Berlin city guide

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A map we have put together of our favorite things to do in Berlin. Just click on map.

Map of cool free things to do in Berlin

Another CS specific guide can be found here:

For a guide to the cycle lanes and route planning:

A guide to free events going on in Berlin:

A guide on how to live richly with little money:



ON and OFF the beaten track sightseeing

  • Templehof airport
    • Where: Neukolln
  • Treptower park
    • Where: Treptower
  • Mauer park
    • Where: Prenzlauerberg
    • Flea market and karaoke on Sundays
  • Gorlitzer park
    • Where: Kreuzberg
    • check out Edelweiss bar (also dark mini-golf)
  • Maybachufer Turkish market
    • Where: Kreuzberg
    • Tuesdays and Fridays only
    • Best deals on fruit and vegetables after 18:00 when the stalls are closing up
  • Jacob-und-Wilhelm-Grimm-Zentrum
    • Where: Mitte
    • architecture is amazing
    • No bags allowed in library - lock your bags in locker room downstairs (small lock required - eg luggage lock)
  • Kopi 137 squat
    • Where: Kreuzberg
    • Friday afternoons is bike repairing - tell them BikeSurf sent you :-)
  • Teufelsberg
    • Where: Grunewald
    • Panorama over Berlin in abandoned radar base
  • Reichstag
    • Where: Mitte
    • Free but need to book here
  • Spreepark
    • Where: Treptower
    • Abandoned amusement park


  • Tiergarten Zoo
    • Where: Mitte
    • Along the river in Tiergarten on the southside you pass by some of the animal/ bird enclosures without having to pay the entrance fee
  • Schlachtensee, Plötzensee, Muggelsee
    • all lakes around Berlin
    • able to swim there
  • Froschkönig
    • Where: Neukolln
    • Show silent movies with live piano
  • Mauerweg
    • 160km long path following the old East/West divide
    • free maps available online
  • Pankeweg
    • Where:Mitte/ Wedding
    • Follow the river up north out of the city through forests and parks on cycle paths
  • Potsdam
    • pretty parks and castles
    • especially touristy at weekends in summer
    • ~30km from Berlin
  • Rathaus Schöneberg
    • Where: Schöneberg
    • "Wir waren Nachtbarn" - long term exhibition on life in Berlin during the war
    • Famous for Kennedy's "Ich bin ein Berliner" speech



Concerts and Live Music

  • Konzertkasse
    • Huge list of concerts going on in Berlin
  • Zitty Berlin
    • Another huge list of concerts going on weekly in Berlin
  • Hangar 49
    • Funk and soul music as well as jam sessions on Tuesdays
    • Located behind the BVG building
  • Festsaal Kreuzberg
    • Generally live electro house, and party music. Soul Explosion once a month
  • SO36
    • Variety from ska to punk to rock to hip-hop to metal. Huge stage, great crowds
    • Some nights of the week are specifically LGBT friendly
  • Cassiopeia
    • Hip-hop, rock, indie, electro, house
  • Quasimodo
    • Jazz, funk and soul
  • A-trane
    • Jazz - some high profile acts
  • B-flat
    • Jazz - lots of high quality local musicians
  • Fuchsundelster
    • Indie, old-timey
    • Located in the bassment of an old church
  • Badehaus Szimpla
    • Indie, jazz, rock, gipsy, balkan, eastern
  • White Trash Fast Food
    • Ska, rock, thrash, indie, alternative
    • Get some good food, enjoy music, and get a tattoo at the same time
  • Yaam
    • All reggae, all the time, on the Spree

Whats on in Berlin:



  • Acrobatics in various parks throughout Berlin in summer
  • Acro-yoga & Bodywork jam
  • Saturdays and Sundays
  • Acro-yoga & Circus training
  • Bikram Yoga
    • Bikram/ Vinysa/ Pilates
    • Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg
    • classes everyday
  • Bouldering
    • Volkspark Friedrichshain - near the volleyball courts - free outdoor wall
    • Der Kegel - Revalerstr 99



  • Swing lessons and swing parties (live bands - Thursdays from 21:00 - 3€ entry)
    • back to the 20s and 30s with lindy-hop, charleston, etc ultimate Berlin dance
    • Cafe Engels, Herrfurthstrasse 21 (U8 Boddinstrasse), Tante Emma, Kopenickerstrasse 1A (U1 Schlesisches Tor)
  • Dock 11 on Kastanienallee
    • dance school with absolute beginners' classes for ballet, modern, hiphop, etc. 7e to drop in and try a lesson.
  • Badeschiff


Places to eat:

  • Ixthys - Korean food (Schonberg) ~ €5-6
  • Dolores Burrito - Californian-style burittos (Mitte) ~€4 veggie burrito
  • Weinerei - Coffee and cake/ Buffet-style dinner (Prenzlauerberg)
  • VoKu (VolksKuche) -Gruenbergerstrasse 73 (Friedrichshain) - vegetarian/vegan Sundays from 18:00 - 2€
  • VoKu (VolksKuche) -F54 - Friedelstrasse 54 (Neukolln) - vegetarian/vegan Tuesdays and Wednesdays from 21:00 - pay-what-you-can
  • Another Country - Buffet style all-you-can eat (Kreuzberg) - Friday nights from 21:00 - €5 all you can eat
  • Oase - Vegetarian VoKu ie community dinner Thursdays 20:00 (Wedding) - €2
  • Morgenrot: 9.50€ for an all-you can eat brunch on Sundays (Skalitzer Straße 35 10999 Berlin)
  • Seerose on Mehringdamm: excellent vegetarian Mediterranean buffet, with a huge plate of food, drink and dessert for under 10e.
  • Babel on Kastanianallee: excellent and reasonable authentic Lebanese food.
  • Soupanova in Prenzlauer Berg: bar with great soup, good live music, and good cocktails

Cool nights (all free!!!)


  • Soulcat music Club
    • Where: Kreuzberg
    • Check website for live events
    • Free entrance
  • Madame Claudes
    • Where: Kreuzberg
    • Sunday nights are open mic from 22:00 -recommended
  • FilmKunst
    • Where: Kreuzberg
    • Thursday nights (21:00) show independent short films
    • Closed for summer break - restarts October
  • Mein Haus am See
    • laid-back bar on Rosenthaler Platz
    • basic food, lots of seats, and funky music

ON the beaten track

  • Quick sightseeing of the city that day, take the bus 100 at Alexanderplatz.
    • The ride is 30 minutes in total, from Alexanderplatz to the Zoo Garden and during this ride you'll be able to see few different famous sites of Berlin: Museum Insel, Branderbourg Tor, Tiergarten Park...
    • Ticket will cost you less than 3 euros/person and you can stop where you want. It is less cheaper than the touristy "hop on/ hop off bus"!
    • Link: