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10 Unusual Things to Do Off the Beaten Track in Berlin

Picture of Alice Dundon
Updated: 26 March 2018
Berlin is rising through the ranks as one of Europe’s hottest travel destinations. With historical monuments and relics scattered around the city, a wealth of museums and galleries and a thriving creative atmosphere, it’s easy to understand why. However, there is a plethora of amazing sights and experiences to be had in Germany’s capital beyond the top 10. Here are some of the best things to do off the beaten track in Berlin.

Refugee Voices tour

Memorial
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'Refugees Welcome' has become a wonderful message throughout Berlin
'Refugees Welcome' has become a wonderful message throughout Berlin | © Jeanne Menjoulet / Flickr
See the city through someone else’s eyes and fall into a completely unique experience. The Refugee Voices Tour, ‘Why we are here,’ uses places of historical significance in Berlin to draw parallels between what has previously happened in Berlin and what is currently happening in Syria. Led by Syrian guides, this very special tour gives its visitors a truly unique and important look at Berlin.
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Accessibility & Audience:

Accessible (Wheelchair), Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Guided Tours, Entrance Fee

Atmosphere:

Local, Touristy, Photo Opportunity

Swimming pool in the Spree

Swimming Pool
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Badeschiff Berlin is a swimming pool in the Spree
Badeschiff Berlin is a swimming pool in the Spree | © Uploaded / Flickr
Want to soak in some of Berlin’s famous sights in a totally unique, local environment? Badeschiff is the spot for you. Swimmers can float in the River Spree in this special swimming pool while taking in views of the TV Tower, Molecule Man and Oberbaumbrücke. Or you can lounge poolside, on the artificial beach, sipping cocktails while a DJ fills the air with techno beats.
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Mon - Sun:
8:00 am - 10:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Accessible (Wheelchair), Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Entrance Fee, Outdoor Showers

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Instagrammable

Urban Spree

Art Gallery
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Kacie Loura / | © Culture Trip
Urban Spree is a gallery, concert room and event space, all housed within a large, concrete artistic compound. The space is dedicated to showcasing the best in urban cultures through exhibitions, a bookshop, artist residencies, concerts and an open-air gallery and beer garden. The gallery itself has a grassroots approach, and works closely with street and graffiti artists, urban photographers and contemporary artists.
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Tue - Sun:
12:00 pm - 6:30 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Accessible (Deaf)

Services & Activities:

Guided Tours

Atmosphere:

Local, Photo Opportunity

Prinzipal

Bar, Fusion, $$$
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The stunning interior of Prinzipal Kreuzberg
The stunning interior of Prinzipal Kreuzberg | © rolandJustynowicz / Courtesy of Prinzipal Kreuzberg
Hidden on the bustling streets of Kreuzberg is the 20s-inspired speakeasy Prinzipal. This cosy bar isn’t easy to find, and visitors have to enter by ringing the bells of an unmarked green door. However, the bar has a distinctly nostalgic atmosphere, some of the best cocktails in Berlin and an intimate selection of weekly amazing burlesque shows, so it’s worth the hunt.
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Tue - Sat:
8:00 pm - 2:00 am

Atmosphere:

Arty, Secret, Boutique, Stylish

YAAM Berlin

Art Gallery, Music Venue
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Outside YAAM in Berlin
Outside YAAM in Berlin | © Gerrit Burow / Flickr
If you are looking to relax on the beach, YAAM could be the perfect place for you. YAAM is one of the biggest beach bars, just off from the East Side Gallery, and is renowned for its beach games and relaxing atmosphere. The bar even offers tai chi classes.
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Mon - Sun:
11:00 am - 12:00 am

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Dancing, Independent

Atmosphere:

Outdoors, Instagrammable

Grab a coffee in an urban garden

Botanical Garden
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Prinzessinengarten
Prinzessinengarten | © Wolfgang_Kaiser / Flickr
Prinzessinengarten, launched in 2009, is an urban gardening project at Moritzplatz in Kreuzberg. Nestled amongst the transportable organic vegetable plots and green spaces is a small café. Here, visitors can enjoy delicious cakes and coffee, or lunch made from the garden’s harvest, all in scenic surroundings.
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Mon - Sat:
10:00 am - 10:00 pm
Sun:
10:00 am - 8:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly, Accessible (Wheelchair), Accessible (Deaf)

Services & Activities:

Outdoor Showers

Atmosphere:

Local, Instagrammable

See contemporary art at a former brewery

Art Gallery
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KINDL - Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2017
KINDL - Centre for Contemporary Art, Berlin, 2017 | © Ananpapa / Wikimedia Commons
KINDL – Centre for Contemporary Art, housed in the former Kindl brewery in Berlin’s trendy Neukölln district, is now a sprawling, extraordinary space for contemporary art. Spanning three floors, the KINDL centre presents international contemporary art, most of it from emerging artists.
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Wed - Sun:
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Accessible (Deaf), Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Entrance Fee

Atmosphere:

Local, Photo Opportunity, Architectural Landmark

Head to Hohenschönhausen to learn about Berlin’s divided past

History Museum
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Hangman's Knot Outside Hohenschönhausen | © Pascal Volk / Flickr
Hohenschönhausen is the former prison used by the Stasi during the Cold War. Today, it has been converted into a museum, with tours that take you inside what it was like to live under this repressive regime. English tours run several times a week, but the tours in German are especially worthwhile, as several of the German tour guides are former inmates.
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Mon - Sun:
10:00 am - 4:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Guided Tours

Atmosphere:

Touristy

Silent Green Kulturquartier

Building, Music Venue, Art Gallery
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Bubbles at a concert in Berlin
Bubbles at a concert in Berlin | © Alex "Khaki" Vance / Flickr
The first and most obvious thing to note about Silent Green is that it’s located inside a crematorium. Unusual location aside, this cultural space offers a plethora of performance options across all creative fields, from the highbrow through to the more accessible (daytime disco, anyone?). Their programme is packed, offering something for everyone, not to mention a fantastic range of cakes at the in-house MARS café.
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Mon - Sun:
12:00 pm - 6:00 pm

Accessibility & Audience:

Family Friendly

Services & Activities:

Dancing, Independent

Atmosphere:

Indoors, Local

Secluded dining

Restaurant, Japanese, $$$
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Shiori Restaurant | © Sasha Kharchenko / Courtesy of Shiori Berlin
Evolving from the spirit of Japanese tea ceremonies, which are often unique occasions, Shiori is an intimate dining experience in Berlin. The restaurant has only one small seating each night and offers a menu of traditional Japanese cuisine.
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Mon - Sat:
7:30 pm - 10:30 pm

Atmosphere:

Cosy, Traditional, Unusual, Quirky, Fine Dining