Eight of our favourite places in Berlin

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When Gemma Smyth visited Berlin she decided to take a new approach to trip planning by asking Rough Guides' Facebook fans and Twitter followers for their recommendations. With three full days at her disposal she endeavoured to visit a mixture of well known tourist sites and hidden gems, some recommended, some found along the way and most accidentally discovered when in search of a good meal.

Museum of Things

Kreuzberg is home to Berlin's artsy types, with street art, bookshops, cafés, and a definitively eclectic and liberal feel. Hidden away down the side of an apartment building just off Oranienstrasse you'll find The Museum of Things.

The museum displays a range of everyday objects from telephones to Casio watches, "documenting modern everyday life characterized by commodity culture". If you are interested in design or art history then this is one for you.

If this doesn't sound like your bag then take a wonder down Oranienstrasse anyway and pop into NGBK bookshop and exhibition space.

Pizza Dach

Wühlischstrasse is choc-a-bloc with shops and restaurants. Pizza Dach is small, cosy, colourful and serves a pretty hearty pizza for a very reasonable price (with two pizzas and drinks costing under €20).

The music at Pizza Dach is less background and more really loud Europop, so this is the sort of restaurant you should visit for a quick bite before moving on to a bar, rather than for a romantic meal.

Gardens of the World

Looking for an oasis in the concrete jungle of Berlin? Look no further than the Gardens of the World. Located in the suburbs of Marzahn, this expansive space allows you to take a world trip from Italy to England and Bali to China. The Gardens are also used as an event space so watch out for their current announcements.

Get here with the Berlin WelcomeCard and save 25% on entrance tickets.

Brandenburger Gate

As well as being architecturally impressive, the history of Brandenburger Gate tells the story of the city from Napoleon's defeat of the Prussian Army in 1806, to the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989. It's definitely a tourist attraction (Starbucks and Dunkin Donuts are never far away) but don't let that stop you.

If you're interested in learning more about the adjacent Reichstag, consider booking a privately guided tour. Reichstag is one of the most modern and innovative parliament buildings in the world and your guide will explain more about its history and importance.

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Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

In the centre of Berlin, right next to Brandenburg Gate, sits the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (often referred to as 'the holocaust memorial'). Designed by Architect Peter Eisenman this memorial remembers the six million Jewish victims of the holocaust.

This is not your typical memorial, you can walk through it and experience it in a way that is completely unique to you. Each time I have walked through the towering, disorientating sculptures I have felt slightly different.

A trip to the Information Centre which lies directly below the memorial is well worth it; especially the Room of Dimensions which displays quotes and memoirs from Jewish people persecuted during the holocaust. A sobering experience.

You can also choose to visit the memorial and other city highlights on a bike tour or a private walking tour.

Café Einstein

If you're looking to splash out a little on a nice breakfast then look no further than Café Einstein, a classy café that is famous for its coffee and serves great food (I recommend the fruit with yoghurt and honey).

Café Nö!

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Situated just off Unter Den Linden, Café Nö! is a haven away from the hustle and bustle of central Berlin, an intimate café experience with candles and a beautiful bar tucked away to the right of the entrance.

I ordered a mezzé style platter for two and what I got was enough for four: Salami, homemade sausage, olives, garlic bread, bruschetta and lots more!

If you're in the area and looking to explore Berlin more like a local, take a guided walking tour with a real Berliner. This small group tour allows for plenty of questions along the way to discover how Berlin turned into this cultural metropolis.

Vietbowl

There's a couple of Vietbowl restaurants in Berlin but the one I went to was in the Friedrichshain area of Berlin, a tram ride away from the East Side Gallery. Vietbowl is one of the best Vietnamese restaurants I've ever eaten at, not only do they serve fantastic food for casual diners but two starters, two mains and drinks costs less than €20.

When asked for your tips on social media, Slow Travel Berlin directed us to the Museum of Things on Facebook, and @SaschaNeth introduced us to Café Einstein. We couldn't visit all the places you suggested, but here are all your best suggestions – visit some for yourself and let us know what you think.

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