Berlin - suggestions?
I'm travelling to Berlin this weekend! I've been before and already done the main touristy things. I'll be meeting up with friends, but I'll have a few hours after I land on Friday to do some sight-seeing on my own.
What can you recommend? I was looking at some obscure museums or good parks or markets etc... if there was a tour or something I could practice German as well.
Oh man, there are so many things you could do in Berlin! Hmm, what about visiting the Berlin undergrounds?
Depending on the tour you choose, it can be somewhat historical information, interesting and surely not mainstream. And you can hear many German during the tour! :-) There are different tours and they are also provided in English.
And not so "Berlin", but what do you think about visiting a "Dinner in the Dark"?
And what about a boulder session?
I have no suggestions for Berlin specifically, but I can recommend guided tours in general for language practice. It's a fun way to get some exposure to a language on "easy mode": both the material and the delivery will probably be clearer than in a typical conversation, and you have contextual cues to help fill in any gaps in your vocabulary.
The Gaerten der Welt is a beautiful park, and a little out of the way (though easy enough to get to by tram/bus). https://gruen-berlin.de/gaerten-der-welt
It's a giant collection of many different styles of garden/park. They just opened a new one I think, and the Internationale Garten Ausstellung is going on right now, so there might be extra things going on.
Mauerpark flea market is enormous and great, good for practicing German. I'm not sure what days it runs, though.
There's a great farmer's market in Boxhagener Platz on Saturday mornings, offering a lot of different and DELICIOUS (!) ethnic foods (and flowers!) Also a great place to chat with vendors. :) (There's also The Breakfast Market. . . which is Chelsea Market / Grand Central Market-esque. Sehr lecker!)
Also, speaking of food, my two favorites during my visit were Babel (Middle Eastern) and Zula Cafe (a hummus cafe) which are both in Prenzlauer Berg.
There's also a pretty / bustling street with cafes and shops along Bergmannstraße, starting west of Friesenstraße. (Kreuzberg, I believe. . .)
The Neurotitan Shop & Gallery is also fun too (Mitte) if you like browsing comic books. There's also cool buildings / graffiti art in the area.
Ahh. I'm so jealous you're going. . . Berlin is amazing.
Wagenpark Lohmühle und ehemalige NSA-Listening Station auf dem Teufelsberg.
Beides übrigens auch tolle Orte für Fotografen.