Every time I travel somewhere I am looking for good photo spots beforehand. Sometimes this can be quite time-consuming because there are not that many valuable sources – except some so-called “photographers” that post their terrible smartphone pictures and recommend visiting these places. Therefore I will share 5 photo spots in Berlin that you shouldn’t miss when traveling to the capital of Germany. I visited all these places by myself and can highly recommend them.
Let’s directly start off with the most classical place in Berlin for me. It’s also the most famous landmark in whole Berlin and famous all around the world. I know this is not an insider tip at all, however, it has to be on the list. During the day this tourist-attraction is highly crowded all the time and it’s hard to make a good picture in my opinion. I would definitely go there at night. Not only is it less crowded, also will it shine in the light of many spotlights and become even more gorgeous. Your best bet will be to make a long exposure shot – however, you will need the right equipment with a tripod for that. I personally didn’t get the result I wish due to the fact that it started to rain and I had to protect my camera with an umbrella. (Yes, I got wet instead!)
Photo spots in Berlin: Viktoriapark
Now I will show you a beautiful waterfall in the middle of Berlin. What? Yes! You can find it in the Viktoriapark, which is located in the area of Kreuzberg. Basically, this park offers one of the best views over whole Berlin. For that, you just need to hike up next to the beautiful waterfall and you will reach the peak of a little hill from where you can see most parts of the city. Absolutely worth it. What made this park special to me was definitely the waterfall. There are several huge parks inside cities all around the world, like the one I visited in Sao Paulo, but most of them will not have a waterfall. I mean I’m used to waterfalls in Switzerland, still, I asked myself how is this even possible? The solution was quite easy: The waterfall in the Viktoriapark is an artificial waterfall, which means that it is just an imitation of a natural waterfall. Though, it was definitely one of the best photo spots in Berlin for me. If you are a photography freak you can even climb on the wet rocks inside the waterfall to make a better picture – you will just be the main attraction of everybody else 😀
- When you stay in Berlin I can recommend buying the Berlin WelcomeCard which includes Public Transport and reduced entry fees
Berlin’s Street Art
Everybody will know the Berlin Wall which still stands as a symbol for the separation of the two German parts before the wall eventually fell in 1989. I personally always love to be at places with an interesting history behind them, because it makes the moments and also the pictures I take more special to me. What I will recommend you is not just taking the usual images next to the Berlin Wall though. Don’t get me wrong, the Wall is amazing and you should visit it for sure. However, I liked to walk around in the city and explore old and charming alleys on my way. Especially if there was rain (and we had a lot of it!) you can perfectly use the water in your favor and produce amazing reflections on your pictures. The street art in Berlin is just outstanding and you can almost find some of them around every corner.
First, we had a waterfall and now we have an Island on the list for the best photo spots in Berlin? You gotta be kidding us! No, seriously, this place is called the “Museum Island and is located in the river Spree in the center of Berlin. With several museums like the Old National Gallery, the Pergamon Museum or the Old Museum it earns the “Museum” part of his name. Here I would also apply the same as for the Brandenburg Gate: Visit it at night to enjoy the whole beauty of the different pieces of architecture. Surely, the museums are not open during the night and you should go and see them during the day if you’re interested in that, however, this place looks kind of magic and extremely moody in the dark.
Best photo spots in Berlin: Holocaust Memorial
First of all, the history of the Holocaust memorial in Berlin is really sad and you should be respectful if you visit this place. I saw many people walking and even jumping on top of the memorial, which is, in my opinion, extremely disrespectful. I don’t want to preach a huge story now – but there are ethical borders that you should think about. Anyway, this place is amazing to take creative pictures. With its moody atmosphere and the interesting style of architecture, you can play with it quite easily. What I did: I put my camera on my tripod and started a long exposure shot. While my camera was capturing everything we walked in front of it – made some poses and got a ghost-like result that you can see below.