Entertainment in Berlin
Berlin has an exciting cultural scene and any kind of entertainment you can think of. Whatever you are looking for, a quiet meal in a little restaurant, a grand concert or clubbing all night Berlin offers entertainment suitable for everyone.
Berlin has restaurants to suit every taste and every pocket and has a lot more to offer than the stereotypic sausages, sauerkraut and beer. The standard of food preparation is high and you can find amazing authentic cuisine from all over the world as well as Michelin star restaurants, vegetarian cafes or experimental establishments – all at very reasonable prices. There are numerous excellent restaurants in Berlin, and obviously too many to mention here, so the following are just a few examples of some of our favourites.
Café Wintergarten im Literaturhaus (Charlottenburg)
Located in the beautiful Literature House on Fasanenstrasse – a side street to the famous shopping street Kurfurstendamm – is this charming cafe. When the weather is nice, it is lovely to sit in the garden and enjoy a light lunch or a nice cup of coffee and cake.
The Zur Letzten Instanz (Mitte)
The ZurLetzten Instanz is allegedly Berlin’s oldest restaurant and has a very unique history. Important people like Napoleon and Beethoven amongst other historical people is said to have eaten here, and the place still attracts high profile people like celebrities and politicians. The restaurant has a relaxed atmosphere and fantastic traditional cuisine, but make sure to book in advance as the place is always fully booked.
Café am Neuen See (Tiergarten)
This is a very pretty Bavarian-style beer garden and a lovely place to enjoy a beer and some grilled meat on a warm summer evening. If you fancy a romantic boat ride on the nearby lake after your meal, you can rent a boat and take your loved one out for a spin.
Mao Thai (Prenzlauer Berg)
This sophisticated restaurant is definitely worth a visit if you love Thai food. It has a very authentic atmosphere with art and furniture imported from Thailand and all dishes are decorated with artistic garnish that just completes the experience. The prices are very sensible and the service excellent.
A few other restaurants that deserves mentioning is Altes Zollhaus in Kreuzberg that serves fantastic traditional German food, Die Quadriga in Wilmersdorf where you can get gourmet food prepared by one of the best Michelin-starred chefs in Europe and Marche on Kurfurstendamm which is a great self-service bistro welcoming children. If you are looking for an extraordinary dining experience, you should visit one of most unusual restaurants in Berlin; Nocti Vagus which is an establishment that serves food and drinks in total darkness by blind or visually aided waiters.
Berlin is a 24 hour city and you will never be in shortage of nightly entertainment. There are numerous clubs, pubs, bars and casinos so you can be sure never to get bored when you visit Berlin. Here are just a few examples of some of the best clubs, bars and casinos:
Watergate (Kreuzberg) must have one of the best locations in the whole city with a lounge overlooking the Spree and a floating terrace on it. The club open till the early hours of the morning and sometimes parties even run on into the early afternoon!
Berghain (Friedrichshain) has a very mixed audience which just certainly ads to the club experience. The club is in three levels and the upstairs panorama bar is said to be one of the coolest spots in Berlin.
Kaffee Burger (Mitte) is an alternative club and supposedly one of the best in town. It runs different club events like rock and punk parties and gigs as well as literature and poetry readings.
Prater (Prenzlauer Berg) is Berlin’s oldest beer garden and probably also one of the prettiest with its beautiful chestnut trees. The complex has a restaurant, a bar, a club and a small stage.
Spielbank Berlin (Potsdamer Platz) is allegedly the largest in Germany and offers three floors full of all the classic casino games.
Casino Berlin (Alexanderpatz) is placed on the 37th floor and you will find all the usual card and random-change games.
Also when it comes to cultural entertainment like the theatre, opera or concerts, Berlin has it all and events to please everybody.
Opera, musicals and concerts
Deutsche opera (Charlottenburg) is Berlin’s largest opera house and all operas are performed in their original tongue.
Staatsoper Unter den Linden is the oldest opera house in Berlin with an eventful programme of fantastic operas all performed in their original language.
Theater am Potsdamer Platz can seat around 1800 people which make the theatre one of the biggest in Germany. The theatre offers first-class entertainment and great popular musicals like “Mama Mia” and “Dirty Dancing”
Berliner Philharmonie is the award-winning concert hall close to Potsdamer Platz. The architecture of the place is very unique and it is world famous for its amazing acoustics. It is also the home of the Berliner Philharmoniker orchestra with 128 outstanding musicians and without a doubt the best place to listen to classical music in Berlin.
The Deutsches Theater is considered to be one of the most beautiful venues in Berlin. The theatre has two adjoining stages where the main stage is devoted to classics like Shakespeare and the smaller stage “Kammerspiele” shows more modern and contemporary dramas.
The Berliner Ensamble (Friedrichstrasse) is a prominent theatre founded by Bertolt Brecht himself and normally has big names and grand classics on the programme.
There are plenty of cinemas in Berlin. The bigger ones mainly show mainstream Hollywood productions dubbed into German whereas the smaller cinemas show movies in their original language.
Cinemaxx Potsdamer Platz is the most popular cinema in Berlin with 19 screens and a total of 3500 seats. It is also the home of a number of big special events like the prestigious Berlin Film Festival.