|Travel tips for wintery Berlin|
Cold or not, some sights just can't be missed on any first-time visit to Berlin:
Brandenburg Gate: the symbol of Berlin
Berlin Cathedral: Berlin's biggest church
The Reichstag: seat of the German Bundestag
TV Tower: the visitors' platform offers a breathtaking view of the city
Museums are a staple of urban sightseeing!
The Museum Island is a sight in itself with a listing as a UNESCO World Heritage site.
The Natural History Museum: A sensational new exhibit is thrilling visitors: the only Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton on display anywhere in Europe.
The Currywurst Museum: whimsical, delectable and typical for Berlin
Topography of Terror: an eye-opening, horrifying and informative exhibit on the crimes of the Nazi era
Berlin is a shopper's paradise. Here are some of the best places to shop:
Kurfürstendamm: Berlin's premier shopping boulevard
Bikini: a shopping center full of unusual little boutiques
Schlossstrasse: after Kurfürstendamm, it's one of Berlin's largest shopping boulevards
Mitte District: a big selection of little shops, from upcycling to high fashion
Food & Drink
Nothing helps fight the cold and damp like a layer of winter fat - easily and tastefully obtained in Berlin's vast selection of dining establishments. Increasingly popular is the vegan cuisine, to be found, among other places, here:
Chipps: a vegetarian restaurant with many vegan dishes on the menu
The Bowl: This restaurant serves vegan dishes with organic ingredients, all of them prepared strictly according to the Clean Eating concept.
Viasko: a vegan restaurant with soya gyros and gluten-free dishes
Vöner: Berlin is known for its kebab. It can be found here in a vegan edition.
Swimming in the lake and playing beach volleyball are winter activities only for a very hardy few. More popular for the colder days are:
Sledding down the Teufelsberg
Cross-country skiing on the Tempelhofer Feld
Climbing in the Magic Mountain Climbing Gym
Ice skating (there are several rinks around Berlin)
Berlin's nightlife is legendary, summer, winter, spring and fall. The colder outside, the hotter inside:
Simon-Dach-Strasse in Friedrichshain: the place to go bar hopping without going long distances in the cold. Here it's one pub after the other.
Rosenthaler Platz in Mitte: Bars with and without dance floors are concentrated here, for example: Mein Haus am See.
Berghain: Berlin's most famous club for the fetish-oriented. Not everyone gets through the door.
The Pearl and Felix: these two clubs are the places to go to party down in style.
And action! Here's a personal peek behind the scenes by Nicole Frölich.