Our Top Tips on Alternative Things to Do in Berlin – Part 1

Updated: Aug 30, 2019

1. Explore the Abandoned Spy Station Teufelsberg, which is built on a large mound of rubble. The station was made in the 20 years following World War 2 on top of 75 million tonnes of rubble moved from Berlin.

Open 12 pm - 4 pm with tours are run Saturday and Sunday for €15 at 1 pm or standard entrance €7. Teufelberg is located in the Grunewald forest. Our tip - go during the week when its much quieter and you can explore more.

2. Attend an Open Air Festival - one of Berlin’s largest social media communities is the Open Air Berlin Facebook page which boasts over 150,000 likes. Like this page to stay up to date with the best Open Air events during your stay

3. Stand on an airport runway. Visit Tempelhof, an airport turned urban park and bike/rollerblade/run down the runway at full speed!

4. Dance in the smallest club in Berlin the tele-disco, a gold tardis looking box. Choose your favourite song, enter the box, control the strobe, lights and smoke machines, and smile for the picture. Located at the far end of Raw-temple.

Tele-discoRevaler Str. 99

5. Watch a film at one of Berlin’s lovely old cinemas. Berlin is home to some very special cinemas - the Kino International in former East Berlin hosted premiers until the fall of the Berlin wall. Here is a great guide on cinemas in Berlin which play movies in English.

Kino International

Karl-Marx-Allee 33

6. Gorge yourself at one of Berlin’s best burger joints - our favourites are Burgermeister and rembrandt-burger

Rembrant-Burger Burgermeister

Richard-Sorge-Straße 21 Oberbaumstraße 8

7. Swim in a Berlin lake - Krumme Lanke is an easy to access lake at the end of the U3 line. Müggelsee Berlin's biggest lake is a bit more tricky to reach but is home to many activities, there is many boat rentals, three large beach ares and nice cycle paths around the lake.

8. Visit the DDR museum - see what life looked like in the former GDR. The museum is a replica of a GDR apartment. It’s one of Berlin’s newest and most interesting museums.

DDR Museum

Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 1

9. Cycle around the palace and gardens of Potsdam built by Frederick the Great to show-off the grandeur of Prussia. Many fascinating events have taken place in Potsdam and the town has seen everything from Prussian nobility and the Potsdam Conference, to the exchange of Cold War spies across the Glienicke Bridge, as seen in Steven Spielberg’s blockbuster Bridge of Spies.

Take the S7 from Alexanderplatz or Berlin Central Station, Hauptbahnhof, Europaplatz get off at the Potsdam Hbf stop. There are a number of bike hire places around the station.

10. Go on a Berlin underground tour - take a tour of Berlins most interesting underground structures. Explore the ruins of a WW2 fortress or cold war bunker.

Berliner Unterwelten e.V

Brunnenstraße 105

11. Drink a stein at one of Berlin best beer gardens. Prater in Prenzlauer Berg is the oldest beer garden in Berlin. Golgatha is a multi-purpose beer garden with a great atmosphere. The venue has with no fixed closing time and often has DJ’s spinning tunes after 10pm. Brauhaus Südstern, a German Brewpub, where you can sample some delicious local brews and food.

Prater Golgatha Brauhaus Südstern

Kastanienallee 7-9 Dudenstraße 40-64 Hasenheide 69

12. Dance to indie beats at Rosi’s. Rosi’s is a lesser-known but great club in Berlin. It’s only 6 – 8 euros to get in and offers reasonably priced drinks. The club is easy to get into and plays great music. There is an indie music night on Thursdays.


Revaler Str. 29

13. Go on the Alternative Berlin street art tour – walking tour of Berlin’s Street Art scene and learn to make your own Street Art in Alternative Berlin’s old factory workshop. This tour is included in our Social & Kickstarter programs.