A Guide To Your Berlin Stag Weekend
Go Karting while popular in the UK get’s an extra twist with a superb circuit in Berlin. Another of our most popular Berlin activities involves Germany’s most celebrated gift to the world, sit in the pub or see the sights? Well with a Beer Bike you can do both! However if you prefer your thrills with a bigger splash our Kayak Tour is nothing short of epic!
Best Bars in Berlin
Stagger Lee - With an American wild west feel the this bar is uber cool and is where many of Berlin’s bright young things flock to see and be seen.
February - Berlin International Film Festival Exactly what it says on the tin.
May - Carnival of Cultures Superb four day urban street party.
June - Christopher Street Day Parade Berlin’s spectacular LGBT Pride festival.
August - Bier Festival A celebration of Germany’s greatest export!
September - Berlin Festival Berlin’s largest music festival with headliners from around the world.
September - Oktoberfest Why question the fact it traditionally starts in September? Just enjoy!!!
"Berlin is a pulsing, exciting city with so many varied and distinctive neighbourhoods, iconic history all around, great food at all levels and from every corner of the world ... an excellent place to set up camp and make a great record."
Where to Head...
Berlin is a party that loves to party. In fact it’s impossible to go to Berlin and not have an amazing time. As an early evening warm up, Alexanderplatz is a wide square close to the train station of the same name, you’ll find plenty of al fresco drinking and dining options. To get into the thick of the party-loving-action head to Mitte, an area rife with top bars and restaurants. Formerly part of East Berlin, Friedrichshain is another area that thirsty stags will love.
There are three major historic sights which are well worth a visit.
- Brandenburg Gate - This seriously impressive gateway was once marched through by Napoleon. The allies did likewise after the fall of Berlin in 1945.
- Berlin Wall - Built by the communist East Germans it was declared it would keep the ‘fascists’ (West Germans) at bay. In truth it was to stop East Germans leaving as 20% of the population had defected by the time it was built in 1961. It finally fell in 1989 and The Hoff was asked to perform on top (no seriously, he was!).
- Checkpoint Charlie - The official passing point of the wall and has featured in dozens of thriller novels and movies.
The longest wall of trainers in the world can be found at KICKZ in Munzstasse.
Germans are the second largest beer drinkers in the world (behind the Czech Republic). There are over 1,300 breweries in Germany, making over 5,000 beers. That’s quite a pub crawl.
Germany has the second largest population in Europe, 88 million (the largest is Russia).
Germany has won 4 World Cups, 3 European Championships and in 1996 they ‘nicked’ Three Lions (Footballs Coming Home) as their own anthem. Many Germans also claim 1966 as a victory owing to the controversial 3rd goal and "the ball that didn’t cross the line".
A Taste of Berlin
Eats - Serving the best Bavarian food and beer, everything at Hofbrau is big. Big portions, big beers and plenty of big German sausages (ok, stop giggling at the back, we’re talking about their bratwursts… We give up!). The perfect place to prepare for a big night out.
Drinks - Yes the beer is superb but when in Berlin you really should toast the
condemned man groom with some traditional German schnapps. Available in every flavour imaginable all bars and pubs will have traditional schnapps on offer.
"The greatest cultural extravaganza that one could imagine."
- David Bowie
On Ya Bike! Getting Around Berlin
As you would expect, Berlin has an impeccably well run transport system. Getting around the city is both efficient and punctual in a perfectly Germanic way. To make the most of the transport grab a travel card (WelcomeCard) which will allows you hop on and off overground and underground trains (Metro), buses and trams.
Alternatively you can grab a nextbike all over the city, which are the equivalent to ‘Boris Bikes’ in London.
Although both rail and road trip to Berlin are incredible journeys with some amazing scenery you’re far better of going by air.
Budget airlines and rival flights mean it is now cheaper than ever and you can get to Berlin for less than the price of a tank of petrol.
"Bitte" - Please
"Dank" - Thanks
"Botshafter" - Ambassador
"Ein Bier bitte." - A beer please.
"Zwei Bier bitte." - Two beers please.
"Viele Biere bitte." - Lots of beers please.
"Ich habe einen Kater." - I have a hangover.
"Das sind meine Freunde" - These are my friends
"Dribbeln Sie, oder haben sie die Tollwut." - Are they dribbling or do they have rabbies?
"Auf wiedersehen und gute fahrt." - Goodbye and a good trip.
32 Reasons Why Berlin Rocks!
Der groβe afpel - When people say that Berlin is big, they mean it. The city is in fact nine times bigger than Paris with an area of 892 square kilometres.
Building Bridges - Berlin also has a frankly ridiculous 1,700 bridges - that easily sweeps aside Venice, although you won't find any stripy-shirted gondoliers in the Deutsche capital.
Green for go - The first traffic lights in Europe were installed in Potsdamer Platz back in 1924, we're not sure how they regulated traffic before - but they didn't have to cope with constant red lights, so it must've been better. Let's go back to that shall we?
Multi-cultural city - Berlin has over 470,000 residents holding foreign passports from over 184 different nations. It's the most multi-cultural population in Germany actually, which is amazing when you consider the country's troubled past.
Currywursten - This massively popular Berlin delicacy is absolutely delicious. About 127 tonnes of the stuff is consumed every day, and you owe it to yourselves to try some on your Berlin stag do.
Curry 36 - Speaking of Currywursten, the locals think that Curry 36's curried wursts are the best in the city, and if you are looking to get a load of this Berlin delicacy (which indeed you should be) then this is the place to go. Read more...
Michael Jackson - Before he passed away, the 'king of pop' had a bit of a funny five minutes here and dangled his son 'Prince Michael II' out of the windows of a luxurious hotel near the Brandenburg Tor. Sounds like a Thriller to us...
Berlin Wall - Once a symbol of oppression, now a symbol of peace and unity - the broken remains of the Berlin Wall have become a must-see attraction on any Berlin stag weekend - a picture of the lads here would make for a great profile picture we reckon.
Tiergarten - On a sunny day in Berlin, a little kick about in Berlin's massive urban park could be just the thing to work out the remains of any seemingly un-shifting hangovers. It'll be shirts vergleich skins we reckon!
TV Tower - In former East Berlin, you'll find Germany's tallest building at a towering height of 368 meters. Most Berliners would choose this tower over the Brandenburg Gate as a cultural icon, and you can even ascend the tower to see an unparalleled view of the city's skyline.
Kulturpark - There aren't many cities that would celebrate the broken remains of a now defunct theme park, but that's exactly what Berlin's done. You can't get close to the rides, but you can get a good look at the gigantic rides that nature's now reclaimed. It's spooky, unusual, and very cool. Find out more...
The Reichstag - You can climb up the dome to see some epic views, but the main attraction is this building's history - both good and bad. There are a few cultural landmarks in Berlin, and this is one that you really can't afford to miss out on. Read more...
Doner Kebabs - So you know that greasy slab of meat you treat your drunken self to after a big night on the town? You can thank Berlin for that - it's widely considered that the modern version of the Doner was invented in this city way back in the 70s, and it's been a local favourite ever since.
Hertha BSC - Berlin's premiere football team are often overshadowed by league rivals like Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, but that doesn't mean that they aren't a force to be reckoned with in their own right. Having won the Bundesliga 2 title three times, they've become mainstays in the top flight of German football, and they don't look like dropping from those heights any time soon.
Union Berlin - Hertha's lower league rivals might not have reached the dizzying heights of the Bundesliga, but they're still a plucky, energetic side that favour attacking play, guaranteeing that you'll never be bored if you decide to watch them on your Berlin stag do.
Football Spectating - You can see both these teams as part of our epic football spectating packages. We can arrange transport to and from the stadium, as well as tickets to the best matches amongst the home fans, so you can cheer on your Berlin side of choice like you would your favourite league team at home. Find out more...
AGUEVO! - This is probably the best place to find authentic Mexican food in Berlin - the tacos are positively weighed down with toppings and the burritos are thick with the finest ingredients - a word of warning though, you've got to have seriously hardened taste buds to avoid sweating out in this spicy restaurant. Discover Aguevo...
Checkpoint Charlie - Another infamous Berlin landmark, Checkpoint Charlie was once used to control the flow of immigrants from East and West Germany. It quickly became a symbol of the Cold War, representing the divide in the middle of the city - although thankfully these days it's just another landmark.
Dominic Monaghan - The actor of Lost and The Lord of the Rings fame was actually born in Berlin, albeit to British parents. He stayed until he was 11, and is actually fluent in German. Das ist gut, ja?
Tierpark - Berlin's largest zoo is, well, large - founded over 150 years ago, the zoo has the largest array of animals in the world with epic beasts ranging from fierce Lions to no-nonsense Gorillas. Find out more...
Berghain - This club is often referred to as the best in Europe, but you have to get in there first. The doormen are notoriously picky about who they let in, with entire online forums devoted to figuring out the enigmatic door policy - it's worth it though, once you're in, the party can often last until breakfast. Discover Berghain...
Stagger Lee - This bar is totally different from most Berlin bars. For one, you can actually see the stag sat in front of you (for better or worse) and the speakeasy décor creates a unique atmosphere that's equal parts classy and alternative. See the Stagger Lee...
John Muir - Any bar that has cocktails called things like 'Delusions of Grandeur' and 'Heidi Figginbottom' is surely worth a look in - and if you do decide to visit John Muir, you'll find one of the manliest cocktail bars in the city. Find out more...
Beer Coach - You and your squad of thirsty stags being pulled in a coach by horseback, throwing back the beers (possibly in lederhosen), what could be more Germanic?!?! See more...
Prinzipal - If Bond visited Berlin, this is where you'd find him ordering his Vodka Martini. It's suave, sexy and sophisticated - we'll have our drink shaken not stirred geschüttelt, nicht gerührt. Read more...
Dr. Pong - This bar is mental in all the right ways - there aren't tables here, at least, not the kind you drink on. Instead there are ping pong tables everywhere as well as the cheapest booze in the city. Dr. Pong will see you now...
'Ich bin ein Berliner' - ...said JFK, beginning years of urban myths that said that Kennedy's poor use of German grammar had actually lead him to say 'I am a jelly doughnut' (a Berliner was a popular pastry at the time).
Traffic - This is Traffic you'll want to get caught up in - this club is seriously futuristic and as a bonus you can watch all the best Bundesliga and German national team matches here before the big party begins. Wundebar!
Brewery Dinner - There might be no better way to kick off a big night out than with one of our epic brewery dinners. Get your laughing gear around real food for real men with the freshest beers and ales available to wash it all down. Read more...
Prater - We wish we could find beer gardens like this back in the UK. On a gloriously hot summer's day in the German capital, an ice cold beer in Prater is all you need to kick all the condemned man's grooms' nearly-wed worries into next week. Find out more...
Badeschiff - This bar is seriously awesome, because not only can you enjoy an outdoor terrace with some of the most delicious beers in the city, but you can also go for a swim in the pool which literally floats on the river seine. See for yourselves...
Tresor - Deep, dark and full of weird and wonderful design quirks, Tresor encapsulates all that's great about Berlin's nightlife. The nights here are truly mental with packed out crowds and some of the biggest house tracks we've ever heard - this is clubbing as you've never seen it before.
Top Tweeters - I Love Berlin provides you with unexpected facts and stories about the city, as well as a unique take on all the latest news so you're always in the know. Visit Berlin is the one-stop-shop for tourist information, so if you're ever left a little lost for things to do (which is unlikely in this epic city) then these guys can point you in the right direction!
Facebook - YAAM Berlin are always worth a follow, if only to discover what events they're hosting on their awesome artificial beach during your stay. Berlin Festival doesn't really take an off-season, when they aren't promoting their own event, they're letting you know who's playing where and when so you can catch the best live acts in the city.
"The greatest cultural extravaganza that one could imagine." David Bowie
Wunderbar weekends in Berlin
Berlin is, without a doubt, one of the most diverse, energetic and dynamic cities in Europe - and so a Berlin stag do is just as amazing. It’s a powerhouse of the European clubbing scene, housing some of the biggest and best clubs the continent has to offer and appears on lists of the top party hotspots in the world again and again. Berlin has a complicated history to say the least, but that’s only helped the city regenerate itself into a thriving, throbbing, party metropolis with an insane mix of different nightlife options, with cutting edge bars next to industrial-style warehouse raves. It’s been through a revolution, controlled by fascists, survived a war, literally ripped in half, and eventually reunited - and now it’s finally ready to party.
It’s not just the nightlife either - the fall of the wall in 1990 meant that the whole city underwent a sudden cultural revolution resulting in some of the best restaurants, hotels, and entertainment in the world springing up. The crazy, rich, history has built Berlin into a hub of enthusiasm, energy and culture, and an unbeatable choice for a huge stag weekend. It's the capital of the country with the world's largest beer festival - why aren’t you already booking a Berlin stag do?!
Where? Location, location, location...
"Berlin is the testicle of the West" Nikita Khrushchev
Berlin is a pretty big, spread out city, but the underground system (U-Bahn, when you’re over there) is second to none. It covers pretty much the entire city along with the S-Bahn (the overground), so no matter where you station yourselves you’ll be able to find your way to the top spots with very little difficulty. That said, basing yourself in the centre of the city, around Prenzlauer Berg, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg, or Mitte gives you the best access to nightlife, so if you’re planning on hitting the Deutsch clubs hard on your Berlin stag weekend, we’d stay around there.
When should we have a Berlin stag do?
Whenever you like. Berlin is the capital city of Germany and like any capital city, it's constantly on the go - there’s a festival for literally every month of the year and a few extra in some months. Even if there weren't things like the Internationales Berliner Bierfestival (we’ll let you work out the translation) going on, StagWeb has got plenty of activities in and around the city to keep you busy in Berlin instead, from go karting to handling weapons in a target shooting session.
Getting to your Berlin stag weekend
Overseas stag trips are always a bit more difficult logistically but as a major European capital, Berlin keeps it pretty simple. Flying in is definitely the easiest option for a stag do in Berlin, unless you and the boys have a spare day to spend driving across Europe. There are two airports in Berlin - Tegel International does the majority of international flights, but Schönefeld runs the low cost airlines like easyJet or Ryanair. There are plenty of trains and buses in to the city centre from both airports.
Dining in Deutschland
Let’s face it, German food doesn’t quite have the reputation of, say, French... or Italian. Or Mexican. Or Japanese, or Indian, or Chinese. But if you’re looking for something cheap, filling, and manly, there’s nothing better. There’s no flouncing around with delicate little pastries or fragile flavour combinations here, it’s just rich, meaty food that will fill even the hungriest of stags.
The inventor of the Doner Kebab lived in Berlin.
- Schnitzel - sometimes known even more hilariously as Weiner Schnitzel, this is essentially chicken fried steak, except with more macho meat like veal or pork.
- Bierkase - cheese specifically for eating with beer, near beer and dipping in ...beer...
- Spätzle - noodles, if noodles were on steroids. Taste more like dumplings than pasta, and could teach mac and cheese a thing or two about being a filling and delicious cheesy dish.
- Currywurst - an infamous Berlin dish of sausages, ketchup and curry powder. There is not a single ingredient in that list we don’t love.
- Bratwurst - another sausagey winner. We’d recommend you try anything served in Germany with the word ‘wurst’ in the name.
- Sauerkraut - put some on your wurst.
So why StagWeb?
A stag do abroad is always going to be more expensive than just schlepping down the local for your mate’s big send off. Naturally then, you and the boys will want your Berlin stag weekend to become the stuff of legends. StagWeb can help you find the very best in Berlin, from the accommodation to the activities to the latest, hottest nightlife the city has to offer. We’ll also make sure that your stag do doesn’t have to be a bank breaker, offering you hotels, activities, and a ride from & to the airport from as little as £149pp. If you want to find out more - no commitment, no obligations - give us a call, or ask us to call you. Berlin is an uber-exciting, booming force to be reckoned with on the stag do scene - and we can make sure your weekend there is completely wunderbar!
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