Whether you are looking for a lovely souvenir, a unique 1980's jacket, or a peculiar tea set to freshen up your interior, you better get familiar with Berlin's flea markets, or “flohmarkte”. The biggest and most popular ones are in Tiergarten and Mauerpark, and our personal favorite is located at Leopoldplatz. They are usually open on the weekends. Even if you are not an early bird, try to get there by noon – by 3 p.m. most of the good stuff is already sold, and some of the sellers begin to wrap their tents up. Remember to use all your charisma and negotiation abilities to get yourself a sweet deal.
2. Tempelhofer Feld
Tempelhofer Feld, which is now is called “the Berlin Sea”, is a huge empty field between Kreuzberg, Neukölln, and Tempelhof districts, next to a former Tempelhof airport built in1923. Well, it is never completely empty – favorite Berliners' park, Tempelhofer Feld is a playground for any kinds of activities, from kiting to gardening. It is perfect for a bike ride (there are places to rent bikes, Segways, and scooters), a picnic with friends, or even a romantic dinner out: come with a blanket and a bottle of nice wine in the evening to watch the sunset.
If you are walking through hip Kreuzberg on a Saturday night in summer and wonder where all the locals are, the truth is, they are probably all are gathered in groups and sitting by the canal, and you will hear their laughter and music from afar. Indeed, nothing can compare to a warm summer night with friends or a significant other spent by Landwehrkanal, listening to the flow and making new friends.
4. The lakes
Oberbaumbrücke is a legendary bridge across Spree, connecting Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain neighbourhoods. It was built in 1732 and became a border between East and West Berlin in the 20th century. Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain are constantly competing for the best Berlin neighborhood title so intensely that they organize a vegetable battle once a year on Oberbaumbrücke. You can find out for yourself whether you are a Kreuzberg or a Friedrichshain person, either way, you will end up spending a lot of time on this beautiful bridge, listening to the street musicians.
6. Gardens of the World in Marzahn
Gardens of the World in Marzahn, “green lungs of Berlin” consist of a few dozens of national parks on a big territory, all with fountains, green mazes, playgrounds for kids, and ice cream parlors. Take a stroll and marvel at the Chinese, Balinese, Renaissance Italian, or Korean theme gardens and their wonderful nature. Berlin's Gardens of the World are absolutely magnificent during the summer months and are a perfect place to discover exotic cultures and gastronomic wonders and enjoy trees in bloom. The last but not the least: the park is friendly for families with kids.