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11 secret tips for world travellers in Berlin

Mountains, Beach & Caribbean Feeling

Schlachtensee
© 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.

With the new Bahnhit-Deal Berlin, you can travel safely and comfortably to the capital, three nights in a hotel are included - plus our Berlin WelcomeCard. With this card you not only get discounts from many partners but you can also use public transport in the entire city for free. 

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Tip 1: Sun on the beach 

Beach and swimming area Wannsee in Berlin
Beach and swimming area Wannsee © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

Sun bathing in the soft sand and letting yourself getting dried off by the wind: What might sound like a holiday on the beac can be reached quickly in Berlin by bike or S-Bahn. Instead of the Caribbean or the Mediterranean, this year we recommend sun worshippers to visit the Wannsee or the Müggelsee or any of the many other beautiful lakes in Berlin and the surrounding area. You are sure to find your favourite beach on our beach map!

The Berlin Swimming-Map

Tip 2: The mountains are calling

waterfall in Viktoriapark in Kreuzberg
Viktoriapark with waterfall © visumate, Foto: Sylvia matzkowiak
Wasserfall im Viktoriapark

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. Also the waterfall bubbles again, by the way a copy of the Hainfall in the Krkonoše Mountains (Riesengebirge).

More about Mount Mitte

Tip 3: Bob and cable car riding

Sommerrodelbahn im Kienberg Park
© Foto: Ole Bader/sandwichpicker.com

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 4: 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 5: 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.

More about Klein-Venedig in Berlin

Tip 6: 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.

More trend sports in Berlin

Tip 7: On a world trip in Berlin

Long Night of the museums in Berlin
Kulturforum at the Long Night of the museums © Sergej Horovitz

From Monaco, past the Chinese cultural centre and Senegal, on to Mexico and the Nordic countries - and then along Tiergartenstraße, you can travel around the world by bike in Berlin in half an hour. Here in the middle between Landwehrkanal and Tiergarten you will find most of the embassy representations. For a break in the countryside, a detour to the Tiergarten is a good idea. Straight ahead, you will pass Japan, Italy, the Turkish and Indian Embassies to the Kulturforum, also a place of global, intercultural exchange.

Tiergarten

Tip 8: Trip to the ancient world

Kolonnadenhof auf der Museumsinsel
© visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

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 overview of what is open and what is still closed: #Berlinreopens

 

Tickets for Museum Island

Tip 9: 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 10: Off to Bavaria

Beer garden at Schlachtensee in Berlin
Restaurant Fischerhütte at Schlachtensee © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

In the shade of old chestnut trees with a huge "Mass" beer in front of you, live seems easy when enoying the end of the day in a beer garden in Bavaria. Seriously, without beer gardens, Bavaria would only be half as beautiful. However, the capital has now caught up quite well. We have put together the most beautiful beer gardens for you. Alternatively you can end the day at the Panke or the Spree with a drink of your choice.

Beer gardens 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.


And for a quick overview of what else is already open in Berlin, just have a look at  #Berlinreopens.

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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