Germany’s capital, Berlin is one of those cities that just has a unique, cool vibe to it. With its mix of historic buildings, cutting edge art scene and world-renowned nightlife, it’s easy to see why visitors fall in love with this amazing city. I have visited a few times now and I can honestly say I haven’t tired of it yet. The laid-back culture makes it one of those places that has me going back time and time again.
When it comes to finding the best place to stay during your stay, as you can imagine, there is no shortage of choice in the city. For me, I like staying in apart hotels or serviced accommodation. The great thing about these suites, is that they offer the luxury of a hotel but have all the convenience of staying at home. So, if you are in the city for more than a few days, you don’t get that cramped feeling of being in a confined hotel room.
Do you have a trip to Berlin coming up and are wandering what to get up to while you’re there? Whatever reason takes you to Berlin, be it business or pleasure, you should make the most of your trip and see as much of the city as you can. Read on my suggestions of things to see and do while you’re in Berlin in September.
If you are going to be in the city between the 20th September and the 13th October, don’t miss out in Oktoberfest. Why not get into the spirit of things and dress up, believe me, you will not be alone. In fact, it is encouraged that you slip on your lederhosen or dirndl and join in on the Bavarian fun, you’ll be glad you did. However, if dressing up is not your thing, don’t worry, it’s not mandatory, you’ll have a blast regardless. Remember to pace yourself though, you don’t want to ruin the rest of your trip because you overdid it with the beer!
Mauerpark is the social hart of the city. Here you’ll see locals taking it easy on their days off. There are plenty of outdoor cafés to grab a drink or have a bite to eat. But if the sun is shining, go prepared with a picnic and pop a squat on the grass, it’s a lovely way to spend an afternoon and watch the world go by.
This beautiful park is also home to the biggest and best Sunday flea market. People flock here to pick up a bargain on everything from rare vinyl to vintage clothes. It’s also the venue to the popular weekly outdoor singing session, Bearpit Karaoke. Thousands of wannabe singers make their way to the park to have a go on the mic.
I can’t imagine you can think of Berlin without the image of Brandenburg Gate popping up. This iconic site was once used as one of the Berlin Wall crossings as well as a site of celebration when the wall fell. Nowadays, visitors from all over the world visit the stunning 18th century monument that now symbolises a reunited Berlin.
Brandenburg Gate is also a great starting point if you are looking to discover sights in the surrounding area. Such as:
- the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
- the Reichstag – the German Bundestag
- Unter den Linden boulevard
- the Victory Column (Siegessäule)
- Tiergarten Park
East Side Gallery
The East Side Gallery is the longest single segment of the Berlin Wall that is still remaining. Now featuring striking artwork by over 100 artists from 21 countries. The eye-catching artworks show political commentary as well as messages of peace and love. As you can imagine, it can get extremely busy with lots of people stopping to take photos, so I would recommend planning out your day and going late afternoon.
I hope you enjoy your trip!