Berlin, Germany is a popular tourist destination and European vacation stop, but you don’t have to go to the most popular spots to have a great time. Unique things to do in Berlin give visitors space to explore in new ways and see new sides to the city, from a spa experience to tea, an aquarium, and a few historical sites, there’s always something unique and new in Berlin.
The following 7 unique things to do are all wheelchair accessible, providing seasoned visitors with new places to visit and the first-time visitor extra opportunities to see all of Berlin.
Unique Things to Do in Berlin
The first unique thing to do in Berlin is to visit Liquidrom, a spa in the center of Berlin that offers a range of treatments including nude bathing, thermal baths, a sauna, spa treatments, and more. This spa goes beyond the traditional experience with the addition of lights, sound, and even music to enhance your time in the baths.
The accessibility of Liquidrom is as follows, per their FAQ page, “People with Handicap: Guests with handicap will receive free entry for one accompanying person upon presentation of an identification card marked “B”. The handicapped person can only book an online ticket for himself in advance – online booking is recommended to secure your place. The accompanying person receives free entry on place.” For specifics about the accessibility of treatments, rooms, and needing assistance during your visit, please contact the spa before your appointment for more information.
2: Tajikistan Tea Room
The Tajikistan Tea Room is a restaurant that celebrates the Republic of Tajikistan, providing a space for people to come together to spend time, discuss, and find community. The cozy and warm ambiance creates a space where everyone can relax, enjoy tea, get comfortable, and spend time together. Inside there are pillows and cushions for seating on the floor with low tables, guests are required to remove their shoes to get comfortable and truly enjoy the space. There are also tables with chairs for traditional seating while still enjoying the refreshments provided.
The accessibility of the Tajikistan Tea Room is wheelchair accessible, depending on where you would like to sit. There are pillow places (no shoes) for seating on the floor, and chair places where you can wear shoes. For wheelchair users it is possible to visit while remaining in a wheelchair, or there is the option to transfer to the cushions and floor seating for a more traditional experience. Depending on the weather, there is also outdoor seating with standard tables for enjoying your tea in the warm afternoon.
For a unique aquarium experience, add visiting the AquaDom to your list of things to do in Berlin. Located in the lobby of the Radisson hotel, AquaDom is a cylindrical fish tank known as one of the biggest in the world. The tank houses over a million liters of water, an entire coral reef, and over 2,500 fish. To take this sight beyond its size, the true unique quality is that observers can use an elevator to go into the middle of the tank itself, viewing the tank from the inside with a 360 degree vantage point. The tank is cared for on a daily basis, so in addition to seeing fish and the reef you may also catch a diver caring for the creatures.
Visiting the aquarium is wheelchair accessible, as it is located in the lobby of a well-known hotel chain. The elevator ride is also wheelchair accessible. Visitors can explore SeaLife Berlin, the company that cares for the tank, located next door to the hotel.
4: Stasi Museum
The Stasi Museum is a unique museum that explores the history of the German Democratic Republic, GDR, Ministry for State Security. The exhibit provides great insight into the history of State Security, mainly how it affected the population during its active time. This is a unique museum for getting a better understanding about the history of Germany in the exact location where the Ministry operated from 1957 to 1990.
The Stasi Museum is wheelchair accessible from a door on the corner of the front of the building, near the main entrance from the street. This door is an automatic door and gives visitors access to the front of the museum. From here visitors can also access the elevator, or lift, to the exhibits. There is a stairlift to provide access to the restrooms, as well as the entrance hall that the main entrance door opens into.
5: Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is a free museum established in 2005 to be Germany’s central Holocaust museum. It stands as a memorial to the 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust. The museum itself has two parts, the monument, which is the Field of Stelae, and a visitor’s center which is underground. Admission to the memorial is free, and both the field and the visitor’s center are wheelchair accessible. There isn’t any on site parking, but there is a bus stop nearby.
The Memorial is wheelchair accessible, with the use of a staff operated lift to visit the information center. The exhibits have smooth access, and specifics in terms of the bathroom measurements, door widths, counter heights, and inclines are all provided on the FAQ portion of the website. All exhibits are visible and readable from a seated and a standing position. Wheelchairs can fit in the field among the monuments, but there is a limit of 6 wheelchairs at one time, for safety.
6: Führerbunker Parking Lot
Not all unique things to do require a few hours, the Führerbunker Parking Lot is a quick stop location to visit a historic spot, take a photo or two, and learn a bit more about Germany’s history. The Führerbunker Parking Lot is the site of Hitler’s death, as the bunker is located underground directly under this specific parking lot. Hitler ultimately lived in the bunker for 5 months before his death, and the parking lot is pretty unremarkable on purpose, an ordinary parking lot with an informational board to highlight the history. The space was officially marked and the plaque was installed in 2006, to mention the historical background to the space.
The parking lot is wheelchair accessible, with a cobblestone path. The location is on the corner of In den Ministergärten and Gertrud-Kolmar-Straße. Overall, it’s a quick yet very unique thing to do while in Berlin, perhaps on your way to the day’s main activities.
7: The Ramones Museum
The last unique thing to do in Berlin is to visit The Ramones Museum, an accidental museum started by one fan’s collection, this space includes a memorabilia museum and side cafe. Started in 2005, the outside is fairly inconspicuous, outside of the large Ramones emblem on the wall and a set of doors with guitar necks for handles. Inside there is a range of memorabilia along the walls, giving a unique window into what goes into collecting while also learning more about the band. Next door there’s a comfortable cafe for having a snack or relaxing on the front patio. Any fan of The Ramones, music, or alternate museums will have a blast here.
The museum and cafe are wheelchair accessible, but both have a small raised threshold to get inside. The museum is on the small side, so there may not be a lot of space to maneuver, but there is plenty to see in the main gallery space even from the entrance.
There are so many unique things to do in Berlin as a wheelchair user, from museums to highlight the history of Germany to The Ramones, an amazing aquarium inside a hotel, unique tea sampling, and a relaxing day at the spa. There’s something for everyone in Berlin and when you’re planning your trip, don’t forget to add some unique experiences to the itinerary.
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About the Author:
Cory Lee is a wheelchair user, travel addict, and accessible travel writer. On his blog, Curb Free with Cory Lee, he hopes to inspire others to roll out of their comfort zones and see all the beauty our world has to offer.