“Nobody comes to Berlin for the weather.” Before cities shut down, flights were cancelled, masks/gloves/anxiety became the norm, jobs and lives were lost because of COVID-19, I traveled to Berlin this year. I was optimistic that in the world the flu would stay the flu, but that’s not the case.
We may not have a normal to go back to. Especially with simultaneous climate change. At minimum this is a documentation of places in Berlin I’ve seen. At most, some day this is a list of places (below!) you can experience. I’ve been to Berlin before and I will keep going back because it’s really young, international, artistic, open-minded and green (in the summer).
Places I went this time:
- Berliner Union-Film Studio, Oberlandstraße 26 (For independent films and lectures)
- Hallesches Haus, Tempelhofer Ufer 1 (For brunch, drinks on a patio, and overpriced tchotchkes)
- Kathe Kollowitz Museum, Fasanenstraße 24 (To learn about social activist, printmaker and mother Kathe Kollowitz and Berlin at the turn of the century. Super worth it!)
- Botanical Garden, Konigin-Luise-Straße 6-8 (Go in the summer when the lavender fields bloom and bring a packed lunch)
- Princessinnengarten, Hermannstraße 99 (Now at two locations—Neukolln and Kreuzberg, both starting over. This location will have a cafe, children’s activities, community gardening, and it’s in a graveyard. Green space in a city is endangered and this is one way to reclaim some. It’s unconventional culturally, but peaceful and fully encapsulates the cycle of life. The ground has been tested for safe growing!)
- Konig Galerie, Alexandrinenstraße 118-121 (Art gallery next to NYU Berlin. Lots of books to look at too. If you’re in the area, it’s a pleasant, quick, free activity.)
- Jew Museum Berlin, Lindenstraße 9-14 (I went for an amazing photography exhibition about the Israeli-Palestinian conflict upstairs. Most of the museum is closed at this time.)
- Women’s March, Warschauer Straße Station (Annually, one of the first Sundays in March. I didn’t stay long enough for the actual march to begin. But the collective energy for a few hours before hand was amazing. Leave your fellas at home!)
- Umami, Bergmannstraße 97 (For vietnamese food)
- Kaffeebar Berlin, Graefestraße 8 (For coffee and vegan pastries. I love walking or sitting by the Maybachufer canal and this is a simple stop. Go to the neighborhood on Tuesdays and Fridays for the Turkish market and tasty lunches!)
Places I want to go to:
- Chapter One, Mittenwalder Straße 30 (For coffee and matcha. There’s a square close by to sit outside for lunch, but I can’t remember in which direction. Have an adventure walking around Kreuzberg!)
- Palace of Tears, Recihstagufer 17 (Free and underrated)
- To go again! Natur-Park Schoeneberger Suedgelaende, Prellerweg 47 (Reforested and grassy railroad tracks. A wonderful place to sit or walk for a few hours in the summer.)
- Liebermann-Villa am Wannsee, Colomierstraße 3
- Tempelhofer Feld (It’s a fun trip to explore the community garden there, grab pizza or ice cream nearby. But I was horribly afraid to get on a bike last time. I’m determined next time I go back!)
For now I’m hoping everyone is safe, sound and sane.