You and all of Berlin's other tourists can find most tips in all the guide books. But to get inside the locals' heads and go where few tourists have gone before, you'll need Spotted by Locals. With a team of 6 locals, the Berlin city blog is always up to date with great insider tips and recommendations for your visit to Berlin.
Here's a small pick of some of Berlin's great tips:
Berliner Backyards (by Herrmann Königs)
In a particular area called “Scheunenviertel” (Barn Quarter) you can find a couple of very interesting “Hinterhöfe” where life seems to be hidden. Enjoy theatres, cinemas, galleries, museums, shops, cafes, bars, restaurants and other surprises there!
“For me Berliner backyards are like surprises. You never know what’s waiting for you behind the gate.”Read more.
Copyright Herrmann Königs
Kulturbrauerei (by Herrmann Königs)
Kulturbrauerei is a complex of former brewery buildings (boiler house, machine house, stable, canteen,…) that are now host to many different things, such as night clubs, cafes, a cinema, theatres and much much more! You might find this spot in your guide book, but Hermann has some great inside tips and background info!
“The 1889 complex has a bit in common with a castle from the middle ages. The renovation, completed in 2000, kept the old brewery air and hence made it one of the nicest cultural platforms in Prenzlauer Berg and surely in whole Berlin, too.”Read more.
Copyright Herrmann Königs
Aufsturz (by Sarah Curth)
Aufsturz has more than 100 different types of beer to go along with hearty great portions of delicious food! Visit this spot to try nearly any type of beer you can imagine!
“But the choice is difficult: Banana beer or smoked beer (Rauchbier)? German beer or Mexican beer?” Read more.
Copyright Sarah Curth
Freischwimmer (by Sharon Mertins)
An old boat rental station turned restaurant & bar. With more than 140 seats outside on their deck and another 60 inside it's a large place suitable for all types of weather.
“[...] for a lovely spot close to the water, a cold beer, a nice cup of coffee and maybe a small bite to eat, I always find Freischwimmer a good bet.”Read more.
Copyright Sharon Mertins
Stattbad wedding (by Natalia Irina Roman)
This extremely unique location is a contemporary culture centre, so you'll find a lot of everything here. From parties to exhibitions this place is never quiet.
“Imagine pipes everywhere, video installations, bars and music which lasted til the morning. The space does offer unfolding possibilities.”Read more.
Copyright Natalia Irina Roman
Dong Xuan Center (by Ciarán Fahey)
Just a tram ride away is Berlin's Little Vietnam. The shops here sell everything you've ever imagined and you can finish your browsing trip with their Vietnamese cuisine!
“Weird wares are scattered all around, sandwiched between karaoke bars, shoe shops, barbers, hair salons and nail salons. It’s another world.”Read more.
Copyright Ciarán Fahey
Spreepark (by Robby Block)
This is something you probably won't find anywhere else. Spreepark is an old amusement park that has opened its doors to the public once again. Only you won't get to go on rides!
It's a little bit of ghost town with remnants of old rides and attractions scattered everywhere.
“Tours were intermittent for a while but it looks like they are scheduled regularly. A cafe has even been opened in the park in recent months”Read more.
Copyright Robby Block
Farbfernseher (by Herrmann Königs)
This is underground Berlin at its best! It used to be an electronics store, but is now a secret party central!
“I remember how surprised I was about the party so hidden behind a door to another world.”This is so Berlin”, I thought.”Read more.