Gritty, chic, and packed with countless things to do, Berlin is one of Europe’s hippest hotspots. Find out what to do and where to stay in this German hotspot.

Grab the Coolest Cup of Coffee in Town

Berlin is packed with shiny new coffee shops and historic spots alike, but you won’t want to miss The BARN in the city’s Mitte. Here you can sip sustainably grown coffee and nosh on delectable cakes as you start your day.

If you aren’t in a hurry, head to Chapter One, known for its slow coffee. Get a pour-over, a Chemex-brewed coffee, or a cold brew tea and get caffeinated in style.

Visit Berlin’s Most Fascinating Museums

You could easily spend a full day wandering among the art- and history-packed buildings located on Berlin’s Museuminsel, or Museum Island. You’d be doing yourself a disservice if you missed out on experiencing the city’s more recent past, though.

Berlin Wall
Artwork on the Berlin Wall, which divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989.

Visit the Topography of Terror, which is located on the former site of the Gestapo and SS Police headquarters and details the history of some of the horrific acts committed here. Walk through the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, an incredibly moving outdoor monument. Stroll along the East Side Gallery, which is the largest intact section of the Berlin Wall, and take in the public art.

Try the City’s Quintessential Fast Food

When you’re ready to grab a quick bite for lunch, take your pick from the city’s most popular fast food options. You’ll find tons of places to sample Berlin’s famous currywurst, but you can’t go wrong at Konnopke’s Imbiss, which has been serving up savory sausages since 1930. If doner kebab is more up your alley, head to Mustafa’s, where you’ll almost certainly have to wait to get one of these meaty pockets, or go to Nur Gemüse Kebap for a more contemporary take on this local favorite.

Head Outside to Soak Up the Sunshine

If you’re visiting during the summer months, you won’t want to miss your chance to soak up the sunshine. Berlin’s parks are major draws for sun-seekers, and local spots have even been known to set up summertime beach bars, despite the lack of naturally appearing sand.

The massive Tiergarten has long been a hotspot for those looking to get some sun and escape the hustle and bustle of the city in an expansive park. If you’re feeling thirsty, spin by one of the nearby biergartens.

Reichstag
Reichstag, Germany’s Capital building.

See the View From the Reichstag

Even if you aren’t particularly interested in German politics, you’ll want to make a trip to the Reichstag, or Germany’s Parliament Building. The glass dome offers one of the best views of Berlin, but keep in mind that you’ll need to reserve a spot in advance.

Enjoy a Funky Vegan Meal

German food might be known for its focus on meat and potatoes, but Berlin is home to a growing vegan food scene. Voner, located in funky Friedrichshain, serves up vegan doner, while Chaostheorie, near Prenzlauer Berg, serves delicious vegan bar food.

Hit the Clubs or Sip a Cocktail

For a city that can appear somewhat straight-laced to a casual visitor, Berlin’s club scene is surprisingly hot. There’s something for everyone, no matter what kind of nightlife tends to draw you in.

Stop by Chaostheorie for a few vegan cocktails or dance the night away at one of Berlin’s many all-night clubs. Berghain is known as one of the best clubs in the world, and it’s a great place to slip into another world for a few hours.

Where to Stay in Berlin

With options for every budget, Berlin has plenty of great hotel, hostel, and rental picks.

Alexanderplatz
The large public square of Alexanderplatz.

Top Hotels

Just 10 minutes from Alexanderplatz, Casa Camper Berlin boasts contemporary design, historic touches, and close proximity to Michelin-starred dining options. Steps from the Museuminsel, Monbijou Hotel has a cozy library appeal with plenty of vintage style and quirky accents.

Best Hostels

In the heart of Mitte, the Circus Hostel features bright colors, a mix of room types, and a sunny terrace. If you’re looking for a more upscale hostel, try PLUS Berlin, which hosts tons of activities as well as a summer beach bar.

Coolest Private Rentals

Kreuzberg
Neighborhood of Kreuzberg.

If you want to see what it’s like to live in the city for a few days, book a private apartment and settle into the coolest neighborhoods in Berlin. Look for a rental in Kreuzberg to be near great coffee, Prenzlauer Berg for great food, or Friedrichshain for industrial chic appeal.

Berlin is calling, and this is an invitation you’re definitely going to want to accept. Book the perfect trip to this funky city right here on GoDoTrip.