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10 Things To Do In Berlin In Autumn

published on 2013-10-22 by Sara
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1. Take A Herbstspaziergang

The famous German Spaziergang is a very important part of our culture, and spazieren gehen amidst golden trees is a prerogative of Berlins tree lined roads and parks.  Südgelände, for example, is a wonderful area to take your dog to or to just watch graffiti sprayers take turns on the Hall of Fame. If that seems too far out of your way, try the Tiergarten or a stroll on the Landwehrkanal through Kreuzberg.

2. Visit The Gemäldegalerie

Bright, warm sunshine and colorful leaves aren’t always guaranteed. Autumn in Berlin can be a fickle thing. When it rains, it pours. Thankfully, there are plenty of cultural institutions to keep your moral up! I can highly recommend the Gemäldegalerie. This museum of paintings has an incredible range of exhibitions, and in general, I find that huge paintings give me a lot to look at – especially when it’s not contemporary, but historical art. Museums like the Gemäldegalerie transfer me to other cultural capitals of Europe – Paris, Madrid, Roma, and catapult me into different historical eras.


3. See A Movie

We deeply love the Neues Off cinema on Hermannstraße and the Eiszeitkino in Kreuzberg. Kino International, Odeon and Intimes are also on the list of pretty movies with interesting (and mostly in original languages) titles.

4. Have Oysters And Champagne At KaDeWe

On Saturday afternoon, many Berliners of all classes and colors like to indulge in Oysters and Champagne at KaDeWe. This decadent treatment has been a tradition since 1907. The Oysters are known to be the freshest in town on the 6th floor of the premium department store and historical icon KaDeWe. Here, more than half a million oysters, 23000 lobsters and 2800kg of caviar are consumed per year[1.] Autumn in Berlin is as good as time as any to chug down the bubbly, but when it’s cold, you can find refuge in Westberlin.

5. Visit The Baltic Sea 

It’s off-season. Schools have started again, and most people are saving up their vacation days for Christmas. Now is the time to pay the Baltic Sea a visit; not necessarily to dive into the cold waters, but to find peace and calm on a short trip to the ocean. You’ll have the beach, and the apocalyptic weather, all to yourself. Hiddensee is a wonderful island (at any time of the year). If you’re looking for an upscale hotel with spa, Schloss Gamehl should cater to your needs (better to have a car if you want to stay here, though).

6. Explore The Indoor Fleamarket at Arena

If you’re looking to strike a bargain, you’re in the right place. You can waste endless hours scoring for furniture, electronics, knick-knacks and even old fur coats. Although you won’t find a lot of fashionable stuff here, you’ll definitely enjoy the eerie experience.


7. Visit the Peristal Singum.

It’s best not to Google it and if you do, refrain from watching any videos or pictures. It will spoil the fun. All the info you need: the Wilde Renate Club is more than it seems to be, and a collective of artists have built something that goes beyond art and is more like a completely different world. You’ll need a couple of hours and 10 Euro to enter. More info on opening times here. Closed.

8. Visit the Pfaueninsel

The Pfaueninsel is wonderful in the summer, but in the fall, it transcends beauty: how eerily alone you will feel on this small island, with only uncanny peacocks to keep you company…

9. Visit the Stasimuseum

Dive deeply into Berlins GDR history with a visit to the Stasimuseum. Here, the old ministry of state security has been kept in its original state. It’s not only informative (if you care to read the texts), it also captures really well the atmosphere – provided by the architecture and interior of the building – of the times before the fall of the Berlin Wall. It’s as close to time travel as it can get!

10. Drink In A Kneipe

There are many special bars nowadays in Berlin, all catering to the fine arts of mixology. But if you want to get down with cozy, interesting people who only care about having a drink in front of them, you should hit a traditional Kneipe. A few suggestions off the top of my head: Die Oase (Kreuzberg), Der Magendoktor (Wedding), Simone’s Bierstube (Neukölln). You can find out where they are, but I don’t mean to direct you there specifically. I mean there are many Kneipen around Berlin and it’s nice to get in touch with the neighborhood by sharing a beer with the locals here. They’re usually nice, also loud and they can party harder than you – promise.

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