10 special places in Berlin
"In my free time in Berlin I like to walk along Kurfürstendamm and Wittenbergplatz and go shopping at KaDeWe, a traditional department store in the western part of Berlin. KaDeWe reminds me a little bit of Harrod’s in London, and it is fun to walk around it even if you do not want to buy much. It was the old center of West Berlin before the German reunification, and today it is a very international place."
3 - Neue Nationalgalerie
(Current ESMT MBA student from Spain)
"I think the building of the “Neue Nationalgalerie” is amazing – all around it is quite horrible
(with exception of Tiergarten), but once you are inside you just have a great feeling. The paintings and sculptures are really fascinating, and it has an artistic atmosphere. In many ways, this is Berlin for me."
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5 - East Side Gallery
"You can find nice pictures here, but even more interesting are the people who come to this place. It is fun to watch them pose and take pictures. It is an interesting framing, and given the historical background it is sometimes really fascinating."
© Chandana Thirumalasetty
7 - Tiergarten
Ai Nakajima (Current ESMT MBA student from Japan)
"I love running and I try to go to “Tiergarten”, the great park in the middle of Berlin, at least once a week. I try to run a different course every time, which is quite easy considering the size of the park. I often relax and have a coffee after my training in one of the many cafés in and near the park."
© Café am Neuen See
9 - Café Nola’s am Weinberg
Geol Park (Current ESMT MBA student from Korea)
"I like to go to the Sunday brunch at Nola’s with my wife and my eight-month-old son. It has a great variety of food and is kind of a family place visited by many locals so we feel very welcome there. It is located quite nicely, so we often stroll through the surrounding park after our meal."
© Nola‘s am Weinberg
2 - Mosque in Kreuzberg
"I usually go to the Umar Ibn Al-Khattab-mosque every Friday and always enjoy meeting the quite diverse community there. Usually, between 50 and 100 people are there. I found the mosque by coincidence via the Internet, and I am very happy with my choice. Sometimes I have dinner in the café in the Maschari Center which also houses the mosque."
© Shamil Kazikhanov
4 - Mauerpark
"I like to go to Mauerpark in Prenzlauer Berg on the weekends. It is quite popular and you always meet a great international crowd there. People play the drums, go shopping at the flea market, have a picnic, or just enjoy the atmosphere. On Sunday there is a free karaoke sgage and you can listen to the great and not-yet-so-great singers while enjoying the sun."
6 - Badeschiff
"I really enjoyed going to “Badeschiff”, which is a floating public swimming pool in the Spree River. It offers a great view, and I liked the atmosphere and the music he DJs play. They also have a bar, table tennis, and table football facilities."
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8 - Club Kater Holzig
"After studying I sometimes find the time to go out to a club in Berlin called “Kater Holzig”. I really enjoy the special mix of people you find there: very relaxed and a little bit underground. I also like the fact that you can meet many Berliners there. The club is open all weekend, so you can even go there on a Saturday at 4 or 5 pm just to relax for one or two hours before returning to your studies. And a fun fact: everything is built out of wood in the club!"
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10 - ESMT
Mithun Sridharan (Current ESMT MBA student from India)
"It may sound strange, but, my most favorite place in Berlin is ESMT. We have so many nice rooms and facilities, the food is delicious, and you can be sure to always meet some friendly faces. Everybody is really open and friendly, and ESMT is the place I feel most at home in Berlin. To me, ESMT is like a family."