Berlin is a great city. Sprawling, it’s packed with great things to do. We talk about this in our article on Berlin must-sees.
However, you might be tempted by the idea of enjoying the German capital in a more unusual way, off the beaten track. Here, we tell you all you need to know about these atypical activities and visits, which will make your stay a real success.
Visit Berlin off the beaten track ￼
Visiting Berlin means making the decision to go off the beaten track. Indeed, the German capital has something for everyone. However, it remains to be determined which of these friendly, unusual activities might keep you happy. Discover our top 10 unusual activities in Berlin.
1. Tempelhofer Feld
Tempelhofer Feld is a former Nazi airfield. Its main terminal dates back to early 1903. At the time, it was the largest in the world. It’s one of the most unlikely places in the city.
Indeed, Tempelhofer Feld is wedged between the residential lanes of Neukolln and Tempelhof. Off the beaten track, it now serves as a park and a meeting place for locals for the usual summer barbecues.
2. Berliner Philharmoniker
Every 1 p.m., the Berliner Philharmoniker organizes a totally free concert. An excellent idea… But even so, very few people know about it. Which is a shame, since the Berlin Philharmonic Center is one of the most famous in the world.
Located in the heart of the city center, we recommend you get there 30 minutes before the start of the show. For the hungry, you can buy food and drink directly on site.
3. Thai Park
On Sundays in summer, visit Preußen Park (Prussian Park). On this site, you’ll find a park transformed into Thai Park. A taste of Bangkok in the heart of Germany’s capital.
You’ll also find Vietnamese, Chinese, Filipino and Laotian vendors offering a wide range of tasty dishes. Nearby, you’ll find some of the city’s finest hotels.
4. The Soviet memorial
Admittedly, the idea of standing at the foot of a Russian war memorial in the capital of modern Germany can be rather unusual. For all that, at the time of the Berlin Wall, the part of Treptower Park was run by the Communist regime.
The memorial is located at the far end of the park. It features wartime heroes of the proletariat. It remains one of the city’s many unusual wartime monuments.
5. East Side Gallery
To be honest, the East Side Gallery is probably not one of Berlin’s most unusual sights. You could even say it’s one of the must-sees. However, the space is really big, and some “arteries” are less explored than others.
On this 1,316-meter-long stretch of the former Berlin Wall, you’ll find numerous works of art. Don’t hesitate to visit the cafés in the adjacent streets to enjoy the atmosphere.
6. Take an insect cooking class
Berlin is perceived as one of the most vegan-oriented cities in the world. Today, however, the city seems to want to go further and is working on, or at least studying, the issue of insect cuisine.
Organizations like MikroKosmos are helping people to discover, test and master these new flavors. Find their stand at Markthalle Neun every other Thursday or, better still, take part in one of their cooking classes.
7. Visit a Cold War bunker
Immerse yourself in the dark history of the German capital and take a guided tour of its labyrinth of underground tunnels with Berliner Unterwelten. A tour that lets you learn more about the city’s history and, above all, how the West prepared for the Cold War.
Russia was threatening to use nuclear weapons. As a result, special bunkers were built all over the continent. A visit to these bunkers allows you to discover another side of Berlin, off the beaten track.
Located Viktoriapark, Berlin’s waterfalls are known for being simply stunning. It’s free to visit. Here you’ll find the highest hill in the German capital’s city center.
A small oasis of calm in the heart of the German capital, where you can relax, enjoy and discover a new part of the city.
Nearby are the former Berlin-Tempelhof airport and the Schwerbelastungskörper (where the Nazis planned to erect a gigantic triumphal arch).
9. Trabi Safari
To visit Berlin in an unusual way, we highly recommend taking a Trabi Safari. The Trabant, affectionately known as the Trabi, was the car of the former GDR (East Germany).
Highly coveted, these vehicles were much appreciated by the regime. However… They weren’t necessarily the most reliable. Today, tour operators allow you to relive the magic of these vehicles with a tour of Berlin, seated in this strange vehicle. A chance to get off the beaten track!
10. Discover the culinary scene
In Berlin, the gastronomic scene is really friendly. Pop-up cafés, vegetarian, vegan cuisine, whether you’re in Kreuzberg or elsewhere, you’re bound to find something to suit your taste.
So, if you want to discover Berlin in an unusual way, don’t hesitate to seek out the best addresses. We’ve put together a selection of some of Berlin’s best restaurants in our dedicated article.
Discover another side of Berlin
Visiting Berlin off the beaten track means discovering a whole new part of the city. A less touristy, more enticing and unusual part of the German capital that you’ll enjoy exploring and discovering.