#Innsider’s guide: things to do in Berlin
Germany’s capital city is rich with history and has long-been seen as an uber-cool muse for artists and musicians. If you are heading to Berlin, use our guide to take some #Innsider advice on things to do in Berlin.
Berlin on film
Forget Hollywood, loads of blockbusters have included scenes shot in Berlin. And you can find guides online to make your own tours of relevant locations. For example, Checkpoint Charlie featured in classic 1980’s Bond film, Octopussy. In more recent years, Matt Damon filmed various scenes for the Bourne Supremacy in the hub bub of Alexanderplatz. Park Inn By Radisson Berlin Alexanderplatz Hotel is also featured heavily in some aerial shots close to the TV Tower (Fernsehturm). How about watching the films before you visit Berlin to get you in the mood?
Bowie and Iggy’s Berlin
If you are more into vinyl than film, you can walk in the shoes of David Bowie. Visit some of the places and sights that inspired the iconic musician. Paris Bar on Kantstrasse is a restaurant famed for being a haunt of a host of celebrities. And where David Bowie used to celebrate his birthdays. Stop by for a bite to eat and check out the art on the walls. For a more lively experience, head to SO36 in Oranienstraße. – In the 1970’s it was an epicentre of the Berlin Punk scene. It was even frequented by Bowie and his then-flatmate, Iggy Pop. Now it hosts all sort of electronic and Techno nights with other arts and cultural events too.
If this isn’t enough, you can also take a special music tour which grants access to Hansa Studios where Bowie famously wrote “Heroes” (they are not normally open to the public) as well as other places of note.
Think that Berlin is all about industrial-chic? Think again! Berlin has truly mastered the art of the urban beach, so after a day of seeing the sights, head to one of the beach bars. Across the city the beach bars have different activities and different vibes. For the energetic try BeachMitte, with 49 beach volleyball courts to hire as well as salsa and zumba classes. For a more chilled out experience, head to Rummelsburg where you can hire everything you could possibly need – from sun loungers to barbecues (just remember to bring your own wurst).
Where to stay?
Our Park Inn by Radisson Berlin Alexanderplatz Hotel is next to the iconic Fernsehturm and is in the center of all the action. With over 1,000 comfortable rooms, three on-site restaurants, a bar and a fitness center there is something for everyone. Most impressive is the unobstructed panoramic view of the city from our roof terrace. We think there is no better view in all Berlin.
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