Berlin is a really popular European city for tourists from all around the world. This is due to many reasons. It is cheap, hip and even a wonderful location for a solo female traveler. You can easily enjoy countless beautiful travel destinations, outstanding dishes in restaurants, learn hidden details about history and much more.
As expected, the fact that Berlin is popular automatically means that many of the top tourist spots are crowded. Due to this, you might want to experience some of the hidden Berlin, the one that locals know and tourists often miss. Below you can find some of the most interesting hidden gems in the capital of Germany. Consider them for a different getaway.
Park Inn By Radisson – Base Flying
Berlin is not the first city you think about when you plan an adventure trip but if this is what you want, you want to check out the Park Inn By Radisson towers in Alexanderplatz. After you sign a waiver and you pay around 80 EUR, you are taken to the top floors. There, you can admire incredible views but you do this as you are strapped in for a fall of over 400 feet. As a disclaimer, most people scream during the jump.
The Boros Collection is a bunker that was built in the year 1942. Nazis created it as an air-raid shelter. Ever since World War II, the bunker was used for countless things, ranging from a techno club to a military prison owned by Russia.
Nowadays, the Boros Collection was reclaimed. It can be visited to check out modern art collections and enjoy the actual structure. Tours have to be booked in advance and the destination can only be accessed during weekends.
Berliner Unterwelten – Underground Tour
Berliner Unterwelten is a non-profit organization that arranges trips for visitors underneath Berlin. Basically, you are taken through a labyrinth of unexpected caverns, tunnels and bunkers. The tour is fascinating since you get to see places that many residents do not even know exist.
Local guides are taking you underground and show you escape tunnels used when people were trying to flee during the Berlin Wall historical chapter. During the trip, you are told about people that actually managed to escape by going under the wall and about ways in which the secret police managed to stop others. The experience is only made better by the presence of some unique photos ranging from the era.
Berlin Wall Documentation Center
The Bernauer Strasse is a beautiful street in Mitte that takes you to a rather unknown museum related to the Berlin Wall. This street was actually divided thanks to the Berlin Wall being built and so many of the houses here were used to escape West Berlin. Tourists can enjoy the Berlin Wall History Mile and need to stop at the Berlin Wall Documentation Center because it features interesting exhibitions. In addition, there is a viewing platform that allows you to see the “death strip” that was built between West and East Berlin (reconstructed).
Tempelhof Airport is just 15 minutes away from the center of Berlin if you take a bike and is rarely included in tours. The airport is not operational anymore since it closed as Tegel Airport became more popular. As a result, a huge 3 million square feet complex remained vacant, after a short stint as a commercial airport and a military airport.
Nowadays, Tempelhof Airport should be visited because it is a huge event center and city park. Anyone can visit and have a lot of unexpected fun.
Last but not least, if you went for some base jumping at the Park Inn, you should also consider the Panorama Terrace. It is a bar that gives you incredible views of the city. It is a secret spot since mostly locals visit and you will have to pay to enter. However, drinks are cheap and you can take pictures that you will always appreciate.