Berlin is a fantastic city to visit. I have a family base in Berlin so I visit often, it is one of my favourite cities as there are seemingly unlimited things to see, do, and eat! I have listed some of the places that I’ve enjoyed and I have starred * my very favourites. I will keep the list updated. There is a Google Map of everything at the end of the page.
Most of these have a programme of exhibitions that changes regularly so check what’s on before going.
Exhibitions on the history and influence of the Bauhaus school of architecture, design and art.
A museum of modern art, photography and architecture.
Buchstaben Museum (Museum of Letters)
A museum dedicated to preserving, restoring and exhibiting signage from Berlin and around the world.
C/O Berlin *
An art space of changing exhibitions in the recently restored Amerika Haus near the Zoologischer Garten.
Hamburger Bahnhof *
An old station containing a variety of changing modern art exhibitions. There’s also a Sarah Wiener restaurant next to it.
Haus am Waldsee *
A contemporary art exhibition space with a sculpture garden. It has a nice small cafe. Being a little bit out of the centre it feels like a nice break from the city to visit it.
It hosts big international exhibitions on art and cultural history.
A museum with a focus on early 20th century modern art.
Sights and entertainment
A walk up Auguststraße
All along this road are small art galleries.
There are lots of different places to get a boat from depending on where you are.
The classic tourist destination.
Elaborate interior decoration and large gardens
CineStar IMAX at the Sony Center *
An IMAX that shows films in their original language.
East Side Gallery
A long section of the Berlin wall that has been painted with artworks.
The TV tower constructed by the GDR.
Hackesche Höfe courtyards
A series of enclosed courtyards with shops and cafes, and one of them has floor to ceiling graffiti.
The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
A concentration of major museums.
Oberbaum Bridge *
The double-decker bridge between Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg.
A walk up Oranienstraße
Walk from Görlitzer U-Bahn station up to Modulor art supplies looking into interesting shops.
Climb the dome at the parliament building.
Soviet Memorial in Treptower Park
A vast war memorial and military cemetery built to a Soviet design.
The former airport is now a giant park. Come and walk or cycle on the former runways.
Boxhagener Platz saturday food market
A neighbourhood market with good food to take home or eat right away.
Do You Read Me?!
A shop specialising in magazines from around the world.
Just sells things made out of enamel.
Traditional household and gardening goods.
Modulor art supplies *
A huge art and craft shop.
Mr Dead and Mrs Free
A record shop.
A science fiction and fantasy bookshop.
A small shop selling paper goods.
Modern furniture shop.
Hidden down a passage, a shop of luxury clothing.
Places to eat and drink
We’ve only tried the bakery, they do good strudel.
Alte Liebe Havel River
A restaurant on an old wooden boat on the Havel in the forest.
Aunt Benny *
A favourite place for brunch (pictured) on the weekend.
The Barn *
Good coffee in a few locations.
Big messy burgers.
Bonanza Coffee Heroes *
Another good coffee place.
Buy your burgers from an old toilet in Kreuzburg.
For the traditional food and feel of old Berlin.
A good ramen shop.
Companion Coffee in Voo *
A nice place to stop off when walking up Oranienstraße.
Go to the top floor to the huge cafe and get a giant piece of cake.
A nice cafe with good food.
Delicious food and a warm friendly atmosphere.
Markthalle Neun Street Food Thursday *
Lots of choice at the street food market on a Thursday.
Neue Heimat *
They hold lots of different markets and events here usually with some good street food.
How great to have a good cafe in such a prime tourist area!
Cafe by day, bar by night.
Out of the centre
Botanic Gardens *
A large and varied botanic garden with greenhouses and a cafe.
Grunewald houses and forest *
Take a trip out to see the huge houses and walk in the forest.
An Art Nouveau S-bahn station.
Sanssouci in Potsdam
A large palace and gardens.
Wannsee beer garden *
On a hot day take the S-bahn out to Wannsee and relax in a beer garden.
Berlin is easiest explored by area so I have plotted everything onto a map.