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11 secret tips for world travellers in Berlin

Far away so close

Tempelhofer Feld
© visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

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, Bali or Bavaria.  Everything is possible in the capital.  With our secret tips, wanderlust won't arise at all. Berlin has that, too.

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Tip 1: Take off to new worlds

Flughafen Tempelhof
Flughafen Tempelhof © visitBerlin, Foto: Jan Frontzek

You want to travel? Then take a look at the travel agency of Torhaus Berlin. The citizens initiative, which actually has its headquarters in the old gatehouse of the airport at Columbiadamm, is committed to a sustainable, lively and communal reuse of the Tempelhof airport building, including utopias for Hangar X. As part of the Living the City exhibition, the Torhaus has established a real travel agency in the airport building as part of a residency. Within the framework of various projects, you can go on a journey around the airport buildings and learn a lot in the process.

Torhaus Berlin

Tip 2: Trip to the ancient world

© Luyue Zhang

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 the 1:1 reconstructions of Greek and Roman architecture in the Pergamonmuseum. The Panorama. Sculptures and ancient cabaret can be found in the Altes Museum. Some houses, such as the Neues Museum, are still closed. Here you can find an 

Tickets for Museum Island

Tip 3: Off to Tadzhikistan

Teestunde in Berlin
Teestunde in Berlin © Getty Images, Foto: viennetta

Let yourself be seduced into the fairy tale worlds of the Orient. Here you can cuddle on colorful cushions and soft carpets and dream yourself into the worlds of 1001 nights with a hot pot of tea and delicious little dishes. Of course, there will also be real fairy tale hours, with the professional storytellers Ana Rhuzik and Katja Popow. Reservations in advance are essential! 

The most beautiful cafés in Berlin

Tip 4: Off to the tropics

Tropical Island Spabereich
© Copyright: Tropical Island

The tropics are indeed right on the doorstep of Berlin. From 15 June you can visit both Tropical Island and the Naturtherme Berlin again. And even if you are not yet allowed to visit the tropical greenhouses in the Botanical Gardens, a walk through the grounds will reveal many plants and plants that you normally only encounter on holiday. There are also a few pretty Asian pavilions. Dream yourselves into the holiday paradise!

Before visiting the thermal baths, please check the website of the providers and book your tickets online.

More thermal springs

Tip 5: Just take a dive!

Stadtbad Neukölln
Stadtbad Neukölln © STB Neukölln Copyright: Elke A. Jung-Wolff/Berliner Bäder

Although you have to reserve a time slot ticket for a trip to the venerable swimming halls of Berlin, you have enough space to draw your lanes. Liquidrom and tranxx are also open. Here you can let yourself drift on the water in a relaxed atmosphere. Perfect for a mini vacation. If you like it faster, we recommend a trip to the Berliner Wellenwerk. Here we have compiled an overview of the open pools for you:

The most beautiful swimming pools in Berlin

Tip 6: 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 7: Bob and cable car riding

Besuch in den Gärten der Welt
Gärten der Welt © visitBerlin, Foto: Thomas Kierok

There is another summit to climb in Berlin. Right next to the Gardens of the World (Gärten der Welt). On top of the Kienberg, right next to the cable car station and the Wolkenhain, you will find the first summer toboggan run in Berlin. With up to 40 kilometers per hour you will race down the almost 500 meter long descent. The speedy bobsleigh ride ends at the Panorama roundabout. From there you have a panoramic view of the Gardens of the World. From 11 years of age, children may toboggan unaccompanied, children from 4 years of age should be accompanied by at least 16-year-old fellow tobogganists.

When: Monday to Friday 10 am - 6 pm, Saturday, Sunday, public holidays and daily during the Berlin summer holidays: 10 am - 7 pm

Where: Hellersdorfer Strasse 149, Marzahn

More about Kienberg and the toboggan run

Tip 8: Bali in Berlin

vabali spa Berlin
© vabali spa Berlin

Incredible but true. In the middle of Berlin's big city bustle lies an enchanting Balinese village. Only 500 meters away from Berlin's central station you will find peace and relaxation in the vabali Spa on 20,000 square meters, several saunas surrounded by the old trees of the Fritz-Schloß-Park and a sun deck in Far Eastern style. A real paradise, not only for Indonesia fans.

Before visiting the spa, please check the website of the providers and book time slot tickets online if necessary.

More Day Spas in Berlin

Tip 9: Venice on the outskirts of the city

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

Tip 10: As far as the eye can see

Tempelhofer Feld
© visitBerlin, Foto: Arthur F. Selbach

Because the reeds over the swamps in southern Miami extend like a sea to the end of the horizon, the Everglades are also called the "Sea of Grass". A similar sea of grass can be found on Tempelhof Field.  Here you can let your gaze wander into the distance. Instead of using an airboat or kayak, it's better to skateboard or bike over the huge area. Or you try kite-landboarding and take off even without a plane ticket?.

More trend sports in Berlin

Tip 11: Discover Berlin anew

Tempelhof field in Berlin
Tempelhof field in Berlin © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Of course Berlin itself is always worth a visit. Discover the still unknown sides of the city on foot, by bike or from the water. From the most important sights to cultural and historical niche themes, you will gain many surprising perspectives on your city. Backyards, urban gardening, sustainable city concepts, exciting community projects and culinary highlights.

Guided walking tours in Berlin

So that you can safely li enjoy your wanderlust in Berlin,

here the new rules:

  • Food and drink may only be offered and consumed at tables, self-service is not allowed.
  • A reservation as well as wearing a face mask is recommended.
  • Persons from two households must keep a minimum distance of 1.5 metres between each other.
  • For cultural institutions: reserve a ticket online with a time slot.
  • Observe the hygiene measures and regulations of the individual providers.


Read also our quick overview of all other important information on what Berlin visitors should know due to the current situation.

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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