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Discover the top photo spots in Berlin

Berlin is a wonderful combination of historical landmarks, vibrant culture, cutting-edge architecture, fabulous food and buzzing street scenes making it a top city for photography. Photographer Fabian Pfitzinger presents 29 of his favourite spots around the city with over 60 images to inspire your visit.

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If you don’t have enough time to hit all of the locations listed in this guide, concentrate on the very heart of the city. A photo walk, starting at Victory Column and ending on the observation deck of the Park Inn Hotel at Alexanderplatz, takes in some of the most important and photogenic sights like: House of the World’s Cultures, Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, Government District, Museum Island, Berlin Cathedral and of course the TV Tower.

The annual Berlin Festival Of Lights takes place every year in October. It lasts for nine days and is every photographer’s playground. Every evening, from 9pm till midnight, numerous landmarks all over Berlin are illuminated by large video projections, designed by different light-artists.

The festival is definitely worth a visit and it can keep you busy for days. No ticket is needed. Just pack some snacks and a bottle of wine and immerse yourself in capturing some of Berlin’s most famous sights in a very unique light.

TRAVEL TIPS

Generally speaking, Berlin is a quite safe city and tourists and photographers normally won’t face any problems, as longs as they practice common sense. That means, maybe it’s not the best idea to flash your 2000 € camera while walking alone through districts like Kreuzberg, Neukölln or Wedding at night. Always keep your wits about you and you’re unlikely to encounter any problems.

Don’t forget to bring some comfortable shoes. Although the public transport system is quite efficient, you are likely to cover a lot of km walking, while exploring the different neighbourhoods.
And don’t despair in case you forgot sth. at home. It’s highly unlikely you won’t find it in Berlin.

Standard voltage in Germany is 22 V, 50Hz AC. Plugs are the continental type with two round pins. Mobile phones work on GSM 900/1800 and coverage is consistent throughout the city. To avoid high roaming costs, consider purchasing a local SIM card (your phone must be unlocked though). The cheapest and least complicated option is to get a SIM card from a discounter supermarket like ALDI or LIDL.

Publicly accessible WIFI spots are more and more common (e.g in BVG train stations) and almost every café, bar and restaurant offers WIFI for paying guests.

Berlin is fairly easy to navigate. The public transport system is run by the BVG and consists of S-Bahn, U-Bahn, buses, trams and regional trains. The U-Bahn (subway) runs most frequently, normally from 4am till about 12.30am on weekdays and throughout the night on weekends. It is the go-to mode of transportations to reach most of the major tourist spots in the inner city.

The S-Bahn doesn’t run as frequently (around every 10 minutes for most lines) and the circle-line as well as the lines crossing right through the city (S1, S2, S25, S5, S7, S75) are the most useful for visitors.

Another convenient way to get around, especially during the warmer month, is by bicycle. Get one from your hostel, a rental station or just watch out for bike-sharing stations like Call-a-Bike from the DB or LIDL.

If you want to visit some locations outside of the city centre and don’t feel like relying on public transport, then register for one of the car sharing programs like Car2Go or DriveNow.

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About The Author

Fabian Pfitzinger

Born and raised in Berlin, Germany I earned a masters degree in architecture from the Technical University of Berlin and the Tongji University in Shanghai. When I was 24 years old, wanderlust struck and my passion for photography grew simultaneously with a desire to travel the world. So far I’ve visited around 50 countries on three continents. With each trip I started to delve deeper into travel photography and everything I know about it is self-taught. Specializing in travel- and landscape photography I now work as a freelance photographer. Berlin is my homebase and I love photographing it, but I’m travelling and exploring the world whenever the possibility arises.