My favourite places in Berlin
Old forstery, zoo, 'Oberbaumbrücke' - the photographer's favourite places in Berlin.
With space for 22 012 visitors the largest football stadium in Berlin is surprisingly unknown to most locals. But this arena, opened in the 1920s for the 1. FC Union Berlin, is a true gem. There are regular tours available for fans, giving visitors an exclusive glimpse into the history of the team and its stadium. Special viewings of the games or private events can also be organised by the experienced team, with in-house catering also on offer.
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Am Tierpark 125 / Friedrichsfelde
Daily from 9 am to 5 pm
The East’s answer to the West’s Zoologischer Garten, the Tierpark has long been an institution in the city. In the GDR, the park was already enormous, and it is still being expanded today. Approximately 7 500 animals of 900 different species are kept in the enclosures and exhibits across the 160-hectare gardens.
The small palace on the grounds, built in 1695 and previously used as a stable, can be visited. Today, it belongs to the Stiftung Stadtmuseum Berlin. The Tierpark is home to some rare specimens like the endangered Sumatran Tiger and African elephants, which have been successfully bred in captivity here.
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An icon for the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg neighbourhood and a silent witness to time, this red brick bridge has stood through many of the different periods of Berlin’s history since its construction in 1895.
It served as a connection point between East and West Berlin. After renovations in 1995, the bridge was restored to its former glory, enhanced by a centrepiece by Santiago Calatrava. It’s hardly possible to imagine Berlin’s panorama without it today, and it has even made it onto the big screen in the movies “Run Lola Run” and “Unknown Identity.”
Indochine Restaurant „Lemon Leaf“
Grünberger Straße 69 / Friedrichshain
Daily from noon to midnight
Laotian, Cambodian, Vietnamese and Thai specialties on one menu surely sounds a bit odd, but this “Indochine restaurant” succeeds in taking diners on a culinary journey throughout Southeast Asia.
The menu gives great alternatives to the typical red, green and yellow curries, serving traditional dishes with fresh ingredients and almost exclusively homemade sauces. You will find familiar flavours like ginger and lemongrass, as well as unusual creations with pumpkin, roasted sticky rice or Khi Lek (Siamese cassia leaves with a cinnamon aroma).
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Hufelandstraße 36 / Prenzlauer Berg
Daily from 5 pm to 11 pm
Giuseppe Longo grew up in a southern Italian cooking school, where his mother Camilla taught him all of the staples of the Italian kitchen early on. With this experience, he has been serving guests in Berlin since 2011.
Authentic pizza from his self-made stone oven will pass the Neapolitan test, which involves folding the pizza into quarters (portafoglio). If it neither tears nor falls apart, then it is authentic Italian. Just like the host.
Bötzowstraße 41 / Prenzlauer Berg
Mon–Sat 7.30 am to 6.30 pm
Sun 8.30 am to 6.30 pm
Reinaldo Coddou’s South American roots and his passion for photography takes him to Brazil quite often. For a bit of exotic good vibes in the often-grey Berlin, this little shop, which translates to “small coffee,” aides in picking up the mood.
Coffee is brewed here using beans from Brazil, and is served alongside Pastel de Nata or a piece of corncake. Fresh-pressed juices, available with a shot of acai make real vitamin bombs. With a pinch of samba rhythms they are the best way to get started in the day, or as a pick-me-up in between.
© Image: Reinaldo Coddou H.