Talking of cycling, around half of the households in Berlin don’t own a car and 12 percent of all journeys are taken by bicycle. Exploring Berlin’s 1,000km network of bicycle paths is a brilliant, eco-friendly way to see the city. Companies offering guided cycle tours include Berlin on Bike, Fahrradstation, Fat Tire Bikes or Berlin Insider – and public bicycle rentals can be found all over the city.

If you’re into water sports, you’ll want to check out the lakes of Berlin and Brandenburg, which form the largest connected water area in Europe. There are rowing boats, pedal boats, motorboats and sailing boats as well as surfers and canoeists on the Wannsee Lake and the Havel and Spree rivers.

Tempelhofer Park, not far from the city centre, is a huge area full of other activities. Both locals and tourists now enjoy running, cycling, skating, sports classes, rollerblading, kiting, windskating, and more.

Food and drink in Berlin

Organic, locally grown food is becoming increasingly popular in Berlin. As well as the more traditional döner kebabs, currywurst und meatballs, you can find ‘vöner’ (veggie kebabs), organic currywurst and other vegetarian and vegan dishes.

The Prenzlauer Berg district has vegan restaurants which serve dishes such as apricot-walnut kofte, pumpkin ravioli on a red onion emulsion, and lemongrass crème brûlée. Berlin’s Mitte district is where you’ll find power smoothies full of detoxifying ingredients, as the superfood detox trend is really taking off in the area.

Organic fruit and veg, meats, cheese and freshly baked bread – all from certified organic farms – can be found on Kollwitzplatz in Prenzlauer Berg, Lausitzer Platz, Chamissoplatz, Winterfeldplatz and Marheineke Markthalle in Kreuzberg’s Bergmannstraße neighborhood. There’s also Green Market Berlin, the city’s first vegan lifestyle market and the city’s annual vegan summer festival, taking place on Alexanderplatz.