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    Posted on May 21, 2018

    If You're Visiting Berlin, These Are The Locals-Approved 40 Things That You Need To Do

    The parks! The views! The world's smallest disco!

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    1. First, get the best view of the city from the Berlin Television Tower:

    2. Or, get the second-best view (and a good pic of the TV tower) for a fraction of the cost from the viewing platform of the Kollhoff Tower:

    3. And you can get a gorgeous rooftop view of the city with a beer in hand at the Klunkerkranich beer garden.

    4. Every Sunday around 3 p.m. in Mauerpark, there's karaoke, and everyone can join in.

    5. Grab a coffee and vibe out at the Prinzessinnengärten (Princess Garden) urban garden.

    6. You can also relax at Körner Park, which resembles a palace garden:

    7. And if you're in the mood for a swim, you HAVE to go to the Badeschiff — a floating public swimming pool.

    8. If you want to go out, you've got to head to the RAW area, which is full of artist studios, bars, and music venues.

    9. Or, if you like your partying in smaller doses, check out the Teledisko — the world's smallest disco club.

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    10. You should go shopping at the interlinked galleries and boutqiues of the Hackesche Höfe...

    11. well as the hidden courtyard of Schwarzenberg House.

    12. A totally free lunch concert is held by the Berlin Philharmonic every day at 1 p.m.

    13. And while it's currently closed for renovations, typography lovers should visit the Museum of Rescued Letters (the Buchstabenmuseum) at some point.

    14. And speaking of museums, there's one for computer games: the Computerspielemuseum.

    15. Hungry? You'll need a crew to take on the Lily Burger together.

    16. And popcorn lovers need to visit Germany's first popcorn shop, Popkornditorei Knalle.

    17. If you're up for adventure, you'll want to explore Spreepark — an abandoned amusement park in Berlin's Treptower park.

    18. And in general, you can't go wrong visiting the Botanic Garden.

    19. Speaking of gardens, Britzer Garten looks just like that one Microsoft desktop wallpaper, so you KNOW the photo ops will be good.

    20. And if you have a hankering to get in extra touch with nature, you can feed the deer at the Botanischer Volkspark (the Botanic People's Park).

    21. How's this for a bit of history: The abandoned Cold War spy station of Teufelsberg is now a street art hot spot.

    22. Looking to sample a lot of great food in one place? The street food market Bite Club is your answer.

    23. Explore Berlin's subway system by way of an underground cabrio tour.

    24. Unless black light minigolf in Görlitzer Park is more your thing...

    25. Or go boating in New Venice!

    26. Not only can you visit with more than 60 alpacas at this alpaca farm — but also: You can have picnic with them, too!

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    27. For a day trip, we recommend going to Potsdam and checking out the Biosphere, which is basically the tropical greenhouse of your dreams.

    28. Also in Potsdam is Frederick the Great's preferred place to retreat: Sanssouci Palace.

    29. Back in Berlin: The Spandau Citadel not only is really beautiful in summer, but it is also one of the best locations for open-air concerts.

    30. Visiting Tempelhofer Feld is like going to Berlin's Central Park — you'll marvel at how huge it is.

    31. Not far from the Tempelhofer Feld, you can find the less-well-known public park, Natur-Park Südgelände.

    32. The Gärten der Welt ("Gardens of the World") park has gorgeous landscaping styled after different parts of the world.

    33. Always worth a visit: the exhibits and dinosaurs in the Museum of Natural History.

    34. And for the ultimate shopping experience, you'll need to make a stop by the department store, KaDeWe.

    35. During spring and summer weekends, you can get the best Thai food at Thai Park. It's an Asian food fest that began 20 years ago when park visitors asked Thai families if they could buy some of their food.

    36. JUMP House is basically every kid's dream (your inner kid's included, of course).

    37. There's a tiny museum dedicated to the Ramones, and they serve mostly vegan cakes.

    38. And if you want to feel like you're stepping into a whole new world, the Tadzhik Tearoom is the place to be.

    39. And in case you can't get enough of museums, Museum Island has five of them, all together in one place.

    40. If you'd rather drive yourself around to check the city out, you can rent "Trabi" cars and listen to their guided tours.

    (But you can also ride the 100 bus, which connects you to all the best sightseeing locations in the city.)


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    This post was translated from German.

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