Short trip to Berlin – things you should not miss!
January • 31st, 2020
The German Capital - one of the most exciting cities in Europe
Berlin is one of the most exciting cities in Europe and always worth a visit. If you are planning a short trip to the German capital, you should be well prepared – there is an incredible amount to experience. Of course, you can't do everything in one weekend, you’ll have to select what is most important to you. For inspiration, we'll provide you with a few highlights beyond the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Cathedral and the Reichstag. You shouldn't ignore these typical sights either, but we assume that you already have them on your list anyway.
Take an alternative free walking tour
Take one of the free alternative city tours that will show you Berlin's street and graffiti art, subculture, impressive buildings and much more. This way you will get a true feeling of the city away from mass tourism. The tours are on a donation basis and there are various providers, for example the Alternative Berlin Tours.
Go on a Trabi Safari
On this extraordinary safari you will discover Berlin's sights while driving the official vehicle of the GDR. In the legendary Trabi, you will pass the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag, etc. The tour in convoy lasts about 75 minutes and is led by a guide who comments the sights live by radio. As a souvenir you’ll even get your own Trabi driving licence. Afterwards, you can visit the Trabi Museum if you wish.
Take a tour of the historic Tempelhof Airport
The disused Berlin-Tempelhof Airport is one of the most spectacular buildings in Europe. On a guided tour you will learn more about its varied history, its role in the Third Reich and during the Cold War. You will experience a time travel through the European history of the last 100 years and enter unknown areas of the listed building. The guide will also tell you more about the current development of the airport building.
Visit the Friedrichstadt-Palast
The Friedrichstadt-Palast was built in 1984 as a revue theatre with modern stage technology in Berlin-Mitte. In the elaborately staged VIVID Grand Show you can experience over 100 artists on the world's largest theatre stage. Especially when it's wet and cold outside, this show is worthwhile and brings Las Vegas directly to Berlin. The show does not need any dialogues, so it is internationally understandable.
Take a look at the Berlin Wall / East Side Gallery
There are numerous opportunities to view the remains of the Berlin Wall – after all, the Wall once ran through the entire city. However, there is hardly a spot as impressive as the kilometer-long East Side Gallery. Here, the Wall is covered with famous works of art that you will surely know from movies or postcards. A visit to the East Side Gallery is free, but if you want to learn more about German history, the Wall and the art on it, a guided tour is worthwhile.
Party on: RAW site
The RAW site is located directly at the Warschauer Brücke. During the day, exhibitions, intercultural projects and markets take place here. At night the area with its numerous bars and clubs turns into a party oasis. A highlight for many non-Berliners is the pool club Haubentaucher. The location has a 20-meter swimming pool, a beer garden, a lounge area and a hall for various events.
What to do in Berlin in February
Check out the Berlinale
Visit one of the world's most important events in the film industry: The 70th International Film Festival will take place in Berlin from 20.02. to 01.03.2020. For ten days the Berlinale will show around 400 films, including major international productions with top stars, experimental independent films and art house cinema. The films will be shown in various cinemas in Berlin. Here you can find the program and further information.
Enjoy the Spring Light Festival
At the Spring Light Festival light artists celebrate the awakening of spring. The festival takes place for the first time in Berlin from 27.02. to 08.03.2020. Sights and facades will be illuminated by international light artists using video mapping. Most of the installations will light up daily from 7 to 12 p.m. Check it out!
Eat at the gourmet festival “eat! berlin”
72 events, some at unusual locations, and well over 100 chefs: from 20.02. to 01.03.2020 the gourmet festival eat! berlin will be back. On eleven festival days, the capital will experience numerous culinary highlights. eat! berlin started as a small series of events in Berlin's star restaurants. In 2019 the festival attracted almost 8,500 visitors. It has become a permanent fixture in Berlin's gourmet and cultural scene and is known beyond the borders of the capital.
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