The Saturday Tour: Urban Exploring

Friedrichshain, with its one-of-a-kind Warschauer Straße and a bunch of night clubs in the vicinity is definitely a good beginning for a rough urban exploring tour. We won’t dwell there for too long though – just enough for you to catch a glimpse of the punks and street buskers and light up with the hope that the impending approach of new shopping mall won’t rob it of all the charm.

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Breakfast – Silo Coffee

Silo Coffee in Friedrichshain that opened a few years is widely recognized as one of the hood’s best locations. They offer really creative dishes with poached eggs, mushrooms and avocados on their menu that include a lot of vegan and gluten free options as well. Coffee afficcionados will be delighted to get the beans from The Barn here.

Silo Coffee, Gabriel-Max-Str. 4, 10245 Berlin-Friedrichshain

photo: Silo Coffee

Treptower Park

As you’re leaving the wilderness, you’ll see Treptower Park in its full glory: an insane potpourri of experiences – like the massive Blast from the Past: the Soviet War Memorial as well as the the fairytale-like little island called Insel der Jugend! When you’re done, hop on the Ring bahn in the direction of Grunewald!

Treprower Park, Alt-Treptow, 12435 Berlin-Treptow

Soviet War Memorial Berlin 3

photoSteve BlackburnCC

Grunewald – Teufelssee – Grunewaldturm

This trip is especially fun if the weather behaves accordingly and you can bring your bike. Simply follow the signposts from the Grunewald station. You’ll get a great view of the city from the Grunewaldturm. And if you dare, you can chill by the Devil’s Lake (Teufelssee) or snoop around the abandoned spy station.

photo: Teufelsberg


If you thought that a desolate amusement park and a deserted CIA station were enough adventure for one trip, you ain’t seen nothing yet. Drachenberg doesn’t fail to make an impression already with its thrilling name (the dragon’s mountain), and the panoramic view you can get from there is even better.

photo: Andy Hay / cc


Say goodbye to Mother Nature as we’re about to admire some outstanding human architectural thought. The Unité d’Habitation is a famous apartment block. The name comes from its architect, Le Corbusier. We have featured the Corbusierhaus in our guide to Contemporary Architecture in Berlin, where you can find out more.

Flatowallee 16, 14055 Berlin-Charlottenburg

photos: Jean-Pierre Dalbéra


Last on our today’s route, this impressive sports hall was originally built for the 1936 Summer Olympics. The largest venue of this kind in Germany, Olympiastadion has a permanent capacity of 74,475. It hosts massive sports events and concerts.

Olympiastadion, Olympischer Platz 3, 14053 Berlin

photo: © Friedrich Busam & Olympiastadion Berlin GmbH

Dinner – Café Pförtner

To finish this adventurous day in an appropriate manner, hop on the Ring again and go up north to Gesundbrunnen. The Café Pförtner there is one of our favorite restaurants in Berlin. It fits perfectly to our today’s commute-heavy schedule as well – located in the yard of a former BVG garage, it gives you the chance to dine in the interior of an actual out-of-service bus!

Café Pförtner, Uferstraße 8-11, 13357 Berlin-Gesundbrunnen

photo: iHeartBerlin

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