Frank Hearts Berlin
Spring is the time to get fit again and prepare for summer. Winter months had us indulging in way too many sweets and a lazy lifestyle. It’s time to get on our bikes, yoga mats and put on the running shoes. This route is designed to spend a day in the name of health and fitness in Berlin with several options to be active and eat well. As we like to say it in German: Sport frei!
How about starting your day with a power breakfast? The new Silo Cafe in the heart of Friedrichshain comes as quite the surprise in terms of style and kitchen. You would probably expect to come across a Brooklyn-inspired place like this in Mitte or Kreuzberg, but here we go with hip interior including industrial lamps and bike on the wall. They serve popular Berlin-roasted coffee from The Barn — local residents love it. In terms of food we recommend their breakfast, specifically the egg white sandwich which is huge and delicious.
STAB is short for Stickabush — it is the name for one of the most loved sneaker stores in town. They have everything a sneaker collector could ever dream of, including all the major brands as well as a few more boutique ones.
East Side Gallery
The East Side Gallery is one of the longest remaining pieces of the former Berlin Wall that divided the East and the West of the city until Germany was re-united in 1989. This part of the wall along the Mühlenstraße between Oberbaumbrücke and Schillingbrücke is also the biggest outdoor gallery of Europe — every concrete panel has a huge artwork on it. The wall was painted after the reunification. Unfortunately the murals suffered from erosion and were painted over by graffitis over the years. Since the mid 90s an organisation is collecting funds and donations to keep the artworks intact and since 2000 the murals have been renewed, mostly by the same artists that did the original works.
Daluma is a brand new place that has already won a lot of fans in the city. It specialises in raw food and known for its delicious cold pressed juices. They also have some small dishes for breakfast and lunch, as well as salads and smoothies that make excellent snacks during the day. The best part is that everything is prepared with a focus on healthy and sustainable living.
You will see from far — it's a weird and interesting looking structure of Mount Mitte with some old GDR cars hanging in the air. This place is really unusual for Berlin, but it’s quite hilarious and can be fun to discover. It is a crazy maze of wheels, pipes and ropes. Some of their parcours might be a bit challenging for some, and others a breeze for the more fit ones, but it’s fun and you have a little bit of a view from the top. They also have a skyfall experience — it is included in the entry fee.
Humboldthain is one of the biggest and most beautiful parks in the district of Wedding. There are a lot of opportunities for fun activities — there is a public pool, playgrounds for kids, climbing centre on the facade of on old bunker, wine gardens and more. There is a lot to do and to explore in this huge green oasis.
Have a swim at the spectacular Stadtbad Neukölln. It’s very popular, so don’t expect to swim in peace, but it’s for sure a stunning place to enjoy the water. There are also a couple of saunas, a steam bath and several thermal baths to relax and get some spa feeling at the end of the day.