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Offbeat Travel Guide to Berlin

by Globetrooper Lauren | 7 Responses
Things to do in Berlin

We’re spending three months in Berlin soon, so it’s about time I found some cool things to do while we’re there. We’re not so much into sight seeing or endless wandering around museums, but we love to get random crash courses in culture and city life.

Here are some of the things I’ve read that you can do in Berlin that catch my fancy.

Getting my beat on to some Ping Pong

Supposedly there’s quite the ping-pong culture in Berlin, with neighbourhood parks usually housing an all-weather table. There’s also a legendary bar called Dr Pong where some happening youngsters play ‘killer pong’ from midnight until daylight, along to a range of eclectic beats.

Nibbling some Currywurst

Hot pork sausage swimming in curry ketchup… I’m sorry but my taste-buds aren’t really fighting to get their fangs into that one. Here’s a bit of trivia for you though, supposedly 800 million servings of Currywurst are sold in Germany every year.

Strolling the East Side Gallery

The East Side Gallery is a 1.3km stretch of the Berlin Wall with paintings and murals from artists all over the world. A walk over the Run Lola Run bridge, Oberbaumbrücke then takes you to the ‘hip’ part of Berlin, Falckenstein Strasse/Schlesische Strasse area of Kreuzberg.

Touring the city sights via Go-Kart

See the sights of Berlin from a new perspective, Kart 4 You offers tours of Berlin by go-kart! How cool is that? €49-59 for three hours is a bit expensive, but just imagine roaming around real streets in a go-kart.

Bringing out thy inner artist at a Street Art Workshop

Alternative Berlin have a few different tours to suit your taste. The one that jumps out at me is their ‘Street Art Workshop’ where you have a walking tour of the back streets first then get your hands dirty by trying out your own graffiti skills.

Drinking on a budget at Weinerei

There are a series of wine shops, called Weinerei, where you pay €1 for a glass and then help yourself to a variety of wines (sometimes as many as 20!). Ask what’s on the menu for that night and if it’s up your alley, stay for a feast and then leave an amount that you think is fair in the bucket on your way out.

And to top it off even more, I heard that apartments in Berlin are lighter on the pocket compared to the rest of Western Europe. Committing to a medium-term stay of 2-3 months is usually a lot cheaper than staying by the night at hostels or hotels, to read more about this check out our previous post on How to Find Cheap Accommodation.

Posted in Germany | August 5th, 2011

7 Responses to Offbeat Travel Guide to Berlin

  1. We loved Berlin and will definitely be going back sometime soon – thanks for these handy tips! :)

  2. Ping Pong (Or table tennis depending where you are) is a bit of a major past time. I spend 6 years in Germany schooling and there was a winner stays on the table game. Generally everyone else is queuing to play. If your good enough you could normally last 2 – 3 days of lunchtime before losing.

  3. Love the guide!

    I can honestly say that I’ve ticked off 4 out of 7 of the things on this to do list, the Alternative Berlin tour (and pub crawl) was definitely one of the highlights. I’ve also written about my amazingly jam packed 48 hours in Berlin which you and your readers might be interested in reading. You can check it out at: http://www.berlincityguide.net/things-to-do-in-berlin/48-hours-in-berlin/

    • Hi Ben, wow, we’ve been here a month and haven’t done half of the things you packed into your 48-hour to-do list! That’s the evil part about staying somewhere a month or more… you think you have all the time in the world to see everything! I have to add one more thing that both of our lists are missing – the ZOO! Went on the weekend and I think it’s the best zoo I’ve been to in the world (and I’ve been to at least one on 6 continents). Let us know if you do another quick trip here, we’d love to join along for part of it.

  4. Hi Lauren, I think you’re absolutely right, it’s you’ve only got a short time you’ve got to be really disciplined and really get the ‘cream’ of a destinations.

    I absolutely love Berlin, and I’m very jealous that you’ve got a month to take everything in. I’ve not been to the Zoo (so will have to add that to the to do list for next time!).

    A couple of cool things which you could squeeze in is a coffee at a place called Sankt Oberholz (sanktoberholz.de) which is on Rosenthaler Straße (It’s easy to walk or cycle from the centre of Mitte). It’s jam packed with freelancers, bloggers and designers on their Mac Books sipping coffee. It’s a great place to work (and blog!). Also the red Berlin Photomat machines are a great souvenir.. for 2 Euros you can get 4 black and white photos… I’ve got mine (of a trip I took with my wife and two friends at New Years eve) stuck on a mirror in my house. Lovely memories of Berlin.

    Will definitely keep you posted when I book my next trip back… I’m already looking for an excuse! Have a fantastic time.

    • Hey Ben, funny you mention the Oberholz, we’re living about 50 meters away from it. The zoo really was awesome. Loved watching the hippos under water. On top they’re quite sedentary, but underneath they were running after each other on the floor of the lake all day. Only prob with the Oberholz is the expensive coffee :) Oh, and the WiFi drops out a lot. The Bagel shop on the opposite block has perfect WiFi.

  5. Great info. Lucky me I discovered your website by accident (stumbleupon).
    I’ve saved as a favorite for later!

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