Berlin: A Walking Guide around Checkpoint Charlie

Last updated Aug 13, 2023


Can you handle Europe’s coolest city? Berlin is oozing with trendy markets, obscure museums and rooftop drinking spots. Tick off top attractions such as Brandenburg Gate and the Holocaust Memorial and then get under the city’s skin, spotting street art in Kreuzberg and antiques along the canals. Our stunning aparthotel couldn’t boast a better location, sitting pretty just around the corner from Checkpoint Charlie. Explore Berlin’s best bits on foot, discovering some hidden gems along the way.


Best Nearby Attractions


1. Welt Balloon

Look out the window of your Wilde Aparthotel, chances are you’ll see the Welt Balloon, the largest captive balloon the world! Elevating you 150m above Berlin’s skyline, see top sights like the Television Tower and the Reichstag from a totally different perspective. Check the weather before you go, the balloon can only fly in low winds.

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2. Trabi World

Next to the balloon, you can’t miss the row of wildly designed Trabi cars. A nostalgic symbol of East Germany, rent your own Trabi for the day or pop into the museum to learn all there is to know about this iconic car. There’s nothing quite like the feeling of driving through the city in a leopard print convertible…


3. Curry at the Wall

Still a mere 2 minutes’ walk from Wilde Aparthotel, you’ll find the best no-frills on the go snack Berlin has to offer. Curry at the Wall serves up authentic currywurst and bratwurst along with their vegan counterparts. Grab a quick lunch or a late night snack and pick up a jar of their signature curry sauce as a souvenir.


4. Restaurant Tim Raue

For something a little fancier, Restaurant Tim Raue makes the ideal date night out. Foodies everywhere will drool over their multiple pan-Asian inspired tasting menus complete with stunning wine list. With 2 Michelin stars and excellent reviews, this is the ideal choice for that special holiday treat, plus you’re just 5 minutes’ walk back to the apartments for a post-dinner tipple.

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5. Murphy’s Irish Pub

Sometimes you just can’t beat an Irish pub… With live music and a calendar of events, Murphy’s is always a good time. Choose your poison from the extensive drinks menu (pina coladas anyone?) or stay for a full meal – it’s incredibly good value! The full Irish breakfast will sort you out after a heavy night.


6. Disgusting Food Museum

Marmite: hate it or rate it? Berlin’s Disgusting Food Museum is an exploration of the psychology of disgust, and it’s a whole lot of fun! From stinky cheese to Spam and everything in between, take a stomach-churning tour of weird and wonderful food. A foodie adventure for all the family, or an alternative museum to break up all that art and history.


7. Westberlin Coffee

Some of the city’s best coffee happens to be a mere 5 minutes’ walk from the Aparthotel. Westberlin is a coffee shop slash media hub where you can pick up the latest issues of specialty creative publications along with your joe. Stylishly-designed with a sleek minimalistic vibe, order any variation of coffee (non-dairy milks aplenty) and a slice of homemade cake to boot.

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8. Mundo Tapas Bar

A little slice of Spain in Berlin. Munch down on a tapas specialties for great prices, as they say themselves; ‘the more you eat the less you pay’. Try crispy croquettes or authentic pulpo (octopus) or smash a plate of patatas bravas. A great spot for drinks too, pop in for an aperitif, they serve classic cocktails, chilled Sangria and a wide range of wines.


9. Insider Tours Berlin

One of the best ways to see Berlin’s alternative side… Insider Tours offer street art tours and pub crawls. Feel like a local Berliner as you check-out the coolest bars and find the newest murals. The meeting point is a ten minute walk away! Remember to wear comfortable shoes, there’ll be plenty of walking around on this one.

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10. Checkpoint Charlie

Our list wouldn’t be complete without our namesake! This historic border crossing is just around the corner and begging for a photo op. Take a selfie on front of the sandbags and check out the museum beside it to learn all about life in Soviet East Germany. Berlin’s top sight is right on your doorstep!

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