What are the best places for photography in Berlin? The amazing Berlin photo walks? The cool photo spots in Berlin?
I get these questions quite often, so I decided to write the photography Berlin guide, that I would want to read. Do you want to do a street photography tour in Berlin or do you need to find the relevant Berlin photo spots to fill your Instagram? This Berlin photography guide will work for you either way. Here is a list of my favorite photography spots in Berlin arranged in 7 walks.
Do you wish for a guided Berlin photo tour in Berlin? Look no further, book me for a personal street photography workshop and let me show you the Berlin I love.
Interested in the essential Berlin Photography Tour?
Do the Berlin Mitte Walks. The Walks 1, 2 and 6 cover all the standard attraction in Mitte you might want to share with your Instagram followers. Add to this Walk 5 covering the Eastside gallery and the iconic Oberbaumbrücke and you are basically done with Berlin on an Instagram level.
This is also perfect one day Berlin photography tour.
After the the street photography walk section, you’ll find further recommendations for top Berlin photography spots like
- subway stations,
- parks and
Finally i have added some service information for the photography geek:
- Where to buy film in Berlin?
- Where are the great photo exhibitions in Berlin?
- Where can you have prints made in Berlin?
7 Photography walks across Berlin
Safety: Berlin is a fairly safe city. Contrary to some media reports, there are no “no-go-areas”. Yet as in all big cities there is a certain amount of crime and violence. Much will depend on your street smartness but there are – rarely- acts of random violence. Trust your gut feeling, if it feels unsafe, it probably is. The easiest way to increase your safety, team up, don’t go alone. Safety comes in numbers.
All places are color coded
- green: generally safe area – still keep your stuff tight, pickpockets are ubiquitous.
- orange: still safe but keep you eyes open
- red: watch your back, be vigilant, particularly at night. teaming up is a good idea.
Walk 1: Government District, Mitte
Walk: central station – Washington Platz – along the river spree direction east – Paul Löbe Haus – Reichstag – Brandenburg gate
What to expect: Modern architecture, tourists, travellers and Angela Merkel
Best time: During day time, Brandenburg gate has excellent light at dawn and sunset
Getting there: S-Bahn station “Brandenburger Tor” or S-Bahn station “Hauptbahnhof”
Walk 2: Mitte-Mix
Walk: S-Bahn or U-Bahn station Friedrichstrasse -Georgenstrasse – Museum’s island – Hackescher Markt – visit Hackesche Höfe and Haus Schwarzenberg – Neue Schönhauser Strasse – Münzstrasse – Alexanderplatz
What to expect: A crazy mix, the grungy but busy Friedrichstrasse station and ugly but lively Alexanderplatz, the poetic museum’s island, outdoor Tango dancers, 3rd wave coffee-shops, hipster shopping and anything in between. Outstandingly beautiful walk on summer evenings.
Best time: day time and summer evenings
Getting there: S-Bahn / U-Bahn station “Friedrichstrasse” or “Alexanderplatz”
Walk 3: Prenzlauer Berg
Walk: U-Bahn station “Eberswalder Strasse” – Kastanienallee – Oderberger Strasse – Rykestrasse – visit Kulturbrauerei
What to expect: heavily gentrified neighbourhood, 3rd wave coffee shops, nice bars, clubs restaurants, very busy at night, excellent for night shots
Best time: afternoon, evening and night
Getting there: U Bahn station “Eberswalder Strasse”
Walk 4: Along the canal, Kreuzberg and Neukölln
Walk: Kottbusser Tor – Reichenberger Strasse – Mariannenstrasse– Paul-Lincke Ufer – Maybachufer – Planufer – Admiralsbrücke
What to expect: Kottbuser Tor is easily the most notorious neighbourhood of Berlin, you will find anything here, drug dealers and drug addicts, Turkish immigrants, party people, artists, alternative lifestylers, tourists etc. Kottbusser Tor is quite active at night with a lot of bars and restaurants being open. As for the walk within some hundred meters the neighborhood changes into nice and gentrified. A lot of well known streetart between Kottbusser Tor and Schlesisches Strasse along Skalitzer Strasse. Summer evenings people hang out at Admiralsbrücke. Great atmosphere. Oranienstrasse (close to Kottbusser Tor) is well worth a visit at night (bars, clubs, restaurants).
Best time: day time and summer evenings
Getting there: U-Bahn station “Kottbusser Tor”
Walk 5: Across the Spree, Kreuzberg-Friedrichshain
Walk: U-Bahn station Schlesisches Tor – Oberbaumbrücke – Warschauer Strasse– visit Eastside Gallery– visit Raw area (Warschauer /corner Revaler Strasse)
What to expect: Easily my favorite walk. Magnificent vistas from Oberbaumbrücke, breath-taking urban ugliness, terrific light at dawn and sunset, busy day and night, the Raw area can be a bit rough, don’t go alone at night.
Best time: Afternoon till night
Getting there: U-Bahn station “Schlesisches Tor” or “Warschauer Strasse”
Walk 6: The new Mitte
Walk: Potsdamer Platz – Leipziger platz – visit Mall of Berlin– Holocaust Memorial
What to expect: Basically everything you’ll see is built after the unification of Berlin. Modern architecture, offices, shops, shopping centers, restaurants, bars cinemas. completely artificial yet buzzing with people. The mall of berlin offers an open gangway on the second floor, which allows for some interesting views Potsdamer Platz has a huge underground area including an U-Bahn, train and S-Bahn station. The holocaust memorial is well worth a visit for many reasons. Street photography wise it is a challenging but rewarding terrain. Best bring some time and be patient.
Best time: day time and early evenings.
Getting there: U-Bahn / S-Bahn station “Potsdamer Platz”
Walk 7: West Berlin, Schöneberg – Charlottenburg
Walk: Wittenbergplatz – Tauentzienstrasse – Breitscheidplatz – Zoo – Kurfürstendamm – Uhlandstrasse – Savignyplatz – Knesebackstrasse – Ernst-Reuter-Platz
What to expect: Modern and not so modern architecture, offices, shopping areas, bars, coffee-shops, restaurants, galleries. Relaxed and laid back. This was the former center of Westberlin, today it is still going strong but the party is elsewhere.
Best time: Daytime, wonderful light in the evening
Getting there: U-Bahn station”Wittenbergplatz” “Zoologischer Garten” or “Ernst-Reuter Platz”
…more great Berlin photography spots
Best Markets in Berlin for Photographers
- Turkish market
When: Tuesday and Friday
Best time: Early afternoon
Getting there: U-Bahn Station Schoenleinstrasse
- Market at Boxhagener Platz
When: Saturday and Sunday
Best time: late morning
Getting there: U-Bahn Station Samariterstrasse
- Winterfeld Market
Best time: late morning
Getting there: U-Bahn station Nollendorfplatz
Best time: Early afternoon till sunset
Getting there: U-Bahn Station Eberswalder Strasse
Recommended Parks to explore
- Volkspark am Friedrichshain
- Park am Gleisdreieck
- Tempelhof Airfield (former airport)
- Volkspark Humboldthain (amazing view over the city on top of former WWII bunker)
Great S-Bahn / U-Bahn stations for Street Photography
- Märkisches Museum
- Fehrbelliner Platz
- Potsdamer Platz
Best Museums for Street Photography in Berlin
Museums are a great place for street photography and a great choice if the weather is ghastly outside. Not all museums in Berlin allow photography. The ones on the list do.
- Neues Museum
- Alte Nationalgalerie
- Hamburger Bahnhof
And obviously there is more.
If you feel adventurous explore Neukölln start with Hermannplatz and follow Sonnenallee, if you are looking for a Berlin street photography experience free of tourists and expat hipsters, you may want to try Rathaus Steglitz and follow Schlossstrassse up north.
Photography Exhibitions in Berlin
There are at any time many photography exhibitions in Berlin. The Website PIB lists all ongoing photography exhibitions in Berlin. Within walking distance to U / S-Bahn station “Zoologischer Garten” you will find the “Bermuda triangle of photography” in Berlin:
There are many more galleries for photography in Berlin and some other photography exhibitions loctions. These are my favorite places to see photography in Berlin – in random order:
- Willy Brandt Haus (bring passport)
- Aff Gallery
- Carpentier Gallery
- Robert Morat Gallery
- CWC Gallery
- Kehrer Gallery
- pavlov’s dog
- Photo Gallery Friedrichshain
- Gallery Springer
- Alfred Ehrhardt Foundation
- Atelier for Photography
Recommended Camera and Film Shops in Berlin
To sum it up, these are my absolute favorites
The best 7 Street Photography Spots in Berlin
- Warschauer Strasse / Oberbaumbrücke
- Holocaust Memorial
- Mauerpark (on Sundays)
- Subway station “Eberswalder Strasse” area
- Zoologischer Garten
- Museum’s Island
Martin U Waltz is passionate about street photography. Berlin, the radiant capital of Germany is his preferred hunting ground.
He is a founding member of the "Berlin1020" street photography collective and one of the the editors of "The German Street Photography Site".
Martin is the co-author of the book "Street Photography: Made in Germany" published by German publishing house Rheinwerk Verlag.