As someone who doesn’t go in for normal tourism, you won’t catch me recommending all the usual tick lists that hordes of people opt for, unless its truly outstanding such as the Sagrada Familia in Barcelona, which truly blew my mind.
Generally I am more interested in getting to the places locals go, and actually experiencing living in a place if only for a short time.
So here it is top tips for Berlin
Go for a walk along beautiful Dieffenbach Str in Kreuzberg, its a calm treelined street with some great cafe’s and more…
At the end near to Kottbusser Tor on the right is a little Turkish Deli place called Weinblat
They do a wonderful dish called a Gossi Mix…like a Pancakey thing with Aubergine and Feta cheese and served with an amazing Walnut Chilli dip all for less than 5 Euro/
Its 1st class and cheap.
Go see Kreuzberg it is grungy and a bit crazy, if you visit the Tor prepare to see lots of junkies and alcoholics intent on self-destruction. As I lived there I also regularly encountered people walking along the streets talking to themselves in delusional states…
Avoid anything hipster, they have invaded and seem to go to some secret shop of fashion to get the beard, tatoos, music taste and clothes all at once. If its your thing go for it, but for me its uncreative and superficial.
Simon-Dach str…a long street full of bars and restaurants…touristy…i don’t know everywhere is i guess but its cheap and good and worth it for people watching, as is Boxhagner Platz nearby, which is also where I would recommend staying
its affordable and not to touristic or hipster overloaded. There is also less screwed up people hanging out. Its also located in former East Berlin. On Kingstr you can find a beautiful Buddhist temple: Bodhicharya
Berlin is a bit spread out and lacks a real centre, so be prepared to travel if you want to see anything. Checkout craigslist for deals on cheap metro tickets…
I am a musician. There is a lot of variety in Berlin.
– Saturday evening after 12:30 free entry to A-Trane to see pretty nice jazz in a small and intimate atmosphere. I have seen some great jazz musicians jamming here.
– The concert house in Gendarmmarkt has some pretty cool leftfield / avantgarde stuff happening , I went a few times and really enjoyed it.
– Jazz jam at the Edelweiss a little bit of an attitude / snootiness, but interesting none the less, gets packed out on Tuesday nights with conservatorium Jazz students, and is in the heart of Gorlitzer park in Kreuzberg.