UNDERGROUND GUIDE TO BERLIN IF YOU ONLY HAVE 24 HOURSPost dedicated for 2nd time visitors or people that are not really interested in the normal tourist spots
If you only have 24 hours in Berlin and you want to see some nontouristic places and maybe, try something that locals do all the time, this is the perfect underground guide for you.
This guide to Berlin is for you, guy or girl who already had the time of your life here in our city, had seen all the main attractions and now is ready to try something entirely new, something that goes beyond that little crappy map that you find on hotels. Things to do in Berlin for 2nd timers or for people who don’t care for the regular stuff.
Soviet Memorial in Treptower Park is a must on this guide to Berlin
If there is one surprising thing here in Berlin that is not even in the covered area of most tourist maps, it is the Soviet Memorial in Treptow. Treptow as a neighbourhood is not even on those maps (as most of the places featured here in this guide to Berlin).
And with that said, I need you to do two things: one is to get the day pass ticket for buses + tram + S-Bahn + Ubahn and get yourself to our first stop: Treptower Park Sbahn Station.
The Soviet War Memorial is a massive war memorial and military cemetery in Berlin’s Treptower Park. It was built to commemorate 5,000 of the 80,000 Soviet soldiers who fell in “The Battle of Berlin” in April–May 1945. Soviet War Memorial Treptow is on Puschkinallee; just take this avenue direct from the exit of Treptower Park Sbahn Station.
It looks gorgeous in the wintertime. Keep that in mind.
Check out the graffiti and street art at RAW Gelände
This is one of the places that you only get to know by accident if you’re here for a brief period. This place in Friedrichshain, it’s a beautiful place to hang out during the day and a fantastic option for your night bar/club of choice. And thanks to this guide to Berlin, you can now visit! Yay for us!!!
There’s a bit of everything: graffiti, flea market, pool, bar, restaurant, electronic music, punk rock, concerts, everything! But if you’re there for the street art, make sure to go in the daytime to see everything, every corner. There are a few galleries inside also; check them out if you’re in the mood for some exhibition. No guide to Berlin would be complete without the RAW Gelände.
Check out the websites of the places inside this complex to see dates and schedules. Here are some of the links for you: Cassiopeia, Suicide Circus, Urban Spree, Raw Tempel, Skalitzers Contemporary Art Gallery, Badehaus Szimpla Musiksalon and Astra.
To get here, you must hop off the S/U-Bahn Warschauer Strasse and make a turn on Revaler Str, and it will be on your right side.
A Visit to the famous Tempelhofer Freiheit
Tempelhof was one of the most important airports in Europe, but it was deactivated a few years ago, and now it is the largest open public space in a city in the entire world. You can check out some of the histories of this fantastic park on this post we did a while ago. But I’m not here to tell you about history, I’m here to present you amazing things to do in this guide to Berlin if you only have 24hr here, and that is what I’ll do.
Tempelhof is open from early morning until a bit after the sun is down, and it is a great place to explore, relax, bbq, spend time with your friends, drink, and have fun! They also offer guided tours of the main building, and it’s worth it! Check out all the info on their website: tempelhoferfreiheit.de
To get to Tempelhof, you can use the U8 (BoddinStrasse) and walk on Columbiadamm until you find the entrance or just use the U6 (Paradestrasse), and you’re there!
Spend time along the Landwehr Canal
And now that you had some food and drank some beer, why not take some time to enjoy the view from the Landwehr Canal? It’s way more beautiful than the Spree, and you can see some swans and ducks fighting over breadcrumbs. It’s is always fun, winter or summer. It takes one of the spots in this guide to Berlin because it is something.
Besides, you can check it out the Turkish Market on Maybachufer every Thursday or hope to get here on the same day of NowKoelln Flohmarkt. It’s fantastic, last time I was there, I got my winter jacket for less than 20€!
Markthalle 9 in Kreuzberg
You weren’t expecting food tips in this guide to Berlin. Berlin used to have 13 market halls, but only three are still here. In Kreuzberg, you can find the No. 9 and every Thursday, they have a Street Food Festival, so if your 24 hrs are on a Thursday, get your ass over there because after seeing so much stuff and walking so many kilometres, you deserve a nice meal! I’m full of surprises, I know.
Markthalle 9 was built in 1891, but it was recently renewed with a vivid farmer’s market vibe; if you’re not here for the Street Food Fest, please come just for the fresh regional food. Besides, the Kantine serves delicious organic meals every day, and on Sundays, the whole place is dedicated to crafts or sweets.
If those aren’t enough reasons for you to come, Heidenpeters microbrewery sells its Ales and other beers on market days! Germany is a beer country. So it makes sense that you have a taste of its microbrewery scene while you’re here, right? There will be more about beer on this list; keep reading.
Get more info about the type of food they will have when you’re here: www.markthalle9.de
To get your ass here, you must get off on U-Bahn Goerlitzer Bahnhof and walk (about 5 minutes) to Eisenbahnstrasse 42.
Taking a stroll around Richardplatz
Richardplatz is one of my favorite spots here in Berlin. And it is in this guide to Berlin because it can be your favorite spot too! Just give it a chance! Trust me, it is so pretty!
I don’t know if it is the atmosphere that this place has or the medieval look that you can find in some buildings. The point is, this place is so cute and so awesome to walk around that you will ask yourself why the hell is not the main attraction.
Forget everything you think you know about Berlin while you wander around the streets. I believe that images talk louder than words on this item, so please, see for yourself! Or just read what we already wrote about it.
Did you know that in Berlin there’s a museum just for the Ramones? Awesome right? We even have a whole post about it here.
The museum was first opened on 15 September 2005 in the district of Kreuzberg and is the world’s first and only Ramones museum. It shows more than 300 memorabilia of the Ramones from the years 1975 to 1996. The exhibitions show, among other previously unpublished photos, autographed posters, clothing of the musicians, signed first editions of various publications and many more.
The arrangement of the exhibits is in chronological order so that development of the band is evident. The exhibition is set up in two rooms in the basement. The more extensive space, the exhibit shows pieces from the years 1975 to 1985 and is dedicated to the beginning of the era of punk. The second room is the period 1985 to 1996 and is devoted to the second phase of the career of the Ramones. The most recent exhibits include pieces from the last concert of the Ramones in August 1996.
From all the things to do in this guide to Berlin, this is my favorite option
Here are some photos I did from there, but this is maybe 1% of what you can see inside. If you need more info, check out their website: www.ramonesmuseum.com
To get there, you need to go to Berlin Oranienburger Str. S-Bahn and from there, it’s a 5 min or less walk to Krausnickstraße 23
PS: This museum has changed its location, it is now at Oberbaumstraße 5, 10997 Berlin
A quick and fast guide to Berlin from above
This one is for all of you who love taking good pictures while traveling. No guide to Berlin would be complete without options for viewing the city from above, and this one is no different. These are my most favorite sites to have an incredible view of Berlin. There’s not much to say over here besides the fact that you must check if they are open because some of them close its doors during winter.
- Park Inn Alexanderplatz (Berlin Alexanderplatz – U-Bahn Alexanderplatz)
- Klunkerkranich (Karl-Marx-Strasse 66, Berlin-Neukölln – U-Bahn: Rathaus Neukölln)
- Viktoriapark (Kreuzbergstrasse U-Bahn: Mehringdamm)
- Doferblick (Waßmannsdorfer Chaussee 189, Rudow – U-Bahn Rudow)
- Panoramapunkt (Potsdamer Platz 1, Berlin-Mitte – S/U-Bahn: Potsdamer Platz)
Berlin’s Biergartens and craft beer scene are the perfect excuse for a(nother) beer
PS: If you love to try new flavours like me, check out our post dedicated to our favourite craft beer bars in Berlin, ok?
- Eschenbraeu (Triftstrasse 67, Berlin-Wedding – U-Bahn: Leopoldstrasse)
- Hops & Barley (Wühlischstraße 22-23, Berlin-Friedrichshain – S/U-Bahn: Warschauer Strasse)
- Brauhaus Südstern (Hasenheide 69, Kreuzberg – U-Bahn: Substern)
- Café am Neuen See (Lichtensteinallee 2, Berlin-Tiergarten – S/U-Bahn: Zoologischer Garten)
- The Muted Horn (Flughafenstraße 49, Neukölln U-Bahn: Boddingstrasse)
- Brauhaus Lemke (Dircksenstrasse, S-Bahnbogen 143, Berlin-Mitte – S-Bahn: Hackescher Markt)
- Prater Biergarten (Kastanienallee 7-9, Berlin-Prenzlauer Berg – U-Bahn: Eberswalder Strasse)
Find a festival that suits you
Berliners like to celebrate the warm summer as many of you already know. And we will not blame them because the winter here is freezing and long! The news here is that the festivals and celebrations DO NOT get limited by the weather, Berlin never stops!
We have festivals for every taste and every season. We have the Berlinale in February, the MyFest on the 1st of may, Festival of Lights in October… The only thing between you and those fantastic festivals is your ability to choose the right clothes.
Here’s a small list of Berlin’s festivals, but do not forget to check the open airs and other festivals that may be going on during your stay:
Two bonus tips for all of you
If the tips I gave you here are not enough, please check this excellent Berlin in a 1-day post. And after checking this out and doing everything in these two lists, end your day in the most Berliner way possible: with a photoautomat from one of the many old-school machines you can find all over the city. There’s this crappy website where you can see all the locations in Berlin and other cities.
Here are some of the photos I did with friends over the years living in Berlin.
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