A Local's Guide to Berlin...
With just three months to go until the Berlin marathon, our wonderful runners are getting prepared and excited for one of the world’s major running events of the year. It’s set to be an incredible atmosphere set in an iconic and historical city with our runners facing one of the fastest and flattest routes, perfect for new marathon runners and PBs alike. SC's Running and Challenges team want to make sure that our runners have a once in a lifetime experience, so we’ve teamed up with Street Child Deutschland to find some of the best insider information of the city – what to do, where to eat, and where to find the perfect post-marathon pint!
Berlin is a city with a thrilling history, and there are many opportunities to explore the famous sights without having to spend a penny. Free walking tours are the best way to see and hear all about the Capital's incredible history, visiting all of the most important historical sights, including The Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag, the remaining Berlin Wall and lots more. It’s a three-hour free walking tour that is based on tips, starting at 10 am every day at the Alexander plate, so you can start exploring right after breakfast.
Going a little off the typical tourist path, we recommend travelling beneath the streets and seeing some of the most important underground structures of the city in the Berlin Underworlds guided tours, letting you see a very dark, though very interesting side of Berlin. If you’re looking for the most authentic way to see Berlin, you could get yourself into a “Trabi”, the most famous typical car from East Germany, and discover more of Berlin’s sights while driving around on a guided tour. Another option to see Berlin’s main attractions is going on a boat cruise along the river Spree. And finally, a local way to get around Berlin’s sights is bus number 100 – although there is no guide it is the cheapest tour in Berlin. Whichever mode of transport you choose, the TV tower at the Alexanderplatz is a good place for a break, where you can get a ticket to go up the tower and enjoy the magnificent view over Berlin in the rotating restaurant upstairs.
Finally, the most important part – the post-marathon celebratory drink! Almost each district of Berlin has its own brewery where you can enjoy a good craft beer that you won’t find anywhere else in the world, and some traditional German dishes such as pork with sauerkraut. The most famous brewery is the Kulturbrauerei which is located in the neighbourhood Prenzlauer Berg. Here you can find amazing beer and food plus many different cultural events almost every day.
There are so many wonderful things to do during the marathon weekend so whichever way you choose to spend your Berlin trip we have all the information to make your experience an unforgettable one!