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Viktoriapark

For friends of a good view we can only recommend Viktoriapark. Kreuzberg’s Viktoriapark is the highest inner-city elevation in Berlin and allows for a breathtaking view over the capital without waiting in line for hours at Berlin’s typical tourist attractions. At the top is Schinkel’s National Monument, commemorating the victory against Napoleon. From beer gardens to green spaces for picnics and a small waterfall, Viktoriapark has everything you could want for a relaxing day in the capital.

Markthalle Neun

Markthalle Neun in Berlin-Kreuzberg is one of the few remaining Berlin market halls from the 19th century. Nowadays, the old railroad market hall is a gathering place for small, regional traders who offer mainly organically produced products. A little insider tip for fans of Berlin’s food scene: every Thursday there is a “Street Food Thursday”. Here visitors can try the latest snack trends every Thursday evening.

Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial

The Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial is located on the grounds of the former Stasi remand prison and offers an authentic insight into the GDR prison regime with its permanent exhibition “Imprisoned in Hohenschönhausen – Testimonies of Political Persecution 1945 to 1989”. The very well preserved facilities impressively document the experiences of the more than 11,000 people (mainly political prisoners) who were held there and mostly subjected to physical and psychological violence. Visitors are given an incomparable insight into the special history of the city of Berlin.

Garden of the World

The “Gardens of the World” park in Berlin’s Marzahn district is an impressive display of international garden art. Eleven thematically different gardens combine tradition and modernity from a wide range of cultures on around 40 hectares of green space. The Christian garden, for example, features a walkway in the style of a medieval monastery garden, while the Chinese garden incorporates traditional elements of local architecture. The garden often serves as an open air location for concerts and festivals. A tip for all nature fans without a fear of heights: With the associated cable car, the gardens can be viewed from a height of up to 35 meters and even the Berlin skyline is clearly visible from there.

Mauerpark flea market

Every Sunday between 10 am and 6 pm, the former border area between Wedding and Prenzlauer Berg hosts a lively flea market that is very popular with tourists. Among vinyl, second-hand fashion and quite a few pieces of jewelry you can find many a treasure as a souvenir or souvenir of an eventful visit to Germany’s capital. In addition to interesting stalls, there are also plenty of snack stands for the quick hunger. For interesting objects and even more interesting stories behind them, there is probably no better place in Berlin than the flea market at Mauerpark. But beware of pickpockets, who often do their mischief there.

Underground worlds from Gesundbrunnen

The bunker Bahnhof Gesundbrunnen in Berlin-Wedding houses the Berlin Underworlds Museum. As one of the many remaining air raid shelters from the Second World War, it reveals quite a bit about the history of the city during the Nazi era. Particularly noteworthy here is the multimedia permanent exhibition Mythos Germania, which deals with the plans for the legendary “World Capital Germania” and the consequences associated with it. The whole thing is organized by Berliner Unterwelten e.V. which offers many other guided tours to underground buildings around Berlin.

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