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Where are the most instagrammable places in Berlin?
Whether you are visiting the city or a photo-obsessed local, you may be wondering where to find the most instagrammable places in Berlin. And, if you are anything like me, you may want to go beyond just snapping shots of the Brandenburg Gate. So this post will cover the top lesser known scenic spots in Berlin, split into 3 categories: historical spots, icons from an alternative viewpoint, and the most Instagrammable neighbourhoods in Berlin. Don’t miss my latest favourite, #8 Bergmannkiez.
Without further ado, here are my favourite Berlin photography suggestions:
- Schloss Biesdorf, Berlin’s Pink Palace
- Fortresses and Cobblestones in Köpenick
- Half-Timbered Houses in Spandau
- Secret Berlin Tours
- Monbijoubrücke: Best TV Tower and Spree Panorama
- Insel der Jugend, the Island of Youths
- Friedenau’s Posh Facades
- Karlshorst’s Garden Network
- Bergmannkiez: the Paris of Berlin
Berlin’s Most Insta-Worthy Historical Spots
Schloss Biesdorf, Berlin’s Pink Palace
When I discovered that Berlin had a pink palace named Schloss Biesdorf, I knew that I had to visit. But life got in the way for a while, and I moved to Switzerland and back, and did not get the chance until recently. Because I am a huge fan of photography and everything girly, I fell for this neoclassical beauty right away. The palace was built by a duke in 1868, purchased by the Siemens family shortly thereafter, bombed during WWII and restored post-communism to its former glory. In terms of access, the Palace is conveniently located a couple hundred metres from S-Biesdorf.
Old Town Köpenick
If you read my post on the top things to do in Berlin this summer, you will already be familiar with Köpenick. This is without a doubt one of the most Instagrammable places in Berlin that only locals know about. Köpenick escaped WWII bombings. As a result, the old town looks much like it did back in the 1600s, with cobblestone streets, castles, turrets and a few half-timber houses. Set where the Dahme River meets the Spree, Altstadt Köpenick is criss-crossed with canals, adding to the picturesque scenery.
If you’d rather see Köpenick from the water and learn some local history along the way, you can take a leisurely cruise.
Old Town Spandau
If you are based in West Berlin, you can get a similar experience in Spandau’s Old Town. And if you want to see more half-timbered houses (I did!), Altstadt Spandau is the place to go. Much more compact than Köpenick, you can visit this old town in a couple hours. The U-bahn takes you straight to your destination (stop: Altstadt-Spandau).
Secret Berlin Tours
If you’re more of a tour person, you can choose to go off the beaten path with a guide, opting for private or group tours. I personally am a huge fan of Get Your Guide, with over 400 tour options in Berlin for visitors, but also for locals.
Lesser Known Spots to Snap Away at Berlin’s Icons
Monbijoubrücke is the most touristy this blog is going to get, promise! This bridge provides the perfect opportunity to get a shot of the TV tower, the Spree River, and the Bode Museum in one go. Depending of course, on your angle. Therefore, when I am showing Berlin off to visitors, this spot just off the beaten track is always on the list.
Insel der Jugend
Insel der Jugend or Island of Youth is a tiny island in the Spree that served as a club house and summer camp during the communist era. One of the boys who went to this camp loved the location so much he swore he would open a cafe in the island’s half-timbered towers when he grew up. And he did – he still is the owner today. You can quickly reach Insel der Jugend from the city centre by train, hopping off at S-Treptower Park.
The Most Instagrammable Neighbourhoods in Berlin
Many locals refer to Friedenau as Berlin’s best kept secret. Although this neighbourhood is only a 10-minute S-bahn ride from Potsdamer Platz, it is surrounded by greenery and filled with cute brunch places and shops. Another area not destroyed during the war, Friedenau still boasts stately facades, housing art galleries, specialty stores and private residences. The upmarket neighbourhood is definitely worth a wander.
Karlshorst’s Garden Network
Karlshorst offers a beautiful network of small gardens (in German: Kleingartenanlage). These go on for miles, connected by narrow dirt paths with fairytale names such as ‘Alley of the 7 Dwarves’. Even if you don’t have a green thumb, this is the perfect place to walk or jog and completely leave the city behind. The gardens surround an old airport, adding to the feeling of intrigue as you get lost for hours. The best way to access the gardens is to get off the S-Bahn at Karlshorst Station and make your way towards Waldowallee.
Bergmannkiez: my absolute top recommendation
Last but most certainly not least, Bergmannkiez is an Instagrammer’s dream. I just visited this beautiful area a few days ago and will definitely be back. When people think of Kreuzberg, they usually don’t associate the bustling, sometimes gritty suburb with immaculate streets and grand balconies, reminiscent of Paris or Vienna. However, this is exactly what you get in Bergmannkiez.
Which of the most Instagrammable places in Berlin will you visit next?
In conclusion, there are many Instagram-worthy places in Berlin. The wonderful thing about this city is that there is always more to discover, and I’m sure I will soon be updating the article. Meanwhile, which of the most Instagrammable spots will you visit next? Let me know in the comments!