I just returned from my second visit to Berlin in the last few years, and this time I went with a list. A list of places that I most want to visit in the city. This is a collection of historical sites, shops, nightlife venues, and cultural and historical sites in the city.
My intention when creating this map was to list all of my intended destinations onto a Google map, and then walk or cycle around the city hitting places that are in proximity to my current location. While hitting these spots though, I noticed that Google Maps on iPhone does not support custom maps like this, so I had to use Google Maps through Safari on my iPhone. So if you are in Berlin and referring to this custom map, save yourself some time and access the map through Safari and not through Google Maps.
Below is a list of places on this map, which were mostly recommended to me by friends who are local to Berlin. It includes some tourist sites, like Badeschiff, the Reichstag building, Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Zoo.
More Info on These Places
There are 35 places listed in total, divided into four different categories which are color-coded:
- Historical sites: yellow
- Local culture sites: green
- Nightlife: blue
- Shops: orange
A ping pong bar located in Prenzlauer Berg, in Northcentral Berlin. Started by an American guy named Oliver from Sante Fe, New Mexico almost 15 years ago. Grungy atmosphere and a round-table style of ping pong play, featuring a DJ on most nights, many of which who only play vinyl. Official website
One of the most famous clubs in the world, and notoriously difficult to get into. 2/3 of people who will queue at this club for hours will be turned away by the bouncers, who are famously strict about who is allowed inside. The club is located in an industrial region of the city and is made out of a former power plant in Friedrichshain, near the Berlin Ostbahnhof railway station. This place hosts 72-hour long parties and is known as one of the hearts of debauchery in Berlin nightlife. Judgement of any kind is sternly frowned upon in Berghain. Look at your cell phone inside Berghain and you risk being ejected. Take a photo and you will certainly be removed. Features mostly techno music, which is the foundational bedrock of the German electronic music scene. Official website
Computer Game Museum
Opened several years ago, the Computer Game Museum pays tribute to the last three decades of interactive gaming. The museum features every console you can imagine and tells the story behind the creators of PC and console games, from the original Sim City to Street Fighter II and Starcraft. The museum features small, curated “rooms” which emulate retro game settings, like a 1990’s teenagers bedroom with beanbags, a CRT television, and an original Playstation with Crash Bandicoot. You can sit down, chill out, and play these old games in these carefully curated environments, which have things like Nirvana and Madonna posters on the wall. Entrance is 8 euros. Official website
White Trash Fast Food
A greasy spoon American-style restaurant built out of a carefully created Mad Max-like environment. The restaurant is half indoor and half outdoor, and the entrance goes through an old and rusted school bus. Everything about the restaurant is designed to offend you, like the Fuck You French Fries and signs which say “Everything is dirtier than it looks”. Has the best hamburgers in Berlin and features a drink called the Radler, which is locally brewed beer mixed with Sprite in a beer stein, garnished with a lemon slice. Official website
This is my first time making a map like this of my favorite destinations in a city, but I think I’ll do this again. Perhaps in Seattle or London, which I hope to visit within the next few months.