Blankenfelde
© Friedel Kantaut, tic

Let the diversity of Pankow surprise you. A good starting point is the Kulturbrauerei. Here you can currently see the permanent exhibition "Everyday Life in the GDR" (“Alltag in der DDR”) and the photo exhibition "Germany Becomes One. The dismantling of the inner-German border". A little further back in time you will travel when you visit Schönhausen Castle. In the castle park you walk in the footsteps of Queen Elisabeth Christine. Garden lovers also get their money's worth in the Botanischen Volkspark Blankenfelde-Pankow. Tip: Follow the scent of scones with Clotted Cream to Café mint in the Volkspark: don't forget your picnic blanket! 

This bike tour through Pankow takes you through two other beautiful parks, Volkspark Humboldthain and Bürgerpark Pankow.

Where: Café mint, Botanical Volkspark Pankow, Blankenfelder Chaussee 5, Pankow
When: Thursday - Sunday 11 am - 5 pm

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Tip 8: Spandau - Here you have by far the best view

Brauhaus Spandau
© visitSpandau.de/CS

In addition to the Spandau Citadel (Zitadelle Spandau), the Spandau Brewery (Brauhaus Spandau) with its spacious beer garden is a fantastic destination. The red brick building on the Havel served the Spandau garrison from 1880 onwards as an "Heeresdampfwäscherei“ and is the perfect meeting point for a short discovery tour of Spandau off the beaten track.

Only a short walk away you will find Berlin's oldest settlement area, the picturesque Kolk. The Spandauer Schleuse and Berlin's largest pedestrian zone in the Spandauer Altstadt is also within easy walking distance.

By bike, it is worth taking a tour north along the Spandauer See and the Altstadthafen towards the island of Eiswerder. You will find further inspiration on this bike tour through Spandau..

Where: Spandau Brewery, Neuendorfer Str. 1, Berlin-Spandau
When: Beer garden open from 10 am to 10 pm

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Tip 9: Reinickendorf - Promenade with view on the lake

Reinickendorf an der Greenwichpromenade mit Blick auf See und Dampfer
Greenwichpromenade Reinickendorf, Berlin © Sylvana Klinik/Bezirksamt Reinickendorf von Berlin

"The greenery sprouts, the water beckons - life starts in Reinickendorf!" Start your trip with a visit to the pedestrian zone Alt-Tegel, which you can easily reach by underground and suburban train.  After a coffee in the sunshine you walk to the Greenwichpromenade at the Tegeler See. Here the little ones can let off steam on the large playground. How about a round of mini golf or a steamboat trip?

After a round in the pedal boat, you can let yourself be spoilt in the Tegeler Seeterassen in retro-70s flair with a view of the Tegeler See. Enjoy the view of the water during a walk, for example over the Sechserbrücke bridge or simply stroll along the promenade to Kanonenplatz. Here you can end the day on the terrace of the Fisherman`s Restaurant with a view of the lake.

Where: Tegeler Seeterassen, Wilkestraße 1, Reinickendorf
When: daily 12 pm - 22 pm

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Tip 10: Steglitz-Zehlendorf - Off into the nature

Die Pfaueninsel an der Wannsee-Babelsberg Route
© Wirtschaftsförderung Steglitz-Zehlendorf, Foto: Steven Ritzer

The best way to explore Berlin's southwest is by bike. Along the different routes you can expect not only beautiful nature, you can also discover interesting cultural highlights. Why not stop by the Brücke-Museum or the Haus am Waldsee. In addition, numerous beer gardens and cafés look forward to your stopover, such as the Fischerhütte am Schlachtensee. Right here you can also go swimming or rent a SUP board. Krumme Lanke is also not far away or the Königsweg cycle path through Grunewald, which takes you straight to Wannsee.

If you need to rent a bike for a trip into the surrounding area, get off at the Griebnitzsee train station in Potsdam. Here the Pedales offers you a great selection of rental bikes. From here you can also cycle along the Babelsberg Park back to Glienicke. Enjoy the peace and quiet along the riverside path and the water. Tip: You can also rent a canoe as an alternative to a bike.

Tip: With the Berlin WelcomeCard you can get up to 50 percent discount at pedals and other providers and attractions.

Where: Fischerhütte am Schlachtensee, Fischerhüttenstraße 136, Steglitz-Zehlendorf
When: Beer garden from 9 am, restaurant from 10 am

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Tipp 11: Tempelhof-Schöneberg - A harbour for everyone

Tempelhofer Hafen gegenüber dem Ullsteinhaus
Tempelhofer Hafen © Getty Images, Foto: spreephoto

Fly over the Tempelhofer Feld by bike, stroll through the boutiques in the Akazienstraße, lie in the sun on the meadow of the Malzfabrik, enjoy the view of the canal at the Tempelhofer Hafen or walk through the forest on the Schöneberger Südgelände along old railway tracks: You can experience all this and much more in Tempelhof-Schöneberg. For those interested in history, we recommend the places of remembrance (Orte des Erinnerns) in the Bavarian Quarter (Bayerisches Viertel). Several commemorative plaques tell in text and pictures how the Berlin Jews were gradually discriminated against more and more between 1933 and 1945. And the Regenbogenkiez on Nollendorfplatz is still the centre of the LGBTI community in Berlin today.

Where: Tempelhofer Hafen, Tempelhofer Damm 227, Tempelhof
When: Monday to Saturday, 10 am - 8 pm

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Tip 12: Treptow-Köpenick - Off into the woods

Ausflugsgaststätte Schmetterlingshorst
Ausflugsgaststätte Schmetterlingshorst © wikimedia, Foto: Lienhard Schulz (CCBY-SA3-0)

Dive into the dense green of the fairytale wetland of Krumme Lake. On its shores, many narrow paths lead from Karolinenhof in the south of Köpenick through the Grünauer Forst to the former radio station in Grünau. Start your trip with a ride on Berlin's most beautiful tram route, the Uferbahn: tram line 68 to Richtershorn stop. From the starting point you walk 400 meters into the forest in the direction of Krumme Lake.

Lined by alder swamp forests, sedge peace and reeds, you will walk along the river through untouched birch and English oak forests. Keep an eye out for frogs and newts, a total of seven amphibian species live here in the river. And guess how many different insects and butterflies live on the nearby meadows? There are 478! Especially beautiful are the clearings at the height of the beach Grünau, through which the Krumme Lake winds its way. At the end of your hike the rustic forest restaurant Hanff's-Ruh awaits you.

Where: Hanff's-Ruh, Rabindranath-Tagore-Strasse 25
When: Wednesday to Monday, 11 - 18 o'clock

Tip: Another nice excursion begins with the tram line 62 to the Wendenschloss. From here it is a 15-minute walk to the Schmetterlingshorst, embedded in the nature of the Köpenick Forest.

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For a relaxed mini vacation in Berlin's various neighbourhoods, here are the new rule again:

  • Opening hours maximum until 10 pm.
  • Persons from two households must maintain a minimum distance of 1.5 metres between them.
  • Food and drinks may only be offered and consumed at tables, self-service is not permitted.
  • Reservations and the wearing of a face mask are recommended.
  • Observe the hygiene measures and regulations of the individual providers.

And for a quick overview of what else is already open and what is (still) closed in Berlin, just have a look at visitBerlin.de.

Josefine Köhn-Haskins

Josefine

ist in München aufgewachsen, hat dort studiert und bei der SZ volontiert. Auf der Suche nach neuen Abenteuern entdeckte sie erst New York, dann Miami und berichtete als Trendscout und Korrespondentin für verschiedene Publikationen. Ihr Zuhause fand sie dann aber in Berlin. Fasziniert von den vielen Facetten der Stadt ist sie kreuz und quer in den Kiezen unterwegs und beschäftigt sich gerne mit Zukunftsideen und Smart City Konzepten für ein innovatives Berlin.

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