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Berlin

Berlin is one of the three city states (Stadtstaaten) in Germany, the others are Hamburg and Bremen.
It is entrenched in History but is also the hip and modern capital of Germany.
Berlin is in northeastern Germany, in an area of low-lying marshy woodlands with a mainly flat topography

The official Tourism Website

Towns

Freizeitparks

Foods and Drinks

  • Currywurst
  • Doner Kebab
  • Eisbein – pickled pork knuckle that is cooked. (Schweinshaxe is cooked in beer stock and then baked until crisp in the oven)
  • Berliner Pfannkuchen – not a pancake but a doughnut
  • Armer Ritter (French Toast)
  • Berliner Weisse, often served with a tot of Waldmeister or raspberry syrup

Festivals

Things to do when it rains

Things to do with kids

Geheimtipps from our FB members

  • Visit Outer Africa South African Pub and shop
  • Berlin Zoo
  • Hop on Hop off site seeing tour. -a great way to get a good overview of the city
  • Pfaueninsel
  • The German Spy museum
  • The DDR Museum
  • The German History museum
  • The Humboldt Forum – place for culture and science
  • The Technology museum 
  • The Cherry trees in late April
  • Having the BVG app makes ticket buying for public transport super easy
  • Fat tire tours
  • You can visit museums for free on Sundays
  • Berlin walking tours – with local guides
  • Sammlung-Boros – Bunker converted to an art exhibition centre
  • Berliner Unterwelten – guided tours
  • The dome of the Bundestag
  • The former US listening station during the Cold war, it was built on a hill made of rubble, in Grunewald
  • A great way to spend a couple of hours is to rent a bike in Friedrichshain and cycle down to the East Side Gallery to check out the longest surviving section of the wall (and the streets art), then head east along the river to Treptower Park (checking out the Molecule Man sculpture in the river on the way). Visit the Soviet War Memorial then take a cycle through the Planterwald past the abandoned theme park (not as exciting now they’ve removed the old Ferris wheel!). Stop at Zenner Beer Garden on the river for some refreshment, then head back to Friedrichshain – maybe having a currywurst at Curry 66 near Boxhagener Platz if you need a snack (best currywurst in Berlin…) and browsing all the little stores in the area if you feel like some shopping.
    You can also do all of this either walking or by public transport

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