The unofficial national dish
There is no escaping the currywurst in Berlin with over 800 million plates served every year across the country, over 100 million of them in Berlin alone. Currywurst is good year round but the spicier sauce options make for a warming snack in autumn. Invented in the Charlottenburg neighbourhood after the war, it has become a must try to complete any trip to Berlin. Some of the best can be found right where it was invented in Charlottenburg at Curry 36. Or visit the Deutsches Currywurst Museum near Checkpoint Charlie, a must-visit for any foodie or lover of pork.
The lungs of the city
Tiergarten is to Berlin as Hyde Park is to London and Central Park is to New York. The perfect place to escape the hustle and bustle of the city. In autumn the trees of the 519 acres park, slightly bigger than Hyde Park, turn it into a magical place full of colours and soft light. Aside from the tree lined paths and lawns, the park is also home to many memorials and cultural sights. Near the Brandenburg Gate, there is the Soviet war memorial and the Global Stone project. If you want to give your feet a break you can find Café am neuen See, on the shore of one of the lakes of the park. It offers a scenic beergarden and if the weather gets just a little too chilly you can warm yourself by the fire inside. For some culture head further into the park, on the banks of the River Spree you will find the arts and exhibition centre Haus der Kulteren der Welt.
Not only do you find five museums together on one island and can you visit them all with one ticket, the location itself is a UNESCO World Heritage site. The first museum build on the site is the Altes Museum, which opened in 1830 to give the general public access to the art collections of rulers and princes. The second was the Royal Prussian Museum, which was destroyed during the war and only rebuild in 1999. It is the home of the famous bust of the Ancient Egyptian queen Nefertiti. In 1876 the Alte Nationalgalerie was added. It’s architect was inspired by the Acropolis in Athens. The last two museums to be added to the island were the Bode Museum in 1904 and the Pergamon Museum in 1930. The latter is home to the breath-taking Pergamon Altar and Ishtar Gate. Where better to spend a rainy autumn day?
A meal with a view
Whether it is breakfast or dinner, who want a beautiful view while enjoying delicious food. In Berlin you can do so on a unique location: on top of the historic Reichstag building. The German Bundestag is the only parliamentary building in the world with a public restaurant. The Käfer Dachgarten-restaurant serves modern German cuisine with fresh, regional products for breakfast or dinner. Make sure to book at least 48 hours in advance and bring valid ID, due to the security measures for the Bundestag.
Bargains and caffeine
Get off the beaten track for a visit to the authentically restored Marheineke Market Hall. Inside the 2500 square meter hall, you’ll find stalls with organic and regional fresh food, such as meat, cheese, milk, bread, fish, juices, fruit and vegetables, as well as flowers, specialities from the Mediterranean and the Arabian Peninsula. There are also restaurants, a bookstore and crafts and services such as tailoring, shoemaking and locksmithing. On Saturdays and Sundays, there is a flea market right next to the Market Hall on Marheinekeplatz with great bargains on practical items, books, records, jewellery and toys. When you are done shopping be sure to visit one of the many neighbouring cafés or restaurants to relax and enjoy the atmosphere.