The Berlin Photography Guide: The best Photo Spots and Walks

Martin U WaltzStreet Photography Tips

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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.

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Yep, that is Berlin – East Side Gallery

After the the street photography walk section, you’ll find further recommendations for top  Berlin photography spots like

  • markets,
  • subway stations,
  • parks and
  • museums. 

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


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The Brandenburg Gate in Berlin – Beautiful light at dawn and sunset

Walkcentral 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


The TV tower at Alexanderplatz – #thattoweragain on Insta

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


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U-Bahn Station Eberswalder Strasse – busy at day and at night

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


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Kottbusser Tor – Burger, Drugs and Brutalist Architecture

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


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Warschauer Strasse – where ugly becomes beautiful

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


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The Holocaust Memorial – in many ways a challenging place

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


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Westberlin – Prosperous but the party is elsewhere

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

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The swing at Mauerpark – #urbanromatix

  1.  Turkish market
    When: Tuesday and Friday
    Best time: Early afternoon
    Getting there: U-Bahn Station Schoenleinstrasse
  2. Market at Boxhagener Platz
    When: Saturday and Sunday
    Best time: late morning
    Getting there: U-Bahn Station Samariterstrasse
  3. Winterfeld Market
    When: Saturday
    Best time: late morning
    Getting there: U-Bahn station Nollendorfplatz
  4. Mauerpark
    When: Sunday
    Best time: Early afternoon till sunset
    Getting there: U-Bahn Station Eberswalder Strasse
Recommended Parks to explore

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Tiergarten – the huge inner city park

  1. Tiergarten
  2. Volkspark am Friedrichshain
  3. Park am Gleisdreieck
  4. Tempelhof Airfield (former airport)
  5. Volkspark Humboldthain (amazing view over the city on top of former WWII bunker)
  6. Weinbergspark

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Tempelhof Airfield -The nothingness is breath-taking

Great S-Bahn / U-Bahn stations for Street Photography

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Ostkreuz – S Bahn station with a view

  1. Ostkreuz
  2. Südkreuz
  3. Märkisches Museum
  4. Fehrbelliner Platz
  5. Alexanderplatz
  6. Potsdamer Platz

Best Museums for Street Photography in Berlin


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Neues Museum – amazing light on the stairs

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.

  1. Neues Museum
  2. Alte Nationalgalerie
  3. Gemäldegalerie
  4. 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:

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:

Recommended Camera and Film Shops in Berlin

Prints

Any drugstore (DM or Rossmann) will do prints, if you need high end prints go to viertel vor 8 or  Fotopioniere

To sum it up, these are my absolute favorites

The best 7 Street Photography Spots in Berlin

  1. Alexanderplatz
  2. Warschauer Strasse / Oberbaumbrücke
  3. Holocaust Memorial
  4. Mauerpark (on Sundays)
  5. Subway station “Eberswalder Strasse” area
  6. Zoologischer Garten
  7. Museum’s Island

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Martin U Waltz is passionate about  street photography. Berlin, the radiant capital of Germany is his preferred hunting ground.

Martin is a founding member of the Berlin1020 photography collective and the editor of The German Street Photography Site.

Martin has won numerous international photography awards. His work has been shown in exhibitions in New York, London , Dublin, Rome, Budapest, Bucharest and Berlin.