Berlin has two faces – a grey grumpy frown in winter and an infectious smile in the summer. Now the seemingly endless murky season seems to be finally over and the first lights of sunshine bravely fight their way through the thick layers of dark clouds over the city. The upcoming long Easter weekend with its sunny weather forecast is the perfect opportunity to explore what Berlin has to offer. It’s time to switch from Netflix and chill to Mauerpark and grill. If you too are thrilled by these first signs of spring in Berlin then I have a great treat for you:
Today’s guest author, my dear friend Mona went out and about to find the perfect spots for a nice easter Sunday 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 wander along, 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 last week. The first thing I saw when I woke up was the sunshine outside and I instantly knew: Today I just want to 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.
Kick off point of the tour was the little harbour at Märkisches Ufer, where you have a really 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 bridge on the west side takes you to the district of Kreuzberg where you can spend a whole day wandering around and explore. But we turn around again and head east over the bridge onto Warschauer Straße and right into the middle of 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 often for free and you can visit from 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 in one spot.
Remember when I said I wanted to get a little bit lost on this trip? It happened when I left the RAW area to head to the other side of the street. From there I had no idea where I wanted to go, so I just went from one street to the next, from one little shop into another and I got inspired by all the little artsy things on the way.
Enough of walking now, I’m hungry… for burgers. And as it happens, there is one of the best burger places in Berlin just around the corner. The Burgeramt. When you go there during the weekend you probably have to wait some time until you get a place inside. 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 agree with me or not. Comment below if I have left out an utterly must-see along the road or reveal your favourite spots for a perfect easter Sunday in Berlin. And if you need to get some work done during the long weekend then check out our tips on how to stay productive on your day off!