What to do in Berlin: 7 great ideas

If you already took pictures in Berlin at the Brandenburg Gate, saw the famous Checkpoint Charlie, found the surviving part of the Berlin Wall, congratulations - you walked to the most famous tourist places. What else can you do in the German capital and how to get to know the city better, read in this article.

What to do in Berlin: 7 great ideas

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What to do in Berlin: 7 great ideas

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This is also one of the most visited and tourist places in Berlin, but in the selection it turned out this is why: to get inside, you must prepare in advance.

Now we will tell how. Once you have decided on the dates of your trip, go to the

official website of the Bundestag

, depending on your desire, available seats for this date and meeting time, you will see several options: you can look at work Parliament, go on a tour of the halls of the Reichstag open for tourists, climb to the observation deck with a glass dome. Of course, it may turn out that meetings are not held on these dates, and the dome is closed for cleaning (it happens, it’s checked), but still we advise you to go up to the observation deck. You will have a panoramic view of the city, and anyway, this is part of our history, in contact with which strong feelings arise.

What to do in Berlin: 7 great ideas

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What to do in Berlin: 7 great ideas

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Forest of 2,711 concrete blocks in the very center of Berlin. Massive slabs of various sizes and heights form dozens of alleys: a real maze, and it will take time to find a way out of it. This is the artist’s intention: to give everyone a sense of what it is like to be in a situation where there is nowhere to run and nowhere to look for help. Peter Eisenman, who created the memorial, succinctly described his composition - "meaninglessness and inconsolability.

" There are endless disputes around the memorial - everyone uses an unusual monument as they like: children jump on plates or hide and seek in a maze, adults sit on blocks, eat, sunbathe, take countless selfies. For which they are mercilessly criticized, they say, are photographed on the bones of dead people. Another opinion: the memorial is a memory, but life goes on, and it’s normal that the space here is not depressingly quiet and empty, but, on the contrary, filled with worldly vanity, talk and laughter. Which point of view to adhere to - everyone decides for himself, but you certainly will not remain indifferent.

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Of course, Berlin has kept a lot of things since the Second World War and the division of the country into Germany and East Germany, but it’s a little better to find out not the past, but the present cities on excursions "Alternative Berlin". At 11 a.m. or one o'clock in the afternoon on the central square, Alexanderplatz, those who wish to dive for three hours into the world of street art gather. The tour is free (you can leave a tip after it), but do not forget to buy a ticket in advance.

Neighborhoods with graffiti, stories about street artists (by the way, the tour is in English), urban art projects, squatting and legends of the surroundings - three hours in the company of a local guide pass unnoticed.

What to do in Berlin: 7 great ideas

The final point where the excursion that we described above - YAAM beach will take you, stands for Young African Art Market (young African art market). It is more than a cafe or a club, here you can eat, lie in a hammock or relax in a beach chair, feeling the warm sand under your feet. As you already understood from the name, dark-skinned guys run the show here - someone works in a bar, someone prepares delicious dishes. Here again, on every section of the wall there is graffiti, a relaxed atmosphere reigns here (no one seems to suspect the word "stress" exists), and after 10 pm YAAM beach works like a club.

A look here is a must.

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Since we were talking about food, you should definitely visit biergarten in Berlin, translated as “beer garden”. Slender rows of tables located in the shade of trees or on the banks of the river, traditional sausages, cold beer. Here you can meet young people and people of respectable age, with a glass of beer there are heated friendly discussions and business meetings.

The Germans are very fond of biergartens, and there is certainly something for it.

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Want to wander through the narrow streets of old Berlin along the Spree River? Then you need the Nikolayviertel quarter. Also take a walk along the promenade in the evening to the Bode Museum, in front of it there is a zone where you can relax on sun loungers, listen to street musicians or just buy food and drinks and sit on the grass.

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Once the largest airport in Europe, Tempelhof turned into a huge park. In 2008, the airport was closed, the authorities wanted to partially build up the territory with elite housing, but an initiative group of Berliners defended the citizens' right to use the park completely, and this, for a minute, 350 hectares in the city center. Now Tempelhof is a favorite place for skateboarders, cyclists and those who love “ground” windsurfing. You can come here for a picnic, and just take a walk. Have you ever walked along the runway? Not? Then buy a ticket to Berlin and spend a great vacation in this city.

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