With its top shopping, striking architecture and edgy history, Berlin has become one of the most popular destinations in Europe. Away from its art galleries, museums and independent boutiques, there are a number of unusual attractions waiting to be discovered. We offer a guide to some of the best alternative things to see and do in Berlin.
Relax at a beach
After a weekend exploring Berlin’s most popular cultural attractions, why not end your trip with something slightly more off-beat? Berlin’s BeachMitte is a sandy sports venue set along part of the city’s former wall. It has 50 beach volleyball courts and a bar. So spend the day playing volleyball in the sun or simply sit back in one of the deck chairs and enjoy a variety of cocktails and food.
Explore Berlin in a Trabant
Those wanting a Berlin tour with a difference should opt for a Trabant trip. Once considered the worst car of all time, the Trabant was mass-produced in the days of the German Democratic Republic and several of these vintage vehicles have been resurrected courtesy of the innovative company Trabi. Its organised tours allow customers to get behind the wheel of a Trabant and navigate the streets of the city. Routes include the Wild East, through the lesser-known eastern part of the city, and City West, through the centre and west Berlin.
Shop for unique finds at Mauerpark
With its wide choice of designer flagships, luxury boutiques and independent stores, Berlin is an ideal shopping destination. Those looking for a true bargain or searching for unique finds should head to Mauerpark in Prenzlauer Berg on a Sunday. This is when a colourful flea market takes place, offering an array of vintage clothes, furniture, accessories and art. It’s a popular destination for hip Berliners who enjoy browsing the bags, vinyl records and even bicycles. Mauerpark’s amphitheatre is also a vibrant attraction, frequently staging karaoke sessions and music festivals.
Eat Berlin’s best burgers at Burgermeister
In Berlin’s diverse and ever-evolving restaurant scene, one of the more unusual spots to grab a bite to eat is Burgermeister in Kreuzberg. Located in a former public toilet, the restaurant is one of the capital’s most exciting fast-food venues. At whatever time of day you come here there will be a long queue of customers, which attests not only to the appealing quirkiness of the setting but also to the quality of the burgers.