24 hours in Berlin

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Berlin is much more than the wall that divided it 40 years ago.


Since reunification in 1989, Germany’s capital has gained a reputation as the ‘New York of Europe’. In other words, it is drenched in cosy bars and warehouse clubs. Even if you’re an early bird (rare in this city), there are a ton of other curiosities that line the lively streets. From cute cafés to public park karaoke, Berlin is a cosmopolitan culture capital. Home to a biannual fashion week, the infamous Berlinale Film Festival, over 2,000 galleries, and 200 museums, there are pockets of activity from Charlottenburg to Friedrichshain. Find countless ways to spend your days in this sprawling, architecturally diverse city filled with neoclassical masterpieces with minimal touches, much of it reconstructed after the Second World War. The largest city in Germany, with a population of 4.5 million, one-third of Berlin is covered in leafy parks, gardens, and lakes. You’ll find the noodle-shaped Spree river, the world’s first postal museum, and tasty local treats.

At Betahaus – a popular coworking space – the weekly Betabreakfast brings together brains from the local startup community. With free wireless, superb Americanos, and fresh croissants. Non-members can sign up via Gidsy.

Berlin’s historical Mauerpark was part of the Berlin Wall. Now it is home to a popular Sunday flea market. Find vinyl, antiques, bikes, and GDR memorabilia. The stone amphitheatre features the Bearpit Karaoke Show.

Check out the TV Tower, a key city symbol set in the heart of Alexanderplatz. Built in 1969, it remains one of the tallest-standing structures in Europe. Take a tour inside and have lunch in the revolving restaurant.

The historical Berlin Tempelhof Airport closed in 2008 but remains open as a public park. Ride along the smooth concrete runway on a bicycle, set up a picnic in the BBQ area, and walk through the community-built garden.

In 1872, The Museum for Communication was the world’s first postal museum and is home to the famous Blue and Red Mauritius stamps. Now it’s home to so much more. Programming is strong with lectures, guided tours, and films.

Get your camera ready. At sundown, Brandenburg Gate offers a picturesque view of a landmark at its finest. The former city gate, just steps away from the boutiques on Friedrichstrasse, was restored in 2002.

In Prenzlauer Berg, the famous fashion street Kastanienallee is home to a gem of German cuisine. Die Schule, a classic German restaurant, offers traditional schnitzel alongside tasty vegetarian options, like spätzle.

Deep in the heart of Kreuzberg, Vögelchen is an established bar and café decorated with keys and old photographs. Try the chocolate cake paired with hazelnut schnapps. Acoustic shows in the evenings soften the soul.

The Michelberger Hotelhas a stylish lobby bar with a house-blend drink based on old German recipes. Check out the fine design and DJs who spin old and new. Clubs are a short walk away on Revaler Strasse.

Drop by the techno-friendly Club Der Visionäire located on Berlin’s 400km-long river, the Spree. Dance on the multicoloured dance floor, and meet locals on the riverside patio. If you make it until sunrise, the view is spectacular.


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