Want to avoid Berlin’s tourist traps? Here are 7 alternative things to do in Berlin this summer.
1. Visit an abandoned NSA spy station
This is our no.1 recommendation for Berlin! Check out this unofficial art gallery at a former 1960s NSA spy station in . It’s literally COVERED in amazing graffiti (pictured above). See more pictures here.
2. Tour Berlin’s secret prison
Stasi Prison, in former East Berlin, was used to kidnap and torture political prisoners who would not conform Soviet dictatorship. Now you can take a tour of this grim prison, complete with underground cells, padded rooms and interrogation offices.
3. Cycle around Tiergarden
Hire a bike (from 9 euros per day) and explore the beautiful Tiergarten in central Berlin. There are plenty of nice picnic spots by the river and some great bike trails to keep you occupied all day.
4. Do karaoke in front of hundreds of people
Sundays aren’t complete without a visit to Mauerpark’s flea market in Brunnenviertel. Head over to the amphitheatre to watch – or perform – at the weekly karaoke sessions in front of hundreds of people.
5. Drink sundowners on top of a carpark
Klunkerkranich rooftop bar is hidden away on top of a department store carpark in Neukölln. Head there at sunset for some spectacular views of Berlin.
6. Explore underground bunkers used in WW2
An unforgettable experience exploring the underground bunkers used in WW2. See pictures of the bunkers and more info here.
7. Forget Berghain – go to Griessmuhle
Berghain is notoriously difficult to get into. Instead, go to Griessmuhle, Berlin’s coolest outdoor party. Think abandoned warehouse meets treehouse and you’ll get the idea.
8. Play table tennis on the banks of the Spree River
One thing we love about Berlin is the free activities! Play table tennis on the Spree River near Bellevue Palace.
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