Berlin Bucket List

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Berlin is edgy and ever-changing. With many expats and many more filing in by the week, the city has truly become an innovative hub for young people, start-ups, and collective work culture. If you so happen to find yourself in what I’d like to dub one of Europe’s coolest cities for young people, you’re gonna wanna work your way through this Berlin Bucket List in order to see, do, and eat your way around the city properly! Get ready, there’s a lot on offer!


1. Currywurst mit Pommes

You’ve just arrived so you’re probably hungry. Even if you’re not — try one. For the veggie and vegans out there fear not! Berlin is incredibly animal-free-food friendly, so a veg or vegan option won’t be too far away – just do a little research in advance. OH! mit fries = with fries, of course!

Try: Curry 36.

2. See the Berlin Cathedral up close

Next thing on the agenda – a bit of touristing. This 19th century Cathedral is pretty speccy and helps put into perspective the very many different architecture themes on offer in Berlin.

3. Visit the Brandenburg Gate

…and a little more touristing. If its your first visit here, you can’t not!

4. Shop at the Mauer Park Flee Market

One of my favourite things to do whilst living in my Berlin apartment was to wander the few kilometres to Mauer Park on sundays and snag some bargains in the morning. Be sure to come early, this place is full of people from noon onwards!

5. Walk along the Berlin Wall

Time for a little history. Although most of the Berlin Wall was demolished long ago, parts of it have been restored in Wedding and Mitte as a sign of the past, whilst Berlin is always looking toward the future. You can learn much about the Berlin Wall and this period of history among the free information points, so be sure to spend some time here exploring and learning.

6. See the East Side Gallery

The East Side Gallery is a section of the Berlin Wall that has been used as a form of expression, stretching around 1.3 kilometres in length and full of graffiti to commemorate freedom in Berlin. The gallery is really impressive and unique to Berlin, plus its free!

7. Visit a Photoautomaten

YES! Was my first reaction when I learned about the old photo booth machines still in action throughout Berlin. If you’re walking around the city you’re bound to run into one, so be sure to carry some change (usually 4 euros) in order to hop in the booth and make a memory the old way!

8. Visit the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

The Jewish history of Berlin is still very much seen throughout the city, especially at the artistic memorial designed by Jewish architect Daniel Libeskind. The memorial takes the shape of an exploding Star of David in the form of 2,711 blocks. For a more emotional walk through history, also visit the Holocaust museum whilst in Berlin.

9. Climb the Reichstag

For the best view in Berlin, you’ll need to visit the Reichstag (home to the German government). Entrance is free but you’ll need to register in advance to secure a spot — entirely worth the little extra effort!

10. Visit Museum Island

If you’re a museums fan, you’re gonna be on cloud nine in Berlin as there’s much to see in the area known as Museum Island (which yes, is technically a little island). Located in Mitte (central), you could easily pass a day here visiting the many museums that cater to any and all interests.

Berlin, Prenzlauer Berg

11. Eat a Burger at “The Bird” in Prenzlauer Berg

One thing is for sure in Berlin: the food is great and I mean GREAT. If you’re after a burger and fries, look no further than the bird. It is also located in a really nice residential part of town to wander around, so be sure to spend some time here in the leafy wonderland!

The bird: Am Falkplatz 5

12. Spin 360 at Potsdamer Platz

So you might not need to come here for any other reason than shopping, but if you like busy crowds and streets full of people then Potsdamer Platz can be pretty fun to have a look around.

13. Have a picnic in Tiergarten

Because who doesn’t like picnics!? Of course, you’ll need to be in Berlin in the summer for this… winters can be pretty harsh, dull and grey!

14. See Checkpoint Charlie

Back to some touristing around the city: you really can’t come to Berlin without spotting Checkpoint Charlie, the most known checkpoint in the city that still looks today as it did decades ago.

15. Explore Kreuzberg

If you’re like me and like to find the coolest neighbourhood in town and explore it like a local, then be sure to hop on some transport of any kind and make your way over to Kreuzberg; surely Berlin’s coolest neighbourhood to explore.

16. Eat a Wiener Schnitzel 

Because you’re in Germany of course!

17. *Maybe* visit an Abandoned Theme Park

Now for legal reasons I can’t really tell you to do it, but there is a slightly higher than normal probability I have done it myself (check out this video) and it was a fun/fun on the fun scale. Luckily I didn’t get caught (my friend did) and I’ll be honest and say there wasn’t a whole lot of backlash. Seriously if you’re up for a lil’ thrill, this is a fun adventure (its called Spreepark if you wanna do some more research).

18. Visit the German Christmas Markets

If you’re lucky enough to be in Berlin during November/December (or unlucky if you don’t like the cold weather!!) then you simply must visit the German Christmas Markets. Gendarmenmarkt is my all time fave and always full of lots of locals.

19. Street Food Thursday

If you like street food and you’re up for anything (anything good, mind you), then make your way over to street food thursdays between 5-10pm at Markthalle Neun.

20. Ride a bicycle ’round town for the day

One thing is for sure when visiting Berlin – you’ll soon realise this city is HUGE. Do as the locals do and rent a bike for the day to get around and tick the above items off the list… otherwise, you’ll be here a whole week or more!

Been to Berlin? What are your fave things to do!?

Brooke Saward

Brooke founded World of Wanderlust as a place to share inspiration from her travels and to inspire others to see our world. She now divides her time between adventures abroad and adventures in the kitchen!




    May Simpson

    March 15, 2016

    Love the list, don’t understand why they need security guards in an old theme park though it’s not even open any more! haha!

    May x


    Sunita Sukhana

    March 8, 2016

    i share most of your Must Sees, especially Curry 36, fleemarkets and photoautomats. I’ve been to Berlin at least 6 times and your list truly brought back some awesome memories <3 your video is also seriously cool! i hope your friend didn't get into too much trouble. two other places I'd recommend in Berlin are Bergmann Strasse, where there are several great second hand stores and the bar 8mm, which has a 70s style and a cool atmosphere.



    February 24, 2016

    Love the write-up. Berlin has such a special vibe to it, it’s hard to describe. It has such a different feel to it compared to other capitals in Europe like Madrid, Paris or Rome – love it. Keep up the great write-ups.


    Heather K

    February 24, 2016

    I’m hoping to make it to Berlin this summer and now I feel even more motivated to go! Great stuff in here, will be sure to check some out!



    February 23, 2016

    Great round up. I’m visiting Berlin this summer and will be bookmarking this one!



    February 22, 2016

    This is amazing. I would love to do all of these things.




    February 22, 2016

    Visiting Berlin this summer. Can’t wait to check off some of the places on this list!



    February 22, 2016

    The street food in Berlin sounds delicious! I’d love to visit someday and sample everything. It sounds like a beautiful fun city!


    Elisa Berry

    February 22, 2016

    I have never visited Berlin, but after reading this, I would love to! Great bucketlist 🙂


    The Inspiration Highway

    February 21, 2016

    I loved Berlin when I visited over new year and the German Xmas market was my best friend! I was surprised how easy it was to explore on foot too c



    February 21, 2016

    One of the best things i ever done was visit the Abandoned Tempelhof Airport in Berlin. It was great.



    February 21, 2016

    I’m dying to go to Berlin soon!



    February 20, 2016

    Wiener Schnitzel is not german, its austrian! Wien= capital auf Austria!
    I dont linke your blog because you are faking it! Its a big company writing it and it is so mainstream!


    rajasthan tour operator

    February 20, 2016

    That’s a fantastic bucket list. Berlin is a very good place to spend holidays.


    Aradhna Krishna

    February 20, 2016

    The Cathedral was definitely my favourite spot in the city. I went back several times when the light was different so I could get decent photos. The first time I saw it, I sat on a bench right outside the entrance for over an hour just gawking at it while chatting to a friendly local!



    February 20, 2016

    Great bucket list! Thanks for sharing. I’m going to Berlin next month!



    February 20, 2016

    we have the possibility of making a big move to Germany. This post just makes it so much more exciting!!! Thank you!


    Anna | The Weekend Jetsetter

    February 20, 2016

    Love all these tips – will have to check them out when I go to Berlin. I also love renting bikes in different cities I visit (especially in countries that are bike-friendly!).


    Pedro @travelwithpedro

    February 20, 2016

    Wow, so many things I haven’t done in Berlin, yet! Great stuff I’m returning there next month. I’ll have to refer to this post again. 🙂



    February 20, 2016

    Sounds lovely !
    My favorite things to eat in germany is fricadelle, it is soooooo good and there is also an apple wine with cinamone that you NEED to try 🙂

    Great post !

    Kenza from



    February 20, 2016

    I loved the Mauer Park Flee Market, such great vibes. Berlin is an amazing city xx



    February 19, 2016

    I can’t believe I’ve still not been to Berlin! Will definitely have to bookmark this list for when I go!!


    the travelogue (by Anna & Vanessa)

    February 19, 2016

    Yaay super cool tips! Have been to Berlin this week and it such a cool city (obviously) and they do have the BEST currywurst 😉
    xox Anna & Vanessa



    February 19, 2016

    Perfect timing, I’m off to Berlin this weekend!



    February 19, 2016

    Love reading your blog. Have a nice week.



    February 19, 2016

    Can’t wait to go to Berlin myself! I haven’t been to Germany yet, so hopefully I can make it over there soon!



    February 19, 2016

    The abandoned theme park looks so cool!



    February 19, 2016

    Berlin is one my favorite cities in the world. I’ve been there so many times and have done most of your list. Yeah 🙂 But the street food Thursday sounds awesome, next time I have to go to Berlin on a Thursday to explore the market.



    February 19, 2016

    Good stuff! Your video in the abandoned part was too funny haha.


    Bartek from Gdansk

    February 19, 2016

    I haven’t been in Berlin for ages.. It is on the top of my list to go there. And by train as it takes about 6 hours!!
    Great tips. Spreepark sounds thrilling.
    Many thanks,



    February 19, 2016

    useful, thanks for sharing!


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