How to relax in Berlin

How to relax in Berlin
Relax at the roofterrace of Aspria Berlin

When the weather heats up, it's time to make Berlin your gym! Whether you're looking for a full workout or a relaxing class or just a drink on the rooftop restaurant, Aspria Berlin is your go to.

 

In a prime location on Kurfürstendamm you will find Aspria Berlin, which is not just a gym, but rather a center of well-being on five floors, including a roof terrace and coworking space. You will find sports, fitness, spa and wellness all in one place. For the moment you can apply to a membership, as day passes are not available, but I do hope that soon all gets back to normal, and you will be able to enjoy, on a daily basis, whenever you like.

 

 

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Top 5 most beautiful art markets in Berlin

Now the markets in Berlin may open again, a reason to present the top 5 most beautiful art, design and creative markets in Berlin. Own creations and DIY are currently very trendy. At the markets of this city you can find many artists and craftsmen who offer their works for sale. The Corona time hit the art and culture industry hard, we would like to support the creatives of this city through #supportyourlocal and suggest you a summer visit to the Berlin art and creative markets.

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Top 5 sustainable cafes in Berlin

Its the little things, which make the world a better place! Berlin might be known as the city of sin, but its restaurants and cafés are all about sustainability. From locally produced to circular models and indoor farms, the city is alive with local and green dining. Here’s my favorite pick of the Top 5 sustainable restaurants you have to try in Berlin.

 

Many cafés in Berlin are minimizing waste by reusing cups and sustainable boxing for food delivery. Part of the drive to sustainability is because of flavor — fresh, local food simply tastes better than the same food out of a package — and part of the recent resurgence of sustainable practices in restaurants is because it’s what the people want. While there are locations where local and sustainable food has always been present, this new crop of environmentally conscious restaurants take the concept to the next level. Below, you’ll find places that value sustainability without compromising on flavor and experience.

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Top 5 sustainable restaurants in Berlin

Its the little things, which make the world a better place! Berlin might be known as the city of sin, but its restaurants and cafés are all about sustainability. From locally produced to circular models and indoor farms, the city is alive with local and green dining. Here’s my favorite pick of the Top 5 sustainable restaurants you have to try in Berlin.

 

Many cafés in Berlin are minimizing waste by reusing cups and sustainable boxing for food delivery. Part of the drive to sustainability is because of flavor — fresh, local food simply tastes better than the same food out of a package — and part of the recent resurgence of sustainable practices in restaurants is because it’s what the people want. While there are locations where local and sustainable food has always been present, this new crop of environmentally conscious restaurants take the concept to the next level. Below, you’ll find places that value sustainability without compromising on flavor and experience.

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Top 5 things Berlin is famous for

Berlin is a unique city. But why? The simple answer is that the great metropolis has something to offer for everyone.

The German capital offers not only cultural highlights, but also a trendy scene locations. Berlin combines history with modernity.  Berlin is a city with a great cultural diversity at every corner. Compared to other big cities like London, Paris and New York, Berlin is very affordable. 

Furthermore, Berlin is the most innovative city in Germany. There are also many international artists in Berlin. Berlin is a true melting pot and many creative artists come together here. At the end of the day, Berlin is a combination of nature, history, art, culture, atmosphere and entertainment together, all in one place. 

 

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Top 5 places to see what remains of the Berlin Wall

Top 5 places to see what remains of the Berlin Wall
Remains of the Berlin Wall

To this day, the Berlin Wall remains one of the most powerful symbols of the Cold War. On 13th of August 1961, the Communist government of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) began to build the Berlin Wall between East and West Berlin. The official purpose of the Berlin Wall was to keep Western from entering the GDR, but it primarily served the objective to stop citizens leaving. The Berlin Wall stood until 9th of November 1989, when the head of the Communist Party announced that citizens of the GDR could cross the border.

 

If you want to see more hidden gems along the Berlin Wall or around Berlin, check out my BertaWalks App.

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BertaWalks App: A Walking Tour through Berlin Prenzlauer Berg

BertaWalks App: A Walking Tour through Berlin Prenzlauer Berg
Walking through Prenzlauer Berg with BertaWalks

Prenzlauer Berg offers some of the cities perfect food and activities. Here you find recommendations arranged in a walks through Berlin’s  neighborhood Prenzlauer Berg. Let me take you on a walk and explore!

 

To make the choice a little easier for you, I have search for the hidden gems of Berlin Prenzlauer Berg and designed a walk for you. The entire walking tour and even more crafted walking tours through Berlin can be discovered in my BertaWalks App or in my BertaBerlin map for Berlin. If you want to stay up to date, register for my BertaBerlin newsletter! For now I would like to introduce you to five spots of my walking tour through.

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Top 5 cafes in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg

Prenzlauer Berg, also known as "Prenzlberg," transformed itself after reunification into a trendy district and then into a well-situated family district. Trendy cafés, pubs, restaurants, bars and clubs turn day into night and also make the district a tourist magnet. The areas around Kollwitzplatz and Helmholtzplatz are particularly popular. The district is the largest contiguous area of old Wilhelminian-style buildings in Germany. Discover the cozy cafés in that area and know where to rest after a great walk through the picturesque squares and streets with thoroughly renovated blocks of houses, along with green spaces with playgrounds.

 

To make the choice a little easier for you, we have searched for the hidden gems of Berlin Prenzlauer Berg in my BertaWalks App I will also design a walking tour through Berlin Prenzlauer Berg for you. If you want to stay up to date, register for my BertaBerlin newsletter! For now I would like to introduce you to my Top 5 cafes in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg

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Walk along the Berlin Wall

Walk along the Berlin Wall
Join the walk at the Berlin Wall

To this day, the Berlin Wall remains one of the most powerful symbols of the Cold War. On the 13th of August 1961, the Communist government of the German Democratic Republic (GDR) began to build the Berlin Wall between East and West Berlin. The official purpose of the Berlin Wall was to keep Western from entering the GDR, but its primary objective was to stop citizens leaving. The Berlin Wall stood until the 9th of November 1989, when the head of the Communist Party announced that citizens of the GDR could cross the border. 

 

If you want to do the whole walk,

you can download the App BertaWalks!

Checkpoint Charlie

 

Checkpoint Charlie is located on the corner of Friedrichstraße and Zimmerstraße, in the center of Berlin. At this point of the Berlin Wall, guards had to register the crossing of American, British and French before they travelled to East Berlin. Today it is only a reminder of the former border crossing.

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Top 5 places in Berlin Schöneberg

In 1963, Schöneberg was the center of the political West, which John F. Kennedy chose for his famous words "I am a Berliner."

Times have changed and today you will find a modern flair and many exclusive stores, little art galleries, Italian or French delicatessens, nice cafés and wine stores.

 

To make the choice a little easier for you, we have searched for the hidden gems of Berlin Schöneberg. in my BertaWalks App I will also design a walking tour through Berlin Schöneberg for you. If you want to stay up to date, register for my BertaBerlin newsletter! For now I would like to introduce you to my Top 5 places in Berlin Schöneberg

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Top 5 Vietnamese restaurants in Berlin

Berlin is home to a vibrant and delicious food-scene. Restaurants serving cuisine from all over the globe line the streets in this city, but whilst we all may have our favourite dinner go-to spots, it’s always great to get to discover something new. Over the past few weeks, I’ve been scouring the best Vietnamese cuisine in Berlin so that I can bring my top 5 restaurants to you! From bamboo hut interiors to outside dining and helpful and friendly staff, keep reading to support a local business and find your new favourite date-night spot!

 

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Top 5 ice cream stores in Berlin

Find yourself searching for an ice cream store in Berlin or even two ice cream stores ;)? No worries, I am always looking for the hidden gems in Berlin. This year I found awesome ice cream stores all around Berlin, some of which are also reveal in my PlayBerlin map for parents and children or my district BertaBerlin maps. I hope you enjoy the selection! For now here is the Top 5 of ice cream store in Berlin.

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Top 5 awesome places in Berlin Wedding

Top 5 awesome places in Berlin Wedding
Have a picnic in Berlin Wedding

To make the choice a little easier for you, we have searched for the hidden gems of Berlin Wedding. in my BertaWalks App I will also design a walking tour through Berlin Wedding for you. If you want to stay up to date, register for my BertaBerlin newsletter! For now I would like to introduce you to my Top 5 awesome spots in Berlin Wedding.

Silent Green Kulturquartier

 

The Silent Green Kulturquartier is a former crematorium. Although the site is surrounded by an urn cemetery and the former chimney towers visibly from afar, its neoclassical building ensemble with its eight-sided courtyard, its simple gate and the greenery of its lawn in the entrance area remain very inviting to the public. Today, its former mourning hall has become a concert hall very famous throughout Berlin for its acoustics. The venue regularly hosts readings and even hosts the Berlin International Literature Festival. During Corona, late summer picnic concerts were held in collaboration with partner Café MARS. Each visitor received, in addition to his picnic package and a blanket, a pair of headphones, before then began to listen deeply relaxed to the music and to follow the birds dreaming in their flight of fancy...

 

Gerichtstraße 35, 13347 Berlin (Wedding), +49 30 12 08 22 100, mars@silent-green.net, www.mars-berlin.net, Mon–Fr 12:00–18:00, Sat–Sun 10:00–17:00, pic by Elsa Goulko

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Top 5 awesome spots in Berlin Neukölln

Top 5 awesome spots in Berlin Neukölln
Awesome green spot in Berlin Neukölln

To make the choice a little easier for you, I have search for the hidden gems of Berlin Neukölln. in my BertaWalks App I also design a walking tour through Berlin Neukölln for you and in my BertaBerlin map about Neukölln you can find even more tips. If you want to stay up to date, register for my BertaBerlin newsletter! For now I would like to introduce you to five spots in Berlin Neukölln.

Körnerpark in Berlin Neukölln

 

Resembling a palace garden, Körnerpark is often used for free concerts and performances during summer weekends. It looks a little like a Charlottenburg garden in Neukölln. Here you also find the Zitronencafé, which offers picnic baskets to sit down in lawn close by the fountain.

 

Schierker Straße 8, 12051 Berlin (Neukölln), +49 30 56 82 99 99, www.esskultur-berlin.de, Station: U7, U8, S41, S42, S45, S46, S47 Neukölln, pic by Alina Rudya

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BertaWalks App: A Walking Tour through Berlin Friedrichshain

BertaWalks App: A Walking Tour through Berlin Friedrichshain
Walking through Friedrichshain with BertaWalks

Berlin Friedrichshain offers some of the cities best food, nightlife and entertainment. Here you find nine recommendations arranged in a walks (from breakfast til cocktail at night) through Berlin’s most creative neighborhoods. Let me take you on a journey and explore all aspects of daily life in vibrant Friedrichshain!

 

To make the choice a little easier for you, I have search for the hidden gems of Berlin Friedrichshain and designed a walk for you. The entire walking tour and even more crafted walking tours through Berlin can be explored in my BertaWalks App or in my BertaBerlin map for Berlin. If you want to stay up to date, register for my BertaBerlin newsletter! For now I would like to introduce you to five of the twelve recommendations of my walking tour through Friedrichshain, Berlin.

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Top 5 book stores in Berlin Neukölln

Top 5 book stores in Berlin Neukölln
Picture Books in Berlin Neukölln

Even Amazon has heeded to the public’s desire to run their fingers over real paperbacks in real book stores. In Berlin Neukölln, however, I will mainly focus on the smaller, quainter book stores, somewhere you can read away an afternoon surrounded by an ambient buzz while warmed by several cups of tea. Join me as I am hunting down the 'Top 5 book stores in Berlin Neukölln'.

Picture Books

 

This lovely book store offers a first-class selection of new, picture-perfect books on photography, design, art, architecture, Berlin and cooking from around the world. They place a special emphasis on illustrated children's books. Their assortment consists mainly of remainders and returns from international publishers at significantly reduced prices. In addition, there are individual new publications that they consider to be exceptional. 

 

Friedelstraße 26, 12047 Berlin (Neukölln), +49 30 62 73 25 43, www.picturebooksberlin.com, Station: U8 Schönleinstraße

 

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Top 5 restaurants in Berlin Friedrichshain

Alicia and I are still loving our original "Top 5 restaurant recommendations for Friedrichshain", but thought it is high time to recommend five more restaurants, as Friedrichshain is such a vibrant place for eating out. You can basically eat your way through the entire world in this part of the city (and then have a good drink or hit the clubs afterwards) and we encourage you to do so whenever you’re around.

 

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Top 5 breakfast box during lockdown

When birthday parties and bar hangs aren’t possible during the novel coronavirus lockdown, care packages can be one way to pass along some joy to loved ones. And with no more dine-in service, many local restaurants and cafes are supplementing their business by offering boxed breakfast sets to boost sales during the corona. Whether sending somebody — or yourself — a pick-me-up treat, here are a few breakfast boxes  that may feel more celebratory than a standard grocery order. See our "Top 5 breakfast boxes during lockdown" below. 

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BertaWalks App: A Walking Tour through Charlottenburg

BertaWalks App: A Walking Tour through Charlottenburg
Walking through Charlottenburg with BertaWalks

Discover the culture, museums and culinary highlights of Charlottenburg. From cafés to shops, sights, restaurants, bars and more, you will find boundless options for every budget with my BertaWalks App and in this case the walking tour Berlin Charlottenburg.

 

To make the choice a little easier for you, I have search for the hidden gems of Berlin Charlottenburg and designed a walk for you. The entire walking tour and even more crafted walking tours through Berlin can be explored in my BertaWalks App or in my BertaBerlin map for Berlin Charlottenburg. If you want to stay up to date, register for my BertaBerlin newsletter! For now I would like to introduce you to five of the twelve recommendations of my walking tour through Charlottenburg, Berlin.

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Top 5 virtual museums in Berlin

Top 5 virtual museums in Berlin
Virtual through the Kupferstichkabinett

Take a virtual tour of these Berlin museums from home

Stuck inside? You can still experience some of Berlin’s best cultural offerings from your couch! Berliners are spending more time at home than likely ever before, as the novel coronavirus pandemic has led to limitations. But many museums have risen to the challenge, providing virtual tours to their collections. In a challenging time, these virtual tours offer a ways to stay entertained and connected to the city’s incredible cultural offerings. Below, find a list of what’s available from various museums in Berlin.

Virtual tour through the Kupferstichkabinett

 

The Kupferstichkabinett houses a universe of "art on paper" with masterpieces ranging from Sandro Botticelli to Albrecht Dürer, Rembrandt, Adolph Menzel and Vincent van Gogh, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner and Pablo Picasso to Andy Warhol and Gerhard Richter.

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Top 5 workshops in Berlin XI

 

As we are looking for things to do, I tried many new workshops to see, if I can start learning something new. Berlin offers many do-it-yourself workshops which I find really refreshing. From cooking and macramé workshop as well as creating bath balls: I've tried them all! I would definitely highly recommend workshops even for a gift. To put it in a nutshell, here are my Top 5 workshops in Berlin!

 

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Top 5 places in and around Berlin for a mini-break

We all yearn for utter escapism from time to time, right, and there’s something powerful about breaking up our monotonous weekly routines with micro-adventure. Just think about the last time you woke up somewhere different: the sense of anticipation for the day ahead, the feeling of contentment as you allowed yourself to unwind, and the satisfying exhaustion from a commitment-free day in the fresh air.

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Top 5 sushi restaurants in Berlin

Let’s face it, there are a couple of dishes that are hard to find in Berlin (looking at you, Indian cuisine!) and unfortunately high quality sushi is one of them. Although there are hundreds of restaurants that serve or deliver sushi (often together with other Asian cuisines like Vietnamese or Chinese… because Asian food is basically all the same, right?), most of them severely disappointed due to their dry, tasteless rice, low quality fish or overboard use of cream cheese. I felt even worse about them after visiting Japan, but there are a couple of outstanding places that definitely scratch my “I-miss-Tokyo-so-much” itch.

 

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Best Things to Do on Valentine's Day in Berlin

Every year, when February 14 – Valentine’s Day – comes around, Berliners ask themselves the same question: What are the best things I can do on Valentine's Day in Berlin, to make this day special? If you are spending Valentine’s Day in Berlin, you’ll have plenty of options! See my favorite romantic recommendations below.

 

PS: Berlin is the Germany's singles capital, so no needs to feel left out on Valentine's Day. If you aren't in the mood for roses and hearts, you could spend this day with your friends or treat yourself too ;).

 

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Top 5 places for breakfast in Berlin

Top 5 places for breakfast in Berlin
CoffeeBerlin Map, pic by Miriam Kaulbasch

Berlin is a culinary surprise bag. This is also true for breakfast. Whether hearty, cosy, trendy, or traditional: It has something for every taste and every time of day (or night!). Here are a few of my favorite breakfast cafés: Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. It is also a meal that many Berliners skip. This is a shame because so many cafes in the German capital create and do some amazing things before 11:00. Whether it's with a civilized traditional breakfast, bagels with extraordinary toppings or outrageously good banana pancakes, here's my 'Top 5 places for breakfast in Berlin' - where to start a day off right. Affordable, creative or straightforward. If you want to have more coffee recommendations check out my CoffeeBerlin map.

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Top 5 prenatal yoga classes - online

Top 5 prenatal yoga classes - online
YogaBerlin Map, pic by Maria Dominika

Moms-to-be can find their center during calming prenatal yoga classes designed just for them at studios throughout the city. Due to Corona I would like to introduce you to my favorite online yoga classes. There's no doubt that Berlin is a lovely place to raise a family, but city life can be a lot to handle when you're expecting. Luckily, future moms looking for a yoga retreat have some incredible prenatal yoga classes to choose from. These yoga studios provide stretching and breathing exercises to prepare women for labor, plus a much-needed dose of relaxation. Affordable, creative or straightforward. If you want to have more yoga studio recommendations check out my YogaBerlin map.

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Top 5 coworking spaces in Hamburg

Where can I do some coworking in Hamburg? A question that people asked me quite a bit in the last few month. This is why I met with the Die Techniker. To find your perfect coworking space in Hamburg we created this map with coworking spaces, partly accessible with day tickets as well as partly open during the weekend. In this article you will find our "Top 5 coworking spaces in Hamburg". More recommendations can be found on our free Hamburg Coworking Map, just order it.

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Top 5 workshops in Berlin X

 

As we are looking for things to do, I tried many new workshops to see, if I can start learning something new. Berlin offers many do-it-yourself workshops which I find really refreshing. From cooking and composting workshop as well as creating your on skincare: I've tried them all! I would definitely highly recommend workshops even for a gift. To put it in a nutshell, here are my Top 5 workshops in Berlin!

 

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The Best Delivery Restaurants in Berlin

The Best Delivery Restaurants in Berlin
Order an Italian pizza from Zola

As restaurants in Berlin had to close during the lockdown, they also adapt quickly and offer takeaway and delivery service now. As I want to support local businesses in this case restaurants in Berlin, I wanted to give you five recommendations where to order. In this article I ordered food with WOLT and tried several Berlin restaurants!. Read on for food from awesome delivery restaurants in Berlin during corona.

 

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Things to do in Berlin during corona

things to do in Berlin during corona
Strolling through Britzer Garten

 

There's more to do in Berlin now than there's been since the 'hard' spring lockdown, including leaving the shops open in Berlin open (this time). This article shows you activities in Berlin, which are still possible; including a number of places where you can eat outside and get a coffee to go. Read on for things to do in Berlin during corona.

 

Britzer Garten in Berlin

 

The Britzer Garten is a large park in the south of Berlin, named after Britz. Especially now it is very recommendable, as it is a little further of than other parks ;). The park offers nature and garden architecture like rose garden and rhododendron woods, playgrounds, lakes and hills as well as multicolored flower patches, perfekt for a walk to calm yourself from the week. In the garden you will find a "Café am See" and "Britzer Museumsbahn" railroad, which runs on a narrow-gauge track through the garden.

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