Alternative Guide To Berlin

Berlin is a vast and unique location. As the capital city of Germany, it is larger than London or Rome. However, built to house 7 million residents, its population is around just 3.5 million, making it an impeccable city in which to live and work. This means that usual rush hour times for other cities remain eerily quiet here. You’ll have no problem getting a seat on the subway and you won’t have to queue for anything aside from the occasional supermarket run.

Stoked in dark and illustrious history, the city centre poses impressively rebuilt gothic architecture, large open green spaces, roof gardens, up to date eco systems and thousands of jogging and cycling residents seemingly conscious of their health and impact on their natural surroundings. In the further reaches of the city however you will find Amsterdam-like streets filled with homeless people drinking alcohol and with obvious drug habits. Of course this is part of the underbelly of any city but here it is clearly a problem. The large groups of men hanging around in some areas can be intimidating but its worth putting up with to seek out the best vinyl shops!

Below are some of the best locations we found for art, drinking, buying vinyl and sight seeing. We went to Berlin with no preconceptions or itinerary so if you know the city well and can recommend more places we’ve missed – feel free to comment and share your findings!

Essentials: Camera – Sunglasses – Subway Map

We were in Berlin for 4 days and stayed in a 4* hotel – this cost around £170 per person including flights from England.

Some of the sights travelling from the airport to central by train.


Our first supermarket. The style was noticeably different from England and the bottled beer crates reminded me of American superstores. They sell ‘Party 7’s’ which is a keg carrying 7 pints of larger – I don’t think we’ve had these in England since the 70’s!DSCF1909

Beautiful architecture and spacious roadsDSCF1912

The subwayDSCF1920DSCF1926

What Club

This place comes well recommended – it was easy to stumble upon but unfortunately we didn’t find it open. It’s right by the Berlin Tower.

The Altes Museum is a beautiful building situated next to the Berlin Cathedral. It has neoclassical architecture and was founded by Karl Friedrich Schinkel.
 Address: Am Lustgarten, 10178 Berlin, Germany
Opened: August 3, 1830


DSCF1973The Cathedral in Berlin looks older than it is – it was rebuilt after the war sticking with the style of the former buildings gothic architecture.DSCF1967DSCF1968DSCF1981DSCF1983

We found a brilliant Irish Bar named Kilkenny!

Am Zwirngraben 17-20, 10178 Berlin, Germany





More beautiful architecture DSCF1997DSCF1998

Art and graffiti is everywhere in Berlin


Checkpoint Charlie – The Berlin WallDSCF2037

The Record Loft

This one is incredibly hard to spot so keep your eyes peeled for door number 9 on Adalbertstraße road. It looks like a block of flats and you have to walk down an alley before you get to the record store but its well worth it! It has a vast collection of everything from punk and indie to dubstep and hiphop. There were some really unusual and beautiful records in this place and we spent a long time in there. The best thing about record stores in Berlin compared to England is that they all allow you to sit and listen through your selection on headphones before buying, needless to say – you end up staying longer and buying more.

Adalbertstraße 9, 10999 Berlin, Germany



Pirates Bar served me by far the best vegetarian meal I’ve ever eaten! I would highly recommend this place! The staff were lovely and the view of the river is great. It’s also just opposite Universal Music if you fancy trying to pop a demo of your band in the letter box..

Mühlenstraße 78-80, 10243 Berlin, GermanyDSCF2097DSCF2102

The Audio-In Record Shop was a little tricky to find but well worth it. They have a great selection of rock, punk and indie music aside the usual dance records.

Address: Libauer Str. 19, 10245 Berlin, Germany
Hours: 12–8pm


Fernsehturm de Berlín

The television tower in Berlin was excellent. We had complimentary passes with our hotel booking and once you’re up you can stay for hours. It was brilliant to see the sun go down up there and wait for the Berlin street lights to go on. You can also enjoy a drink at the neat bar they have!DSCF1925



The Berlin Gate – Brandenburg Gate

The Brandenburg Gate is an 18th-century neoclassical monument in Berlin, and one of the best-known landmarks of Germany.
Address: Pariser Platz, 10117 Berlin, Germany
Opened: August 16, 1791



Incredible pieces of street art were everywhere along the river through BerlinDSCF2301DSCF2305DSCF2309

A boat tour through central Berlin took us past parliament and through Museum island.DSCF2314

The b flat Jazz club

This is a Jazz & acoustic club that holds concerts, jam sessions & big band performances by global artists. I’d recommend arriving early for a seat – this place was crammed wall to wall full of jazz enthusiasts. The musicianship of the band was extremely high and the bar serves some food and does a good selection of drinks.
Address: Rosenthaler Str. 13, 10119 Berlin, Germany


The subway trains reminded me of the New York subways in the film The Warriors.DSCF2352


We hope you’ve enjoyed this article and that it’s given you some ideas of where to go and what to do. Feel free to comment and tell us of your Berlin experience!



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