A visit to Berlin is always unique. Even though I have visited the German capital countless times, there are always new highlights to discover. Because here it is guaranteed not to be boring. Even if more time is better, you can explore the best sights for just 2 days in Berlin.
In the following, we have, therefore, selected the most important attractions in Berlin in two days and summarized them in a comprehensive Berlin 2 days itinerary. In addition to the best sights, you will also find a whole bunch of practical Berlin travel tips. These help you plan your trip to the capital in order to easily discover Berlin in 2 days.
Berlin is the perfect travel destination for every type of traveler. Whether you are looking for culture, history, partying, or sightseeing – you will definitely find it in Berlin. In hardly any other German city you can experience the history of the German-German border as detailed as in the capital.
Whether television tower, Berlin Wall, Reichstag, or Brandenburg Gate – the sights of Berlin are an absolute must-see for Germany visitors. So if you are wondering what to do in Berlin in 2 days – you will find the answer here. And even better is that you can discover many of the attractions and monuments in Berlin on foot.
What to find out in this post
- 1 What makes Berlin so unique?
- 2 Berlin Facts
- 3 The best time to visit Berlin
- 4 How to get to Berlin
- 5 Berlin Transport – How to get around Berlin
- 6 How to spend an amazing 2 Days in Berlin
- 7 Berlin 2 Day Itinerary – Day 1
- 8 2 Days in Berlin itinerary – Day 2
- 9 More sights in Berlin
- 10 Where to stay in Berlin?
- 11 Is a Berlin Pass worth it?
- 12 FAQ about Berlin
What makes Berlin so unique?
Hardly any other city offers so much for every age group and every type of traveler. It is, therefore, not surprising that Berlin is by far the most visited city in Germany. In 2019, a total of 13.9 million visitors came to the capital (for comparison, the city in second place, Munich, was only visited by around 8.7 million tourists).
Whether you want to learn more about the history of the city or the history of the Cold War in general, look for breathtaking museums and great art, or just want to visit the best one of the best party scenes in Europe, Berlin is the perfect travel destination for everyone.
- Capital of the Federal Republic of Germany since 1990
- First documented mention in 1237
- Was divided between 1949 and 1989
- approx.3.4 million inhabitants (more than 6 million in the metropolitan area)
- most visited city in Germany
- 891.68 km² area
The best time to visit Berlin
Which is the best time for a trip to Berlin cannot even be said in general. We love Berlin in winter when the whole city is full of Christmas markets and festive decorations. But a visit to the capital is as well worthwhile during the summer. If you want to experience fewer tourists, you should probably move your visit to the capital to late autumn or spring.
How to get to Berlin
Getting to Berlin by train
Given the case that you arrive from another German city or the nearby European country, it is worth traveling by train. It can also be worthwhile to reserve your train ticket in advance to save a few euros.
Conveniently, Berlin Central Station is located right in the city center, near the Brandenburg Gate. Accordingly, your Berlin sightseeing tour can start immediately when you arrive at the train station by train.
Getting to Berlin by bus
The cheapest way to get to Berlin from other German or nearby European cities is by bus. There are some long-distance bus companies that run between Berlin and other German cities. Likewise, highway access to Berlin is very good. Unless you are stuck in traffic or arriving during rush hour, the journey is usually very easy.
The ZOB (Bus station) is located in the Westend district in the Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf district. Therefore, depending on where you are staying, it may be necessary to travel by public transport or taxi to your accommodation.
Getting to Berlin by airplane
There are currently 2 active airports in Berlin, Berlin Tegel, and Berlin Schönefeld. Berlin Brandenburg Airport is still under construction and should theoretically go into operation on October 31, 2020. After that, it will serve as the city’s main airport.
I am usually finding the best flight deals with Skyscanner.
Getting to the city center from Airport Berlin Schönefeld
Berlin Schönefeld Airport is a little further from the city center, which is why a taxi costs a little more than from Tegel airport. Despite everything, the transport connections for both airports are well developed.
Your transport options are bus, regional train or taxi. The journey time to the main station is around 30 minutes (depending on the type of transport and traffic).
You can find all the transport options and schedules from Schönefeld here.
Getting to the city center from Airport Berlin Tegel
Berlin Tegel Airport is a little closer to the city center than Schönefeld. The best way to get there is by Airport Express bus, public bus or taxi.
Depending on the traffic, you will also need about 30 minutes from Berlin Tegel Airport to the main train station.
You can find all transport options and schedules from Tegel here.
Berlin Transport – How to get around Berlin
It’s so easy to discover Berlin on foot. Many of Berlin’s attractions are close together, so you can easily experience them on foot. So make sure to take some comfortable shoes with you to walk a lot.
With the S-Bahn train, Subway & Bus
Berlin can be discovered perfectly by public transport. A day ticket for the AB areas (which generally sufficient for sightseeing) is currently € 8.60 (as of May 2020). With this ticket, you can use the city’s public transport without restrictions and discover all the sights.
By Tourist Bus (Hop-on-Hop-Off)
Another great way to get from A to B in Berlin is by tourist bus. In any case, a big advantage of the buses is that they go directly from one sight to the next. As a result, you can see all of the city’s attractions without changing transportation.
Also for people who are not good on foot, the tourist buses are a great way to see all the highlights.
Furthermore, you get all the important information about the individual tourist points during the ride via an audio guide. Such an audio guide is available in various languages and is included in the price.
By the way, you can find the tickets for such a tourist bus either on-site or online here.
If you don’t want to walk that much, you can also saddle up on your bike and take off. Berlin is conveniently designed for cyclists. Either travel on your own bike or rent one from one of many providers.
If you want to join a city tour by bike, you can find great offers here.
How to spend an amazing 2 Days in Berlin
Below you will finally find our 2 days in Berlin itinerary with which you can fully discover the main sights of Berlin.
Berlin 2 Day Itinerary – Day 1
Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)
Opening Hours: 24 hours
Entrance Fee: free of charge
Station: Brandenburger Tor (S1, S2, S25, S26; U55; Bus 100, 245)
At the probably most iconic monument in Berlin we want to start our 2 days Berlin itinerary. The symbolic gate is located in the heart of the German capital on Pariser Platz, on the popular Unter den Linden boulevard, right in the Mitte district of the city.
The Brandenburg Gate, which today not only symbolizes Berlin but also the whole of Germany, embodies above all the reunification of Germany. This is because the famous Berlin monument was once located directly on the German-German border.
This famous attraction of Berlin was built between 1789 and 1793 under the rule of the Prussian King Friedrich Wilhelm II and has been an important symbol of various eras since then. The gate, built in the early classicist style, was badly damaged in the war but has been repaired since then.
Berlin Fun Fact: Did you know that the Brandenburg Gate, which is so unique today, was once just one of 18 city gates?
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe – The Holocaust Memorial
Opening Hours: Stone Field: 24 hours, information room: closed on Mondays; Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am – 8 pm (April – 30.09.) / 10 am – 7 pm (October – 30.03.)
Entrance Fee: free of charge
Station: Brandenburger Tor (S1, S2, S25, S26; U55; Bus 100, 245)
After we have just taken creative and funny photos in front of the Brandenburg Gate, we now move on to a not so cheerful but still important topic. The memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe, also known as the Holocaust Memorial, is located very close to the Brandenburg Gate.
With 2711 concrete molds on 19,000 m², the almost 6 million Jews who died during the Nazis are to be commemorated. This monument has been standing here since 2005 and has since become an important part of Berlin.
While the monument itself can be entered at any time, the information room is only open to the public during the opening times mentioned above.
A visit to the Reichstag
Opening hours: 8 am-midnight
Entrance fee: free of charge, but you have to register in advance; You can do that on the official Website
Station: Reichstag/Bundestag (bus routes 100, M41)
The Reichstag is another of the most iconic buildings in Berlin and it is hard to imagine the city without it. That’s why I can totally recommend a visit to the Reichstag. Whether you want to take a tour is entirely up to you and your interests.
In any case, a visit to the glass dome of the Reichstag is part of a great visit to Berlin. From here you have a unique view of the city and can discover the main attractions of Berlin from above. And the best? The visit is completely free. You just have to register with your personal details before your visit.
You can even take an audio guide in your language with you at the entrance free of charge. This audio guide explains more about the history of the individual buildings. The guide runs automatically and adapts to your speed.
Berlin Tip: We recommend that you plan your visit to the glass dome in daylight, as this will give you a better view.
Option: Tiergarten Victory Column
Now that you have already had your first impressions of Berlin from the glass dome of the Reichstag, you can relax a bit by taking a walk through the Tiergarten.
The popular park invites you to take a leisurely stroll. Walk up to the famous Victory Column and enjoy the tranquility and peacefulness of the park before you set off to continue your Berlin in 2 days itinerary.
Unter den Linden
To start our next sight and our lunch break, we follow the linden-covered street, Unter den Linden. The boulevard is around 1.5 km long and was already used in the imperial era.
Station: Brandenburger Tor/Unter den Linden (S-Bahn); Französische Straße or Stadtmitte (U6 or Bus 147); Jerusalemer Straße (Bus 265)
From Unter den Linden we turn right to get to the Gendarmenmarkt. This place is considered one of the most popular places in the city and is sometimes referred to as “The most beautiful place in Berlin“. Incidentally, the place was named after the Prussian soldiers “Gens d’armes”, who were once located here.
For instance, you can discover the French and German Cathedral here. In addition, make sure to discover a lot of delicious restaurants and shops in the area where you can take your lunch break.
Checkpoint Charlie and Wall Museum – Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie
Opening Hours Checkpoint Charlie: 24 Hours
Opening Hours Mauermuseum: 9 am – 10 pm
Entrance Fee Mauermuseum: 14,50 €
Station: Kochstraße/Checkpoint Charlie (U6; Bus: M29, N6); Stadtmitte (U2, U6; Bus: 265, 200, N2, N6)
After strengthening ourselves with some yummy German food in the area of the Gendarmenmarkt – how about e.g. delicious currywurst, a typical dish in Berlin? – now we’ll go on to see Checkpoint Charlie. Certainly, this attraction is one of the most important historical sights in Berlin.
Generally, Checkpoint Charlie was one of the three American checkpoints of the Berlin Wall that divided East Berlin (Soviet sector) and West Berlin (American sector). The checkpoint was in use from 1961 to 1990.
However, what many do not know is that the control house that you can visit at Checkpoint Charlie today is not actually the original. This is because it is just a replica of the first American barrack that once stood here.
Fun fact: The sandbags on the control house are not filled with sand, as you might expect, but with concrete.
Moreover, in the Wall Museum (Mauermuseum), which is right next door, you can learn more about the history of the wall. This interesting museum has been here since the end of 1962 and has since been updated with new stories and information. Especially the documentation of successful escape attempts, including in hot air balloons, is definitely worth a look.
But if you don’t have a lot of time, you might want to skip this museum. There is a lot of (mostly) written information. Therefore, if you want to visit, you should definitely plan some time. Even those who are traveling with (small) children should perhaps skip the museum. Because there is a lot of body text, but very little interactive and visual information.
Fun fact: The checkpoint is not, as many suspect, named after a soldier or officer named Charlie. Since this is the third checkpoint, it is named after the spoken language of the American alphabet. The other two transitions were called “Checkpoint Alpa” and “Checkpoint Bravo“.
Topography of Terror
Opening Hours Topography of Terror: 10 am – 8 pm
Entrance fee topography of terror: free of charge; Free guided tours every Saturday and Sunday (2 pm in German; 3 pm in English)
Station: Potsdamer Platz, Koch-Straße, Anhalter Bahnhof
This attraction in Berlin should not be visited if you are traveling with (small) children. Despite everything, the topography of terror is an important piece of German history. As here used to be the site of the Gestapo headquarters, the SS leadership, and the security service during the Nazi era.
Today there are various exhibitions that serve as a monument, on the one hand, and as a museum of that time, on the other. In various exhibitions, including permanent exhibitions and temporary special exhibitions, you can find a lot of interesting information about this terrible time. However, you can find more information about the individual exhibitions on the official Website here.
Station: Potsdamer Platz (S1, S2, S25, S26; U2; Bus: 200, 300, M41, M48, M85, N2)
Although Potsdamer Platz is actually only the traffic junction between the old city center of the east and the new west of Berlin, Berliners also like to refer to the surrounding area as Potsdamer Platz. While the square used to be empty during the time of the Berlin Wall during the GDR era, it is now a popular nightlife district for locals and tourists alike. So it’s the perfect place to end a long first day in Berlin.
In addition to numerous events that take place here every day, entertainment options, and art collections, there are plenty of bars, restaurants, and nightlife options. The selection is large and there is definitely something for every taste. That’s why you can find a small overview of the possibilities that await you at Potsdamer Platz here.
Opening Hours Panoramapunkt: 10 am – 8 pm (Summer)/ 10 am – 6 pm (Winter)
Entrance Fee Panoramapunkt: 7,50 €
The Panoramapunkt is a popular viewing platform from which you can enjoy a wonderful view over the roofs of Berlin. It is particularly suitable for visitors who have not previously visited the glass dome of the Reichstag.
On the observation deck, which is located on the 24th and 25th floor of the Kollhoff Tower, you can take the currently fastest elevator in Europe to get up. There is also an open-air exhibition at the top with a view of Potsdamer Platz. Here you can learn more about the history of this corner of Berlin.
Afterwards, you can enjoy a coffee or cake with a view of Berlin in the café or on the sun terrace.
2 Days in Berlin itinerary – Day 2
Station: Alexanderplatz (S3, S5, S7, S9; U2, U5, U8; Bus: 100, 200, 245, 248, 300, N2, N40, N42, N5, N65, N8)
No trip to Berlin is complete without a visit to the Alex. We would like to start our second day in Berlin here since many of today’s sights are within easy walking distance from here. Moreover, the square itself can be reached perfectly from all parts of Berlin.
Fun fact: Alexanderplatz is the largest inner-city square in Germany.
Named after Tsar Alexander I, Alexanderplatz was not only an important point in various historical epochs but is also the location of various movies and books.
Today the Alex is one of the most important places and meeting points in Berlin and home to various restaurants, shops, and shopping centers. The most famous sights of Alexanderplatz are of course the Berlin TV Tower and the world clock. On this special clock, you can read the times and time zones of various regions worldwide.
Option: Berlin TV Tower
Opening Hours Berliner TV Tower: 09 am – 00 am (March – October)/ 10 am – 00 am (November – February)
Entrance Fee Berlin TV Tower: 17,50 €
Tickets Berlin TV Tower: On-site or online here
The television tower belongs to Berlin, as does the Sagrada Família to Barcelona and the Eiffel Tower to Paris. Built during GDR times as a symbol of power vis-à-vis the West, the television tower is now a symbol of unified Germany.
The 368-meter high tower is considered the highest accessible building in Europe. From here you have an incredible view of the surrounding region of Berlin. Apart from the fact that you are also inside of one of the most important buildings in Berlin.
In addition to a magnificent view, you can also visit the revolving restaurant Sphere. Incidentally, the most popular delicacy here is currywurst and champagne.
An alternative to Berlin TV Tower – Hotel Park Inn Berlin Panorama Terrace
Opening Hours Panorama Terrace: 12 pm – 10 pm (April – September)/ 12 pm – 6 pm (Oktober – March)
Entrance Fee Panorama Terrace: 4 €
If a visit to the Berlin TV Tower is too expensive for your budget, the 35th floor of the Hotel Park Inn Berlin is the perfect alternative. Even visitors who are not guests of the hotel can also visit the hotel’s panoramic terrace.
Without any doubt, you will have an incredible view of the TV tower and the surrounding region from there. As a result, you can experience a similarly good view here as from the television tower – just much cheaper.
Red Townhall – Rotes Rathaus
Opening Hours Red Townhall: 9 am – 6 pm (call 030/9026 2032 before your visit)
Entrance Fee Red Townhall: free of charge
Station: Alexanderplatz (S3, S5, S7, S9; U2, U5, U8; Bus: 100, 200, 245, 248, 300, N2, N40, N42, N5, N65, N8)
Clearly, the red town hall can hardly be overlooked due to its striking red color. The red brick building, built in neo-renaissance style, is the seat of the incumbent mayor of Berlin.
Daily, the halls and exhibitions inside can be visited. However, due to political events, short-term closings can always occur. Therefore, it is best to always inquire by phone about short-term opening times before your visit.
It is entirely up to your personal interests whether a visit inside is worthwhile. Nevertheless, the building is definitely worth a look from the outside.
Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom)
Opening Hours Berlin Cathedral: You can find the update Opening Hours on their Official Website here
Entrance Fee Berlin Cathedral: 7 €/ 5 € without sermon church
Station: Hakescher Markt (S3, S5, S7, S9; Bus N42); Lustgarten (Bus: 100, 245, 300)
The Berlin Cathedral is considered to be the largest Protestant church in Germany by area. Since it opened in 1905, it has been one of the most important religious buildings in the city. Built-in neo-renaissance style with influences from the neo-block, the 98 m high church is simply impressive.
Particularly, the sermon church, but also the Hohenzollern crypt, and the imperial staircase are popular sightseeing points for the building.
Anyway, an important church had already stood here in the Middle Ages. This church has repeatedly been rebuilt until the end of the 19th century. In the end, however, it was ripped off to build a completely new church, today’s Berlin Cathedral.
Station: Hakescher Markt (S3, S5, S7, S9; Bus N42); Lustgarten (Bus: 100, 245, 300)
Berlin is known worldwide for its unique museums. There are some outstanding examples on Museum Island in the Spree. Below, you will find a small overview of the museums that can be found on Museum Island.
In addition to the museums, you can also stroll here in the colonnade courtyard or visit the new visitor center in the James Simon Gallery.
The Pergamon Museum and Panorama
Opening Hours Pergamon Museum: 10 am – 6 pm
Entrance Fee Pergamon Museum: 19 €
Important note: The Pergamon Altar cannot be visited until around 2023 due to renovation work. However, the museum is still open
Above all, this is my absolute favorite museum in the city and a real recommendation. Although the real highlight of the Pergamon Altar cannot be visited at the moment, it is still worth a visit. However, we were particularly impressed by the Ishtar Gate from Babylon.
Although other exhibitions on the ancient Orient and Islamic cultures are also incredibly interesting. You should, therefore, plan some time for a visit. Furthermore, a visit to the so-called Panorama is included in your ticket. This is an impressive exhibition in a building nearby. Here you can find more information about the Pergamon and a unique 360° panorama.
Old Museum (Altes Museum)
Opening Hours Old Museum: Tuesday – Wednesday; Friday – Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm; Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm; Closed on Mondays
Entrance Fee Old Museum: 10 €
As the name suggests, the Altes Museum is the first museum on the island. Not only the building, which was completed in 1830, is impressive. On the other hand, also the antique collection and the coin cabinet inside are an absolute must-see for those interested in history.
New Museum (Neues Museum)
Opening Hours New Museum: Monday – Wednesday + Friday – Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm; Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm
Entrance Fee New Museum: 12 €
In addition to various special exhibitions, the New Museum houses the city’s Egyptian Museum. The papyrus exhibition and exhibitions on prehistory and early history can also be found here. The new museum was built after the old museum ran out of space for further exhibitions.
Old National Gallery (Alte Nationalgalerie)
Opening Hours Old National Gallery: Tuesday – Wednesday + Friday – Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm; Thursday: 10 am – 8 pm; Monday closed
Entrance Fee Old National Gallery: 10 €
This museum is all about art. Here you can admire works from the 19th century. In addition to classicist exhibits, you can especially discover paintings and sculptures from the romantic, realism and impressionism.
The Soil Museum (Bodemuseum)
Opening hours of the Bodemuseum: Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am to 6 pm; closed on Monday
Entry Fee Bodemuseum: € 10
The Bodemuseum is best known for its sculpture collection. You can also discover the Museum of Byzantine Art and a coin cabinet inside.
More great museums nearby
Not the right museum for you? In the following paragraph, you can find a few more interesting museums nearby. Although they are not directly on the Museum Island, a visit there is still worthwhile.
GDR Museum (DDR Museum)
Opening Hours DDR Museum: 9 am – 9 pm
Entrance Fee DDR Museum: 9,80 €
Station DDR Museum: Alexanderplatz, Hakescher Markt
This museum specializes in the life and culture of the GDR. Therefore, a visit here is particularly interesting for travelers of my generation who were born after the borders were opened. But even for people who have lived during those times themselves, the museum can be fascinating.
Spy Museum (Spionage Museum)
Opening hours Spy Museum: 10 am – 8 pm
Entrance fee Spy Museum: € 12
Stop Spy Museum: Potsdamer Platz
This great interactive museum offers insights into the world of espionage and secret services. Also learn more about the history of espionage on two floors.
German Historical Museum (Deutsches Historisches Museum)
Opening hours German Historical Museum: 10 am – 6 pm
Entrance fee German Historical Museum: € 8
Stop German Historical Museum: Hakescher Markt, Friedrichstraße, Hausvoigtplatz, Lustgarten
Here you can learn more about the history of Germany. In the museum, there is information about the Middle Ages up to the fall of the wall.
Natural History Museum (Naturkundemuseum)
Opening Hours Natural History Museum: Tuesday – Friday: 9.30am – 6pm; Saturday + Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm; closed on Monday
Entrance fee Natural History Museum: € 8
Stop: Natural History Museum: Naturkundemuseum
You can discover a lot in the Natural History Museum. This museum is a great choice especially for families with children. There are dinosaurs, minerals, fossils, and much more to discover.
Jewish Museum (Jüdisches Museum)
Opening Hours Jewish Museum: 10 am – 8 pm
Entrance Fee Jewish Museum: 8 €
Stop Jewish Museum: Hallesches Tor, Kochstraße, Jüdisches Museum, Zossener Brücke
you can learn more about Jewish history and culture in the Jewish Museum. Particular attention is paid to different perspectives on the life of the Jews in Germany.
Stop: Hackesche Höfe (S25, S3, S5, S7, S9; U2, U8; Bus: 100, 142, 200)
Before the Hakeschen Höfe became a trendy district, farms outside the city walls of Berlin were located here. In contrast, the area around the 8 courtyards is now a popular neighborhood for locals and tourists alike. There are plenty of places to go out, small shops, restaurants, clubs, and bars.
Accordingly, we want to eat a little bit here before we start our last afternoon in Berlin. Popular restaurants in the area include
- Curry 61 for a delicious currywurst
- Hackescher Hof for an upscale dining experience
- Quy Nguyen Vegan Living for Southeast Asian cuisine (one of many great Vegan Restaurants in Berlin)
- Restoration 1840 for German cuisine
East Side Gallery
Opening Hours East Side Gallery: 24 hours
Entrance Fee East Side Gallery: free of charge
Stop: Schlesisches Tor (U1, U3; Bus: 165, 265, N65, N66, N1, U1), East Side Gallery (Bus: 300)
For me, the East Side Gallery is one of the most impressive places in Berlin. Art was created from something once so cruel. The 1.3 km long former wall section is now stocked with various works of art. Walk along the wall to discover the different masterpieces and discover the meaning behind them.
The most famous of these works of art is the so-called brother kiss. The artwork by Dimitrji Wrubel shows a socialist brother kiss between Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker.
The Oberbaum Bridge
If you visit the East Side Gallery, you cannot miss the Oberbaum Bridge either. This bridge is probably the most beautiful in the whole city. This special bridge has connected Berlin’s Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg districts since 1896.
Walk over the bridge and enjoy the view of the Spree.
Enjoy the nightlife around the Oberbaumbrücke and the Schlesische Straße
This area of Berlin is definitely one of the nicest for me to spend my nights in the city Especially in summer you can just sit outside and meet a lot of new people.
The area around the Oberbaum Bridge is popular for its nightlife and international flair. There are plenty of bars, clubs, and restaurants.
More sights in Berlin
More time in the city? The more time in Berlin you have the better. Therefore, in the following section, you will find some more amazing things to see in Berlin in 2 days or more.
Tear Palace (Tränenpalast)
Opening Hours Tränenpalast: Tuesday – Friday: 9 am – 7 pm; Saturday + Sunday: 10 am – 6 pm, closed on Mondays
Entrance Fee Tränenpalast: free of charge
Stop: Friedrichstraße (S1, S2, S3, S5, S7, S9, S25, S26; U6; Bus: 147, N6), Oranienburger Tor (U6; Bus: N6)
In the former exit hall from East to West Berlin, there is now the so-called Tear Palace. It was named after all the tears shed here between 1962 and 1990. Today, this place reminds of everyone who had to endure despair and hope in order to travel to West Germany during the times of GDR.
Charlottenburg Castle (Schloss Charlottenburg)
Opening Hours Charlottenburg Castle: Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am- 5.30 pm (April – October)/ 10 am – 4.30 pm (November – March)
Entrance Fee Charlottenburg Castle: 10 €
Stop Charlottenburg Castle: Schloss Charlottenburg (Bus: 309, M45), Luisenplatz/Schloss Charlottenburg (Bus: 109, M45)
Charlottenburg Palace is not only the largest, but also one of the most beautiful castles in the region. In the late 17th century it was built for Sophie Charlotte, the wife of Elector Friedrich III. Today, it is a popular destination and sightseeing spot in Berlin’s Charlottenburg district.
Stop Kurfürstendamm: Kurfürstendamm (S75; U1, U9; Bus: 109, M29, X10)
Also affectionately known by the Berliners as Ku’damm, this shopping street is probably the most famous in the city. Located in the western city center, this street invited West Berliners to go shopping for decades.
Stop KaDeWe: Kurfürstendamm (S75; U1, U9; Bus: 109, M29, X10)
Located on Kurfürstendamm, the Kaufhaus des Westens (en: department store of the west), KaDeWe, is probably the most famous department store in the nation. In addition to luxury items and products of all kinds, our personal highlight is, of course, the gourmet department on the upper floor.
Stop Nikolaiviertel: Nikolaiviertel (U2, U8; Bus: 147, 200, 248, 265, 300)
Narrow streets and old houses in a cozy small-town atmosphere are typical for Germany, especially for international visitors. That’s exactly what you’ll find in the quiet Nikolaiviertel. If you stroll through the streets here, you could easily forget that you are actually in the big city of Berlin.
Berlin Wall Memorial (Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer)
Stop Berlin Wall Memorial: Nordbahnhof (S1, S2, S25, S26; M10; Bus: 247), Naturkundemuseum (U6)
The Berlin Wall Memorial is another memorial for the period of the division of Germany. Here you will find information about the wall and the life around it from construction to fall.
Day Trip to Potsdam
Getting to Potsdam: Bus N1325 or by Train (approx. 30 Minutes)
Potsdam is considered the most popular day trip from Berlin. Hardly surprising, because the city just outside Berlin has a lot to offer. Sanssouci Palace is just one of the sights of Potsdam.
Where to stay in Berlin?
For first-time visitors, especially if you don’t have much time, it makes sense to look for accommodation directly in Berlin Mitte. So here are two great places to stay in Berlin Mitte.
This hostel offers double rooms with private shower, shared bathroom, but also conventional dormitories. Moreover, it is one of the most popular accommodations in Berlin.
Benefits of Heart of Gold Hostel Berlin
Who is this accommodation suitable for?
This hostel is perfect for backpackers, group travelers and those on a budget.
In this hotel, you will find double and twin rooms, but also four-bedrooms in the heart of Berlin. The rooms come with their own bathroom, a flat-screen TV and underfloor heating.
Advantages of H2 Hotel Berlin-Alexanderplatz
- Good breakfast included
- Location on Alexanderplatz
Who is this accommodation suitable for?
This hostel is perfect for couples and families who like to stay in the city center.
Those places are not perfect for you?
Is a Berlin Pass worth it?
If you really want to see a lot in Berlin, there is a great way to save a lot of money: with one of the Berlin passes. In the following section, you will find the most popular Berlin Passes with further information.
Tip: think about what you want to see in Berlin beforehand. This way you can see exactly whether one of the passes is worthwhile for you and which is the best.
The Berlin Welcome Card
The Berlin Welcome Card is probably the most popular of the Berlin Passes. Because this card gives you many discounts for a large number of Berlin attractions.
The card also offers free transportation on public transport.
Who is the Berlin Welcome Card is worth it for?
For visitors who want to see many sights in Berlin.
What does the Berlin Welcome Card cost?
You can get it from $ 25 for 48 hours.
Where can I buy the Berlin Welcome Card?
You can find them online at reputable providers, e.g. on GetYourGuide here. You can also buy them at various tourist information offices or at the airport in Berlin.
Museum Pass Berlin
This pass gives you free entry to various museums in Berlin. There are now 30 museums in the city included in the pass. The Berlin Museum Pass is valid for 3 days.
Who is the Berlin Museum Pass is worth for?
For visitors who want to visit various museums in Berlin (depending on the museum, it is worth buying from visiting 2-3 museums).
What does the Berlin Museum Pass cost?
You get it from $ 33.
Where can I buy the Berlin Museum Pass?
You can find them online at reputable providers, e.g. on GetYourGuide here. You can also find them in various tourist information centers or participating museums.
The Berlin Pass
The Berlin Pass gives you free entry to various participating sights in Berlin. It also includes access to the hop-on-hop-off bus. This Berlin Pass is valid for 3 days.
Who is the Berlin Pass worth for?
For visitors who want to discover many different sights of the city. The purchase is particularly worthwhile for expensive attractions.
How much does the Berlin Pass cost?
The Berlin Pass is available from $ 110.
Where can I buy the Berlin Pass?
You can find them online at reputable providers, e.g. on GetYourGuide here. You can also find them in various tourist information sites.
FAQ about Berlin
How many days in Berlin is enough?
Let’s put it this way, the more the better. I recommend you spend at least 3 days in the city. However, if you have less time, this 2-day itinerary is perfect for seeing all the important points anyway.
Is Berlin easy to explore on foot?
Definitely. Many of the city’s hotspots are located in the center of the city. Berlin is, therefore, easy to explore on foot.
Is a visit to Berlin expensive?
Of course, that depends on what you want to see. Basically, a visit to Berlin is no more expensive than in other German cities. And thanks to many free attractions, Berlin can also be visited on a smaller or even backpacker’s budget.
What food is famous in Berlin?
Currywurst is especially famous for Berlin. But doner kebabs and typical German delicacies are also eaten here.
Can I drink the tap water in Berlin?
Yes, tap water in Berlin can be drunk without any concerns. Especially since the water is of surprisingly good quality for a big city.
What is a typical souvenir from Berlin?
In addition to the typical magnets, bags or T-shirts, Ampelmännchen (it’s those figures found in traffic lights) and pieces from the former Berlin Wall are popular souvenirs.
Should I tip in Berlin?
In Germany, tipping is common. Even though it’s not obligated it’s usually the normal thing to do. Thus, if you experience good service, the common thing is to leave 5 – 10%. Anyway, if the service is terrible, you don’t have to feel forced to leave a tip.
What currency is used in Berlin?
Like in most European Countries, Germany uses Euros.
Are dollars accepted in Berlin?
No, Dollars are usually not accepted. You should change your dollars to Euros when starting your trip.
Can I pay with Credit Card in Berlin?
In accommodation and big shops, it’s common to pay with a credit card. Anyway, since Germans usually pay with German debit cards (“EC-Karte“) or cash, make sure to always carry some cash with you, just in case.
What plugs do they use in Berlin?
In Germany, plugs of type F are used. If you are traveling from countries that use other kinds of plugs (such as the USA or Great Britain), you need an adapter in order to charge your electronic devices. We recommend you to carry a world adapter, so you can use it everywhere in the world instead of buying one for every country you visit.
Do I need a visa to visit Berlin?
That totally depends on what kind of passport you are carrying. If you are living in the European Union, you can visit Germany and Berlin just by carrying your ID. If you are visiting from the US-citizens can visit Germany for tourist purposes up to 90 days without a visa. However, make sure to always check the current entry requirements before your trip.
How is the level of English in Berlin?
The level of English throughout Germany is usually pretty high. Especially the younger generation usually speaks decent English. However, keep in mind that people that grew up in the former Eastern part of the country never learned English and are therefore not always able to communicate in English.
Is Berlin dangerous?
In general, Berlin can be seen as a very safe city. However, as in any big European city, you should be watching out for pickpockets and scams.
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