As Germany’s capital, and a global city of politics, media, culture and science, Berlin is home to some of the world’s most fascinating historic attractions, culturally significant monuments, and modern amenities. Once you’ve experienced the intrigue of numerous tourist attraction mainstays – the Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Wall, Museum Island etc. – break away from the cities hotspots and find some alternative things to do in Berlin.
Discover a variety of new and exciting attractions to explore on your next trip with our list of 5 Alternative Things to Do in Berlin.
1. Test Your Balance on a Ropes Course at Waldhochseilgarten
This thrilling day trip activity is located just a few minutes outside of Berlin’s center, in the stunning German countryside that surrounds the city. Bring out your wild side on a variety of ropes and obstacle courses that test your climbing skills high into the tree canopy. There are nine different courses to suit every skill level, from advanced adult runs to beginners levels aimed at children, for a day out that’s suitable for the whole family! The courses are safe, utilizing a complex system of harnesses to ensure both children and adults can navigate the climbing courses, scaling trees and whizzing down slides with complete confidence.
2. Find Out if You’re a True Escape Artist at Final Escape
Test your courage, intelligence, and team-building skills in one, or all of the individually themed escape rooms, where groups of up to 4 people can take on timed challenges like escaping a prison cell, “stealing” a priceless work of art, or repairing a car. The games can be played in either English or German and require the participants to use their imagination and ingenuity to solve complex puzzles as a team and complete the challenges. But it isn’t all work. Once you’ve completed your challenge, you can proceed to the Final Escape bar, and celebrate your success over a few drinks with friends. Whether you enjoy solving puzzles, experiencing a new adventure, or just want to have some fun with friends, a day at Final Escape is guaranteed to be a good time.
3. See the “El Siglo de Oro – The Age of Velázquez” Exhibition at the Staatliche Museen zu Berlin
The “El Siglo de Oro – The Age of Velázquez” is an exhibition of the Golden Age of Art in Spain, featuring a fascinating spectrum of 17th century Spanish art – a collection that has never been seen outside of Spain, until now. Widely recognized as one of the most culturally important collections of European history, the exhibition includes 150 pieces, across the mediums of painting and sculpture, by Spanish artists such as Velaquez, El Greco, Francisco de Zurbaran, and Bartolome E. Murillo. Commencing on 1st July 2016, the exhibition will feature some of the most historically significant art in the world, art created during an era when Spain was the most powerful country in Europe. You can also dive deeper into the meaning and context of the work by visiting the educational program that supports the show at Berlin’s Kulturforum.
4. Take in a Show at The Chamaeleon Theatre
The Chamaeleon Theatre is at the center of the city’s cultural beating heart. Constantly evolving and emerging with something completely new, the theater brings New Circus productions to its stage – a worldwide collective of artists and creative talents from across the circus scene. Shows are an immersive display of acrobatics, dance, comedy, music, and drama all working symbiotically before your very eyes. New Circus productions radiates bold drama, and experiencing one of the exhilarating performances is guaranteed to take your breath away. Not to mention the theater itself, which dates back to 1906 when August Endell built the theater in an Art Nouveau style, and later survived a bomb explosion during World War II, eventually re-emerging as an artistic venue in 1991 and again in 2004 as the Chamaeleon Theatre. Visit their website for a current list of shows.
5. Feed the Sharks at the Aquarium Berlin
Learn more about the mystical world of life under the sea at the educational, and informative, Aquarium Berlin, which was first opened in 1913! Today, this state-of-the-art facility features some of the world’s most interesting sea creatures, reptiles, amphibians, and so much more! Not only do you get the chance to gaze at sea creatures close up through the glass tunnels and tanks, but you also get the chance to get up close and personal with the incredible animals during feeding time, and you don’t even have to get wet! Watch as the aquarium keepers feed the sharks, moray eels, rays and fish for an exciting and educational experience the whole family will love.
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