Areas of Berlin, Berlin
Although it is easy to find a nice park to walk through in Berlin, just on the outskirts are many forested areas.
Tegel has a very nice forest with two lakes. One lake is closed off to publicas it is a bird sancturay and the other is popular with locals in the summer as it has several beaches and gets quite busy. But the forest itself has many trails through it and is popular with dog owners as they can let the dogs run free.
There is plenty of birdlife to spot and the forestry dept. has placed many bird boxes to the trees. I have spotted several species of bird in here including spotted woodpecker, jay and even buzzard.
On the rare occasion derr may be found here and there are also several families of wild boar.
Okay you may fly in to Tegel airport and depart from there, but apart from that you are unlikely to visit Alt Tegel. Well, that would be a shame as Tegel has a very nice town centre and a pedestrian street that leads you down to the Lake. There are many bars and restaurants and in the summer it is really nice to sit outside and enjoy a drink or bite to eat and watch the locals. During the day there are many boat trips available around the lake with boats serving food and drink and at weekends they have party boats which do just that.
Easy to find just hop on U6 to Alt Tegel and do a left out of the station.
The Kulturforum is home to many of Berlin's artistic and cultural venues. Within a short disance of each other are the Gemäldegalerie (Painting Gallery), the Neue Nationalgalerie (New National Gallery), the Kunstgewerbemuseum (Museum of Applied Arts), the Philharmonie and the Staatsbibliothek (State Library).
Berlin has two larger wooded areas, the Spandauer Forst and the Grunewald, in which you will find the Teufelsberg (devils peak), it is the highest hill in Berlin with around 120m on top of which is a US listeningpost, a relict of the cold war, officially given up by the USA in 1992.
The devils peak is not a natural landmark, it consists of debris of buildings, that where bombed to ruins in Berlin(West) during WWII, with well over 10.000.000m³ it rivals the pyramids of Gizeh.
Friedrichshain ---- this is where more of the wild and interesting stuff is going on nowadays. if you veer off of simon dach strasse you can find some really great bars and parties, as well as lots of thriving squats and skinny bald men in tight leather pants.
NEUKÖLN or KREUZBERG the big Turkish/eastern European immigrant neighborhood in the city has two or three 'Musik Kafe' pubs on every block and sexy bartender Turkish chicks with dark curly hair. There are tons of delicious Turkish bakeries open at weird hours of the night. This is a pleasant place to have a cheap breakfast (most of the bars have a 2DM big breakfast with cheese, coffee, and delicious bakery bread). It's a little ghostly eating here at 10am--there are still people drinking from the night before and they always seem to be wearing skintight leather biker outfits.
(I don't know why, but lots of people think this place is a bad neighborhood. I am a paranoid person, but I found it to be very safe, and people didn't harass me. Someone said something about macho Turkish guys whistling at women, but it wasn't really that bad, so maybe I've just lived in New York too long where men are really aggressive.)
Take a stroll around the quarter of Kreuzberg, walk along the Landwehrkanal Channel, don't be scared by the drunkards at Kottbusser Tor. Walk along Oranienstrasse and get yourself some Turkish tea (Cay)and a Doner Kebab (Turkish dish originated in Berlin). Don't miss the Juedisches Museum (Jewish Museum) (Subway Station Hallesches Tor), it's both a fascinating piece of modern architecture (D. Libeskind) and a highly interesting museum!
We all know those days when everyones had quite enough sightseeing and it's time to just play ball with friends, well here's the best place to do it. Beach volley ball at Volkspark Friedrichshain :)
Take the tram along Danzigerstr. and the tram stop is Kniprodestr. If you don't have enough people to make up team just ask the people sitting around to join in as i told you before Berliners are friendly!
Go over to the East side of Berlin and walk around...it is important to walk so you can appreciate the state of the buildings. Of course much of the city has been rebuilt, but there are still unrenovated areas. It is like stepping back in time. Also, take the time to go in the local bars and sample all the beer you can hold! It's ALL wonderful!
Moby Dick is a purpose built boat that takes cruises on Tegel Lake. As you can see from the picture it is a very special boat. I will of course get a better shot of the boat at a later date.
Köpenick, on the southeastern edge of Berlin, a small town within Mega-Berlin, surrounded and torn by waterways, We've been walking there for hours in the october sun.