Berlin really is on everyone’s bucket list, it has been popular among travellers for years. The never ending hype about Germany’s capital mainly feeds on its exceptional art and party scene in europe . So chances are that you also came here to enjoy its infamous bohemian lifestyle and it’s wild 24/7 party. But while you are here, why not check out some of the rarely heard-of activities Berlin also has to offer?
1. Letting go: Base Flying
Right above Alexanderplatz, you have a chance to get a kick you can usually only experience while bungee jumping. You can jump head first off Berlin’s tallest building and get the thrill of a 50-meter free fall! Unlike a bungee jump, you are tight to a metal rope connected to a winch. This winch slowly brakes your fall after you have experienced an amazing adrenaline rush. By the way, the view from up there is quite nice, too!
(Base Flying, Park Inn, Alexanderplatz)
2. Gone with the wind: Kitelandboarding
A huge abandoned airfield right in the city centre is something you can only find in Berlin! While the vast stretch of green is great for relaxing walks, it is also a place to go kiteboarding. Without water! The custom-built boards used here have wheels, so the activity is actually a hybrid of kiting and skating. Except that the wheels are big enough to also ride through the grassy parts of the airfield. It is recommended to know the basics of kiting. If you don’t, take a class with one of the local companies.
(Tempelhof Airfield, various companies, e.g. ‘Berliner Kiteschule’)
3. Need for speed: Germany’s longest digital carrera track
Want to race your car without the danger of getting hurt? Then this right here is your place! On this impressive track you can challenge up to five other drivers at a time. Unique here: You can overtake and change lanes! In order to give you the ‘real’ race experience, you are even required to take virtual gas stops. Once over the finish line, the track’s software lets you evaluate your driving skills. The perfect activity for a hung-over Sunday afternoon!
(Slot Haus, Dominicusstr. 43, 10827 Berlin.)
4. Safari: Wildlife in the urban jungle
Believe it or not: Berlin is full of wild animals! Foxes checking the traffic before they cross roads, smart crows letting cars crack walnuts for them, yes, even wild boars hanging out in the capital’s many parks. And that’s only the tip of the iceberg. If you want to see more of the wildlife, join a wilderness tour. These tours mostly leave early in the morning or in the middle of the night and they bring you up close with Berlin’s four-legged inhabitans. Trust me: After the tour, you will never see the city with the same eyes again!
(Several companies, e.g. Berliner Wildes Leben)
5. Dive deep into history
Berlin is a lot more than what you can see above ground – mostly due to its turbulent history. The city is undermined by countless train tunnels, pipes and underground storage rooms. Add all the WWII bunkers and you get the picture. Some of these places have not been accessible for a long time, others are still buried today. But you can also visit many of these underground spots nowadays, and doing so is a real adventure! For example, check out the mother-child-bunker you would never expect underneath Kreuzberg which once provided room for 3000 people.
(‘Berliner Unterwelten’ offers more than 10 different underground tours)