Our Guide to Visiting Berlin On Your OwnJun 29, 2017 10:00 am
Ready for your next big adventure? Check out our guide to visiting Berlin on your own!
Berlin is bound to mesmerise any visitor, and travelling solo offers the perfect opportunity to discover its hidden gems. In our guide to visiting Berlin solo we uncover the secrets of its vibrant culture, cutting-edge architecture and fabulous food.
Cycle around the city
Berlin is a perfect city to explore by bicycle. While the U-Bahn and S-Bahn are great for travelling large distances quickly, nothing beats getting on a bike and exploring the ins and outs of the city. There are many places you can rent one and some bicycle rental companies partner with hotels and hostels so you can hire one directly from your accommodation.
If you need to use the trains, ticket machines offer English-language options. Remember to validate your ticket before you get on the train. Ticket validation machines are found in the station or at the start of the platform.
Hostels are a great place to meet other like-minded travellers and make new friends. There are good hostels in every neighbourhood and some offer “family dinners” when everyone staying there comes together to eat. The beauty of travelling solo is that you don’t need to spend all your time with your fellow travellers, you can all do your own thing during the day and socialise when you want to. Locals are friendly too, so take a trip to the Landwehr Canal and you’ll find plenty of people keen to make friends.
Germany’s capital city is packed with tourist attractions, but to uncover some of its magic, visit some of the smaller and lesser-known art galleries on your Berlin solo travel experience. Scattered across the city, these galleries work with emerging artists. Their work is on display at the Freies Museum, at spaces in Potsdamer Strasse and in Kreuzberg.
Go at your own pace
Berlin has so much to see that you should take some time to plan what you want to visit. But even without a detailed itinerary, you’ll still have a great time in Berlin. Getting lost is part of the charm of travelling solo. Everywhere you turn there’s something that defines an aspect of Berlin’s culture. Take your time walking along the East Side Gallery, a stretch of the Berlin Wall that is covered in art. Or enjoy Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake) in one of the many cafés all over the city.
Lose yourself in Berlin
Berlin is full of hidden courtyards, fascinating people, tasty street food and much more. Allow yourself to get lost in the city and discover what makes Berlin’s heart beat. You don’t need to worry if you get too lost, the public transport is excellent and lots of Berliners speak English.
Join a walking tour
A walking tour gives you the chance to explore the city on foot. On a tour you’ll visit the majority of Berlin’s landmarks and gain an insight into life in the city. Insider Walking Tours are some of the most fascinating and insightful tours of Berlin and the tour is included in your Berlin Pass!
Locals recommend that you book ahead of time and climb to the top of the Reichstag dome in the parliamentary building. From here you can see a full panorama of the city with a great view of Brandenburg Gate, Potsdamer Platz and the Holocaust Memorial.
On Sundays, Mauerpark is the best place to experience Berlin’s atmosphere. At the weekly flea market, in addition to the stalls selling crafts, second-hand items and a huge variety of food vendors, there is outdoor karaoke! The crowds are very supportive if you fancy showing off your singing skills.
Breakfast for dinner
Locals love the 24-hour Schwarzes Café where you can eat breakfast at any time of day. The café has a cosy atmosphere with artwork spanning the walls of the two-floor establishment which was once frequented by David Bowie and other celebrities. Be sure to make time to try some of the city’s most iconic dishes, from currywurst to eisbein and more!
Berlin is a very safe city but you should always be aware of pickpockets who target the most touristy areas and attractions. Look out for your possessions, but don’t let safety distract you from exploring this great capital.
Berlin is a wonderful place to explore as a solo traveller. We hope you enjoy exploring the history and immersing yourself in its culture!