Since I moved to Berlin it’s become quite clear that this is thé city to be entertained 24 hours long. You can literally do everything you can think of and even more! I’ll share my favourite 24 hours with you, take it as a guideline in case you ever visit this amazing place.
I would really recommend to spend your 24 hours in Berlin mostly by bike. You can easily see the most interesting stuff, hop from bar to concept store and wander around the city without getting as tired as you would be from walking. My tip is to go to Berlin on Bike to rent some bikes, located in the Kulturbrauerei in Prenzlauerberg.
08:00 But first, starting the day early in the morning, let’s get some coffee and breakfast inside you.
Berliners love their breakfast and brunch. Better said: if you visit the city on a Sunday, chances are you’ll find everyone enjoying their brunch from 11 until 14 o’clock. Time doesn’t count, enjoying food, being together with friends and eating are the most important things on a Sunday.
10:00 Walk towards the Kulturbrauerei to pick up your bikes at Berlin on Bike (opens at 10 o’clock).
10:15 Because it’s quite early, most of Berlin is still asleep and closed, so we start your trip with some sightseeing. First destination: Mauerpark, easy to reach by bike.
On Sunday this park hosts an huge vintage market but on the other days it’s an interesting place to have a stroll. You can still see parts of the Berliner Mauer (hence the name) which are now being used as canvases by different street artists.
10:45 Ride your bikes further down Bernauer Straße until you end up at Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer. Here you can visit a preserved part of the wall and climb an old watch tower. Really impressive because this is one of the few places in the city where you can get the feeling how it must have been to live in Berlin when the wall was still erect.
11:45 Cycle further towards Brandenburger Tor and the Jewish Memorial. Take some time to have a look around.
13:00 Getting hungry? Good!
Grab your bikes and drive for another ten minutes until you reach Parker Bowles or ORA. Both lunchrooms are located near Oranienplatz and have amazing choices for lunch! ORA might be a bit more spectacular as it’s situated in an old pharmacy.
14:00 It’s time for some shopping!
Oranienstraße hosts some amazing concept stores you definitely should visit, my favourite being VOO store.
15:30 Are you done in Oranienstraße and still longing for some other shops? Just grab your bikes and ride, via Kottbusser Tor, towards Graefekiez. This is my favourite area in Berlin and I couldn’t let you visit Berlin without paying this kiez a visit. Here you’ll find, among others, the The District Six Store in the Graefestraße.
15:45 Ride further south until you reach Hasenheide and follow this road towards Gneisenaustraße.
Park your bike somewhere on the Bergmannstraße and have a stroll through the Bergmannkiez.
Go for kaffee und kuchen at Barcomi’s, enjoy a snack in the Markthalle or visit Vintage Kilo-store Colours.
Just around the corner from Colours you have the Nostitzstraße, here are two of my favourite shops located: Of/Berlin and Dresscode, the first only selling items made by Berlin manufactures and the second one selling vintage clothing.
17:00 It’s about time for a beer right? A couple of minutes away from Bergmannkiez you find Dolden Mädel, a quite new Brauhaus with cool craft beers.
18:00 Almost time for dinner, but first let’s bring back the bikes. You don’t want to be stuck with them during the rest of the evening. Ride back north until you reach the Kulturbrauerei again and hand in your bikes.
19:00 I could only recommend dinner at Salt&Bone, no doubt about it. This gastropub is really something special. Their dishes, mostly based on a lot of meat, might be a bit heavy but that’s perfect after a busy day.
If you’re looking for something vegan, go to Cát Tường in Kastanienallee.
21:00 It’s about time to explore Berlin by night. Because I know how exhausting it is to run around all day, I won’t bore you with millions of clubs you can visit but heaven knows there are plenty of them in Berlin.
After dinner you take the M10 (aka the party tram) from Eberswalder Straße down towards Warschauser Straße, and get off at Revaler Straße. Here you almost bump into the RAW Gelände. This area hosts several bars, clubs, a cool beergarten and more. Have a stroll and walk around. Go into Cassiopeia for a beer during summertime or have a drink at Crack Bellmer.
23:00 Ready for something more fun and want to go dancing? Further down Revaler Straße, you’ll find Rosi’s. An amazing combination of a bar, club and beer garten. Dance until your feet hurt, have a slice of pizza and a club-mate to gain some strength and continue until you’re really really really done.
Somewhere during midnight Take the cab to your hotel. Really. Sometimes I hear people don’t wanting to spend money on cabs in Berlin, thinking public transport is cheaper and easier. It might be, but if I’m done for the night I just want to get home and I’ll happily pay a small fee for someone to drop me off.
And hurray, that’s it: you’ve survived your 24 Hours in Berlin!
ROUTE 24H IN BERLIN
Of course I made a map with the whole route for you. Just open it in Google Maps and you can find your way easily in this city!
If you want to see all the hotspots in one list, just go to my Foursquare, I made a special 24Hours in Berlin-list with all of the hotspots above and some more.