5 Healthy Days in Berlin7 min read
On our next stop on our healthy days world tour, we’re visiting the famously historic city of Berlin.
A little over two decades after the fall of the Berlin Wall, this German city continues to repair itself, rebuilding a culture that had largely withered as a result of political strife during the mid-20th century, as well as its dark past during World War II. However, Berlin’s admirable efforts to rebuild what was once lost have not gone unnoticed—from museums to nightclubs to restaurants, the city has transformed itself into a developing cultural hub.
Berlin isn’t exactly a small city, but getting around by car is discouraged due to heavy traffic. Instead, travelers should walk or bike (which helps with our healthy itinerary!), or take the U-Bahn (underground train) or the S-Bahn (regional train) to get around. And now, for our five healthy days in Berlin:
Breakfast: Kick off the day with fresh fruit, an omelet, and a cup of coffee at Café Oliv.
Workout: Rent a bike from Fat Tire Bike Tours, and either go on a guided tour or make your own course through Berlin.
Lunch: After burning some calories, you can let loose a bit. Enjoy a traditional German dish, such as the pork and cabbage, or try the Pumpkin Walnut Salad at Lebensmittel in Mitte.
Mind/Body Balance: Take an elevator to the top of the Fernsehturm, the tallest structure in Germany, for an incredible panoramic view of the city.
Must-See Attraction: Visit Museumsinsel (Museum Island) and spend a few hours visiting a couple of the five museums located here. The Pergamonmuseum and the Neues Museum are two of the most popular among locals and travelers alike.
Dinner: Try the slow-cooked short ribs for a delicious dinner at Katz Orange.
Breakfast: Stop by Tomasa Villa Kreuzberg.
Workout: Go for a run through Viktoriapark, which is known to locals as a popular “hipster” hangout. Run to the top of the park’s hill, and you’ll be rewarded with another stunning view of Berlin.
Lunch: Enjoy a healthy panini at Vereinszimmer.
Mind/Body Balance: Head over to the Sultan Hamam, a traditional Turkish bathhouse, for a modern spa treatment.
Must-See Attraction: The Reichstag (Parliament Building) is an important symbol of Germany’s past, present, and future, and is open for tours through the building. The dome of the building is also open to tourists.
Dinner: Although you should generally steer clear of fried foods anywhere you go, you should try the wiener schnitzel, a traditional German meat dish, at Borchardt. (You’re doing plenty of walking and exercising, anyway).
Breakfast: Enjoy a rejuvenating cup of coffee and some eggs at Strandbad-Mitte.
Workout: Go for a walk around Mauerpark, which used to be divided by the Wall. Although somewhat a little barren, the park is becoming a popular spot for people of all ages.
Lunch: Try a wrap and salad at the vegetarian restaurant Fast Rabbit.
Mind/Body Balance: Take a sightseeing cruise along the River Spree and learn more about the incredible history of Berlin.
Must-See Attraction: The Gedenkstatte Berliner Mauer (Berlin Wall Memorial) is an important site that includes a piece of the original Wall, as well as escape tunnels and a chapel.
Dinner: Get a taste of Middle Eastern cuisine at Sababa; we recommend trying the hummus, the chicken tangine (cooked with sweet potato, almonds and apricots), or one of the kebabs.
Breakfast: Enjoy poached eggs and apple ginger juice at CHIPPS.
Workout: At 630 acres, Tiergarten features a number of meadows, trees, and lakes, and is a hot spot for joggers and picnickers. Rent a bike and ride through the park, or play a game of Frisbee.
Lunch: Grab a relaxing lunch at Teehaus im Englischen Garten (located in Tiergarten).
Mind/Body Balance: Children (and adults) of any age will love the world class Berlin Zoo, home to 14,000 animals!
Must-See Attraction: The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is a somber, but important museum for those visiting Berlin. The memorial consists of 2,711 concrete blocks that are made to commemorate the Jewish victims of the Third Reich.
Dinner: Refresh at the end of the day with dinner at the traditional German restaurant, Maximilians.
Breakfast: Head over to the popular breakfast spot, Café Galao, and enjoy a delicious meal outside.
Workout: Play a game of beach volleyball at Beach Mitte, a massive urban volleyball center that includes 50 courts.
Lunch: While clothing is required at the German restaurant, Naked Lunch, diners can enjoy a fresh and hearty sandwich for lunch.
Must-See Attraction: Take a tour through Schloss Charlottenburg, the former palace of Frederick III during the 18th century. The castle itself is a stunning representation of the baroque style, featuring expansive rooms, Royal Gardens, and an ornate teahouse.
Mind/Body Balance: Sit back and relax during a concert by the Berlin Residence Orchestra. (You will want to purchase tickets in advance.)
Dinner: Enjoy a delicious Italian meal at Opera Italiana, and toast to a great five days in Berlin!