Berlin is just too big and spread out, so is difficult to explore the whole city it by foot in few days.
TripAtEurope suggest you a free fast self walking tour around Berlin City.
Recommended Guided Walking Tours in Berlin
Private Walking Tour: Berlin Highlights and Hidden Sites
Discover Berlin’s highlights and main attractions on a private walking tour of Germany’s capital. Your private guide will tailor the tour to meet your interests, so you can choose to see top sights such as the Berlin Wall, Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag parliament building and Checkpoint Charlie or on lesser-known places and hidden gems that group sightseeing tours often miss. Learn fascinating facts about Berlin’s turbulent history during World War II and the Cold War, and listen as your guide explains what life was like for Berlin’s citizens during those times. Choose between a morning and afternoon departure with a duration of three or four hours.
Private Tour: Berlin Art Galleries Walking Tour
Check out Berlin’s vibrant art scene with a private artist guide on a 3-hour walking tour. Admire artwork in prestigious galleries along Auguststrasse, Berlin’s art epicenter; pop into little-known art venues; and explore transformed urban art spaces, collectives and studios rising out of the rubble of abandoned buildings from Soviet–era Berlin. Gain insight into the history of Berlin’s art scene, and discover how it differs from those in New York, Paris and London. As this is a private tour, you can customize the exact itinerary to your artistic preferences. Meet near Berlin’s Oranienburger Tor metro station to begin your 3-hour private art tour. Your guide is a local curator, practicing artist or art critic…
The Real Berlin Walking Tour: Art, Food and Counterculture
Get a private look at Berlin’s many intriguing subcultures on this fascinating walking tour. Your informative insider guide will take you beyond the typical tourist sights and show you how various communities experience life in this vibrant city. Visit neighborhoods including Prenzlauer Berg, Kreuzberg, Mitte and Friedrichshain. Learn about countercultural movements in Berlin’s history and see amazing street and graffiti art throughout the city. Since this is a private tour, you can even tailor the itinerary to suit your interests. After meeting your guide at the TV Tower in central Berlin, go off the beaten path to discover the real Berlin. See hidden gems most tourists miss on this comprehensive walking tour…
Berlin Walking Around Tips and Info
Berlin is a place of openness and open space. The history of the city is one of destruction and creation.
From gallery-flush Mitte to hipster Kreuzkolln to the country feel of Spandau, you can feel like you’ve visited multiple German cities in just one day. Cafes, restaurants, shops, architecture, and people — it all changes rather noticeably from one place to the next.
A few Berlin neighbourhoods to consider checking out:
Traditionally a Turkish neighbourhood, Kreuzberg is full of great food, vegetable stalls, independently-run shops, street art and people. Over the years Kreuzberg has become more gentrified but poke in and around Kottbusser Tor and you’ll still see a few lingering grungy roots.
Recommended: Turkish market at Maybachufer on Tuesdays and Fridays (12 – 6 PM). Piles of fresh (and often cheap) vegetables and fruit, plus Turkish delis serving up all kinds of spreads, olives and flat breads. The Maybachufer market also features a few takeaway food stands, street performers and even the odd haircut-on-the-street.
Once the historic centre of old Berlin, Mitte was East Berlin central and home to the DDR’s Checkpoint Charlie. Since the fall of the Berlin wall, the area and vast swathes of nearby no-man’s-land has turned into pockets of hip and creation. Although rents have increased, pushing some art studios further afield, Mitte remains home to many art galleries and few unpolished bits of the city’s not-so-distant and divided past.
Recommended: Take a walk down Auguststrasse and Linienstrasse, dropping in on art galleries along the way. Most are free and you never know what you may find — even a human-sized pig on an exercise bicycle.
Now the Park Slope of Berlin, this neighborhood was transformed from ordinary eastern workaday neighborhood to hip yup enclave within a few years. No shortage of cafes, shops, vintage stores, and baby carriages.
Recommended: On Sundays, Mauerpark becomes packed with people for the weekly flea market. Whether you’re looking for clever t-shirts or grandma’s teacups, you’ll be able to find it all here. Be sure to stick around for afternoon karaoke in the park. Check here to be sure karaoke is happening that weekend and get your courage on to take the stage in front of hundreds of people.
Stumbling Blocks and Street Art
Stumbling Blocks: As you walk around, keep your eye out for “stumbling blocks” (stolpersteine) on Berlin sidewalks. These small brass-covered blocks reflect the names of people (mostly Jewish) who used to live in that house prior to World War II and what happened to them (to which concentration camp they were sent, if they died or survived, etc.). For as small as these memorials are, they are exceptionally moving, particularly as you note that you’ll find them all over the city.
Just open a map of Berlin and take a look at the amount of green staring back at you. Berlin is among the world’s greenest urban spaces. When the weather is good (a rarity some years) in the spring, summer and fall, parks are full of people picnicking, hanging with family, cooking, drinking, and just enjoying the space.
A few Berlin parks to recommend:
If the name Tempelhof sounds familiar from your history classes of years past, it’s because it was the airport instrumental to the Berlin Airlift (June 1948-May 1949), when American and British forces delivered food, fuel and other supplies to West Berlin during the Soviet blockade. Today, this bit of history is a park open to the public and offers the possibility of riding your bicycle down one of the airport runways, as free as a bird, hoping that you just might take off. Now where else can you do that?
Tiergarten, Berlin’s largest and most famous park smack in the middle of the city, seems to stretch forever, scattered with little paths, teahouses, and gardens. It used to be the dividing point between East and West, with Brandenburg Gate marking the East and the iconic Siegessäule monument the West. The whole thing is made for a bicycle.
Soviet War Memorial: The memorial to Soviet soldiers between Brandenburg Gate and Siegessäule is worth visiting not only for the sculpture (especially when you think that this was in West Berlin), but also for the large-format black and white photos of the city contrasting what it looked like before and after World War II.
Teehaus Tiergarten: Located on the northern edge of the park, the Teehaus Tiergarten offers a nice little place to rest your legs, get lunch or have a beer. On summer weekends, it offers free music concerts featuring jazz, world music, pop and more.
Treptower Park took us some time to discover, but now that we have, it’s one of our favorite parks, particularly on the weekend along the Osthafen Spree (East Harbor of the Spree river).
Soviet War Memorial: This is one of the biggest Soviet war memorials outside of Russia. Translated: if you’re looking for Soviet grandeur, style, and propaganda, you will not be disappointed. The memorial is dedicated generally to the Soviet soldiers who died in World War II, but more specifically to the 20,000 Soviet soldiers who died during the Battle of Berlin. Around 5,000 Soviet soldiers are buried inside the memorial.
Beer gardens along the Spree: As you walk towards the Spree river you’ll notice several beer gardens with great views of the water. Our favorite of the bunch is Zenner, for its beer on tap and the weekend afternoon polka-meets-disco that takes place on the outdoor stage. A little down home. When in full glory, this place will make you feel like you’ve gone back in time.
Beer in the park
One thing that surprises Americans and not only, when they come to Berlin is that people walk around drinking beer openly. And this is legal; there are no open container laws in Berlin. If you’d like to feel like a local, find your nearest spätkauf (bottle shop), pick up a couple of beers and either sit outside on their benches or go to a park and enjoy. Don’t forget to return the bottle for a refund.
Base Flying at Alexanderplatz
It may sound crazy to voluntarily jump off the top of a 37-story building. And it is. But it’s also a lot of fun. Don’t worry, you’ll be attached to the building by a wire contraption that makes the process worry free (terrifying, but worry free). See for yourself in our 11th wedding anniversary base flying experience. Open on weekends, weather permitting. Go early (10-11 AM) for a special discount.
Eating in Berlin is easy. Have no fear, Berlin isn’t only about sausage; you won’t find yourself confined to currywurst and bratwurst. Creative and ethnic cuisine abounds. In fact, it’s often the ethnic food that makes eating in Berlin so fun, and so reasonably priced.
Recommended: Use food, and your search for it, to aid your exploration of Berlin’s collection of neighborhoods. Choose a restaurant or cafe in one neighborhood for lunch and in a different part of town for dinner. As make your way around, either by bicycle or public transportation stops in random cafes, shops, and art galleries along the way.