Out and about in Berlin

Sascha for SWISS Travel Guide

Out of the uniform and into casual clothes: for once, SWISS pilot Sascha d'Angelo was not in the cockpit but was off to Berlin to explore the city.

  • Sascha and his partner Irina drew their inspiration for an exciting weekend in the German metropolis from our SWISS Travel Guide. Of course, they also discovered many new hip locations that are worth visiting, which they gladly want to share with us.

    From spicy Currywurst to trendy bars and old airports: you never fail to come across great spots to visit in the dynamic city of Berlin. Sascha's newly discovered tips guarantee a full and diverse programme for a memorable stay in Berlin.

5 Must-Dos in Berlin

Berlin is perfect for eating out. Remise No 1, for instance, is ideal for a hearty breakfast or brunch. Be it an omelette or a "full English", there's no way you'll leave still feeling hungry. Once strengthened, continue to the entertaining Bikini shopping centre.The modern interior architecture is just as appealing as the many trendy shops. Pick a funny costume at Shots of Art and have yourself photographed by professional photographers. Don't forget to take a print as a souvenir.

At the famous Curry 36 you should order a currywurst "with or without" (which refers to the skin) and "Schranke" chips (with mayonnaise and ketchup) – just the way the locals do. Round off the eventful day at the Solar Bar with cocktails and fabulous views of Berlin's sea of lights.

5 Must-Sees in Berlin

To cool off, dangle your legs into the River Spree while enjoying a refreshing beer at the Freischwimmer. Berlin's waterways can be explored further from there – by kayak or pedal boat. If you’re looking for peace and relaxation, the old Tempelhof airport is just the right place for you. No planes have landed there since 2008 but today countless Berliners enjoy the nature there.

If you happen to find yourself in Berlin on a Saturday, be sure to visit the Neue Heimat Street Food Market and sample the many culinary delights offered there. On Sunday, stroll through the alternative Mauerpark and rummage around the displays for cool vintage clothing and bits and pieces. To round off your memorable weekend in Berlin, head to the still rather unknown Klunkerkranich Bar and let the breathtaking views work their magic on you.

Sascha’s tips and more on Berlin can be found in the SWISS Travel Guide