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Get to know Berlin a little better with local journo, Rachel Bale.

Rachel’s Detour

1. Mauerpark
Gleimstraße 55, 10437
Occupying an area once notorious as “no man’s land” between west and east, Mauerpark has been and remains an area for free expression where you find many number of Berliners enjoying their free time. Impromptu concerts, sports activities, and graffiti, are just a few of the reasons to pass by. On Sundays, the city’s largest flea market draws tens of thousands.

2. Kastanienallee
Kastanienallee, 10435
A beautiful, leafy street lined with fashion boutiques and cafes. And if something catches my eye, I sometimes like to stop inside for a bit of a browse.

3. Rosenthaler Platz
Rosenthaler Strasse 72, 10119
I pass the intersection at Rosenthaler Platz and admire the TV tower reaching toward the heavens. I love the way it sparkles in the sun on a clear morning.

4. Auguststraße
Augustrasse, 10119
One of my favourite streets in Berlin lined with galleries, boutiques and exclusive restaurants. If I’m in this area, I always peek into the historic Clärchens Ballhaus, an old dance hall unchanged for a hundred years.

5. Neue Synagogue
Oranienburger Str. 28-30, 10117
I have a few favourite cafés I like to work from, like Distrikt Coffee in Mitte, where I love the interior design and friendly service. I’ll work for a few hours and might get some lunch there before heading off, detouring past Oranienburger Strasse to admire the gleaming gold Neue Synagogue if the sun is shining.

“ I love nothing more than exploring, I feel so connected with the city on the bike and I especially love watching the seasons change around me ”

About Rachel

Rachel Bale is an Australian expat currently living in Berlin. Working as a freelance writer, she chose to live in Berlin for its cheap living costs, thriving expat community and its creative culture.

She draws a lot of inspiration for her work from her travels and is also the founder and editor of the travel blog ‘The Department of Wandering’ where she writes about expat life as well as travel experiences for the design-conscious.

She’s never in the one place for too long and you can tag along on her adventures on Instagram at @departmentofwandering.

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Coffee HIT
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Start at the Berlin wall and work your way around some of Berlin’s best coffee, parks & architecture.

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Start in Görlitzer Park, pass by the Landwehrkanal for a spot of Boule and take in the horizon at Tempelhofer Feld.