Berlin is one of the most-visited cities in Europe but unfortunately I'm yet to get there myself. To find out some of the secrets to get the most out of a visit to Berlin, I asked Svetlana Monastyrsk from Germany Tourism to help. Svet lived in Berlin for a year during her student days and now returns to the city she loves as often as possible. She agreed to share some of her 'insider' tips to Berlin with us.
- Topography of Terror Exhibition – located at the old SS headquarters
- Eastside Gallery – the longest remaining piece of the Berlin Wall decorated by artists from all over the world
- DDR Museum – a small interactive museum focusing on the former
- East Germany Pergamon Museum – one of the best museums I have ever visited. Contains incredible ancient artefacts
Favourite place or area to stay
Depends on what you like! Mitte for shopping and the main sights, or Kreuzberg for street art, cool bars and cafes.
Best place to eat
Street food – Mustafas
Restaurant – Pauly Saal
KaDeWe is a grand department store in the former western part of the city. There is a ‘gourmet’ section which is a lot of fun to visit.
Best way to get around the city
Definitely the train – it's very easy and reliable.
Make sure to try some Turkish food in Berlin, namely a döner kebab (from Mustafas!) as well as the famous Berlin ‘currywurst’.
Best way to spend a lazy Sunday in Berlin?
Head to Mauerpark flea market. There are so many fantastic stalls and some really unique finds. This is in particular a very special place to visit in the summer months as they have outdoor karaoke - you see some amazing performances!
My hidden secret
Not really a hidden secret, but my big tip is just to make sure to get out of the city centre and spend some time exploring the different districts and neighbourhoods such as Kreuzberg, Prenzlauer Berg and Friedrichshain. Each has its own character and highlights. Berlin is rapidly changing, so there are always fascinating places to discover.
Do you have any tips for other readers heading to Berlin? Please share your experiences and tips below.
Berlin: Hans Peter Merten for Deutsche Zentrale fur Tourismus e.V.
Currywurst: Julio Costa Zambelli