Things to do in Berlin
Berlin is bustling with activities, day and night, so no matter what you’re in the mood for there are plenty of activities in Berlin to make your stay worthwhile.
There’s always something to do in Berlin! If you’re an art lover, check out Berlinische Galerie, a former glass warehouse repurposed to show contemporary art, photography, and architecture. It’s home to a permanent collection that dates back to the 1870s. At the other end of the city, is MountMitte, Europe’s largest inner-city beach/outdoor amusement park. Complete with a high rope course and a view of Fernsehturm, MountMitte is a must for traveling families. Berlin is no sleepy city and finding a great nightclub is easy. Berghain is one of Berlin’s top-rated clubs, with hypnotizing music that’ll have you dancing well into morning. Sisyphos is another hotspot with multiple dance floors, both indoor and outdoor. Looking for an evening off your feet? There are over 50 theaters in Berlin, including The Deutsches Theater (live theater performances), the Deutsche Oper Berlin (one of Berlin’s three opera houses), and the Berlin Philharmonic (one of seven orchestras in Berlin).
A must-see for any Potsdam itinerary, visit Erich Mendelsohn's 1921 masterpiece.
More gallery and “art lab” than museum, the KW Institute for Contemporary Art was established in the 1990’s to foster creative expression and support for the arts in Berlin.
This kitchenware empire stocks an enviable collection of tinted glassware.
The vodka martinis are excellent, and the bar’s architecture alone is worth the visit—this former GDR cosmetics studio is an open constructivist glass box that would rank with the best of Warsaw Pact design.
Founded by Heinz Gindullis, the man behind popular Berlin nightclub, Cookies, Greenwich is an upscale bar for Berliners and tourists in-the-know.
Notorious Berlin club entrepreneur Heinz “Cookie” Gindullis has been a household word for Berlin’s revelers since he opened the first Cookies in 1994. After years of searching for a new home, Cookies’ latest (fifth!) incarnation has revived its old spirit in what was once a cinema.
Arguably one of the world’s finest archaeological museums, the Pergamon sits proudly in the center of the city’s famed Museumsinsel (Museum Island), a collection of five spectacular museums that’s also a UNESCO World Heritage site.
This former margarine factory displays work from fifty international artists.
Founded in 1987, the German Historical Museum is located in two buildings. The first, the historic Zeughaus, was built between 1695 and 1730 and houses the museum’s permanent exhibition, German History in Images and Artifacts, which covers more than 2,000 years of German history.
This hip favorite is housed in a muscular former power station in a nether zone between West Kreuzberg and the gentrifying Friedrichshain area of the East (you’ll simply never find it).
A grocery store in the front, and a deligthfully boisterous neighborhood restaurant in the back.
One of only a handful of standing sections of the Berlin Wall, the East Side Gallery is by far the longest and certainly the most interesting.
A biennial festival celebrating contemporary art, the Berlin Biennale was established in 1996 under the guidance of Klaus Biesenbach, the founding director of the KW Institute for Contemporary Art.
Located near Rosa-Luxemburg Platz, Pro QM is arguably one of the most unique and influential bookstores in Berlin.