Whether you're considering a visit to Berlin for the first time, returning for another look, or even considering a longer stay or move to Berlin, this Berlin resource guide is for you.
We brought together Berlin experts Adam Groffman (Travels of Adam), Natalie Holmes (Context Travel and Slow Travel Berlin) and Giulia Pines (Slow Travel Berlin and Fodor's) to talk all things Berlin on a Google Hangout (see the video below). We gleaned some of the best tips and advice from our discussion and put them together here for you.
We will actively update this list as we continue exploring and finding new bits, spots and intelligence to share on Berlin.
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- Visiting Berlin: How to See the City
- Berlin Neighborhoods, Kiez Culture
- Food in Berlin – Where to Eat, Where to Shop
- Recommended Berlin Cafes
- Creative and Art Scene in Berlin
- Nightlife in Berlin
- Recommended Tours in Berlin
- How to Find Out What's Going on in Berlin
- Berlin Blogs and Websites
- Best Beers in Berlin
- Finding an Apartment in Berlin
- Moving to Berlin: Visas, Insurance, German Lessons
All Things Berlin Google Hangout
- Berlin Beginner's Guide – our recommended neighborhoods, parks, sights, food
- 35 Unique Things to Do in Berlin
- A Summer Guide to Berlin
- Hipster Berlin Travel Tips
- 48 Hours in Berlin with €130
- Berlin Food: Favorite Neighborhood Meals Under €10
- Berlin Cheap Eats: Top 10 Under €5
- Berlin Food Rally: Beyond the Plate
- List of Berlin's best supper clubs
- Adam's Favorite German Restaurant: Tiergarten Quelle
- Slow Coffee Week. Great series on the visitBerlin blog on independent coffee houses in neighborhoods across Berlin.
- Five Elephant Cafe
- 24-hour cafe in West Berlin/Charlottenburg
- Sammlung Boros – a private collection built over a bunker. Reserve in advance for a tour in either English or German.
- Sammlung Hoffman – private collection in apartment near Hackescher Markt
- Georg Kolbe Museum – contemporary art
- Gallery Weekend Berlin – usually takes place in April
- Haus der Kulturen der Welt
- Yorck Cinemas
- Hamburger Bahnhof
- Berlin Späti Culture: A classic Berlin night, especially in summer, includes choosing some beers at a spätkauf or späti (literally “late buy”, a convenience store open late) and enjoying them with friends in a park or at the table just outside the store. More on the Berlin späti culture.
- Recommended Cocktail Bars
- Peristal Signum: Berlin’s Labyrinth Bar
- Kater Holzig
- Walk down Revaler Strasse
- Context Travel Tours of Berlin. We can recommend the walking tour of Kreuzberg.
- Street Art Workshop and Tour with Alternative Berlin. Spend a couple of hours walking around Kreuzberg with a street artist to learn more about the graffiti and street art scene in Berlin. Then, finish with a workshop on how to create your own stencil at an abandoned bread factory. Lots of fun to create your own street art.
- Canoe tour with Berlin on Bike and Backstage Tourism. We took the Wind of Change tour that starts from Treptow and goes south to the former DDR Radio Station Building.
- One of our favorite Berlin websites, Slow Travel Berlin, also offers walking and photography tours of different parts of Berlin like Kreuzberg, Wedding, and Neukölln. We haven't taken one of these yet, but we've heard great things about them and the guides.
- Slow Travel Berlin's weekly listings – Sign up for the newsletter
- Sugarhigh – A great daily newsletter about all that's going on in Berlin, usually in arts, design, music, theatre and more.
- Cee Cee Newsletter – a weekly newsletter with more of a focus on food and arts.
- Exberliner Events Calendar
- visitBerlin Events Calendar – can be overwhelming, so use the search function to find what sorts of events you want
- Heiden Peters at Markthalle IX
- Berlin Beer Festival – 2,000 beers, 1 mile. Usually takes place the first weekend in August
A list of places to look for short and medium-term accommodation in Berlin. Note: we are not affiliated with any of these sites.
- How to Get a Visa in Germany as an American
- Expath Coaching and Workshops on the visa and whole relocation process, including how to set yourself up in Berlin as a freelancer.
- German language lessons with Expath. We've taken two classes with them so far and have been really happy with the small class size, quality of teachers and how interactive and active the courses are.
- German Health Insurance Explained