Most people search for different activities on a Sunday than on every other day in the week. Some people like to take it easy because of religion, others like to relax because they had a party the day before. Lucky enough Berlin offers more than just great parties: There are plenty of relaxing things to do on a Sunday in Berlin. One of my favourite activities on Sunday is still to visit the Mauerpark.
The Mauerpark in Berlin
The Mauerpark is a park in the north of Berlin not far from station Gesundbrunnen. On a lazy Sunday in Berlin it the perfect place to hang around and enjoy the versatile activities. You are allowed to grill in the park, every Sunday there is a large fleamarket with secondhand products and many people gather around livebands which are playing at random spots in the park. All these activities request a minimum of physical exertion but are still very satisfying.
But the greatest thing the Mauerpark has to offer on Sunday is certainly the Bearpit Karaoke. Karaoke is usually associated with bars and tipsy people but this image will change as soon as you visit the Mauerpark. Every Sunday in Berlin thousands of people visit the Mauerpark to enjoy the performances of a wide range of people. It started quite small in 2009 (see info below) but has gained lots of popularity the last years and is one of the main attractions in Berlin at this moment.
The story behind the Karaoke in the Mauerpark started with a guy called Joe Hatchiban. Since 2009 Joe Hatchiban has been travelling around with his battery-powered speakers, giving many people the possibility to dicover the artist inside themselves. Besides festivals, street-performances and christmas markets Joe is mainly famous because of his Karaoke in Mauerpark. Every Sunday thousands of people find their way to the stone amphitheatre in the Mauerpark to enjoy other people sing and dance.
The greatest aspect of the Karaoke in Mauerpark is probably the awesome atmosphere. There is simply nobody who dares to be annoying and even less talented singers get support: You do not hear a single “boo” during the whole Sunday which makes this Karaoke so great. Besides that, Joe Hatchiban is doing a great job by adding some humor to the whole thing and choosing exactly the right volunteers. The mix between young/old, male/female and talented/sloppy makes you want to spend your whole Sunday in Berlin here.
Besides the Karaoke, the Mauerpark is also famous for its Sunday flea market. Especially during the summer this flea market are very popular and can be quite busy. From Secondhand clothes to selfmade painting and from special types of food to electronics, you can find it on this flea market. Everybody is welcome to sell stuff: If you bring your own table it costs 10€ per meter and if you want to rent a real stand it costs 35€. On Sunday in Berlin most normal shops are closed so this is a great way to do somet shopping. You will find unique products and they are a lot cheaper than normally.
Want to sing?
If you want to overcome your fears and sing a song yourself all you have to do is raise your hand when Joe is looking for a volunteer. If you have special song you should bring the song on a USB-stick but most songs are available on the laptop of Joe. It is advisable to choose a song which you know very good because there are no large screens where you can read the text from.
If you are interested in visiting one of the karaoke-sessions on a Sunday in Berlin you can read a lot of information on the bearpit-website of Joe Hatchiban. In the Summer Joe is around with his speakers every Sunday but when the weather gets colder the Karaoke sometimes gets cancelled. Therefore it is smart to keep an eye on the facebook-page to make sure you do not get dissapointed.
The Mauerpark is most easily reached from station Eberswalder Straße. If you decide to go by car or bike you can insert the address Bernauer Strasse 63-64 which is a good spot to enter the park. Obviously there is no entrance and you can bring your own drinks and food if you like. Hopefully this article motivates you to visit the Karaoke in Mauerpark the first time you are in Berlin on Sunday.