It is raining cats and dogs, your perfect day in Berlin is about to fall through and your mood is drowning? No need for grief – the capital has plenty of things to do for all weather. Here are our recommendations for an unforgettable rainy day in Berlin:
The sky is gray, the clouds are low and the rain clatters down against the window? Don’t worry, let’s start with a nice breakfast. With coffee and the rich breakfast buffet at Industriepalast Hostel your day starts cozy and promising. Finished your coffee? Put on your rain jacket, open the umbrella and let’s rush to the S-Bahn-Train.
Water is a big issue today, so we go to the Aquarium at the Zoological Garden. More than 13,000 animals of more than 1,000 species make the Zoo Aquarium Europe’s most species-rich aquarium. Salt- and freshwater fishes, octopuses, jelly fishes, seashells and even sharks and rays bring an impressive underwater world right to the city. But also amphibians, reptiles, insects and spiders can be seen in the Aquarium. One highlight: the large crocodile hall full of tropical plants. There’s only one place where you can see even more sea life at a single glance: AquaDom & Sea Life between Alexanderplatz and Hackescher Markt has a 25 meter high acrylic glass cylinder filled with 4,000 animals. It’s the world’s largest cylindric aquarium and with the glass elevator you slide right through.
Before we go for a little lunch let’s put a smile on our faces. With subway U2 we ride from Zoological Garden to Stadmitte, there we visit the Ritter Sport Colorful Chocoworld and put together our very own individual chocolate bar. How about cereal flakes, smarties and marshmallows? It’s common knowledge that chocolate makes one happy, especially on a rainy day. With U6 and U1 we ride to Görlitzer Bahnhof, where we grab a tasty Falafel, Bulgur Salad and a sweet cup of tea at Rissani’s.
Time to open the umbrella again as we rush to Görlitzer Park to play a very unique match of goofy golf: right next to the famous Café Edelweiß we enter a world of black light and neon, probably the world’s craziest black light goofy golf course! An hour later we head back towards Berlin-Mitte by taking the U8 from Kottbusser Tor to Alexanderplatz, where we visit a spooky-funny afternoon show at Berlin Dungeon.
Our rainy day comes to a close, but we are not tired yet. We take the S-Bahn back to Industriepalast Hostel and have a hot chocolate at the bar. Suit up and off to a solid dinner! We take the Tramway for two stations to Revaler Straße and stroll to the neighboring Simon-Dach-Straße where our partner restaurant Keule serves delicious German food.
Sated and refreshed we give our rainy day a perfect end and take the S-Bahn to the Stage Theater of the West (close to Zoo Station). The pompous theatre, built in the 1890s, hosted one of the most vivid stages during the twenties and has now featured musicals from all over the globe for a couple of years. From the 26th of October on you can watch the ABBA-Musical Mamma Mia! there.
With many songs stuck in our minds and full of many wonderful impressions we head back to Industriepalast Hostel, where we close our perfect rainy day with a cocktail at the bar. And if tomorrow there will be rain again? So what, Berlin has a lot to offer indoors, too!
Enjoy all weather,
Blogger at Industriepalast Hostel
is Berliner by choice and a passionate backpacker himself. As a receptionist he knows the real hostel life; as a blogger he's been writing for Industriepalast Hostel's Berlin blog since 2014.