City destination Berlin: Looking for eco-friendly hotels, tours, activities and restaurants in Germany’s capital? Here our recommendations for green accommodation, tours and healthy restaurants in Berlin.
Berlin and sustainability
What draws attention is the atmosphere of happiness, solidarity and creativity in Berlin. Remembering the history of the city, you may be surprised by the drastic change – how the war legacy created a base for the construction of contemporary innovative places, how once divided into two, now the city stands up for values of freedom, tolerance, and diversity, and for a sustainable way of living. This reflects in the many sustainability and grassroots initiatives, for example, Emergent Berlin Fest.
At the same time, Berlin’s urban development strategy 2030 envisions a green and compact city, boasting a dense network of green spaces and corridors which are accessible by foot and add to a healthy lifestyle.
Getting around in Berlin
Tip: get a Berlin Welcome Card for up to 6 days (that’s what we used) to be able to use all public transport and discounts for museums, shops and more.
Berlin U-Bahn (underground, subway) can make you feel a little lost at first sight. But once you’ve figured out how the lines are connected, it is very convenient to use – especially since the tourist sights are distributed all over the city.
Bicycle is another option for those who prefer to travel slow, and would like to explore the many things along the way. Berlin is continuously improving and investing in its public bicycle network.
Thanks to the Volksentscheid Fahrrad (Bicycle Referendum) initiative, Berlin is becoming a bicycle-friendly city. The initiative is also a good example of how citizens take responsibility for the place they care about, responding to global issues like climate change with local initiatives.
Green hotels in Berlin
If you value eco-friendly hotels, Berlin is the place for you. Here a few properties which come highly recommended:
Circus Hotel, Hostel & Apartments
The guys at Circus really know how to please their guests. The Hotel is ideally located in the centre of the city, just a stone’s throw away from the boutique shops of Hackescher Markt, the galleries of Scheunenviertel, and the museums of Museum Island. For those with a smaller budget, the Circus Hostel is across the road, and there are also the Circus Apartments for those who need more space or are planning to stay longer.
“Lulu Guldsmeden has just opened its doors and it’s absolutely adorable. A beautiful building with the best location on Potsdamer Strasse. Berlin has a very special vibe that is a perfect match for the Guldsmeden way of life: relaxed, friendly and informal and at the same time innovative and full of life and humor.”
“The Almodóvar hotel is located in the fashionable Berlin district of Friedrichshain and is inspired by the creative spirit of this pulsing metropolis: modern – creative – global – vibrant. Centrally located in Boxhagener Straße, the Almodóvar Hotel offers excellent connections to all parts of the city and is therefore the ideal base for your stay in Berlin.”
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Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz
“The hotel is furnished in Scandinavian style and creates a relaxed atmosphere in contrast to the hustle and bustle on Potsdamer Platz. The modern surroundings offer an outstanding selection of shopping opportunities, restaurants and entertainment. Our hotel is the greenest in Berlin and has 16 conference rooms that are perfect for sustainable meetings.”
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Germany’s most sustainable conference hotel is a short train ride from Berlin. Not your place for visiting Berlin, but if you have a bit of time and would like to explore the capital’s surroundings in a very quiet setting, this is it.
Eco-friendly tours and urban adventures
Berlin has a never-ending list of things to do. Here only a few suggestions. Don’t hesitate to contact Berlin Tourism for advice on sustainable adventures and eco-friendly activities in the German capital!
Prinzessinnengärten is located in Kreuzberg, vibrant and artistic district. In summer you will find a nice café with refreshing homemade lemonades. All the revenues from the bar support the non-profit learning activities offered in the garden.
Ton Steine Gärten at Künstlerhaus Bethanien cultural center is a nice place to start your day: go for the breakfast in the local café, visit contemporary art exhibitions and the historic building, spend some time wandering around Kreuzberg district and come back for an open-air cinema to the cultural center in the evening.
Are you especially interested in exploring sustainable and eco projects in Berlin’s neighborhoods? These guys know where to go. Check their tours and go to explore and learn.
Parks & river
Berlin is well-known for its many parks, with Tiergarten being the most popular. Locals love to hang out in them during summer, or whenever the sun comes out. Have a picnic and beer under some shady tree.
Or: relax along the Spree river (two popular spots are at the East Side Gallery and Embankment of River Spree, Monbijou Park with music, dances, bars). If you are looking for a calmer atmosphere, head to the Landwehr Canal.
More info on parks in Berlin here
The Earth’s natural plant diversity is the main focus of all activities at the Botanic Garden and Botanical Museum Berlin (BGBM). It features extensive scientific collections – together with the historic garden and greenhouses, the museum, the library and modern research infrastructure. Website
Healthy, vegetarian and vegan eateries in Berlin
You will find plenty of eco-friendly and delicious places to eat in Berlin, which is also the capital of organic “bio” supermarkets and shops.
Recommendations by Marc Lorenz (Lulu Guldsmeden Hotel):
Tips by Andreas Becker (Circus Hotel):
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