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The 16 best things to do in Berlin right now

Feeling lost in this sprawling metropolis? Get around with our guide to the absolute best things to do in Berlin

By Anna Geary-Meyer
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Berlin’s storied past and diverse cultural landscape can make planning a well-rounded itinerary here seem rather daunting. Long weekend spent getting lost among the Museum Island hordes? Marathon shape-throwing sesh at a 24-hour club? Gastronomic odyssey down Neukölln’s Sonnenallee? Ugh – there’s simply so much to do. And unlike many smaller European cities, the German capital doesn’t have much in the way of an ‘Old Town’ you can use as HQ. That means it really is best to go in with a game plan – lest you spend a day wandering around Alexanderplatz asking yourself if this really is the über-cool city everyone raves about.

Our advice? Hit up these top attractions and things to do in Berlin, and follow the weather. There’s no sense in splurging on a multi-day museum pass when the sun beckons you to one of the city’s many green oases. And, ideally, start planning that return trip sooner rather than later.

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Best things to do in Berlin

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16. Take to the streets

Political demonstration or street festival? In Berlin, it’s often hard to tell. Whether lighting firecrackers on Silvester (New Year’s Eve) or swarming Görlitzer park on May Day, Berliners love to exercise their right to drink in public, demonstrate and hawk homemade shots to tourists. Beware of patchy cell service and defunct ATMs on big holidays.

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