Staying in Berlin over Break? Here are some places to check out

You’ve made it through Exam Week! Yay!

Now it’s time to rest and enjoy 10 days in Berlin with no (or very few) responsibilities. With spring on its way in Berlin, there’s no shortage of fun things to do in the city.

Free Galleries and Exhibitions

There’s nothing I love more than a free activity! Thankfully, Berlin offers many (especially if you’re a student). With your Student ID and your museum card you have ample chances to explore all the culture that Berlin has to offer, without spending any money.

If I had a free week in Berlin, here are some exhibits that I’d visit

One Fine Day – König Galerie

This is Jorge Galindo’s first exhibit at the König Galerie. The exhibit consists of eight paintings by the Spanish artist, combining found material and large gestural brushwork. The large canvases displayed in the brutalist architecture of the Gallery are truly a sight worth seeing.

In addition to Galindo’s work, there are many other fascinating pieces to see at König Galerie.

Josephine Baker: Icon in Motion– Neue Nationalgalerie

This exhibit is dedicated to the Josephine Baker, an American-born French dancer. Baker’s artistry in a dance, music, and film, along with her important role in the civil rights movements is celebrated through this Berlin exhibition at the Neue National Galerie. Your Berlin Museum Ticket will get you in for free!

Source: Staatliche Museen zu Berlin, Nationalgalerie

After you’ve enjoyed a free day at an exhibit, use your saved money to treat yourself to a yummy drink somewhere 😊

Enjoying the Outdoors

Grab something to eat and drink at the Holzmarkt!

Holzmarkt 25 is a small area located along the Spree that has a club, an event venue, restaurants, bars, small shops, and more. This is the perfect place to grab a drink with friends and enjoy the view of the Spree. The Holzmarkt project began in 2012 with just a few tents, but in past few years it has transformed into a popular Berlin destination.

Free Stock photos by Vecteezy

Hang out at Thaipark

If you’ve eaten one too many Döner Kebabs and are craving something new, then Thaipark is the perfect place to visit. Thaipark, like its name suggests, is a park with an open air Thai food market. The Thai food market is open Fridays-Sundays 10 am to 8 pm from April to October. With 60 Food stalls to choose from, there is no getting bored of the food here. You should come here with a large appetite, and also some cash, as many stalls do not take card.

Spicy Pad Thai from the Thai Park

Go to a Flea Market!

Berlin’s flea markets are world renowned, and I’m sure many of you have visited a few already, but there are always new flea market finds to be made. Personally, I will be spending my next free days scouring the flea markets for the perfect fall appropriate leather jacket. It can be hard to pick which flea market you want to visit, but I’ve written down a few that I think are worth checking out.

The Nowkoelln Fleamarket is located on the border between Neukölln and Kreuzberg, and sells everything from trendy clothes to snacks and drinks. This fleamarket is only open ever second Sunday, so be sure to check the date before you go!

Image by Freepik

The Flea Market in Boxhagener Platz is also impressive, especially if you’re looking for unique antiques. This Fleamarket takes place every Sunday, and is surrounded by small cafes and restaurant you can visit once you’re done shopping.

Image by Freepik

Other fleamarkets worth a visit include the Trödelmarkt Marheinekeplatz in Kreuzberg,  the antique and book market at the Bode Musuem, and the Flea Market at Rathaus Schöneberg

Regardless of wether you stay in Berlin or travel somewhere new, I know you will have an amazing week, full of new sights and experiences. Don’t forget to take sometime to relax and wind down – you deserve it!

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