Are you planning your next trip to Berlin and searching for fun and cool things to do in Berlin? Do you want to avoid falling into tourist traps? Or are you a Berliner seeking to get to know your home city better? Berlin is a truly unique city, which never stops surprising you, even if you’ve been here before.
In this article we’ll show you some of the hidden gems the city has to offer and that should definitely be on your list of cool things to do in Berlin for your next stay in this amazing city.
Take a Trabi Tour
Another fun and cool way of getting to know Berlin is by taking a city tour in a Trabi or Trabant. These are the popular cars which were used in East Berlin. They have become a symbol of East Germany from the time when Berlin was separated by the Berlin Wall.
The fun part is that you drive the Trabi yourself, while the guide drives ahead in his own car. Through radio, he will tell you all about the landmarks you pass by.
These are some of the famous Berlin sights you will pass by on the tour:
- The Brandenburg Gate
- Potsdamer Platz
- Unter den Linden avenue
- The Berlin Cathedral
- Rotes Rathaus
- The TV tower
- East Side Gallery
- The Oberbaum Bridge
- Checkpoint Charlie
Join a Free Walking Tour
A free walking tour is a fantastic way to get a first impression of Berlin on your first day, especially if you’re travelling on a tighter budget. There are many different tours available, which you can all find online.
Some tours focus on certain aspects of the city, such as its history, its architecture, certain areas of the city, etc. But in all of these tours you’ll get to know a little more of Berlin’s history, fun facts, see the main landmarks and just get a feel for the city. The best of all: you can ask the local guide questions at any time. At the end of the tour you can decide how much you think the tour was worth and leave the guide a tip.
Watch the sunset from the TV tower
The TV tower, also known as the Berliner Fernsehturm, is one of the most famous landmarks of Berlin. You can see it from all over the city, as it is the highest building in Berlin! It is situated in the center of Alexanderplatz and has an impressive height of 368m.
We recommend you purchase your online ticket beforehand to avoid standing in a long waiting line. Once you’re on the 203m-high viewing platform, you’ll have a breathtaking 360° view over the entire city.
If you wish to enjoy the view a little longer, consider having a cocktail or a meal in the revolving restaurant situated at 207m. You can pre book a table. Tickets include a skip-the-line ticket to the viewing platform.
Take a stroll along the East Side Gallery
The East Side Gallery is the largest open-air gallery in the world. It consists of a 1,316m long remnant of the Berlin Wall and is a heritage-protected landmark. About 100 paintings by artists from all over the world are painted on the wall. Stroll along it to take in all the amazing paintings, where the artists express freedom and their ideas on the topic of the Berlin Wall.
Visit Spreepark, the abandoned theme park
Visiting the Spreepark is another super fun and cool thing to do in Berlin! The abandoned amusement park is located in southeast Berlin. It was opened to the public in 1969 and finally closed in 2002.
You cannot visit it on your own, but you can join a guided tour through the park. Here you’ll be able to explore all the eerie abandoned attractions from close up. Be sure to take your camera with you, as you’ll be able to take some jaw dropping photos there! Check online for additional information and for purchasing tickets.
Visit the Teufelsberg
Speaking of abandoned places: Another fun and cool thing to do in Berlin is to visit Teufelsberg, which can literally be translated as the Devil’s Mountain. This former US listening station during the Cold War was built on a 114 m high hill made of rubble and is now open to the public.
Take part in a public or a private tour to walk through the amazing building and then take in the impressive view of Berlin! Admire the TV tower and the Berlin cathedral from afar.
If you have some extra time and would like to enjoy a bit of nature, take a walk through Grunewald, in which Teufelsberg is situated. The great expanse of forest is situated on the outskirts of the Charlottenburg neighbourhood. You can even plan to spend a day there and visit the nearby Teufelssee lake and the Platform 17 Memorial at the Grunewald Station, which commemorates the Jewish deportations that took place from there.
Visit the former Tempelhof Airport
Keen on exploring a completely closed down airport? Then make sure to take part in a tour through the inside of this former Berlin airport. Imagine how it must have felt like when passengers from all over the world hustled through its large, now empty halls.
There are different types of tours you can choose from, including one which takes you to all the secret places of the airport and through one of the largest bunker systems in Berlin! You can pre-book the tours online.
After you’ve visited the airport from inside, have a leisurely time outside on the former runway. It has been transformed into a huge 386-hectare large public park. Berliners love going there to practice sports, barbecue, sunbathe or catch up with friends on a sunny day.
Take a Berliner Unterwelten Tour
If you’re interested in getting to know more about the World War II background of Berlin, make sure to add this to your program! It is one of the most popular tours on World War II history in Berlin. You will be taken through former escape routes from East to West Berlin and World War II bunkers.
After the tour, head to the park across the street to see the “Flak Towers”, which were built by Hitler in order to defend the city from enemy aircrafts.
Go to a flea market
You might have heard already that Berlin is known for its flea markets. And if you’re the kind of person who just loves to stroll around such markets on weekends and find a unique piece to take home, then Berlin is the place to be!
Every single weekend, even during part of winter, there are several flea markets taking place around the city. While some offer more specific objects such as antiques, vintage fashion and furniture, many offer a little of everything ranging from clothes and jewellery to music LPs.
Here is a list of the best flea markets in Berlin:
- Mauerpark flea market (see the following section for more information)
- Flea market at Boxhagener Platz
- Antique flea market on Straße des 17. Juni
- Antique and book market at Bode Museum
- Art and flea market at Fehrbelliner Platz
- Antique flea market at Ostbahnhof
- Neukölln flea market
- SO36 night flea market
Enjoy Mauerpark on a Sunday
The Mauerpark flea market is by far the most popular market! It takes place every Sunday in the park named Mauerpark in the Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood. It has many stalls and offers an enormous range of things on sale.
After looking around and maybe finding something cool to take home with you, you can grab something to eat from the various food stands offering bites and drinks from all over the world.
Do not miss:
The one thing you should not miss is the famous open-air karaoke, taking place beside the flea market in Mauerpark. Hundreds of people gather around the amphitheater to listen to the brave people singing to their favorite tunes. You might even get inspired by the lively and contagious atmosphere and volunteer to sing in front of the admiring spectators and experience this unique event!
Note that the karaoke only takes place from spring through fall, weather permitting.
Enjoy the rest of your afternoon in the park by listening to people playing music. Watch street artists create new murals and simply observe all the interesting people passing by, soaking up the Berlin vibe.
Watch the sunset from Klunkerkranich
Enjoy a cocktail from Klunkerkranich Bar on a warm summers evening, an open-air rooftop bar in Neukölln popular amongst locals. You’ll get to see the beautiful orange sun slowly dipping below the horizon behind the TV tower. You’ll also enjoy a great view of the night falling over the city, while listening to a live band or a DJ playing.
Go swimming at Badeschiff
Spend a hot summer day playing volleyball on the sandy beach or swimming in the 30 m long pool in the Spree river for a truly Berlin experience. Open from May to September, it is popular amongst locals soaking up the summer heat after a long winter.
The recreational area includes a bar and a restaurant and is thus the ideal place to spend a relaxing day. They often have live concerts and parties too.
Jump from the Park Inn hotel
Are you searching for something truly fun and cool to do in Berlin? Then this is just the right activity for you! You’ll be base flying from the 125m high rooftop of the Park Inn hotel situated on Alexanderplatz. You can also opt to do this at night if you’d rather experience it in the dark. Purchase your tickets online or buy discounted tickets at the door depending on the available spots.
Plan a day trip to the “Forbidden City”
If you’re into history, adventures or abandoned buildings, don’t miss out on this unique activity! The “Forbidden City” is located about an hour away from the south of Berlin and is loaded with history.
This place was a former military area for the Prussian Army. It then became a Nazi command center during World War II. Finally, it was turned into the headquarters for the Soviet forces in East Germany. In 1994 the entire facility was abandoned, which you can now explore. It includes a swimming pool used in 1936 by the German Olympic Team while practicing for the Olympic Games hosted that year in Berlin.
Visit the WOW! Gallery Berlin
Are you seeking to pep your Instagram up with some cool new photos and boost your follower numbers up? Or do you just want to have a super fun and cool experience? Then make sure to visit the WOW! Gallery Berlin. The newly opened gallery counts with more than 30 interactive installations spread out on an area of over 1,000 square meters. Here you can produce and take your own creative photos.
The sets include different furnishing ranging from a ball pit and a confetti shower to a trampoline jump over the Berlin Wall. The additional professional lighting and equipment available make sure your photos look amazing. Get inspired by the Berlin creativity and take memorable pictures to take home with you as a souvenir from Berlin!
Note that the pop-up gallery is open for just 6 months. So make sure you pass by there on your upcoming trip to Berlin, so you don’t miss out on this fun and cool activity with your friends and family!
Conclusion: Fun and cool things to do in Berlin
As you can see, there are so many fun and cool things to do in Berlin on your next trip! With our recommendations and tips, you are guaranteed to have an amazing experience here. You will visit places that are so unique to Berlin, but that many tourists don’t get to see. Explore this incredible city and let yourself be inspired by its vibrant culture and people.