I used to live in Berlin and I try to get back as much as I can. It's an absolutely amazing city and guarantees an unforgettable weekend.
There is so much on offer whether you're a group of friends, a couple or a family. It's most fab in summer but great any time of year, so if you get the chance to go, take it.
This is the list I always send to friends.
Berlin has several lakes on its outskirts which are perfect for cooling down on a hot day. Bring food, friends, speakers and a picnic blanket, chill out and come back to town with a tan.
Stroll through Hackescher Höfe – a series of interconnected courtyards in Mitte. Continue through Sophienhof onto Gipsstraße – all throughout this area you’ll find lovely bakeries, shoe shops, cafés…
Tempelhofer Feld is a pre-WW2 airport that was also at the centre of the Berlin Airlift. Now it’s a public park and a fab place to go for a walk along the runways.
If you're lucky enough to be in town for Kürbisfest Schöneberg then I would definitely recommend!
Berlin has loads of famous markets teeming with tourists – I recommend the local farmer’s market at Winterfeldplatz (Wednesday’s and Saturdays till 2pm/4pm.)
Berlin is known for its green spaces – Volkspark Schöneberg-Wilmersdorf / Rudolph-Wilde-Parkpark is a lesser known one amongst the international crowd but loved by locals. It was always my favourite for some fresh air and a pensive walk. Enter by Rathaus Schöneberg and follow the path till you find a spot you like.
Street Food Thursday at Markthalle Neun also always has a great buzz and amazing food.
Klub Kitchen in Mitte is great for a clean lunch.
Also in Mitte is low-key romantic French restaurant Sucre et Sel.
The best pizza I ever experienced was at this place in Prenzlauer Berg. The owners drove their pizza oven up from Italy. The dough is so soft and for dessert they use it to make a Nutella calzone.
There’s a great family-run Greek evening restaurant in my old neighbourhood called Kreta. Maaßenstraße 12, 10777 Berlin
And after your mad night out in Schwuz…
…this is the comfort food you’ll need.