Sunday is one of my favorite days to spend in Berlin, especially in Summer. The city gains a life of itself and there’s so much to do and see, to discover and explore. Berlin is immense and it looks like there’s always something new to try out. So what better way of getting to know this city than through a native’s point of view? Today I’m having a Berliner over packmahome to guide us through a perfect Sunday!
Yes, you read that right! I told you I had something big prepared for today 😉 For the first time in packamhome’s history I’m having a guest blogger taking over. I can’t express how happy and excited I am about this collaboration! Nico is the blogger behind Berlin and Other Stories, where she writes about productivity, motivation, lifestyle and, of course, this wonderful city!
When we met and I realized she was from Berlin I immediately thought about collaborating with her but I was too afraid of starting a conversation. Not that I am shy, I just didn’t know how this blog posts exchange worked, I’m a newbie, I know… But then she just proposed this collaboration and I was so relieved and happy!
So please let me introduce you my guest blogger…
Hi there, my name is Nico and I am 23 years young. I’ve been born and bred in Berlin, Germany, which is also the city you’ll most likely be finding me in. I just got out of College, where I studied brand management and advertising. I am also the owner of BERLIN AND OTHER STORIES, a blog about productivity and lifestyle topics with a pinch of Berlin adventures.
And now let’s go straight to her guide of a well spent Sunday in Berlin. Grab HERE the map Nico prepared for us and just enjoy your stroll!
The perfect Sunday stroll in Berlin
Berlin has two faces – a grey grumpy frown in winter and an infectious smile in the summer. With the sun finally showing itself again and presenting Berlin with the potential of a beautiful summer, it is the perfect opportunity to explore what the city has to offer. It’s time to switch from Netflix and chill to Mauerpark and grill. If you too are thrilled by Berlin and its marvelous summer then I have a great treat for you:
Join me out and about to find the perfect spots for the perfect Sunday stroll in Berlin!
Berlin is made for walking – Use your feet!
The best way to experience Berlin is by just walking around. Of course, you should know approximately where you want to go, but in the end, it doesn’t matter how you do it or where you finally end up. And that’s exactly what I did. The first thing I saw today was the sunshine outside and I instantly knew: It is the perfect day to just wander around and maybe even get a little bit lost. Check out my favourite hotspots along the way, that took me through three districts of Berlin: Mitte, Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain.
The kick off point of our tour is the little harbour at Märkisches Ufer, that provides you with a beautiful view of the Fernsehturm.
Heading a little bit further east you pass the East Side Gallery. It is a former section of the Berlin Wall and one of Berlin’s most popular sights. After the fall of the Wall, artists have turned it into the largest open-air gallery in the world with over one hundred paintings.
From there you can already see another one of Berlin’s most famous attractions, the Oberbaum Bridge. The bridge once divided East from West Berlin. Today the area around it is and is mostly known as the party area of Berlin.
A quick walk over the Oberbaum bridge takes you to the district of Kreuzberg where you can spend a whole day just wandering around and explore. But we turn around and head east onto Warschauer Straße, right into the middle of the dirstrict Friedrichshain.
A great spot to visit on the way is the Urban Spree gallery, an artistic space dedicated to urban cultures through exhibitions, artist residencies, DIY workshops, concerts, an art store and a large Biergarten. The exhibitions are usually for free and you can visit them Tuesday until Sunday from 12-19 pm.
We move on through the area of RAW, a graffiti-slathered ground that has been a thriving off-beat sociocultural centre for creatives of all stripes for a long time. Fleamarkets, food markets, clubs, an indoor skate park, a swimming pool club and a bunker-turned-climbing-wall, you can get it all at the RAW.
Remember when I said I wanted to get a little bit lost on? When I left the RAW area to head to the other side of the street I just started wandering around from one little street to the next, from one little shop into another and I got inspired on the way by all the little artsy things.
Enough walking now, let’s eat! I’m hungry… for burgers. And as it happens, one of the best burger places in Berlin is just around the corner: The Burgeramt. When you go there during the weekend you probably have to bring some time since it is usually packed with people. But trust me – the food is worth waiting for.
With your tummy full of burgers and sweet potato fries you are ready to head over to the numerous clubs and bars the district of Friedrichshain has to offer.
I hope you enjoyed the route and the places I suggested. Go out and check for yourself if you love them as much as I do. Comment below if I have left out an utterly must-see along the road or reveal your favourite spots for a perfect Sunday stroll in Berlin.
All photos are Nico’s, from Berlin and Other Stories. Thank you so much for guiding us through your awesome city!