Markthalle Neun in Berlin-Kreuzberg is one of the few remaining Berlin market halls from the 19th century. Nowadays, the old railway market hall is a gathering point for small, regional dealers who mainly offer organically produced products. A little insider tip for fans of the Berlin food scene: “Street Food Thursday” takes place every Thursday. Visitors can try the latest snack trends here every Thursday evening.
For friends of a good view we can only recommend the Victoria Park. Kreuzbergs Viktoriapark is the highest inner-city elevation in Berlin and allows a breathtaking view of the capital without waiting for hours at Berlin’s typical tourist attractions. At the top is the Schinkel National Monument, which commemorates the victory against Napoleon. From a beer garden to green areas for a picnic to a small waterfall, the Victoria Park offers everything you could want for a relaxing day in the capital.
Gardens of the world
The Gardens of the World park in the Marzahn district of Berlin is an impressive display of international garden art. Eleven thematically different gardens combine tradition and modernity of different cultures on around 40 hectares of green space. For example, the Christian garden offers a walkway in the style of a medieval monastery garden, whereas the Chinese garden takes into account the traditional elements of the architecture there. The facility often serves as an open air location for concerts and festivals. A tip for all nature fans without fear of heights: With the accompanying cable car, the gardens can be viewed from up to 35 meters high and even the Berlin skyline is clearly visible from there.
The Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial is located on the site of the former Stasi detention center and, with its permanent exhibition “Imprisoned in Hohenschönhausen – evidence of political persecution 1945 to 1989”, offers an authentic insight into the GDR’s regime. 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.
Underground worlds from Gesundbrunnen
The Gesundbrunnen bunker station in Berlin-Wedding is home to the Berlin Underworld Museum. As one of the numerous remaining air raid shelters from World War II, it reveals a lot about the history of the city during the Nazi era. Particularly noteworthy here is the multimedia exhibition Mythos Germania, which deals with the plans for the legendary “World Capital Germania” and the associated consequences. It is organised by Berliner Unterwelten e.V., which offers many more tours of underground buildings around Berlin.
Wallpark with fleamarket
Every Sunday between 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. there is a lively flea market in the former border area between Wedding and Prenzlauer Berg, which is very popular with tourists. Among vinyl, second hand fashion and and some pieces of jewellery there are many treasures as souvenirs or little gifts from an eventful visit to Germany’s capital. In addition to interesting booths, there are also plenty of snack stalls. 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 be careful of pickpockets, who often mischief there.