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Hipmunk City Love: Exploring Berlin like a Local

Whether it’s the history or the party scene that brings you to Berlin, taking advantage of the vibrant city life is a must. With a population of 3.5 million, you’re sure to find something that sparks your interest from the local cuisine (like currywurst!) to the various street food markets. Of course, there are many must-see historical monuments and not-to-miss clubs for everyone’s first time visiting the German capital. So let us take you around Berlin like a local, sharing some of our favorite spots throughout the city.


As food is an important representation of any culture, we strive to bring readers the best eateries in every city. Graffiti decorates the walls at Kateschmaus inside and out, a domed ceiling and low lighting give the hip restaurant a cave-like ambiance while large windows let the natural light flow in. And the best part? Their outdoor rooftop patio gives customers views on the Spree River (as well as a power plant – but hey, beauty is in the eye of the beholder, right?). At night, the bar turns into a happening spot for locals and some tourists alike.


While most of the Spree River has beautiful and accessible land, even large parks to spend your sunny afternoons, there is one spot that’s even more interesting than the rest: Spreepark. Filled with so much history this park dates back to 1969 when it opened for German Democratic Republic’s 20th birthday, later to be abandoned and in and off the market for years. The contract keeps the park protected from being developed until 2061, and abandoned it remains. If you’re adventurous and get past the gates, you’re be welcomed by old roller coasters, life size animals and dinosaurs, and old amusement park buildings to explore.

Reichstag Dome / Breakfast

Make a reservation in advanced for breakfast at Käfer Rooftop Restaurant as they serve one of the best breakfasts in all of Berlin. For one of the best views (and meals!) start your morning right by visiting the Reichstag Dome. You’ll be able to see all of the parliamentary and government district from the rooftop dome. The building itself is a symbol of German unification and is a must visit while in the city. Don’t forget, while admission is free to enter the dome, advanced registration is required in order to keep capacity at a manager amount throughout the day.


Do like the locals and cool off during the heat waves in Berlin by diving into the floating public pool, Badeschiff. While the Spree River is too unsanitary for swimming, the city has created a safe environment for its locals to find some relief from the summer heat while surrounded by the river. The popular spot is made out of an old ship hull and is open every day from 8am until midnight. At the entrance, DJs typically spin near the bar – security does not allow for visitors to bring their own drinks, so make sure to bring some extra cash if you’d like to have a few drinks.

Image by Jan Venter via Trover.com



I'm a native of Maine, currently living and working in Portland where I write about my favorite travels and new experiences. I have been published on various travel blogs as well as have collaborated on writing projects with companies such as the travel search engine Hipmunk and Spanish hotel chain Bahia Principe. When I'm not writing, I enjoy being on the ocean, sipping tasty wines, waking up to strong coffee, and sharing all these things with my friends. You can follow my writing at www.nativeofthenorth.me

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