9 unusual places to visit in Berlin

Berlin has one of the largest metropolitan areas in all of Europe. Aside from the popular tourist spots like the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag, Berlin boasts a variety of unconventional and lesser-known attractions worth visiting. If you have already visited the typical tourist spots in Berlin, let me introduce you to some of its hidden gems. I have compiled a list of lesser-known places in Berlin for you to discover and appreciate.48 kopenick thesanetravel.comP1310047

Urban Nation Museum

In recent decades, urban art has played a significant role in shaping Berlin and ensuring that the city is perceived as an international art hub. The establishment of the first Urban Nation Museum for Contemporary Art in Berlin was a deliberate choice, given the city's reputation as the 'graffiti capital' of Germany, if not Europe. The museum, whose influence extends beyond Berlin, showcases urban art as a democratic and inclusive form of art that engages people of all ages and backgrounds, thus sparking social conversations. Operating under the motto 'Connect. Create. Care.,' the museum serves as an exhibition space and a community project, integrating facade paintings on residential and commercial buildings along Bulowstrasse.24 urban thesanetravel.comP192094220 urban thesanetravel.comP192091822 urban thesanetravel.comP192092325 urban thesanetravel.comP192094427 urban thesanetravel.comP1920949

Address: Bülowstrasse 7

Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien

The history of Kunstraum Bethanien is closely linked to the building on Mariannenplatz in Kreuzberg, known as the Central Deaconess Institute and Hospital Bethanien, which King Frederick William IV of Prussia commissioned in the mid-19th century. Despite plans for its demolition in 1974, the building was redeveloped and now serves as the Kunstraum Kreuzberg/Bethanien complex, hosting group shows and exhibitions dedicated to contemporary social and cultural processes and their relation to art. With an exhibition area of 450 square metres and over 200 metres of hanging space, the exhibitions focus on diversity, internationality and local issues. Around six exhibition projects are completed each year in collaboration with various institutions and artist groups and are accompanied by guided tours, films, discussions and artist talks.55 bethainen thesanetravel.comP131005956 bethainen thesanetravel.comP131006057 bethainen thesanetravel.comP131006558 bethainen thesanetravel.comP131007160 bethainen thesanetravel.comP1310081

Address: Mariannenplatz 2

Street art in the Kreuzberg district

Explore Berlin's Kreuzberg district on a self-guided walking tour to discover unique street art and other attractions in the area. The tour, which starts and ends at Moritzplatz U-Bahn station, covers approximately five kilometres and is perfect for a morning or afternoon stroll. 51 kreuzberg thesanetravel.comP131013250 kreuzberg thesanetravel.comP131012653 kreuzberg thesanetravel.comP1310199

Ruins of Anhalter railway station

The Anhalter Bahnhof, once a grand train station in Europe, now only has a graffiti-covered entrance wall that shows signs of decay and war damage. The station, opened in 1880 by Kaiser Wilhelm I and Chancellor Otto von Bismarck, had waiting rooms for passengers of different ticket classes. In its prime in the 1930s, the station had six platforms with trains departing every few minutes, carrying around 44,000 people per day. Sadly, during World War II, the station was used to deport 9,600 Jews to concentration camps.11 anhalter thesanetravel.com20240306 16424510 anhalter thesanetravel.com20240306 164108

Address: Askanischer Platz 6

Botanic Garden

Spanning 51 hectares, the Botanic Garden is a large and significant green space in Berlin-Dahlem that houses around 20,000 plant species. Visitors can relax by the lakeside, stroll along scenic trails and explore different sections featuring plants from around the world. With 16 houses open to the public, the greenhouse complex allows visitors to experience tropical and subtropical vegetation. The Main Tropical Greenhouse, a beautifully restored Art Nouveau masterpiece, offers a unique and immersive experience. Once inside, visitors can escape the outside world and immerse themselves in the beauty of the garden.

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Address: Königin-Luise-Strasse 6-8

Hamburger Bahnhof Museum

The Hamburger Bahnhof Museum houses a vast collection of contemporary art and presents it through various exhibitions. It is the largest of the buildings holding the Nationalgalerie’s extensive art collection. The museum’s name refers to the building’s original function as one of the first terminal stations of the rail system in Germany. In 1846, it opened as the terminus of the railway line between Hamburg and Berlin. Architect and railway pioneer Friedrich Neuhaus designed the late neoclassical style of the building, and it is now the only remaining railway station from that era in the city. In 1996, the Hamburger Bahnhof reopened as a museum of contemporary art, exhibiting works from the Nationalgalerie Collection and the Marx Collection. Today, it is considered one of the largest and most important public collections of contemporary art in the world.15 hamburger thesanetravel.comP192096316 hamburger thesanetravel.comP192096518 hamburger thesanetravel.comP1920973

Address: Invalidenstrasse 50

Kopenick neighbourhood

Old Town Kopenick has maintained much of its 18th-century charm, as it was not affected by Allied bombings or GDR development. Kopenick has been a part of Berlin since 1920 and is home to mainly renovated 18th and 19th-century two-storey buildings. The area around Kopenick Palace has slightly taller buildings, but the neighbourhood still has a cosy small-town atmosphere. 48 kopenick thesanetravel.comP1310047The abundance of cafes, bars and restaurants makes it a popular destination, especially in the summer. Kopenick Palace, also known as the Water Palace, is a Baroque building located on an island in the Dahme and is the only one of its kind in Berlin. The palace houses one of the two branches of the Museum of Decorative Arts. The branch's interior design elements are in the Renaissance, Baroque and Rococo styles.45 kopenick thesanetravel.comP130991046 kopenick thesanetravel.comP1309955 With its 54-metre-high tower, the town hall of Kopenick is a must-see attraction. With its grand staircase and heraldic room, this town hall building in Berlin is considered one of the most stunning in the city.47 kopenick thesanetravel.comP1310008

Spandau district

Spandau is located in the western part of Berlin, where the Havel and Spree rivers meet. The residents of Spandau take pride in their district and often identify themselves as Spandauers rather than Berliners due to its long history as an independent city dating back to the 13th century when it was established as a fortress. In 1920, Spandau became a part of Greater Berlin as one of its boroughs.42 spandau thesanetravel.comP1309359 Do not miss the Spandau Citadel one of the best-preserved Renaissance military structures in Europe. 41 spandau thesanetravel.comP130958240 spandau thesanetravel.comP1309476Travelling to Spandau is convenient thanks to the direct train service from Berlin airport.


Located in the bustling neighbourhood of Berlin-Kreuzberg, Liquidrom is an urban spa lounge that offers a unique and immersive experience through minimalist architecture, light, music and water. The main attraction of the establishment is a spacious domed hall that houses a saltwater pool heated to 36°C and equipped with underwater speakers for a unique electronic music experience. Visitors can enjoy sauna sessions and massages, relax in the saltwater pool or have drinks at the bar. Liquidrom blurs the lines between sauna, wellness, bar and club, providing a one-of-a-kind experience. Making a reservation is recommended to guarantee entry, especially for those travelling long distances to avoid long waits.13 liquidrom thesanetravel.com20240307 18522714 liquidrom thesanetravel.com20240307 185349

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  • Published by Anita on March 15, 2024
  • Author: Anita Sane

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    Sinjana Ghosh
    Wow, my sister lives in Berlin. I'll definitely recommend het to check out these hidden gems. And plan to do the same when i visit her.
    We have Germany on the tentative list for Fall travel. So it was great to see this post about more unusual spots to visit in Berlin. The Urban Nation Museum looks interesting and is something we might not have found. But we sure will be on the lookout for street art in Berlin. We heard there is so much to enjoy. And Liquidrom looks like something we would try.
    i cant believe i have been halfway around the world and still haven't visited Berlin even though i live in Europe! Kopenick neighborhood especially looks incredible, thanks for sharing!
    I've been wanting to visit Berlin for a while now and I also like to visit less touristy places, so this article comes in very handy. Thank you!
    If you are looking, you can find beauty and awesomeness anywhere in the world.
    These are excellent ideas of less touristy sites. I've visited a number of these, but hadn't heard of the Bahnhof Museum, and will add it to my next Berlin visit.
    What a fabulous post! I love all of it but particularly the street art, as I am a big fan of that. I adore the idea of exploring lesser known sides of big cities! Great read 👍

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