Sightseeing

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Shopping boulevard Ku'damm, with KaDeWe (Germany's answer to Harrods), the TV tower in Alexanderplatz, and the Reichstag. First-time visitors to Berlin could run the risk of "wasting" too much time on the standard sightseeing activities.
But if that's really what you're after… more information on these can be found here.
For those so inclined, all that we would add, is that we recommend bus lines 100 and 200 (e.g. from Alexanderplatz), as these are normal bus lines at the normal price, and will take you round almost all the main places of interest.

But for those who want to experience something more, here are some additional tips:

The districts which offer the most to young, dynamic table hockey aficionados like yourselves are Kreuzberg, Mitte and Prenzlauer Berg. So our tips will direct you mainly towards these areas. Now and then, we'll update and extend this page.


Cuisine

Currywurst
Never heard of it? You won't believe it. Sliced sausage, traditionally served on a piece of cardboard, smothered in ketchup and (wait for it) curry powder! Hugely popular amongst the locals.

Currywurst during the day, Prenzlauer Berg: Konnopke beneath Eberswalder Strasse Station (on the U2 line). Konnopke has an authentic GDR feel to it, especially with regard to the opening times: it is barely open at all on weekends, so head there for a welcoming sausage on Friday between 6am and 8pm. Wiki articles in German and Swedish.

Currywurst at night, Kreuzberg: Curry 36 at Mehringdamm 36 (where lines U6 and U7 intersect) is the western equivalent. Berliners queue here at almost all hours for a "Curry ohne Darm" (skinless curry). (Information)

Vegetarian and vegan
Everything in the internationally-renowned Yellow Sunshine has the eco-seal. Situated near the remains of Görlitzer Bahnhof.
You can enjoy a vegan brunch on sundays at Café Morgenrot, Kastanienallee 85.

Döner macht schöner
A slogan which claims that the doner kebab, Berlin's "national dish" has beauty-enhancing properties. This delicacy can be acquired for under three euros. But investments of up to five euros are possible.
Arabian vendors offer the shwarma as an alternative. Also available: halloumi, humus and falafel.
Kreuzberg: Maroush, Adalbertstr. 93, near Kottbusser Tor
Mitte: Shark Döner, near Hackesche Höfe

Ice cream
Possibly the best ice cream is found where no tourist deigns to tread: Eis-Boutique in Wedding, Badstr. 24, at the corner with Pankstr. (on the U8 line). But you could certainly make do with any of the following:
Kreuzberg: Aldemir, Falckensteinstr. 7
Prenzlauer Berg: Kleine Eiszeit, Stargarder Str. 7
Extra tip: Kauf Dich Glücklich - here you can combine waffles and ice cream of all varieties, and you can even purchase retro furniture and toys while you're at it. Oderberger Str., Prenzlauer Berg.

Brunch
The later and larger breakfast has become a cherished custom in recent years. It is now possible to gorge yourself at buffets almost anywhere in the trendy districts from the early morning (i.e. around 11am) until evening approaches. Most places charge around 7 euros, without drinks, and the food is usually quite substantial, so that the "br" doesn't end without an "unch".
Kreuzberg
Morgenland, Skalitzer Str. 35, (reservation recommended: +49 30 - 6113291), a classic.
Prenzlauer Berg
Walden, tasteful and peaceful.
Osswald, Göhrener Str. 5, lively and delicious.
Schall und Rauch, you might be allowed a Prosecco, unless you've been naughty...


Mellow evenings

Whiskey and Whisky
Prenzlauer Berg: choose between 120 varieties in the Irish pub at Kollwitzplatz (Husemannstr. 6).
Kreuzberg: the Madonna at Wiener Strasse 22 offers over 200.

Cocktails
Prenzlauer Berg: on weekends, Fellas offers fantastic happy hour times until midnight. The food is also highly recommended.
Kreuzberg: Mas y mas, Oranienstr. 168, has happy hour until 9pm, and the most delicious daiquiris.

Pub areas
Prenzlauer Berg
At Helmholtz Platz, there are well-filled pubs and cafés, such as the Wohnzimmer, Lettestr. 6, and the peaceful, tasteful Kakao, which offers an unconventional range of beverages.
In Oderberger Str., the chic new bars have driven away most of the old pubs. Nevertheless, the intersection with the even hipper Kastanienallee is a good tip for a great evening. Especially the Entweder Oder, Nemo or Razzia in Budapest.
The area around Kollwitzplatz is flooded with tourists, yuppies and trendy eco-mums. If you're not one to follow the crowd: avoid. (Exceptions: the above-mentioned whisky pub, or Chagall at Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz.)

Kreuzberg
Wrangelkiez. Try Kirk, Skalitzer Str. 75, or Cake, Schlesische Str. 32. It was once said that Upflamör, Falckensteinstr. 46, has a table hockey game.

Friedrichshain
Simon-Dach-Str.: each pub is followed by another, cheap kicks with happy hour hopping, but long gone are the days when this was an insider tip.

Mitte
Oranienburger Str. and Hackescher Markt also belong to the hum-drum standard tourist destinations. A few pubs which have appeared since the fall of the wall are noteworthy exceptions: Aufsturz on Oranienburger Str., Zosch at Tucholsky-Str. 30 and Café Cinema near Hackesche Höfe.
There's also the Irish pub Oscar Wilde on Friedrichstr. 112a, with real English and Irish clientele, plenty of Premier League action, as well as karaoke and live bands.

Other pubs in other areas
Irish Harp, by the Kurbel cinema near Adenauer Platz, also with live bands, good conditions, and a pleasant owner. Very cosy.
Biersaloon on Ku'damm, Joachimstaler corner. Good sports bar, was once only for real fans, today somewhat better.


Wild evenings

Mitte: Rio at Chausseestr. 106
Friedrichshain: Cassiopeia on Revaler Strasse, near Warschauer Strasse station. Two floors, with an electronic emphasis on Fridays. On Saturdays it's so-called black music on one floor, and everything else on the other. Not really the thing for mainstreamers, but a real Berlin street-community atmosphere on the site of an old factory, with a bonfire in summer.


Exhibitions

New National Gallery - the "Neue NaGa" has already been home to half of the Museum of Modern Art, and this Mies van-der-Rohe building is always worth a visit.

The Story of Berlin (the name speaks for itself) isn't too overdone - it is quite possible to get through in one to two hours. Kudamm Karree, Kurfürstendamm 206-207.

Standard tourist destinations (okay, here we go anyway...) are of course the Jewish Museum (wiki) and the German Historical Museum (known affectionately as the "de-ha-em"), as well as the ensemble on Museum Island, the largest museum ensemble in the world.

The holocaust memorial, the so-called Stehlenfeld near the Brandenburg Gate, is not to everyone's taste. And before you get any fancy ideas, there are real Berlin guards in place to stop people from jumping around on the blocks. But especially in the dark, this labyrinth can be very impressive.


Children

Animals
Superlatives abound in Berlin's animal parks.
The zoo in the West is Germany's oldest, and has more species than any other in the world.
The Tierpark in the East is the largest animal park in Europe, in terms of ground area.
(Upon request, we can even offer a personal guide!)

Technology
Spectrum is a play-oriented environment at the Deutsches Technikmuseum (German Technology Museum).


Just Outside Berlin

Fancy a beautiful view and a load of history all in one place? Try the Teufelsberg (Devil's Mountain), complete with the ruins of a listening station! Here, you can walk on the ruins of the second world war, while viewing the ruins of the cold war...


Miscellaneous

Every Sunday, there's a flea market at Mauerpark ("Wall Park"), where (you guessed it) the wall once stood. This is also a great place to show a bit of skin and soak up the first springtime rays of sun in the park, or to relax in a café.

Second-hand shopping at Bergmannkiez (Bergmannstrasse between Mehringdamm and Gneisenaustrasse). For coffee and snacks, we recommend Knofi.