Berlin City Break
Updated: Oct 9, 2019
If you have not been to this city before then the popular and famous places to visit such as the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin Cathedral and the Reichstag are a must. However, this post is perhaps geared more towards people on a subsequent Berlin visit and picks out a few local attractions and places of interest that probably would not appear on the A’ List of things to see when visiting the city. That said, this is not a list of the most obscure locations or weirdest attractions. For our Nightlife picks we have placed an emphasis on venues and locations predominantly from a period of Berlin’s twentieth century history which could be construed as less famous, or indeed less infamous, than other eras of that time. We are talking about the period between the end of WW1 and 1933. During these years Berlin became the world leader in nightlife, and shall we say extremely liberal, hedonistic and inventive with the types of entertainment it had on offer. So below are some of said places of interest with a brief description. We have provided addresses for each Attraction in order that you can plan your Mini Break and maximise your time.
Entertainment & Places of Interest
Kunstquartier Bethanien Museum - Mariannenpl. 2, 10997 Berlin
Very popular with Berliners. Former Hospital situated next to a park. Saved from destruction during the 1970’s and since it has become a mecca for the alternative arts.
Museum of Unheard Things - Crellestraße 5-6, 10827 Berlin
Basically what it says on the tin. Artefacts from the past and present taken from the world of art, science and technology along with a smattering of just plain interesting and unique historical exhibits.
David Hasselhoff Museum - Weinbergsweg 1A, 10119 Berlin
We kid you not; yes a museum dedicated to the Baywatch (amongst other things) Actor. This evolved from a shrine in a Bar to become a museum for all things Hoff. So if you’re a fan, or just plain curious it’s well worth a visit
German Spy Museum - Leipziger Pl. 9, 10117 Berlin
A history of espionage. A journey through time detailing the development of Spy techniques. Hear from former Spy’s about operations they worked on. Berlin certainly has no shortage of history in this respect. Some great interactive experiences are also available to enjoy.
Berliner Unterwelten Mueum - Brunnenstraße 105, 13355 Berlin
Carrying on with the “Secret” theme, this museum offers the opportunity to explore WWII bunkers along with East Germany tunnels from the days of the Berlin Wall.
Alt-Marzahn Village Place of Interest - Alt-Marzahn 23 12685 Berlin
A tiny hidden fully functional village with farmyard, working windmill and with its own church situated in amongst skyscrapers within the city. In many ways this is a surreal experience.
Badeschiff (Bathing Ship) Beach Bar & Pool - Eichenstraße 4, 12435 Berlin
A swimming pool within a large converted barge located on the Spree opposite the Arena Berlin. The river bank has been developed as a beach where you can play beach volley ball or enjoy a drink at the bar. The location also provides some fantastic views of the city.
Spandauer Zitadelle Historic Building - Am Juliusturm 64, 13599 Berlin
One of the best preserved Renaissance Fortresses. You can explore its history and in addition enjoy its current day cultural activities which includes concerts, festivals, exhibitions and theatre.
Spreepark Amusement Park (Abandoned) - Kiehnwerderallee 1-3, Berlin
Originally built by the East Germans, but finished after reunification. The Park was closed in 2002, but instead of demolishing they just left it. You can now visit this eerie Attraction
Babylon Kino in Mitte Cinema - Rosa-Luxemburg-Straße 30, 10178 Berlin
Opened in 1929 during the Weimar Republic period. A beautiful classical Cinema from that time. Now shows old time favourites and silent movies along with current day edgy documentaries.
Clärchens Ballhaus Old Time Ballroom - Auguststraße 24, 10117 Berlin
Offers a different dance genre for each night of the week. A truly classic Dance Hall which provides some great entertainment. Also hosts events throughout the year. If you don’t fancy the dancing you can visit the restaurant for classic German Dishes or have a drink in Biergarten
Prinzipal Kreuzberg Bar - Oranienstraße 178, 10999 Berlin
Another 1920’s Weimar Republic creation. Jazz nights and Burlesque shows being the speciality. Gives a real feel of what it was like to be around during the period.
Wintergarten Theatre - Potsdamer Straße 96, 10785 Berlin
Originally opened in 1887 but destroyed during WWII this Old Time Music Hall/Variety Theatre re-emerged in the early 1990’s and maintains the entertainment for which it was intended. You can have a drink or enjoy a meal whilst being regaled by variety acts such as Show Girls, Acrobats, Singers…
Quasimodo Jazz Bar - Kantstraße 12A, 10623 Berlin
One of the leading Jazz Clubs in Europe, but at times also offers other genres such as Rock, Blues, Funk etc.
Bar Jeder Vernunft Variety Theatre - Schaperstraße 24, 10719 Berlin
A recreation of the 1920’s Nightlife scene, with Cabaret, Singers, Drag and comedy set in art deco style furnishings.
We are not including any individual Shopping Venues or Restaurants in this article. However for the latter here is TripAdvisor’s Berlin Restaurant listing
With regard to shopping, like all major cities Berlin boasts all the usual High Street players and Brand Names along with many individual local establishments. One of its main claims to fame however is Christmas Markets (which as you’re no doubt aware versions of which have been visiting the UK for around a decade or so). Berlin has a Christmas market for almost all districts during the festive period. Many are open all week, so it doesn't matter if your on a weekend getaway or midweek break you should be able to visit. You won’t be disappointed if they are your thing.
Hopefully we have provoked a little interest in exploring some of these lesser known places and venues; at the very least an appetite to investigate a little further. If you do choose to take a holiday to Berlin, we are sure you won’t be disappointed with wherever you visit.