Germany’s capital, Berlin, has almost 800 years of history rooted throughout the city. From the Holy Roman Empire to Imperial Germany, Berlin has seen a lot of historical moments that have shaped the city into what it is today.
With historical landmarks, intense art scene, museums, parks, and modern buildings home to cafes, restaurants, and apartments, Berlin is a diverse city with so much to see and do. So for those embarking on an adventure to this destination, here are our top five must-go-to spots.
Before you start your day off, stop by Konditorei Buchwald for some mouth-watering Baumkuchen (literally meaning “tree cake”), a German version of spit cake. The dough is rolled over a spitfire as layers of more dough are added on top of one another—simple yet almost impossible to make at home. Aside from Baumkuchen, the cafe sells more than 50 hand-made desserts that are to die for! If you don’t like sweets in the morning, come by after lunch to satisfy a craving.
Konditorei Buchwald has been a family-owned business for four generations ever since it opened in 1852, making it one of the oldest cafes in Berlin—it’s a true gem among the locals.
After you’ve had some sugar in your system, it’s time to explore. One of the first stops (for all those who love history) should be the DDR Museum. The museum is interesting, fun and very interactive—from cars you can sit in, to homes you can walk through, the DDR museum offers a great example of how life was in Communist East Germany. The museum has over 250,000 objects it’s collected throughout the years and continues to add more to it.
The DDR Museum is open every day of the year, Monday through Sunday from 10am to 8pm, and Saturday from 10am to 10pm. It’s perfect for all ages, so families are most welcome!
Mauerpark Flea Market
Ready for some good old shopping? Skip the tourist stores and head over to Mauerpark Flea Market to find some unique items to take back home. From trinkets and nicknacks, clothes and art, to food and drinks, vendors at Mauerpark Flea Market are there to offer you some great bargains on items that range from vintage (aside from the food) to brand new. Make sure to put on your haggling hat to get the best price for your purchase.
If you’re in Berlin over the weekend, then don’t miss out! The market is open on Sundays only from 10am to 6pm.
The food scene in Berlin is fantastic, and if you have yet to feast on good, authentic German food, then we recommend you check out Dicke Wirtin, which has been operating for over 80 years. Dicke Wirtin is a casual place with beer on tap, liquors and traditional German food such as bratwurst, cheese spaetzle, schweinebratenk, red cabbage and pickles.
The name literally translates to “plump in-keep”, and dedicated to Anna Stanscheck, who was the owner and cook when the place first opened. Anna Stanscheck prepared dishes for everyone, including actors, students, artists and more. Just like her cooking was loved by those in the 19th century, the dishes continue to impress everyone who steps inside the restaurant today.
After a good meal, stop by Ballhaus Berlin, a pre-World War II entertainment place with performances, dancing and live music that you can move to. The Ballhaus Berlin used to be a ballroom in the 19th century, so its 1920s vibe continues to live on. The place serves good beer and food as well. Tables have telephones, which were used for customers sitting at different tables to talk to one another, without them having to get up, and they still work today!
Make sure to book a few days in advance if you do want to sit at a table as reservations fill up quickly. Ballhaus Berlin is open every day: Sunday through Thursday from 12pm to 12am, Friday from 12pm to 4am, and Saturday from 12pm to 5am. Transport yourself back a century and enjoy a night out like never before.
Berlin has gone through decades of transformation due to its turbulent past but has grown to be a popular destination for travelers from all over the world. If this city is on your next list of go-to destinations, then consider checking out some (if not all) of our above recommendations for a memorable time.
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