Whether it’s a picnic in the park or a pilgrimage to the various sites of Berlin’s fallen wall, here’s a recap of our recommendations for your time in Berlin, and an eye on what’s coming soon to the city.
With IFA bringing more than 250,000 people into Germany’s capital city every September, we at IFA International try to suggest a daily broad range of cultural, culinary and leisure options for visitors who may have time to spare in their busy schedules. In our Day 1 edition Burkhard Kieker, CEO visitBerlin, described Berlin as the “city of freedom” and recommended visitBerlin’s apps Going Local and About Berlin as mobile guides.
For a perfect mixture of outdoor recreational park-life and historically significant architecture Tempelhofer Feld is our first recommendation for next year’s IFA. The large parkland became home to Tempelhof Airport in the 1930s: at the time one of the world’s largest buildings, it is a monumental example of the architectural style of the National Socialist regime. After the airport closed in 2008, the city of Berlin reclaimed the structure and the 386-hectare open space for public use. Today, the area has a six kilometre cycling, skating and jogging trail, a 2.5 hectare barbecue area, a dog-walking eld and an enormous picnic area for all visitors. It has also become the home of the German round of the Formula E World Championship.
As we prepare to say Auf Wiedersehn again, it is worth remembering that this is a big year for Berlin – the 30th anniversary of the Peaceful Revolution, the end of division between East and West Berlin and the beginning of the fall of the Wall in 1989. All the more reason to make a pilgrimage to the many different remnants of the old concrete border. Whether it’s Checkpoint Charlie and the Asisi Panorama, or the street art haven of the East Side Gallery – the longest open-air art gallery in the world. Even in its absence the Berlin Wall still exerts a strong presence in the city. As Burkhard Kieker of visitBerlin pointed out, there will be a city-wide Festival Of Freedom November 4-10 – so if you needed an excuse to come back and visit Berlin before the end of 2019, this has to be top of the list. Feel free to look back at our various recommendations and we will see you back here in 2020. Tchuss!