It’s traditionally supposed to be the day of rest, and accordingly, most shops in the city stay closed. But do you really want to spend your Sundays in Berlin doing nothing? Hilda Hoy plotted out a full itinerary for the best conclusion to your weekend.
Sundays are for enjoying life. Here's how we do it in Berlin.
SWEET, SWEET SLEEP
One thing is universal: Sundays are for sleeping in. Start your Sunday the best possible way and laze in bed a little longer.
FOOD, GLORIOUS FOOD
Brunch was made for Sunday. By many Berliners’ standards this is still early for brunch, but you’ve got a full day ahead, so up and at ‘em. Visit Charlottenburg’s
Café Wintergarten im Literaturhaus
(Fasanenstr. 23, www.literaturhaus-berlin. de) for an elegant breakfast surrounded by literary grandeur, or try Prenzlauer Berg’s
Pasternak (Knaackstr. 22–24, www.restaurant-pasternak.de) for a lavish Russian-inspired buffet.
Digging around in flea markets is a popular weekend activity. If you’ve brunched at the Café Wintergarten im Literaturhaus, head to the weekly antique bazaar on Straße des 17. Juni (open 10am-5pm, opposite S Tiergarten). If your belly is full of Pasternak’s blini pancakes, stroll over to the two flea markets in the area at Mauerpark (open 9am-6pm) and
With more than 170 museums across the city, taking in a little art and culture is a beloved Sunday pastime, especially when the weather makes staying indoors a necessity. The five museums on Museum Island are all worth a visit, though
the Gemäldegalerie museum of classic painting is usually less crowded. If the lack of shopping on Sunday is making your wallet feel too heavy, you can also indulge in a little consumerism at museum gift shops, which are a great place to browse for souvenirs and beautiful books, like at the three-room gift shop in the Martin-Gropius
Bau. Most museums also have their own on-site café for a post-visit cup of coffee and slice of cake. The Sarah Wiener café at the
Hamburger Bahnhof modern art museum is one of the nicest. (Most museums close at 6pm on Sundays, www.smb.museum)
TIME TO UNWIND
Relax with an aromatic sauna at Liquidrom (Möckernstr. 10, www.liquidrom-berlin.de), which features a hip, modern vibe and frequent appearances by DJs to provide a trippy soundtrack. If you’re dreaming of an exotic getaway, the Vabali sauna complex (Seydlitzstr. 6, www.vabali.de) takes its inspiration from the lush spas of the Far East. Both are open until midnight.
If you really need some supplies on Sunday, the train stations at Hauptbahnhof, Friedrichstraße, Zoo, or Ostbahnhof are home to supermarkets and pharmacies that are
open on Sundays.