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Berlin Off the Beaten Path

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A huge city like Berlin has so much more to offer than the same major sights you find in every tourist guide book - you simply need to know where to look. People from all over the world have been drawn to this metropolis throughout the centuries, and 800-plus years of migrant history have left more than the Brandenburg gate standing! This history, plus today's rich urban lifestyle, have created many places where visitors can experience what is so special about Berlin and its people - so get off the beaten track and mingle with the locals!

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  • History enthusiast
  • Nightlife lover
  • Outdoors explorer
  • Food lover
  • Peace and quiet seeker
  • Budget traveller
  • Hidden gem seeker

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10 Places

Gleis 17, Grunewald

Historic Sites

Tierpark

Zoos

Weissensee Jewish Cemetery

Cemeteries

Hops & Barley Hausbrauerei

Restaurants

Flughafen Tempelhof

Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz

Historic Sites, History Museums

Warschauer Strasse

Landmarks/ Points of Interest

The Badeschiff

Bar/ Clubs, Landmarks/ Points of Interest

Prinzessinnengarten

Gardens

Sowjetisches Ehrenmal Treptow

Arja J's City Tips

  • Berlin is very spread out, so public transport will make your life easier. Get an AB day pass and you can use unlimited trains, trams and buses until 3am the following morning.
  • If you buy a ticket at the machines on the platforms, you must validate them before boarding the train. The tickets you buy on buses have a time stamp already.
  • The usual tipping rule is 10%, depending on how happy you were with the service.
  • Public toilets usually charge a small fee.
  • The general rule on escalators is to stand on the right and walk on the left.
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    Gleis 17, Grunewald
    Historic Sites
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    Arja J Says:

    Created in 1685, the tolerance edict of Potsdam allowed anyone persecuted for their religious beliefs to come to Berlin and live in peace. A lot of Jewish people followed this decree, and Berlin quickly became home to one of the biggest and most colorful Jewish communities. However, like all Jewish people, the Berliner Jews fell victims to the Nazi regime and 55,000 of them were deported from the capital and murdered in the extermination camps. Grunewald station, along the S7 to Wannsee, was one of the train stations from which they were deported, and today the platform where the trains departed is one of the most moving memorial sites in Berlin. Along the train tracks you'll find signs with the date of every single deportation, the number of people deported that day, and the destination of the train. Being a little out of the city, Gleis 17 is never too crowded and really worth seeing.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Everyone
    • History enthusiast
    Tips
    • To lift your spirits afterwards, make a stop at the little beer garden Floh before getting back on the train - genuinely good beer and food, and really friendly staff.
    • When you get off the S-Bahn platform you will see the sign pointing to Gleis 17 (track 17).
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #20 of 399 attractions in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Sad 14/12/2014
    • Impressive memorial 07/12/2014
    • Gleis 17, Grunewald
    Address:
    S7 Grunewald
    Grunewald
    Berlin
    Germany
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    Tierpark
    Zoos
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    Arja J Says:

    Thanks to Knut, the polar bear, everyone has heard of Berlin Zoo - but hardly any visitors know about the Tierpark (animal park) in the east of the city. It is the biggest of its kind in Europe and a fantastic place to spend a day with the family or a bunch of friends. The trip there is an adventure in itself, as the U5, which starts at Alexanderplatz, will take you far out into the eastern concrete jungle of the Friedrichsfelde district, and you can enjoy the spirit of former communist living quarters as you walk from Tierpark station to the entrance. Because most of the animals are in large enclosures, the park is also quite widespread, and sometimes feels more like a huge wilderness than a zoo.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Everyone
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • There are several restaurants inside, or you can bring your own food and enjoy a picnic in the grounds.
    • In the park, you can also explore the old royal summer palace and a beautiful, ornate royal garden, complete with statues and fountains.
    • Buy your tickets online in advance, but don't worry if you forget - there are seldom long queues here.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #55 of 399 attractions in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Visit the other zoo in Berlin 04/10/2014
    • Good But Appalling Big Cat Conditions 30/09/2014
    • Tierpark
    Address:
    Am Tierpark 125
    Berlin 10319
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49(0)30 515310
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 - 0:00
    Other:
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    Weissensee Jewish Cemetery
    Cemeteries
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    Arja J Says:

    The Jewish cemetery in the northern district of Weissensee is the biggest in Europe, featuring more than 100,000 grave sites. Wandering around its large grounds, you can admire artistic and beautiful grave sites, as well as those of important Jewish Berliners like Samuel Fisher of the Fisher publishing house; Josef Garbatý, the famous cigarette maker from Pankow; and Rudolf Mosse, the newspaper publisher. One field is a burial site containing the ashes of around 800 Jewish people killed in concentration camps, while at other places lie those who committed suicide under the Nazi regime. Although it is a little way outside the inner city, Weissensee is well worth a quiet and contemplative visit.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Hidden gem
    • Everyone
    • History enthusiast
    Tips
    • Take the M4 tram to Albertinenstrasse. From there it is a 500m walk down to the entrance of the cemetery in Herbert-Baum Strasse.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #84 of 399 attractions in Berlin
    • Beautiful and quiet place 03/12/2014
    • Falling leaves.... 20/11/2014
    • Weissensee Jewish Cemetery
    Address:
    Herbert-Baum-Strasse 45
    Berlin 13088
    Germany
    Phone:
    49 (30) 925-3330
    Other:
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    Hops & Barley Hausbrauerei
    Restaurants (German)
    Arja J Says:

    Berlin is well on its way to becoming the new micro-brewing capital of Germany. In the last 10 years, more and more brewers have decided to do their own thing, starting to create their own craft beers in little breweries all over town. One such place where the beer is still brewed by hand, without any technology, is Phillip Brokamp´s Hops and Barley in Friedrichshain. Housed in an old butchery, the beer is brewed next-door to the bar, and some of the special brews - of which only small batches are made - are brewed inside the bar itself! There is always a special beer on tap next to the normal sorts, making the bar a great way to get off the mainstream beer trail.

    Good for
    • Food lover
    • Local favourite
    • Friends
    • Solo
    • Senior
    • Couples
    Tips
    • If you prefer sitting, arrive early at the weekend - or stand and make lots of new friends!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #422 of 4,469 restaurants in Berlin
    • Great little microbrewery in Berlin 12/12/2014
    • Best craft bar 26/11/2014
    • Hops & Barley Hausbrauerei
    Address:
    Wuhlisch strasse 22-23
    Berlin 10245
    Germany
    Phone:
    03029367534
    Other:
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    Flughafen Tempelhof
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    Arja J Says:

    Saved from destruction by local Berliners, the former airport and airfield Tempelhof is one of the best places to spend a sunny afternoon in Berlin, or to soak up a little alternative history. The airport building itself is spectacular, being the biggest connected airport building in the world. It is also one of the few Berlin buildings built by the Nazis that was not demolished. In front of the main building is a memorial to the Berlin airlift, which centered around this airport. You'll also see the head of the original Third Reich eagle, which formerly graced the top of the building. For all history enthusiasts out there, a tour through the airport building is a must, and afterwards relax on the old airfield, which has become a popular city-centre recreation area for Berliners. Here you can rollerblade down the old runway, fly a kite, rent a Segway, and even play a game of softball - it's an outdoor sports paradise.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Must see
    • Budget traveller
    • Local favourite
    • Everyone
    • Adventure seeker
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • In summer, the park closes at 9.30 pm. In winter, it closes at 6.30 pm.
    • Dogs must be kept on a leash. There are certain dog walking areas, which you'll find clearly marked on the park map.
    • If you want to have a bbq on the airfield, bring a grill with feet so that it stands above the ground.
    • There is a great beer garden, which is a good spot from which to watch the sunset over the old airport building.
    • Tour times are listed on the homepage of the airport website.
    • The meeting point for guided tours through the airport building is in the former GAT area. The nearest train station is U6 Platz der Luftbrücke.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #81 of 399 attractions in Berlin
    • Historically really interesting 14/12/2014
    • Interesting behind-the-scenes look at a remarkable building 03/12/2014
    • Flughafen Tempelhof
    Address:
    Tempelhofer Damm 1-7, GAT Terminal
    GAT Terminal
    Berlin 12101
    Germany
    Phone:
    030 200037441
    Other:
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    Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz
    Historic Sites, History Museums
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    Arja J Says:

    In January 1942, the Nazi elite, under the leadership of Reinhard Heydrich, met in this mansion down by Lake Wannsee to discuss and organize the mass murder of the Jewish people - or the "final solution" as they called it. Today, this place, where the darkest chapter of German history was created, is a museum with a great exhibition about the conference and its consequences. Perhaps the most striking thing is the contrast between the beautiful surroundings of the lake and building and the horrendous acts carried out inside. Definitely worth the visit.

    Good for
    • Peace and quiet seeker
    • Everyone
    • History enthusiast
    Tips
    • Entrance is free.
    • From Wannsee station take bus 114 towards Heckeshorn, and get off at Haus der Wannseekonferenz station. A taxi will take you the rest of the way cheaply.
    • The main gate to the grounds is locked for security reasons. Ring the little bell and they will open it for you.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #21 of 399 attractions in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Haunting yet Splendid 14/12/2014
    • Historic place without the historic sensation 13/12/2014
    • Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz
    Address:
    Am Grossen Wannsee 56-58
    Berlin 14109
    Germany
    Phone:
    49 (30) 805-0010
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    10:00 - 23:00
    Other:
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    Warschauer Strasse
    Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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    Arja J Says:

    Warschauer Street has transformed itself into one of the most popular nightlife hotspots in Berlin. The best place to start exploring it is at the S-Bahn station Warschauer Strasse - not far from Alexanderplatz. When crossing the bridge leading from the train tracks to the Warschauer Brücke, you will immediately find the first groups of musicians playing their songs for passers-by, and if it's warm a crowd of people will be sitting around them, drinking beer. If you find some music you like, buy a drink in one of the little shops at the end of the bridge and join them for a while! From here, there are two choices. Leaving the bridge and turning left, you'll find many great food places, plus the legendary Monster Ronson´s Ichiban Karaoke bar with private rooms in which you can sing the night away if the mood takes you. At the end of the street, the beautiful Oberbaumbrücke offers a spectacular view down the river and over Berlin's skyline and the East Side Gallery, the biggest outdoor gallery in Berlin painted onto the former Berlin wall. On the other hand, if you leave the bridge and turn right, you'll enter a large former industrial area, that today houses underground club the RAW Tempel, plus many more clubs, bars and outdoor hangouts - a popular spot with locals and visitors alike.

    Good for
    • Food lover
    • LGBT
    • Local favourite
    • Everyone
    • Adventure seeker
    • Nightlife lover
    Tips
    • Clubbing doesn´t start until 1am in Berlin - plenty of time for dinner, music and a few drinks before hitting the dance floor.
    • If you can last until the morning, enjoy the sunrise down by the river.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #141 of 399 attractions in Berlin
    • Beautiful view from the bridge 21/05/2014
    • Best place ro be 31/03/2013
    • Warschauer Strasse
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    The Badeschiff
    Bar/ Clubs, Landmarks/ Points of Interest
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    Arja J Says:

    Swimming in the River Spree isn't recommended, so on warm sunny days Berliners like to get out of the city and take a dip in one of the dozens of lakes nearby. But for those who don´t want to travel too far, a visit to the Badeschiff - a riverside swimming pool with fresh water in Berlin's Arena district - is a great option.

    Good for
    • Beach goer
    • Everyone
    • Nightlife lover
    Tips
    • After swimming, chill on the sandy beach or have a drink at the bar whilst listening to some lounge music.
    • The Badeschiff is only open in summer.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 482 nightlife in Berlin
    • Very cool place! 15/11/2014
    • Must-do 04/09/2014
    • The Badeschiff
    Address:
    Eichenstr. 4
    Berlin
    Germany
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    8:00 - 5:00
    Other:
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    Prinzessinnengarten
    Gardens
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    Arja J Says:

    This little paradise of urban gardening in the middle of Berlin is a must for nature lovers and anyone interested in sustainable, organic food production. In 2009 the non-profit organisation, Nomadic Green, turned this once-empty wasteland into a flourishing garden where veggies, fruits and herbs are grown in wooden boxes. Everyone can visit, buy the produce and even enjoy a 100% organic meal in Prinzessinnengarten's little restaurant. Kids can learn all about where their food really comes from and interesting guided tours explain the whole story of this little green utopia, which aims to set an example for the use of other empty spaces in the city. The project works because of the dedication of hundreds of volunteers, and its unique character brings everyone together, from neighbours to friends to visitors. If you want the freshest food in town, or maybe to get some ideas for your own garden, the Princess Garden is the place!

    Good for
    • Food lover
    • Local favourite
    • Everyone
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • The garden is only open to the public from April to September.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #153 of 399 attractions in Berlin
    • Unusual and charming 19/10/2014
    • Inside the city, in another world 31/08/2014
    • Prinzessinnengarten
    Address:
    Prinzenstrasse 35- 38
    U-Bahn Moritzplatz
    Berlin 10969
    Germany
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    Sowjetisches Ehrenmal Treptow
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    Arja J Says:

    Tens of thousands of people died between 16th April and 2nd May 1945, the final Russian versus German battle of World War II. Their bodies were either buried in mass graves all over the city, or at one of three Russian War memorials built in Berlin. To get to the biggest and most impressive of these involves a trip out of the city to the district of Treptow. Just opposite Treptower Park, an impressive stone arch leads the way into the grounds of the memorial, where over 7,000 soldiers found their final resting place. The statue of a kneeling mother Russia greets you as you enter, beautiful white marble reliefs depict battle and victory scenes, and the memorial hall has a beautiful mosaic to admire. After exploring, relax in the park, sit by the water or even rent a boat.

    Good for
    • Everyone
    • History enthusiast
    • Outdoors explorer
    Tips
    • Hidden behind the memorial is a little lake where you can go swimming in summer. The entrance is through the memorial grounds.
    • Victory day is celebrated on 9th May, when lots of Russians bring flowers.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #53 of 399 attractions in Berlin
    • A Place to Remember! 06/12/2014
    • Very Impressive Place 02/12/2014
    • Sowjetisches Ehrenmal Treptow
    Address:
    Treptower Park
    Berlin 10117
    Germany
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