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11 secret tips for world travellers in Berlin

Far away so close

Berliner Cathedral in Berlin
Berliner Cathedral in Spring © (c) visumate

Why travel far away when you can satisfy your wanderlust in the middle of Berlin? Here you don't have to choose between beach or mountains, opt for time travel or cycling tours. Everything is possible in the capital.  With our secret tips, you will find lots of things to inspire your wanderlust.

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Tip 1: Berlin Travel Festival und ITB Digital

Anyone who wants to be inspired to travel will find plenty of impulses on the new platform of the Travelfest BTF // Digital. Four evenings will be dedicated to topics like safe travel, Tiny Living + Slow Travel, Freedom + Adventure or Culture Trips. Get insider tips and be inspired by unusual travel experiences and learn what is currently possible in terms of travel.

Most of the program at ITB is aimed at travel professionals. On the one hand, there is of course a lot about safe travel and a reorientation of the travel industry after Corona, but also numerous destinations present themselves and their concepts.

 

Tip 2: Off to Venice twice!

Klein-Venedig in Berlin
Klein-Venedig © visitBerlin, Foto: Arthur F. Selbach

Not with gondolas, but at least with kayak or canoe you paddle from Lake Stößensee over the dreamy canals of "Klein-Venedig" (Little Venice) to the Havel Canal and from here to Tegeler See (Lake Tegel). Alternatively you can find Italian ambience in the south of Berlin. Here the Müggelspree branches out into various small canals. Paddle under the 13 bridges along the idyllic house settlements of Neu-Venedig (New Venice) in Köpenick. Use the last rays of the sun for a tour on the water!

More about Klein-Venedig in Berlin

In the middle of the city, you can embark on a fictional journey in the footsteps of Thomas Mann's protagonist Auerbach with the audio tour "Death in Venice". The audio tour starts at the St. Georg monument in the Nikolaiviertel and takes you on a walk along the Spree into the world of Auerbach's thoughts with sometimes very vivid references to the current Corona-related situation in Berlin. A really very well done tour with impressive audio effects and perfect timing.

More Audio-Walks 

Tip 3: Trip to the ancient world

© Luyue Zhang

Currently, the Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin (National Museums in Berlin) are offering you the opportunity to view the Collection of the Antikensammlung virtually, including an elaborate 3D scan of the Pergamon Altar and a 360-degree tour of the Altes Museum.

 The best place to start your trip into antiquity is the Colonnades Courtyard on Museum Island. This spacious area is surrounded by the Neues Museum, the Alte Nationalgalerie and a colonnaded courtyard - and is just one example of the impressive architecture of the ensemble's five buildings. 

Visit Berlins Museums virtually

Tip 4: Travel back in time to the Middle Ages

Very close to the Nikolai Quarter is Berlin's oldest square, the Molkenmarkt. Here, where three important trade routes once met, historical remnants of Berlin's medieval old town are currently being searched for. After the excavation work has been completed, the Molkenmarkt is to be rebuilt in its historic structures. Until then, you can explore the excavation site on a 360-degree tour. Dr. Michael Malliaris, project manager of the excavation work and employed by the Landesdenkmalamt (State Monuments Office), presents the individual excavation sites. He also answers questions about the project in short videos.

360° Archaeological Time Travel Molkenmarkt

Tip 5: Off into the countryside

Canal in the Spree Forest
Canal in the Spree Forest © visitberlin, Foto: Sarah Lindemann

If your wanderlust drives you beyond the borders of Berlin, then you will find numerous beautiful destinations in the immediate vicinity. 3000 lakes and enchanted landscapes await you in Brandenburg. Stroll through the magnificent castle parks, paddle through the Spreewald and pick up fresh fruit and vegetables from the region. Not all attractions are currently open, but get inspired already. The wide open spaces are so close:

Brandenburg

Tip 6: Botanical travel fun

Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem
Japanischer Pavillion im Botanischen Garten © Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem, Foto: I.Haas

Even if you are not yet allowed to visit the tropical greenhouses in the Botanical Garden, a walk through the grounds will reveal many plants that you would otherwise only encounter on vacation. In addition, there are pretty Asian pavilions and a sea of plants that will soon be in full bloom. With a little imagination you can easily dream yourself into the different vegetation zones. You can almost go on a real trip around the world in the Gardens of the World. A trip to the Pfaueninsel or the Charlottenburg Schlossgarten promises a particularly romantic mini-vacation. Take a look at our overview of all the large and small parks and gardens in Berlin:

Parks & Gardens

Parks und Gärten

Tip 7: Up to the Riesengebirge and off to the Kiez

Viktoriapark
Viktoriapark © Bezirksamt Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg

It is not yet gushing, the waterfall at Kreuzberg, which, by the way, is based on a natural model in the Riesengebirge. Nevertheless, a walk through the Viktoriapark is a relaxing pastime. End your mini-trip at the national monument commemorating the wars of liberation (Befreiungskriege) on Tempelhofer Berg (also called the round vineyard). From here you have a wonderful view over Berlin.

If you want to discover the Kreuzberg neighborhood around Viktoriapark, check out Lialo.com. Here you can discover free city tours to different neighborhoods and topics in Berlin and also create your own tours. Have fun!

Viktoriapark

Tip 8: Summit tour of Berlin

Drachenberg and Teufelsberg in Berlin
View on Teufelsberg from Drachenberg © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Admittedly, there are more rubble mountains than real mountain ranges in Berlin, but you can still go high up in the capital. Climbing fun can be found at Mount Mitte or at Magic Mountain, and the forest high ropes course Jungfernheide is also a nice destination. If the Teufelsberg itself is not enough for you, there is also a climbing tower here. And the view of the city can also be seen from the Tempelhofer Berg (also known as the Round Vineyard) in the Viktoriapark. Or how about a summit tour across the capital by bike. Whether flaktowers, vineyard or observatory, here you will experience city history above the roofs of Berlin.

Berlin summit tour

Tip 9: Off into space

Zeiss-Großplanetarium
© visitBerlin, Foto: Jan Frontzek

If wishing should still help, use the warmer evenings for a look at the starry sky. The next big shooting star night is announced for August 12. But you can start practicing now. You can also find out more about the phenomena of the sky in the livestream and on the planetarium's YouTube channel.

Planetarium YouTube channel

 

Tip 10: Reading is traveling in your head

Fairytales in Berlin
Magic Fairy Tale book © Getty Images, Foto: Eva Carollo Photography

Take a vacation at home with a good book or audio book. By the way, you can find everything you need for your fantasy journey in your head at the Association of Public Libraries in Berlin (Verbund öffentlicher Bibliotheken in Berlin). If you haven't got a library card yet, you should do so as soon as possible. In addition to the limited reference lending, there is an extremely extensive digital offering, which also includes a streaming platform for films and series, as well as numerous digital classes. Why not start learning the language of the country you're headed to on your next big trip?

Top 11 novels set in Berlin

 

Tip 11: New perspectives on Berlin

Streetart von Herakut
Graffiti Herakut Mural © Aurelio Schrey

Discover new sides of your own city. Using the map function of our ABOUT BERLIN app, you can easily find all the special places and sights that are close to you. What stories lie behind the scenes of the city? What great historical moments have taken place in your immediate vicinity? Immerse yourself in exciting, historical and contemporary snapshots. There are audio books, videos - and of course we have also put together exciting tours for you, for example along the Wall, around Moritzplatz or to Artpark Tegel. Discover the city of tomorrow, street art or Berlin's monuments of industrial heritage.

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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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