Dear guest & visitor, On this page we rather gathered some information on Berlin in respect of what to do and see, than to summarise the history and present statistics of Berlin, considering that there are already enough good books written about Berlin, and yes, we are actually not writers, but hosteliers, if there is such term; if not, call us simply hosts, one of the oldest professions of history…
For those that don’t have the appropriate books on them, we recommend the Berlin section of Wikipedia, just as we recommend (and require) Wikipedia for most open questions. For up-to-date information especially concerning events we recoomend the homepage of the city Berlin, the city magazine "zitty" or the English speaking magazine "Ex-Berliner". We subdivided this section into the following parts, which include the obvious “must-sees”, but also contain places selected by our own favours and tastes, so that by getting them listed we would like to recommend:
Get off at Zoologischer Garten (Zoo Station) and get into the mood of David Bowie and U2, the aftermath of World War 2 and the growing Cold War. We recommend a visit to the Zoo, which is architecturally unique, being the 1st Zoo that tried to avoid visible frontiers, such as fences and walls, but instead used natural barriers like deep gaps in order to separate animals from each other and also keep its visitors safe. Its most popular member, Knut the polar bear, dies in 2011, but is still kept in fond memories. After your visit have a look at the Memorial Church - yes, that is the one with the broken roof, crying out the memory of World War II. Stripping further down you will head towards Wittenbergplatz and before that come across the KaDeWe (the Shopping Mall of the West), Europe’s biggest department store. Before you get lost and lose it all, make sure you get to the top floor: the food department! International cuisine, all fresh and prepared in front of your eyes, as well as food specialities from all over the world, this floor will leave you simply stunned. Address: U&S-station: “Zoologischer Garten”
A must-see: The Castle itself is a museum nowadays. One can see the living area of Friedrich the great, belongings of Friedrich I. and his wife Sophie Charlotte, the porcelain-cabinet, the Golden Gallery and a significant collection of French paintings. Last but not least: the breathtaking baroque garden…
Berlin’s biggest green lung located in the formal heart of the city – a luxury not a lot of capital cities can afford... It contains wide nature, lakes, monuments, the official villa of the President, a concert hall, the “House of Cultures of the World” and it is intercut by the alley “Straße des 17. Juni”, in which its centre you will find the victory column “Siegessäule”, that was most popularly displayed in Wim Wender’s "Wings of Desire" and U2’s video "Faraway, so Close".
At the end of Tiergarten one will get more or less automatically to the Brandenburg gate – THE symbol for Berlin and the reunification. Around the square it’s mainly Hotels, embassies etc. who are proud to have an extraordinary address. The Pariser Platz is as well the beginning/end of the Boulevard „Unter den Linden“.
At the end of Tiergarten you are more or less automatically heading towards the Brandenburg Gate, Berlin’s symbol for re-unification, surrounded by the Reichstag, Germany’s parliament building, that we do recommend to pay a visit to also. Don’t get alarmed by the long cues, they pass faster than you imagine… On the opposite you will see the chancellor’s residence, the Kanzleramt, amongst locals called “Waschmachine” (=laundromat). Have a look at it and you will figure out, why that is.
South from the Reichstag you will come a cross a field of oversized cubes, making you wonder what this is all about. Please visit that place w/ decent respect. It is concepted and built in warning memory of the millions of victims of Jews, homosexuals and dissidents that got killed during the Third Reich and a walk through the field shall recall the emotions of unconsciousness and depression, that era evoked. An integrated information centre documents that according dark side of Germany’s and Berlin’s history.
Further down south the boarder checkpoint between the former U.S.-American and Sowjet-Union sectors, “Checkpoint Charlie” is to be found. The checkpoint itself has become a pretty kitschy institution w/ costumed soldiers ready to get their photo taken with. The “Haus am Checkpoint Charlie” (House at the Checkpoint Charlie) houses a museum dealing w/ history of the wall and a special exhibition that demonstrates the various ways, people searched and found, in order to flee from East to West.
Still further south take a chance to see the very modern Berlin at „Potsdamer Platz“. After the reunion a „new area“ was built on an area of 50ha: go shopping on 50.000 square meters, relax from walking around at the IMAX cinema (with 3-D and a lot of original, subtitled movies) or have a coffee under the cupola of class at the impressive Sony Center – there are various ways to spend your time and many tourists do so.
Again up to the North: “Unter den Linden” and “Friedrichstraße” are Berlin’s historical shopping and business streets, once partially disconnected by the Wall, now reunited, again fulfil that historical functions. Numerous shops, business-offices, the Guggenheim Museum, the Humboldt university, Bebelplatz, where a special installation under the square w/ empty book shelves, that reminds of the book-burnings in 1933, the Berlin Dome, the Lustgarten and the German Historical Museums are all sights worth to visit, if only for the architecture.
Here you find Berlin’s biggest sample of state-run museums. The „Big Five“ are: Pergamonmuseum, Bodemuseum, Altes Museum, Neues Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie; see also under museums.
Once to be known as the Jewish quarter, reminded of by the Jewish Synagogue and a Jewish graveyard close by, it still represents Jewish culture and living, but also has become Berlin’s big tourist strip, filled w/ big-size restaurants, and in the evening it belongs to prostitutes and pub-crawls, guided bar-hopping-tourist-groups of up to 80 participants, filled up w/ alcohol in selected bars and the shot-bottle on the road, that make it hard to get in context of what this era used and should be about… Still, make sure you wander through the side streets of Oranienburger Str. and you will come across numerous galleries, private museums and Oranienburger Str. itself still provides address to the Tacheles, a former squad that gave living and working space for artists from all over the world, known for its sub cultural and innovative attitude, though by now managed to suit itself in the chic of the area. A visit of its own club, the Bar Zapata, the own cinema and theatre still often shows exceptional bands, movies and theatre plays.
You can consider this the continuation of Oranienburger Str. or the other way round…: Once known for its sub cultural happenings, hidden backyard parties and innovative art happenings, it by now mingled itself into the fast-changing environment dominated by designer-shops, tourist-services and latte-macchiato-w-lan-camps…
If there is such an opposite noun for the City West, than that must be Alexanderplatz, East-Berlin’s former shopping and city centre, now added up by huge hotels, huge shopping stores and huge malls. Its trade-sign, the TV-tower (Fernsehturm) not only gives you a fairly good orientation within Berlin, as it can be more or less seen from all over town, but also gives you breathtaking view over the city. The elevator ride is fairly expensive, and so are the prices in the spinning restaurant-level within the ball on top. But we still consider this as one of the classical must-sees… The Neptunbrunnen, Marx- and Engels-statue, the Rote Rathaus (Red City Hall) surround the actual square. The square itself contains a run-down fountain, the World-Clock and is THE meeting point for Berlin’s teenagers, no matter if they are into Hip-Hop, House & Electro, Gothic, Punk or skating: Alexanderplatz is their platform to present each other to each other and the tourists floating through.
Enough of Alexanderplatz? Then stroll down Karl-Marx-Allee, East-Berlin’s residence of high functionaries of the GDR-regime, presenting stroll for military parades and together w/ Alexandeplatz the places for the demonstrations that made the wall come down in the late 80ies, now known as the Peaceful Revolution. The architecture is a respectful honouring homage to the Soviet Union’s socialist classicism, the so-called wedding-cake style. Karl-Marx-Allee itself gives address to a pretty decent mixture of old and traditional shops and businesses, the Cinema International (Kino International), a movie theatre special in its architecture and selection of movies, the WMF-club plus a fairly various selection of galleries, bars and clubs, getting pumped during the periods of the Berlinale (Berlin movie festival), Bread And Butter and Fashion Week (Berlin’s top fashion festivals and fares).
Enough of the street noise? So take a break at the Volkspark (peoples park) – the green lung of our area. The fairytale fountain at the entrance from the side of „am Friedrichshain“ is a legend and can be seen in countless movies. Often you will get across movie sets, just as it happened, when this photo was taken. Furthermore the park is domicile to runners, sun-worshippers, barbecues etc. etc.
There you go! Finally in the Sunflower-domesticated neighbourhood: Simon Dach Straße! And what a street and area that is! Beginning until the end of the 90ies it was THE insider tip for illegal bars, parties in backyards, often a tape-recorder was the only amusement besides cheap drinks and great visitors. Now look what tourism has made of SDS: Cocktail bars, quality restaurants, still fairly cheap, and a great variety of solid, though special bars and clubs made their established way from the dark of illegality into the light of setting up to a proper existence: Not all of it is worth to fuss about. But please see our map of recommendations, and we sincerely think you won’t be disappointed.
Well, imagine Simon-Dach-Str…. well, let’s say 5 years ago: It is mingled by its fair share of cocktail-bars by now as well, and most of the squads have to struggle for their existence - still it is a completely different atmosphere you will be confronted w/. Those cellar-bars, where you would have to climb holes and just follow the music are gone, but here and there the old flavour of the nineties is still waiting to get experienced. No explicit recommendation on this northern part of Friedrichshain, but just stroll around and see what you will find…
Down south along the Warschauer Str: Oberbaum Bridge gives hold to the one of two underground lines connecting East and West, but was abandoned und intercut in the era of the Cold War, except for spy-exchanges. It was renovated after the wall came down and partially contains those old stones w/ bullet holes from World War 2 and also contains an art installation, demonstrating the fight of powers open for interpretations on all kinds of levels. Take a look direction west and you are confronted w/ a beautiful still of Berlin’s partial skyline. Heading east you are facing the Arena’s “Badeboot”, a boat that contains a swimming pool, and in Winter adds up for Sauna, as well as you will come across the “Molecular Man”, another art sculpture, based in the river Spree. Due to its attractive location this area is a magnet for the creative business: Universal Music, MTV, VIVA and the O2-World are just one of the few companies having moved their headquarters here.
A tourist's must-see: The longest remaining part of the wall, painted and sprayed by artists that got invited from all over the world; in a yearly interval the paintings are renewed due to the tourist activities to get hold of their own personal souvenir of the wall to bring home to show their beloved ones. Please respect the artwork and don’t fall in the same tiring and obnoxious routine. There is a shop giving you an old GDR stamp, selling all kinds of Nostalgic souvenir, as well as a certificated piece of the wall, no matter if you believe in it or not… Most of the Berlin Wall nowadays is to be found in Hollywood anyway…
Well, we could dedicate a lot more to this rather controversial, multicultural problematic, though cheerful area of Berlin, but leave it down to this: Worth a trip! Around “Schlesisches Tor” and “Goerlitzer Bahnhof” clubs and bars are growing like mushrooms out of the ground. Great clubs, not as experimental and innovative as in Friedrichshain, but various in what is to be seen and experienced. “A city that never sleeps” is a description, that especially suits the Berlin district Kreuzberg and there are too many places worth to be mentioned.
Take a stroll from „Schlesisches Tor“ into Schlesische Straße and just straight on, passing the Arena and the „Badeschiff“ and after about 20 min. you reach the park – one of the nicest of its kind in Berlin! Less crowded it is inviting to have a walk, or to take a look at the Russian Memorial in its Eastern part – an impressing monument for the killed soldiers of the „Red Army“ within the 2nd World War.
Bodestraße 1-3, 10178 Berlin - Mitte: Paintings and sculptures of the 19th century, link
Am Lustgarten 1, 10178 Berlin - Mitte: Art of the Greek and Roman times, link
Alte Jakobstr. 124 – 128, 10969 Berlin - Mitte: Statemuseum for modern art, link
Am Kupfergraben 1, 10178 Berlin - Mitte: A collection of sculptures, Museum for byzantine art, „Münzkabinett“ (old tokens/coins) and some works of the „Gemäldegalerie“, link
Bussardsteig 9, 14195 Berlin - Dahlem: The museum is devoted exclusively to the group of artists called "Brücke", closed on Tuesdays, link
Schützenstraße 70, 10117 Berlin - Mitte: Everything about the Currywurst -seeing, hearing, smelling or being active – an experience for all senses, link
Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 1, 10178 Berlin - Mitte: Lively and interactive presentation of the all-day-living in GDR times, link
Unter den Linden 13, 10117 Berlin - Mitte: German historical museum with exhibition hall, Monday free entrance! link
Potsdamer Platz 2, 10785 Berlin - Mitte: Museum about movies and television, link
Unter den Linden 2, 10117 Berlin - Mitte: Different exhibitions about the German history, link
Invalidenstraße 50-51, 10557 Berlin - Mitte: Exhibitions and art of presence, link
Friedrichstraße 44, 10117 Berlin - Mitte: The Story of the Berlin Wall and the divided city, link
Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin - Mitte: German-Jewish History, link
Matthäikirchplatz, 10785 Berlin: w/ 500,000 prints and about 110,000 drawings Germany's biggest and worldwide one of the most important collections of that kind. Exhibited works include the artists Sandro Botticelli, Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt, Adolph von Menzel, Pablo Picasso und Andy Warhol, link
Matthäikirchplatz, 10785 Berlin - Mitte: European arts and crafts of all postantique epochs of art history, link
Unter den Linden 74, 10117 Berlin - Mitte: All the celebrities made of wax! link
Schloßstraße 1, 14059 Berlin - Charlottenburg: Outstanding exhibition of classical modern art, link
Jebensstraße 2, 10623 Berlin - Charlottenburg: the Helmut Newton Foundation co-established this impressive collection of photographies in 2004. Amongst the exhibited artists: yes, Helmut Newton! link
Tiergartenstraße 1, 10785 Berlin - Mitte: About 800 instruments of European art music from 16th to 20th century, link
Potsdamer Straße 50, 10785 Berlin - Mitte: Museum of art of the 20th century, link
Invalidenstraße 43, 10115 Berlin - Mitte: With more than 30 million objects in its zoological, paleontological, geological and mineralogical collections and with its exhibition halls with an area of about 6 600 square meters the Museum für Naturkunde is the biggest of its kind in Germany and one of the five biggest in the world, link
Unter den Linden 4, 10117 Berlin - Mitte: A central memorial of the Federal Republic of Germany
Bodestraße 1, 10785 Berlin - Mitte: Egyptian Museum and Papyrus-collection with parts of the antique, link
Am Kupfergraben 5, 10178 Berlin - Mitte: World famous for its archaeological holdings, link
Krausnickstraße 23, 10115 Berlin - Mitte: In memory of the 22 years of the New York Punk-band "The Ramones", link
Mehringdamm 61, 10961 Berlin - Kreuzberg: Exhibition and library regarding homosexual living, link
Ruschestraße 103, 10365 Berlin - Lichtenberg: Activities of the State Security, the different aspects of the political system and the resistance and opposition in the GDR, link
Trebbiner Straße 9, 10963 Berlin - Kreuzberg: The place to find out about the history and science behind the appliances and things we use every day, link
Oranienburgerstr. 54-56a, 10117 Berlin - Mitte: Colourful collection of art and protest art/paintings, link
Schloßplatz, 10178 Berlin - Mitte: Unique, time-limited project and window for the important art of the presence.
Karl-Marx-Allee 140, 10243 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Typical East Berlin rock-bar w/ quite a big food menu to order from . Drop in when passing by! link
Warschauer Str. 26, 10243 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Just different – reminds us to a local pub in a 367-soul-village, rustic and worth a night cup on the way home, link
Simon-Dach-Straße 40, 10245 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Pleasant and very popular cocktail bar w/ dedicated staff, often dj's and a fantastic decoration; recommended!
Simon-Dach-Straße 35, 10245 Berlin - Friedrichshain: An arty place w/ wood and metal; a pleasant café and bar, that also has some simple, mostly German dishes on their menu; a place to relax and communicate;
Wühlischstraße 29, 10245 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Nostalgic contribution to the GDR-times; cheap beer, simple, but tasty dishes and snacks, good music, a locals place;
Warschauer Straße 57, 10243 Berlin - Friedrichshain: 24 hour service – valuable drinks in colourful weird and a little cruel atmosphere, Happy Hour specials;
Schlesische Straße 16, 10997 Berlin - Kreuzberg: A mingling meeting place for locals and those who visit concerts at the Lido, opposite side of the street. Pleasant music, sometimes even w/ dj's – worth a visit, link
Krossener Straße 24, 10245 Berlin - Friedrichshain: One of the oldest institutions in the proximity, no chic but charm, tabletop football and billiard amenities, link
Oranienstrasse 19a, 10999 Berlin - Kreuzberg: Also an institution - Rock bar, where locals, tourists, and bands meet and drink. Definitely worth a visit! link
Vor dem Schlesischen Tor, 3, 10997 Berlin: 900qm of garden for summertime, 50qm cosy bar inside for winter days, link
Gärtnerstr. 6, 10245 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Cosy and warm living-room atmosphere, dj's every day, pleasant staff and good cocktails. Enjoy!
Wühlischstr. 22, 10245 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Friendly little Pub with own microbrewery, so beer and cider only served of own production plus self-baked bread-snacks, football matches on screen! link
Grünberger Straße 1, 10243 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Cosy bar with dance floor and stage, often concerts, Pool- and table soccer lounge, in summertime outside seating and BBQ, soccer games on screen, link
Gärtnerstraße 4, 10245 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Exceptional ambience, everything (furniture, pictures, etc.) for sale (except the coffee maker), multiple choice breakfast menu, link
Falckensteinstr. 30, 10997 Berlin - Kreuzberg: Gorgeous staff, great cocktails, the deco from the 60ies/70ies is thrilling and a new definition of cosiness of itself. On numerous days of the week DJ’s are spinning on mono record players. This place is communicative, already an institution, but still an insider recommendation. link
Lübbener str. 19, 10997 Berlin - Kreuzberg: Furniture on the ceiling, decorated with love, pleasant service: have a look! Music quiz on Wednesdays and very often concerts; if so, a small entrance fee is required. link
Krossener Straße 15, 10245 Berlin - Friedrichshain: The name is program: Heavy Metal deco and folks, tabletop-football, open till late;
Grünberger Straße 23, 10243 Berlin - Friedrichshain: To be recommended: groovy staff, delicious drinks and snacks, plus a superb smoking lounge, link
Weserstraße 25, 10245 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Laidback bar, 50´s style, good music, link
Wrangelstrasse 93, 10997 Berlin - Kreuzberg: A happening place, no alcohol served till 6 pm, queer and straight audience, tasty longdrinks & smoking inside, half price for most drinks on Wednesdays link
Naunynstr. 60, 10997 Berlin - Kreuzberg: Not liked by everyone - as it is a pretty rough, sometimes rude and aggressive place - but you can have nights there, you won't have anywhere else... So take a look, if you are brave! Open till late - 4 am during the week at least - 24 hours on weekends... link
Gabriel-Max-Straße 13, 10245 Berlin - Friedrichshain: A rough, but pleasant place, tabletop football, soccer screening, weekends belong to Ska & Punk, link
Currywurst (curry sausage), Doener Kebap and Kassler (salted pork) have all one thing in common: They are all (supposed to be) invented in Berlin! Although every Berliner gets very passionate to recommend or defend her or his most favourite Currywurst place, there is of course a lot more, Berlin has to offer. But let's start w/ the most relevant places for your Currywurst-experience (see here for a wider summary), and move on afterwards for other preferences...:
- Savanna (Eritrea / Ethiopia)
Sredzkistr. 26, 10435 Berlin - Prenzlauer Berg: Ever been to Africa? Here you can have your ostrich, zebra, antelope or crocodile steak. Delicious, tasty and uncommon. Reservations recommended.
- Lemon Leaf
Grünbergerstr. 69, 10245 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Lounge-style, food of south-east-Asia, i.E. the favourite dish of Laos, all fresh, very good value.
Boxhagener Straße 104, 10245 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Delicious, home made burgers, French fries & sauces - in our opinion the best burger place of Berlin; link
Lausitzer Str. 47, 10999 Berlin - Kreuzberg: Simple German dishes in good quality and fair priced - recommended!
- Chez Gino
Wrangelstr. / Sorauer Str., 10997 Berlin - Kreuzberg: Don't get mistaken by the name. This is a German restaurant and its food fantastic. Spätzle, Flammkuchen, and other specials from the South of Germany are on the offer. Not the cheapest choice, but quality...
- Metzgerei (butchery) Domke
Warschauer Str. 64, 10243 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Open till late, this butchery is one of our favourite places, as it offers simple, well-portioned typical German dishes. The place is frequented by everyone, bankers and construction workers take their lunch breaks here, and we do know why...
- Eckbert Zwo
Görlitzer Str. 53, 10997 Berlin - Kreuzberg: A highlight in our opinion. Great German kitchen, weekly and daily changing specials, fair-priced, though not cheap; link
Kopernikusstr. 3, 10243 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Specialities from the South of Germany in a really cionvenient and laidback atomsphere; link
- Spätzle & Knödel
Wühlischstr. 20, 10245 Berlin - Friedrichshain: The name is program: South German kitchen - and well done. This place is busy. Reservations might be handy... tel.: +49-(0)30 27571151
Grünberger Strasse 77, 10245 Berlin - Friedrichshain, at Boxhagener Platz: For some traditional German dishes such as “Gulasch” or “Schnitzel”, friendly service and different German beers from tap; link
- Restaurant Szimpla
Gärtnerstraße 15 (at Boxhagener Platz), 10245 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Bar and restaurant, that has its older brother in Budapest, Hungary; the standard menu is small and snack-like, but is enriched by the dishes of the days. Don't be hung(a)ry!link
- Restaurant Sigiriya
Grünberger Str. 66, 10247 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Tasty, fresh and original food of Sri Lanka and south India; link
Samariterstr. 36, 10247 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Mostly Mediterranean kitchen, but w/ a great impact of oriental influences and other dishes on the offer, this place offers a great value. Reservations recommended - tel.: +49-30-48624173
- Café 100 Wasser
Simon-Dach-Str. 39, (corner Krossener Str.), 10245 Berlin - Friedrichshain: A mix of European, mostly Mediterranean cuisine, but also Mexican standard dishes and seasonal news on offer. Their breakfast and brunch buffet can hardly be beaten. link
- Bistro Dvash in der Galerie Orange
Wühlischstr. 37, 10245 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Great Hummus... daily changing fresh Israeli meals, recommended! Only open Sun-Thur, 13-18:00 h
Simon-Dach-Straße 12 & Wühlischstraße 32, 10245 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Just 2,50/3 Euro for a Pizza – not for a romantic dinner, but best value...
- Trattoria Libau
Libauer Straße 10, 10245 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Real Italians – and great original Trattoria- atmosphere, great pizza; recommended!
- Kimchi Princess
Skalitzer Str. 36, 10999 Berlin - Kreuzberg: Great place, modern design, superb food, nice staff. Not the cheapest place, but the food will convince you: The BBQ-dishes for 2 persons are enormous, the starters and side dishes a great addition. Also check out their cocktail bar around the corner! Reservations for the restaurant are recommended; tel.: +49-(0)163-4580203, link
- La Paz
Gärtnerstr. 29a, 10245 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Tasty food and fair priced; link
Gabriel-Max-Straße 1, 10245 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Plini, Pelmeni and Soljanka, something different; link
- Las Primas
Wrangelstraße 54, 10997 Berlin - Kreuzberg: Living-room-style, Tapas etc., daily changing lunch-menus.
- Happy Sushi
Boxhagener Str. 44, 10245 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Tasty sushi, friendly staff, also delivery service; link
Grünberger Str. 68 , 10245 Berlin - Friedrichshain: A nice and cosy Swiss restaurant, also run by Swiss, that specialised on crêpes w/ all kinds of fillings -from salty to sweet - walk that line...
- Feuer und Flamme
Am Comeniusplatz 1 , 10243 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Apart from Swiss classics this place is all about: Fondue! Offered in all kinds of versions this place sets up new classes. Not terrible cheap, but it should not be too hard to find a good occasion excuse to visit this little diamond... a reservation might be of help; tel.: +49-(0)30-29776595
- Em Bar
Gabriel Max Str.17, 10245 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Located directly at Boxhagener Platz you can dive into the Turkish world of food. On Sundays (10-16:00 h) you have the wide selected choice on the the brunch buffet. link
- Hasir / Hasir Ocakbasi
Adalbetrtstr. 10 & 12, 10999 Berlin - Kreuzberg: These are 2 restaurants next to each other, obviously run by the same people. House nr. 12, the Hasir Ocabasi is younger, but also looks a bit more pretentious. If you want the more authentic experience in terms of the guests frequenting, join no. 10, the Hasir, just Hasir, the one on the right hand side...: it is our legendary favourite, frequented by mostly Turkish and Berliners who are in the know. Great lamb from the grill, fantastic Köfte and so much more... authentic! link
- Yoyo Foodworld
Gärtner Str. 27, 10245 Berlin - Friedrichshain: 100% vegan and awarded by PeTa w/ the „Proggy Award“, this place is highly recommended also for everyone who needs a meat-break. On the offer are not only vegan burgers and fries, but also kebab, pizza, spaetzle and great desserts. link
- Yellow Sunshine
Wiener Str. 197, 10997 Berlin - Kreuzberg: Not 100% vegan, but 100% vegetarian, this place has very good burgers, fries and such on the offer. link
Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin - Friedrichshain: This place caters mostly concerts of international acts, but organises parties here and there as well... link
Am Wrienzer Bahnhof, 10243 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Techno at its best…Not only the New York Times voted it “the best club in the world” – and its just a few hundred meter from the Sunflower Hostel away. Folks from all over come to dance here once – be prepared to long waiting time before you get in, if you get in at all. The door ain't strict in terms, what you wear or who you are, but more depends on the momentary feeling of the bouncer - so good luck! link
Revaler Straße 99, 10245 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Cassiopeia Club made its way from a small alternative venue to a real contribution to Friedrichshain, which by now includes the venue w/ numerous concerts during the week, club nights, an open-air-cinema during summer, a climbing tower and a skate-hall. Our guests are offered free entrance on a Wednesday night w/ their guest card. link
Falckenstein Str. 47, 10997 Berlin - Kreuzberg: A club mostly for live acts - both from Berlin and abroad. Going to Comet is like diving for pearls... See here for their programme: link
Eichhornstraße 4, 10785 Berlin - Mitte: Directly at the Potsdamer Platz the E4 Club extends over three floors with panoramic views of the same. Here you can party every Friday and Saturday from 11 p.m. link
Skalitzer Str. 130, 10999 Berlin - Kreuzberg: Also a live club w/ a weird and often surprising mix of local, national and international bands and acts - see here for their programme: link
Dircksenstraße 77, u8-exit: Schicklerstrasse (4), 10179 Berlin - Mitte: Small Club in „Mitte“, very mixed and original crowd, mostly electronic music, link
Skalitzer Str. 72, 10997 Berlin - Kreuzberg: Event location in the underground station "Schlesisches Tor" for up to 500 people; lots of concerts and parties with Ska, Punk, Reggae, Gothic. link
Rigaer Str. 103, 10247 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Pleasant bar w/ a small dance floor in the basement - various and often spontaneous events. link
Cuvrystraße 7, 10997 Berlin - Kreuzberg: Some could not imagine Berlin without the Rock-Indie-Electro-Pop-Mix of the Lido, concerts taking place as well, our favourite: THE SOUL INN parties every 1st Saturday of the month! link
Simplonstr. 38/40, 10245 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Remarkable place w/ a unique selection of live gigs, parties, readings and other stuff being messed around w/. Recommended! link
Lübbener str. 19, 10997 Berlin - Kreuzberg: Furniture on the ceiling, decorated with love, pleasant service: have a look! Music quiz on Wednesdays and very often concerts for a small entrance fee. link
Schlesische Str. 41, 10997 Berlin - Kreuzberg: always different dj's, valuable drinks and a crazy atmosphere for the night owls, link
Falckensteinstraße 48, 10997 Berlin - Kreuzberg: Indie- & Rock, concerts and party-events, 2 floors, nice mixture! link
Stralauer Platz 33, 10243 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Minimal, Electro, Techno – but also concerts and cultural events, link
Warschauer Platz 18, 10243 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Pop, Disco, R’n’B, Soul, Hip Hop and Mainstream-House on 4 floors, ½ price with Voucher of our reception! link
Revaler Straße 99, gate 4, intersection Modersohnbrücke, 10245 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Very alternative rocked down place w/ its own charm. Events are constantly changing - so is the crowd. Grab into that surprise bag!
Warschauer Straße 34, 10243 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Alternative Karaoke Bar w/ cabins plus a venue that often caters concerts or parties. The events are often addressed to a queer audience. link
Straße der Pariser Kommune 8, 10243 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Also called „Fritzklub“, different music-styles on 3 floors for the young crowd, link
Pücklerstraße 34, 10999 Berlin - Kreuzberg: Cosy flair with parties of Pop, Indie-Pop, Dance, Modern Grooves, Break Beats, Retro, Electro & Trash pop – good concerts of Newcomer-bands, link
Revaler Str. 99, 10245 Berlin - Friedrichshain: RAW Tempel is a social community club and network, offering workshops and support on different levels. Apart from that its own venue has concerts, readings, parties and more, that can all be considered to be "off the beaten track"... link
Ritterstr. 24, 10969 Berlin - Kreuzberg: Probably the most known unknown club in Berlin. Still it does not advertise anywhere, but through mailing lists of its community. Known for great electro-events and great dj's; a little hidden, though one will manage. link
Revaler Straße 29, 10245 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Old School factory-like club, 2 floors and a few chill-out-rooms, laid back and cool, often concerts, Great garden area in summer link
Köpenicker Straße 76, 10179 Berlin - Mitte: Techno and trance music - sexually uninhibited parties; strict dress code needs to be respected in order to get into the KitKatClub door, link
Oranienstraße 190, 10999 Berlin - Kreuzberg: An institution, a great variety of parties and events of all kinds of music. Monday there is Techno and free entrance for guests of the Sunflower Hostel! link
Revaler Strasse 99, 10245 Berlin - Friedrichshain: A relatively new club w/ a long history, that still has that underground and excessive vibe of Berlin's 90ies. Great atmosphere, boosting, but still very personal w/ a great selection of Berlin's best dj's when it coms to electro. Just around the corner from Sunflower Hostel Berlin. Join on in! link
Jessnerstraße 41, 10245 Berlin - Friedrichshain: A common-house-project runs the place, a relict from the old times of Berlin containing a bar and a venue for concerts and parties in the back; link
Köpenicker Str. 70, 10179 Berlin - Mitte: A legendary club before it moved here, as it is one of the 1st that dedicated its existence to the beats of techno. It is still one of Berlin's most relevant clubs and labels, but due to its size, one can feel a little lost... link
Frankfurter Tor 9, 10243 Berlin - Friedrichshain: This place still is an insider recommendation. It can be described between club and bar or lounge. Always different, most times worth to fall inside. Give it a go!
Falckensteinstraße 49, 10997 Berlin - Kreuzberg: Top location with a terrace overlooking the Spree to watch the sunrise in the morning, electronic music in one of the best known clubs; link
Alexanderplatz 5, 10179 Berlin - Mitte: Located on 12th floor of an old GDR building, nice terrace with good views, electronic music and a lot of young people, link
Wiener Str. 20, 10999 Berlin - Kreuzberg: Wild At Hart is a Kreuzberg institution - Rock'n Roll and Punk bands from all over play here almost every day of the week. If not or after the concerts dj's spin the according records. The decoration is an impressive red and black dream of kitsch; the staff is amongst the coolest of town. They also host a cafe/restaurant and shop for cloths and accesoires of that era next door. link
Stralauer Platz 35, 10243 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Parties and concerts, mostly from the Reggae and Ragga era; outdoor kitchen / stands w/ African and Caribbean food. link
Sundays, 10-6, walking distance from the Hostel, colourful and interesting are either the people and some of the things for sale, often some musicians or bands play aside the market
Sundays, 10-6, on a bigger area, on sale is everything form antique to clothing and souvenirs, just aside there is a much liked open air karaoke
Hotel “Park Inn”, Alexanderplatz, for 99 Euro one can jump from 125 meter, 39 floors a second...good view included.
There are several companies offering walking or cycling tours, often for free while a Tipp for the guide is expected. We like most:
We recommend Fat Tire bike tours for guided bike tours, as well as for hiring bikes in Berlin. link
Parkaue 29, 10367 Berlin - Friedrichshain: One of the biggest and the only governmental child- and youth theatre in Germany, link
Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz 2, 10178 Berlin - Mitte: An institution amongst Berlins theatres, known for its innovative and often controversial performances; link
Bertolt-Brecht-Platz 1,10117 Berlin - Mitte: One of the best known stages of the capital, became famous by the performances of works of the founder Bertold Brecht, link
Am Festungsgraben 2, 10117 Berlin - Mitte: The smallest governmental theatre with 440 seats, link
Kurfürstendamm 153, 10709 Berlin - Charlottenburg: Private theatre with a politically and socially committed repertoire, link
Bötzowstr. 1-5, 10407 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Impressive building, often used for premieres; international productions mostly screened in original language w/ subtitles; link
Boxhagener Str. 107, 10245 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Old school cinema with flair, very good value; international productions mostly screened in original language w/ subtitles, link
Karl-Marx-Allee 33, 10178 Berlin - Mitte: Typical GDR-building, big, old and cosy; international productions mostly screened in original language w/ subtitles link
Zeughofstraße 20, 10997 Berlin - Kreuzberg: Lots of indie-movies and old classics bsides the present new publishings; readings and music events are fiddled in the weekly programme also. International productions mostly screened in original language w/ subtitles. link
Dresdener Str. 126, 10999 Berlin - Kreuzberg: Only movies in English or original language w/subtitles; link
Potsdamer Straße 5, 10785 Berlin - Mitte - right in Sony Centre at Potsdamer Platz: And back to the future: This multiplex awaits you w/ all the anemnities of the Presence: 3D, uncountable screeing halls in one building, 1-liter-cups of coke and popcorn; an obligatory listing... link
Friedrichshain: The so called „Boxi“ is the heart of the „Simon Dach quarter“, a central point to lay down, meet people… There is a playground and on weekends the park awaits you w/ a bio-food market on Saturdays and a 2nd-hand-market on Sundays.
Friedrichshain: A small, but nice little park just around the corner of the Hostel. Besides your picnic or sunbathing the park has a little playground, a basketball field, soccer field and table-tennis-facilities. Around the corner on Marchlewski-Str. is another "activity-attachment", which awaits you w/ a beach-volleyball-field. Enjoy the hood!
Kreuzberg, U1-Goerlitzer Str. / Schlesisches Tor: Historic place, as it is the former location of the train station "Goerlitzer Bahnhof" bombed out during 2nd World War - the station-tunnels partially still remind of the station. Nowadays it hosts a cafe and club, an indoor blacklight minigolf-course, a run-down-fountain installation and a little zoo w/ rabbits, pigs, donkeys and more for kids. At the East end of the park you will come across one of Berlin's few trailer parks, which are still tolerated: Wagenburg Lohmühle. The community often arranges activities such as movie screenings, concerts or other events on weekends. But after all it is the Kreuzbergers' meeting point, the Turkish families come here to make their BBQ - so does anyone else besides playing Frisbee, sunbathing or just meeting for a drink and chat. On weekends very often spontaneous parties take place.
Berlin-Mitte: New York has the Central park, London the Hyde park – Berlin has the Tiergarten. Seeing it on the city map, this peace of green, 3km wide and 1 km long, looks like an island within the city – and it is the green lung of the capital. On weekends it seems to be THE meeting point of the city; people do sports, have a stroll, barbecue or just lay in the sun.
One of Berlin's nicest and impressive parks! Less crowded it is inviting to have a walk, or to take a look at the Russian Memorial in its Eastern part – an enormous monument built for the killed soldiers of the „Red Army“ in World War 2.
Friedrichshain: Walking, jogging, cycling, skating, sunbathing – the green lung of Friedrichshain is a popular meeting point with an open air theatre/cinema, as well as courts for beach volleyball and small restaurants/bistros.
Friedrichshain: Along Helsingforser Str - so another close neighbour of Sunflower Hostel - a park in progress. It already has a basketball-yard, a bmx-trail, a green classroom w/ some biotopical experimental fields. Furthermore it shall host a little youth club and w-lan-access. As it is all in progress, don't expect too much for now, but 2011 should be the year of proceedings of construction to come to an end. link
Warschauer Platz 18, 10245 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Berlin's biggest Gay-Club w/ loads of special events - 7-minute-walk from Sunflower Hostel... link
Simon-Dach-Straße 36, 10245 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Dimly lit and with a cosy atmosphere. Wednesday is „2 for 1“. link
Reichenberger Str. 177, (entrance on the back side of the building complex on Dresdener Str.) 10999 Berlin - Kreuzberg: Located in a former furniture store complex, this place and its popularity probably surprised everyone: Polish beer and Vodka, unusual location, unusual interior - and so it attracted a very unusual audience. So typical Berlin! link
u1-underground-station "Nollendorfplatz": So this isn't a specific place, but Berlin's biggest accumulation of gay bars, clubs and gay-run shops.
Oranienstr. 187, 10999 Berlin - Kreuzberg: Plushy bar with pop-dance-music, long nights and fun staff – after midnight its getting the legendary meeting point to dance and have fun.
Mehringdamm 61, 10961 Berlin - Kreuzberg: Traditional gay club in Kreuzberg with a coffee bar, 2 dance floors and a cocktail-lounge, link
Potsdamer Straße 4, 10785 Berlin: A colourful voyage of discovery and adventure for the whole family, link
Gubener Straße 45, 10243 Berlin: Puppet theatre for kids, link
Grunerstrasse 20, 10179 Berlin: Model railway display shows Berlin in miniature edition, link
Osloer Str. 12, 13359 Berlin: Have fun and explore in the labyrinth and other game stations, communicating ideas and knowledge in an experimental and joyful way; link
Senefelderstr. 5, 10437 Berlin: exploring, discovering and learning by doing for kids from 3 years onwards, link
Krossener Straße 8, 10245 Berlin: Café for kids and their parents in Berlin, Friedrichshain, link
-East Of Eden Bookshop
Schreiner Str. 10, 10247 Berlin - Friedrichshain: A small independent 2nd-hand shop for books, mostly in English language; very moderate prices; so come along if you have run out of unread books on your travels! link
- "Altes Textilkaufhaus" (Atex)
Boxhagener Str. 93 (entrance from Colbestraße), 10245 Berlin – Friedrichshain:
Unusual creations, art creations, jewellery, clothing, soft toys, knit goods and design lamps – one can find a bit of everything in here…link
Simon-Dach-Straße 38, 10245 Berlin – Friedrichshain: The self-designed fashion and home textiles, furniture and home accessories design all contribute Chapati is a poetic fairy-tale signature and remain viable and suitable for everyday use. link
Wühlischstrasse 33a, 10245 Berlin – Friedrichshain: Whether produced classic fairy tale, sporty or elegant gothic dreamy, you can find nice clothes to feel good, of course, according to the fair trade principles and made from high quality materials. link
Kopernikusstraße 13, 10245 Berlin – Friedrichshain: Here you can comfortably shop while you enjoy various specialty coffees. The focus is on valuable outlets and goods of hip fashion labels. link
-Kdb (Kaufhaus der Berliner)
Krossener Straße 18, 10245 Berlin – Friedrichshain: The Department Store of the Berliner (Kaufhaus der Berliner) presents fashion, design and art from Berlin labels. The emphasis is on lesser-known designers and artists whose roots often lie in the underground. The range includes T-shirts, fashion, screen printing, jewellery, home accessories, books, paintings and art of all kinds... link
Simplonstraße 10, 10245 Berlin – Friedrichshain: Clothes, underwear, shoes and accessories for girls and boys. The shop is a statement of individual clothing and against the uniformity of the major shopping centres. link
Wühlischstraße 28, 10245 Berlin – Friedrichshain: The own-brand “Prachtstück“ is a colourful collection of self-made accessories. The range consists of cuffs, hair accessories, brooches, bracelets and T-shirts. The gems are unique treasures. Besides their own products you can find also collections of other hip fashion labels. link
Simplonstraße 6, 10245 Berlin – Friedrichshain: Here you can find unique and personally selected pieces of clothing, underwear, lingerie and accessories that give the final touch to any outfit. Simply everything all contribute to the topsy-turvy at moderate prices.
Wühlischstraße 25, 10245 Berlin – Friedrichshain: Not only lovers of old-school fashion will find the right stuff, also the rock and roll scene is here supplied with all the appropriate. link
Wühlischstraße 40/42, 10245 Berlin – Friedrichshain: Here one will find unusual fashion creations that originate from their label "ass style". In addition there are high-quality second-hand items which are offered at fair prices, as well as selected pieces from small Berlin labels. link
Gabriel-Max-Straße 21, 10245 Berlin – Friedrichshain: A nice selection of known and unknown labels. There are also witty accessories by Berlin-based label and others, some cute, some stylish.
Gabriel-Max-Straße 12 / Boxhagener Straße, 10245 Berlin – Friedrichshain: The Crazy Box is dedicated entirely to the subject of accessories. Here the focus is particularly on punk rock and rock and roll accessories of any kind. link
Boxhagener Straße 23, 10245 Berlin – Friedrichshain: The dark heart of Berlin, with a huge range of accessories, clothes, shoes, coats and much more. The Darkstore offers good quality, a unique design of the shop and very moderate prices. link
Simplonstraße 8, 10245 Berlin – Friedrichshain: Boy oh boy! Get dressed neatly in! Ma'am! link
Kopernikusstrasse 21, 10245 Berlin – Friedrichshain: All about handcrafted fashion to feel good. link
Kopernikusstrasse 14, 10245 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Bags, purses, pimped seating. Works of art with own character. Distinctive and lively, with laugh lines and its own story. link
Grünberger Strasse 83, 10245 Berlin - Friedrichshain: Comfortable, inviting and well sorted! In addition to larger brands you can find men and women everyday design fashion of over 30 young, independent labels, mainly from Berlin. link
Simon-Dach-Strasse 13, 10245 Berlin – Friedrichshain: A small but very nice selection of trendy footwear has been gathered in an ambience of cool-understatement. link
Kopernikusstraße 18, 10245 Berlin – Friedrichshain: Sneakers "at its best" is the central topic at the Kickback store. Collectors, individuals and all those who see in sneakers more than just footwear will find here what they're looking for. link
Wühlischstraße 27, 10245 Berlin – Friedrichshain: A broad selection of anything between sneakers and boots are offered for girls and boys in this small shoe store combined with very attentive service and costumer-friendly prices. link
Niederbarnimstraße 6, 10247 Berlin-Friedrichshain: Self-designed earrings, pendants and rings made of Plexiglas. Each piece in the collection is unique and highly symbolic. link
Lenbachstr. 7, 10245 Berlin – Friedrichshain: The Perlerei Berlin is a pearl shop where you can create your own personal piece of jewellery. The team provides friendly and cost-free guide to design and manufacture of earrings, bracelets, necklaces and rings. link
Libauer Straße 4, 10245 Berlin – Friedrichshain: A wide assortment of fine jewellery from classy punk to classic and elegant. The works are made as individual pieces in their own workshop studio. link
Mainzer Straße 8, 10247 Berlin - Friedrichshain: The label provides you with the records of the styles: Jungle, D'n'B, Reggae, Dancehall, Dub, Break-and Down Beat. Integrated with the store is their partner “no style kiosk” which offers screen printing rarities, posters, t-shirts, books and other accessories from their own production as a unique piece or a small edition. link
Grünbergerstraße 54 (courtyard left, 4th floor), 10245 Berlin – Friedrichshain:
When it comes to hip-hop, R & B, Soul & Funk, Downbeat and Trip Hop one can find a delicious selection in there. Over 20,000 items from CD, DVD to magazines, equipment, shirts, everything's on the way here.