Tips for your more sustainable & CO2-friendly Berlin holiday
Sustainability is not only trendy in Berlin, it has long been part of the Berlin way of life in all its facets. Here you can dine vegetarian and vegan almost everywhere, shop fairly and sustainably and stay in certified organic and eco hotels.
In addition to extensive parks and gardens, open and green spaces, forests and urban gardening projects, you will also find numerous projects in the capital that actively implement climate protection in urban spaces: solar-powered ferry connections, restaurants that send their composted food scraps back to the organic farmer or events like the Greentech Festival. Berlin also demonstrates commitment in the social sphere and has been designated a Fair Trade City.
Find the best tips and occasions for an environmentally friendly and sustainable stay in Berlin here. By the way: With our Bahnhit Deal you can travel to Berlin comfortably, cheaply and with a low carbon footprint from every German city. Book your sustainable hotel here.
Green sightseeing: explore the city the climate-neutral way
Explore Berlin by bike or on foot without leaving a carbon footprint. You can also get around the city sustainably and with low emissions on the public transport network - and with the Berlin WelcomeCard you have free travel. In addition, the practical tourist ticket gives you discounts on over 180 attractions.
With a raft, kayak, SUP board or a solar-powered ferry, you can also discover Berlin sustainably from the water. Get insider tips for Berlin directly on your smartphone with our digital city guides, the apps "Going Local" and "ABOUT Berlin", completely paperless and environmentally friendly - including directions and maps, as well as audio offers such as our podcast "Berlin Unboxed".
Tempelhofer Feld (Tempelhof Field)The people of Berlin are delighted with their new, yet old-established recreation area. The former Tempelhof airport is now a public park.
Dicke MarieIn Tegel Forest there is a huge oak tree called Dicke Marie. It’s the oldest tree in Berlin and is even older than the city itself.
ÖkowerkIndustrial history meets nature: Berlin's Ökowerk, a former waterworks, is a paradise full of species-rich habitats and educational exhibits.The info centre “Wasserleben” offers numerous models all-around the subject of H2O. For events, the theme gardens and ponds can be used, as well as the diverse seminar rooms (forest hall, library, laboratory).
Urban Tech Republic – Berlin TXLAs Urban Tech Republic – Berlin TXL, former West Berlin airport Tegel (TXL) will become a focal point for smart city topics.
HimmelbeetYou can see people sowing, weeding and harvesting even right in the middle of Berlin. At the Himmelbeet in Wedding, everyone works together. And you can try the home-grown food.
PrinzessinnengärtenBerlin's best-known urban gardening project lies in Neukölln. The Prinzessinnengärten are ecological and social gardens.
Tegeler FließTegeler Fließ in Reinickendorf – experience the impressive wildlife and a village idyll.
Buddhistisches HausIn Frohnau you can find the oldest Buddhist temple in Europe. Dip into the calming world of Buddhism.
MüggelbergeThe Müggelberge are the highest elevation in Berlin and contain numerous biking and hiking trails
Vierfelderhof (family farm)Here children learn more about the importance of sustainability and how good regional food tastes.
WuhletalwegThis trail runs along the River Wuhle from Ahrensfelde to the river’s confluence with the River Spree. This pleasant river with clear waters and small fish is at the core of the Wuhle Valley, a park-like place for rest and refreshment in the city.
Natur-Park Schöneberger SüdgeländeThe Tempelhof railway yard became a typical deserted industrial area when it was shut down gradually after the Second World War. Yet, in the course of just 50 years, a rich natural oasis has come to thrive in the midst of a diverse city. This jungle forest can now be explored by foot.
Dining in Berlin: Healthy, diverse and simply delicious
The culinary variety in Berlin is diverse and colourful. Almost every country's cuisine is represented, with most restaurants paying attention to organic and regional ingredients. Many even work directly with organic farms in the surrounding area.
Fans of vegetarian and vegan cuisine will find numerous options in Berlin. Berlin's organic markets and market halls not only offer fresh fruit and vegetables, but also delicious street food. Take a picnic with you on your way and explore the city's urban gardening projects.
Sustainable shopping: Individual and typical Berlin
Sustainable fashion from Berlin is unconventional, chic and wearable. Those who look for sustainable offers when shopping have a wide choice in Berlin. Browse in small, fine boutiques like Loveco or support a social project with your purchase in one of the numerous Oxfam shops in Berlin.
Individualists will find what they're looking for in small designer shops or vintage and second-hand shops and do something for the environment and climate at the same time. Browse Berlin's flea markets for a special souvenir.
Innovation and sustainability
Like all metropolises, Berlin must face the great challenges of our time. As a city of the future, Berlin relies on innovative concepts, modern mediation models and sustainable projects: Visit the solar skywalk on the roof of the Futurium, expand your city exploration using augmented reality and find out about the latest innovations at the Green Tech Festival.
Get inspired here and gather ideas for a better future.
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