Like A Local: Berlin, Germany
LIKE A LOCAL
A common question that comes to my mind, and I'm sure yours as well, when I'm traveling is "what do the locals do?" I truly believe that everything and every place is worth seeing at least once. Whether it is something touristy or something off the beaten path, that something is special and more importantly new to you! There's so much we can learn by opening ourselves up to new adventures. So, of course, one of the best ways to do this is to live, explore, and experience a place "like a local"!
1. YOUR CITY'S NAME AND NICKNAMES
2. FAVORITE PLACES TO EAT
Berlin is a great city for vegans.
Eat burger at Windburger in Berlin Kreuzberg. The burgers are all so good and fresh. Something you don´t get anywhere else are the Berlin Fries. They are made with a brown sauce and onions. That´s a typical dish for eastern Germany and especially Berlin. Give it a try! Burgers vary between 4 - 6 Euros.
Drink tea at Tadschikische Teestube in Berlin Mitte. This is an eastern European tea house where you sit on the floor in a Russian ambience. They have extravagant kinds of tea and I highly recommend the smoked one. A big pot tea is around 2 - 3,50 Euros.
Get dessert at Brammibal´s in Berlin Neukölln. This is a vegan donut shop and they have them in all kind of flavours, changing every day. You should come early, they sell out pretty fast. All donuts are around 2 Euros.
3. FAVORITE PLACES TO STUDY/DO WORK
There are some cozy cafés where you can work, such as Sarotti Höfe in Berlin Kreuzberg. Further I recommend working in the library of the Humboldt University.
4. FAVORITE PLACES TO RELAX/DETOX
The city can be a bit busy so I like to relax in the forests nearby. Such as Grunewald, which is huge and also offers different sights. The highlight is definitely the lake Wannsee.
Another great spot is Treptower Park with the Island of Youth. Great for drinking a beer or kayaking.
A great place to unwind and hike is around the Liepnitzsee.
5. FAVORITE PHOTO SPOT
My favourite photo spot is the Government Quarter (Regierungsviertel) with the Chancellery, Parliament building, embassies and so on. The architecture is so diverse and you see old and new styles intertwining. The best time to go is during sunset. The water and glass buildings reflect the sunshine and you get to experience something magical.
6. ONE “TOURISTY” THING IN EVERYONE ACTUALLY HAS TO VISIT
Gendarmenmarkt is one of my favourite touristy places in the city. The market is framed by the German Cathedral, the French Cathedral and the Concert Hall. You can climb the French Cathedral and get a great view over Berlin. I recommend it to everyone since you get an overview on all the important sights.
7. ONE NOT SO WELL KNOWN SPOT PEOPLE SHOULD DEFINITELY VISIT
House of Wannsee Conference is definitely under the radar . The house is near Grunewald and is used as a museum for certain aspects of German history in the first half of the last century. The really impressive part is the surrounding area, such as the lake, the garden or the view.
8. ONE UNIQUE FACT
Berlin used to be two cities, East and West Berlin, which reunited in 1990. Due to the separation of Germany it was split for more than 30 years. You can still see the relicts while walking along the wall.
9. ANY TIPS OR TRICKS ON HOW TO NAVIGATE YOUR CITY
Do not rent a car! Buy yourself the Berlin Card to navigate through Berlin. It is cheaper than a normal day or week ticket and you get lots of discounts on museums. Busses, trams and tubes go every few minutes and it´s a relatable system.
10. WHAT DO YOU LOVE MOST ABOUT YOUR CITY
The food! You can eat everything you want, it´s a paradise for vegans and vegetarians and it is so multicultural. Even the cheaper places have great quality food.
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