1) Drinking in Public
This may seem like a weird thing to start off with, but I love being able have a beer and stroll in public! Canada is so strict that we can't even buy alcohol from grocery stores! So the fact that I can get a beer for 1 euro at a convenience shop and then walk around to check out the famous landmarks was one of the highlights of the city!
2) Street Food Thursdays in Markthalle Neun
A really fun activity that happens every Thursday is a food market at Markthalle Neun. If you are a foodie, you will love this place! I only saw two traditional German food stands, but there are about 40-50 food vendors featuring food from around the world! All the prices are quite fair as well, approximately 6-8 Euro will get you a dinner! There's no entry fee so you can spend your money on the food and drinks!
Address: Eisenbahnstraße 42-43
Closest U-Bahn station: Görlitzer
Closest S-Bahn station: Warschauer Straße
3) Grocery Shopping at ReWe
It's hard to stay healthy while traveling, so I have a habit of finding local grocery shops to buy cut fruits and easy to eat veggies. Since restaurants in Europe all cost money to have water, I feel like I'm permanently thirsty. So I also go to grocery stores to stock up on water as it's usually only 1/5 of the price of in restaurants.
I also love looking at what types of unique liquor they have. I tried out a German liquor called Kleiner Feighling and it's now my new favorite! It's a fig flavored liquor and it has the cutest packaging!
4) Drink with a View at Strandbar
I feel like it's starting to be a theme that all these tend to involve drinking. I wanted to check out this spot as it was right across from the Bode Museum. It's a really neat spot as the river and the museum is in front of you. The beers were around 3 euro which is average for Berlin. You can find this bar by walking across the bridge at the tip of Museum Island. The actual bar looks a bit like a shack, and then you can take your drink and sit anywhere you'd like.
If you come here at night, I believe there's dancing lessons as well! We saw the dance floor during the day but it was much quieter.
Address: Monbijoustraße 3b
Closest U-Bahn Station: Friedrichstraße
Closest S-Bahn Station: Oranienburger or Hackescher Markt
5) Bare it All at LiquidromBerlin is all about being yourself and there's no shortage of unique things to do. Liquidrom first caught my eye as I thought it was similar to a float room but techno music will be playing! But after more research it seems like it's a more of a Sauna but each hour, there's a different theme such as fruit infusion and salt peeling.
Closest U-Bahn Station: Möckernbrücke
Closest U-Bahn Station: Möckernbrücke
Closest S-Bahn Station: Anhalter
6) Test Your Agility at the Deutsches Spionagemuseum
We felt a bit bad that we didn't visit any of the 200+ museums in Berlin, so we decided to walk into the Spy Museum which is right near Potsdamer Platz. The highlight of the museum is this laser room where you try to make it across without touching any of the lasers. The picture below is the easy level which I never even made it through! There's also medium and hard.
The rest of the museum showcases spy weapons and you can learn about how spies operated during the various wars Germany was a part of. There was a good explanation on the ENIGMA machine too. Normal admission is 12 Euros and the Berlin Card will give you a 25% discount!
Address: Leipziger Platz 9
Closest S+U Bahn: Potsdamer Platz
7) Rest at Berlin Cathedral
The Berlin Cathedral is my favorite building in Berlin. The blue domes can be seen across the city and you can really feel its importance. In front of the cathedral is a large grassy area. It's a wonderful spot to stop for a quick snack or just to lie down for a rest. The location is perfect too as it's on Museum Island so if you are tired from walking around, this is a beautiful spot to sit down and soak up some sun!
8) Take a walking tour
I've started to really enjoy taking walking tours in each new city I go to. I find the tours usually give just the right amount of historic information to allow you to appreciate the sites more. It also helps to orient and point out places of interest to visit later on in the trip! We went with the Famous Insider Walk by Insider Tours. It is normally 14 Euros but only 10 Euros with the Berlin Card.
My Berlin Welcome Card was kindly provided by Visit Berlin but all other expenditures are my own.