Alternative Guide to Berlin - Part 4

Updated: Aug 30, 2019

Part 4 of our ultimate alternative Berlin checklist

42. Take in some cool Berlin views. Forget the €15 entrance fee to the TV tower, go up the Park Inn instead for a much cheaper €4. Alternatively, scale the Victory Column for just €3. At the top of Victoria Park, you can also find a great view of the city (this time for free!)

The Park Inn, Alexanderpl. 7

Victory Column, Großer Stern

43. Eat at an all-vegetarian restaurant—Germany is home to a very large number of vegetarians and vegans. Vaust Braugaststatte is an absolute veggie delight, while the dumplings at momos are so delicious they have you wondering why you ever eat meat.

Vaust Braugaststatte, Pestalozzistraße 8

momos, Chausseestraße 2

44. Find the Bebelplatz bookcase. The book burning memorial at Bebelplatz is a glass panel under which is empty bookcases. This is the spot where the Nazi Party burnt over 20,000 books in 1933.

Bebelplatz, Unter den Linden

45. Eat a pastry from Berlin’s oldest bakery, the Konditorei Buchwald. It’s located directly north of the Victory Column so it’s a super place to stop off at if you are checking out some of the city's historic sights.

Konditorei Buchwald, Bartningallee 29

46. Have an evening picnic in one of Berlin’s lovely parks. Volkspark Friedrichshain has a magical fairy tale fountain (Märchenbrunnen) in it, while the Monbijoupark sports an outdoor swimming pool and beach volleyball courts.

Märchenbrunnen, Am Friedrichshain

Monbijou Park, Oranienburger Str.

47. Treat yourself to some scrumptious shortbread at the Bahlsen outlet – a large cookie factory outlet that not only sells shortbread but many other freshly baked biscuits.

Bahlsen outlet, Oberlandstraße 52

48. Conquer your fears at Spandau Citadel. The citadel vault is home to one of Europe’s largest bat colonies. Once you get over the spookiness, the bats become kind of cute.

Spandau Citadel, Am Juliusturm 64

49. Listen to some classical music at the Piano Salon Christophori. It has a large collection of pianos, parts and interesting art.

Piano Salon Christophori, Uferstraße 8

50. Party on a boat travelling down the Spree. There are many companies in Berlin that have boats equipped with BBQs and sound systems that can be rented for a Berlin boat party.

51. Paddle-board down the spree. Paddleboards can be rented from StandUpClub located in Arena Berlin. You can even take a paddleboarding yoga class.

StandUpClub, Eichenstraße 4

52. Enjoy some of Berlin’s best ice cream. Die Eismacher has some of the craziest ice-cream flavors you’ll ever see - blue cheese and fig sounds odd but strangely delicious. Eismanufaktur is another one of the most popular ice-cream vendors in Berlin with four shops across Berlin.

Die Eismacher, Körtestraße 10

Eismanufaktur, Auguststraße 63

53. Channel your inner child at Onkel Philipp’s toy store and repair shop in Prenzlauer Berg, owned by none other than Uncle Philipp himself! This magical toy store is packed high with vintage toy treasures.

Onkel Philipp’s toy store, Choriner Str. 35

54. Take a ride on the U-Bahn to go nowhere but the stops themselves. Many of the stops on the U3 U-Bahn line are simply stunning — be sure to check out the stops Hohenzollernplatz, Fehrbelliner Platz, and Heidelberger Platz, which were designed by architect Wilhelm Leitgebel in 1909. A real underground experience!

55. Beat your friends at ping-pong. Rent a bat, buy a beer and get competitive at Dr Pong, a ping-pong bar in Prenzlauer Berg. Berliners love their table tennis and public tables can be found all across the city.

Dr Pong, Eberswalder Str. 21

56. Play Berlin’s favourite drinking game – Flunkyball. On fine summer nights in parks and parking lots in Berlin, you are bound to see punters playing a great team drinking game that involves throwing, running and drinking. Find a full description of the rules here

57. Find a hidden bar - Drayton Bar is hidden away in a back alley behind the Westin Grand Hotel. Alternatively, Buck & Breck is hidden in plain sight on a busy road in Mitte.

Drayton Bar, Behrenstraße 55

Buck & Breck, Brunnenstraße 177

Want more ideas? Check out part 1, part 2, and part 3 of our Alternative Guide to Berlin.