Explore secret tunnels, rooftop bars and magical markets on a weekend city break in Berlin

Here are some tips and recommendations on how to make the most out of Berlin in just 48 hours.

Climb a gas holder

Skip the queues and zoom up into the glass dome of the Reichstag (home of the German Parliament) by booking a sky-high breakfast.

You’ll be able to enjoy views over the Brandenburg Gate and leafy Tiergarten park from the roof terrace, plus get fast-track entrance into the building. Breakfast costs from £20 (Feinkost-kaefer.de).

Further east, ascend 203m up the pointy TV Tower for 360-degree panoramas. Entry costs £14 (Tv-turm.de).

Or give your legs a workout on a climb of the dizzying open-frame Gasometer, an ironwork gas holder in south-west Berlin. Tours cost £19.

Hit the bunkers

Descend into the city depths on a tour through subterranean WW2 shelters, Cold War nuclear bunkers and secret tunnels beneath the Berlin Wall, from £11 (Berliner-unterwelten.de).

Later, see Berlin in a classic Trabant Car on a Trabi Safari. A 75-minute tour costs £43 (Trabi-safari.de).

Or on the three-hour Kreuzberg walking tour, £70, find out why everyone from David Bowie and Iggy Pop to modern Bohemians love the buzzy east Berlin area (Contexttravel.com).

Remember the war

Much of the Berlin Wall was destroyed in 1989, but see a 1.3km stretch covered in murals at the open-air East Side Gallery, free entry (Eastsidegallery-berlin.de).

The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe – also known as the Holocaust Memorial – is unmissable, too.

Walk through a maze of grave-like concrete slabs before learning the heart-wrenching stories of the Holocaust victims.

Passing through Friedrichstrasse station? Pop out to see the Kindertransport sculpture, an homage to the 10,000 Jewish children sent on trains to the UK.

Embrace the fleas

You’ll find antique tea sets and mid-century modern chairs among the bric-a-brac at the vast Boxhagener Platz flea market in trendy Friedrichshain on Sundays.

For organic street food and eco-friendly handicrafts, head to Ökomarkt am Kollwitzplatz in Prenzlauer Berg on Thursdays.

Berlin hosts over a dozen festive markets throughout December, too, including the charming Scandinavian-themed Lucia market in the grounds of a historic brewery (Lucia-weihnachtsmarkt.de).

Chop on currywurst

You can’t visit Berlin without scoffing sausages slathered in curry ketchup at much-lauded Curry36 (Curry36.de).

Spoil yourself at Cookies Cream, a Michelin-starred vegetarian restaurant in a clubby setting, where mains start from £8 (Cookiescream.com).

Or snack on Israeli/North African mezze of houmous and falafel in the rooftop greenhouse
at Neni. Plates start from £5 (Neniberlin.de).

After dinner, slip next door to Monkey Bar for city views, then take the lift down to your room in the Scandi-chic 25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin.

Doubles cost from £111 (Bikiniberlin.de).

Get your Strictly on

Go techno at vast former power station Berghain, a late-night club notorious for its random door policy (Berghain.de).

To be in with a chance, wear black, dress down, arrive at 12.30am and prepare to queue quietly.

A safer bet is the unpretentious Clarchen’s Ballroom, where people aged 20 to 80 groove at the nightly drop-in dance classes, from £5 (Ballhaus.de).

Just fancy a beer? Climb up to the car park roof at Klunkerkranich, entry £5. But wrap up – it gets chilly (Klunkerkranich.org).

BTW

  • Berlin loves The Hoff and even has a free mini museum dedicated to him (Facebook.com/DavidHasselhoffStrasse).
  • Plan your trip at Visitberlin.de.
  • Flights from the UK start from £25 return.


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