Everyone who has visited Berlin will have seen Brandenburg gate, Alexander Platz, the Bundestag. But after spending so much time in the obligatory tourist spots one can wonder do we really see the city as it is? Here’s an alternative travel guide to Berlin!
Have you ever wondered what an average Berliner does every Sunday? The answer is he or she goes to Mauerpark (Wall Park)!
Around noon people start mingling around the stalls on the huge flea market, selling everything possible from used clothes and books to furniture. Then, around 3pm people start moving to the nearby fields for a picnic and a karaoke show.
Believe it or not, many have the guts to participate and the audience is very supportive.
Chill out at the beach
When the weather is hot, and it does get hot in the summer, Berliners move to the many pools and artificial beaches. One of them is this river-pool, with beach bar, deck chairs, cold beer and many relaxed people.
Open Air Cinemas
Germany is famous for dubbing their movies, however there are some open-air cinemas with movies in the original language and german subtitles. Most of these open air cinemas are in the parks and there is a new movie each night. Make sure you check them out!
Tickets cost around 7 euros; nice comfy chairs with blankets are included. So are the mosquitoes.
Stand Up Comedy
The great thing about Berlin is that its so diverse. The city is famous for not having one main city center, but many spread everywhere. One day one part was only inhabited by Turkish immigrants, next day the same place is the mecca for all the hipsters. In such an area we discovered a pub, owned by a British guy who organizes stand-up comedy show every Tuesday evening. We had such a fun night, for only 2 euros you get entrance and vodka shot.
If you are a person that wants to visit museums and historical places, then we would recommend the DDR museum. It will definitely keep you amused all the time. Where else you can turn the ignition key of an old trabant, see a cupboard full of authentic GDR clothing and learn how to dance the Lipsi (the GDR’s answer to rock ‘n’ roll)
For more info please check www.ddr-museum.de
Enjoy the street art
Street art can pretty much be found on and around any corner of the city.
The East side gallery is beautiful, but it’s discovering graffiti on your own is far more exciting .There are many guided tours in Berlin, offering to take you everywhere around the city and show you (even in old abandoned factories). Some of those are even free.
For more information: alternativeberlin.com