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24 hours in Berlin

Berlin is one of the most exciting cities on the continent, and it’s no surprise that it forms a central part of many Interrail journeys. With the amount of nightlife, culture and history on offer it’s unlikely that 24 hours in Berlin cover everything that you have in mind. But at the very least it’ll be enough to have you planning a return journey soon.

9 AM // Coffee and breakfast

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Savour a cup of Berlin’s finest Third Wave coffee

With so many incredible coffee shops around Berlin it’s possible to spend your entire 24 hours drinking java amongst dozens of laptop wielding hipsters. Tempting as it might be, pick one of the best coffee shops as a starting point. Either Westberlin, Bonanza Coffee Heroes, or Café Einstein should have you covered.

10 AM // Free walking tour

24 hours in Berlin | Brandenburg gate in Berlin at dusk, Germany

Join up with an early morning free walking tour

Berlin is home of the free walking tour, and there’s no better way to get a taste of the city’s most iconic sights and monuments. They run throughout the day, and most will take you to the likes of Brandenburg Gate, the Holocaust Memorial, the site of Hitler’s bunker, Checkpoint Charlie, and the Berlin Wall, with some additional sights included in between.

12:30 PM // Shopping

24 hours in Berlin | A clothing store

Check out some of Berlin’s famously creative stores

Even if you’re not a big fan of shopping, Berlin’s stores are well worth a visit. Each neighbourhood has its own charms and unique stores, but there are several worth paying attention to. If possible, check out 14 oz, Firmament, SOTO, Voo Store, Solebox, Civilist, Andreas Murkudis, and No. 74.

1:30 PM // Lunch

24 hours in Berlin | A slice of pizza for lunch

Find an eatery in Kreuzberg for lunch

The trendy neighbourhood of Kreuzberg is the ideal place to seek out something savoury to keep you running on full steam. Head towards the district and pick out a burger joint, ramen spot or anything else that interests you, and chances are you won’t be disappointed.

3:00 PM // Flughafen Tempelhof

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Travel back in time at a disused airfield

Take a post-lunch break with a visit to Flughafen Tempelhof, a fascinating airfield that’s been converted into a massive park. You can even walk along the runways and wander between abandoned aircrafts. Once you’re done at the park, it might make sense to head back to your accommodation and freshen up, particularly if you’re looking to experience a bit of Berlin’s nightlife.

7:00 PM // Dinner

24 hours in Berlin | Casual dinner

Dine out at one of Berlin’s popular eateries

There’s no shortage of popular restaurants perfect for dinner in Berlin. Where you end up depends on the location of your hotel. The city’s trendiest restaurants change constantly, so you’d be wise to research online ahead of time and pick one that’s getting the latest rave reviews and is still reasonably priced.

9:00 PM // Berlin nightlife

24 hours in Berlin | Early night drinking

Get ready for a night on the town

Berlin’s nightlife is world-famous, and there’s no better way to get into the mood than with a few drinks back over in Kreuzberg. There you’ll find a variety of bars that’ll serve you everything from small batch craft brews through to high-end cocktails. Unsure where to head? Start with a stroll down Skalitzer Straße.

11:00 PM // Clubbing

24 hours in Berlin | Club view with sensual pink and blue lights

Head to one of Berlin’s famous nightclubs

There are dozens of legendary nightclubs in Berlin. Each has its own fans and detractors, and a raft of idiosyncrasies. The most iconic, unique and popular include the likes of Berghain, Zur Wilde Renate, ://about blank, Prince Charles and Watergate. Just make sure you fit the entrance requirements before taking time to queue up.