Apocalypse, now and then. These are rough times to say the least, but storms pass and the good times shall return again. COVID-19 is the latest thing to send the world into a panic, and the travel world has ground to a serious halt. What to do now? Well, a will and a way aren’t difficult to find, but ways to take your mind off a global pandemic without retreating into alcoholism and despair aren’t quite as apparent. In Your Pocket is here, never fear, with some ways to enjoy Berlin despite the whole ‘world going to hell’ thing.
Berlin is a far more pedestrian-friendly city than it seems to get credit for. Our site has a number of Pocket planned walks that are perfect for visitors and locals alike, short strolls that will help you get to grips with this most historic of cities. Just be sure to stay a safe distance away from, you know, anybody else.
An Actual Apocalypse
Berlin was the epicentre of the Cold War, the city in which ideologies faced off in the most terrifying game of Chicken that the world has ever experienced. Luckily for us all, the apocalypse was avoided, but Berlin’s somewhat deserted streets during the pandemic make for some curious visuals. You can tick off many of the great Cold War sights such as Checkpoint Charlie and the East Side Gallery, while also checking out fascinating abandoned spots like Spree Park and Tempelhof Airport. Plenty of space at the latter, after all.
Wander the Parks and Gardens of Berlin
The weather is about to start taking a turn for the better, which should go a long way to helping the world get back on its feet after this crisis. Berlin is full of green areas that are as enchanting as they are tranquil, and enforced time out of the office should encourage people to get out and explore them more than usual.
Art in the face of fear
Art conquers all, don’t you forget that now. Few cities have the artistic integrity and credibility that Berlin does, and you better believe that there will be all sorts of media coming out of the German capital when things are back to normal. One our favourite forms of art in the city is the mass of murals that cover the concrete canvases of the urban areas, proof if proof was needed that colour and creativity can lighten up even the most dour of materials. We’ve got a special feature on Berlin’s murals in the pipeline, so get your mural-seeking glasses and hat ready.
Explore the cemetery
Woah, woah, woah now, In Your Pocket, calm down! Things aren’t that bad, not yet, are they? No, we’re not saying you should visit the Friedrichsfelde Central Cemetery in order to pick out a plot of land, far from it, we’re saying you should visit to see the graves of a who’s who of German socialism. Located in Lichtenberg, the cemetery includes the final resting places of Rosa Luxemburg, Walter Ulbricht and many more.