2 Days in Berlin – A practical Berlin Itinerary 2 days to the best things to see

Affiliate links
This post might contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase through this link I will earn a small commission at no extra cost to you. As an Amazon Associate I earn from qualifying purchases. But I will only recommend products and services I believe are of value for you. Thank you so much for your support.

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 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 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 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 the 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

What makes Berlin so unique?

Discover Berlin in 2 days

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 city’s history or the history of the Cold War in general, look for breathtaking museums and great art, or just visit one of the best party scenes in Europe, Berlin is the perfect travel destination for everyone.


Where to stay in Berlin: H2 Hotel Berlin-Alexanderplatz (Good hotel with breakfast and location directly at Alexanderplatz) or Heart of Gold Hostel Berlin (Budget option in super location with private rooms and dorms)

The most popular activities & tours in Berlin

Berlin City Cruise by boat

2,5 hrs Spree River Cruise

Berliner TV Tower

Reichstag Guided Tour

Arrival: The easiest way is by car or Deutsche Bahn (the train company). It is even cheaper if you book your ticket in advance. If you need to book a flight, make sure to check well in advance and compare different options with Skyscanner

Transport on-site: Public transport, walking, or taxi

Want to rent a car? You can find great deals on RentalCars.

Berlin Facts

  • Capital of the Federal Republic of Germany since 1990
  • City-state
  • The first documented mention was in 1237
  • It 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 also 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

yellow subway in Berlin
The eye-catching yellow subway of Berlin

Getting to Berlin by train

Given that you arrive from another German city or a nearby European country, it is worth traveling by train. It can also be worthwhile to reserve your train ticket via Deutsche Bahn in advance to save a few euros.

Berlin Central Station is conveniently 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 excellent. The journey is usually easy unless you are stuck in traffic or arriving during rush hour.

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

Since the end of 2020, there has been only one active airport in Berlin, the infamous Berlin-Brandenburg (BER) Airport. The new airport is located in the Schönefeld district.

I am usually finding the best flight deals with Skyscanner.

Getting downtown from Berlin Airport

There are several options to get from Berlin airport to the city center. The cheapest and fastest option is the train. For €3.80, you can get to the center of Berlin in just under half an hour.

Another option is the S-Bahn. For the same price, you need about an hour to get to the city center.

If you want to get there quickly and easily, you can also take a taxi (about 60 €) or a private transfer. While you can find cabs directly at the airport, you can book a private transfer online in advance at GetYourGuide.

Berlin Transport – How to get around Berlin

By Foot

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 is generally sufficient for sightseeing) is currently € 8.80. 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. A significant 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, the tourist buses are a great way to see all the highlights for people who are not good on foot.

Furthermore, you get all the essential 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.

By Bike

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)

Brandenburger Tor, Berlin, Brandenburg Gate at night
The famous Brandenburg Gate at night

Opening Hours Brandeburger Tor: 24 Hours

Entrance Fee Brandenburger Tor: 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 symbolizes Berlin and the whole of Germany, embodies, above all, the reunification of Germany. 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 essential symbol of various eras since then. The gate, built in the early classicist style, was severely 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

black and white stones of the Holocaust Memorial in Berlin

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 taking creative and funny photos in front of the Brandenburg Gate, we 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 become an important part of Berlin.

While the monument can be entered anytime, the information room is only open to the public during the abovementioned opening times.

A visit to the Reichstag

German Reichstag from the front

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.

Berliner Reichstag, glass dome
Looking down from the glass dome of Berlin’s Reichstag

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

Victory Column in Tiergarten, Berlin
The golden top of the victory column

Now that you have already had your first impressions of Berlin from the Reichstag glass dome, you can relax a bit by walking 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 garden before you set off to continue your Berlin in 2 days itinerary.

Unter den Linden

We follow the lime tree-covered street, Unter den Linden, to get to our next sight and start our lunch break. The boulevard is around 1.5 km long and was already used in the imperial era.


Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin
Make sure to check Gedarmenmarkt when you visit Berlin

Station: Brandenburger Tor/Unter den Linden (S-Bahn); Französische Straße oder Stadtmitte (U6 oder 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 many delicious restaurants and shops in the area where you can take your lunch break.

Checkpoint Charlie and Wall Museum – Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin
“American Soldiers” smiling at Checkpoint Charlie

Opening Hours Checkpoint Charlie: 24 Stunden 

Opening Hours Wall Museum: 10 am – 06 pm

Entrance Fee Wall Museum: € 17.50

Stops: 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? It’s such a typical thing to do in Berlin... – now we’ll go on to see Checkpoint Charlie. Indeed, this attraction is one of Berlin’s most important historical sights.

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, many do not know that the control house 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 worth a look.

But if you don’t have much 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 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

Topography of Terror, Museum in Berlin

Opening Hours Topography of Terror: 10 am – 8 pm

Entrance fee topography of terror: free of charge

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 essential piece of German history. This used to be the site of the Gestapo headquarters, the SS leadership, and the security service during the Nazi era.

Today, various exhibitions serve as a monument, on the one hand, and as a museum of that time, on the other. You can find a lot of interesting information about this terrible time in various exhibitions, including permanent and temporary special exhibitions. However, you can find more information about the individual exhibitions on the official Website here.

Potsdamer Platz

Potsdamer Platz, skyscraper

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 significant, 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.

Option: Panoramapunkt

Opening Hours Panoramapunkt: 10 am – 07 pm

Entrance Fee Panoramapunkt: € 9

The Panoramapunkt is a popular viewing platform from which you can enjoy a fantastic 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, 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.

Afterward, 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


Alexanderplatz, Berlin, TV tower and world clock
Berlin TV Tower and World Clock as seen from Alexanderplatz

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 an essential point in various historical epochs and the location of multiple movies and books.

Today, the Alex is one of Berlin’s most critical places and meeting points 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 unique clock, you can read various regions’ times and time zones worldwide.

Option: Berlin TV Tower

Berlin TV Tower during sunset
A stunning sunset behind the Berlin TV tower

Öffnungszeiten Berlin TV Tower: 09 am – 10 pm (March – September)/ 10 am – 10 pm (October – February)

Entrance Fee Berlin TV Tower: € 24.50

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 now symbolizes 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: € 6

If visiting 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.

You will undoubtedly 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

Rotes Rathaus in Berlin, red townhall
The outstanding facade of the Red Townhall

Opening Hours Red Townhall: 9 am – 6 pm (call +4930/9026 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.

Whether a visit inside is worthwhile is entirely up to your personal interests. Nevertheless, the building is definitely worth a look from the outside.

Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom)

Berliner Dom, Berlin Cathedral

Opening Hours Berlin Cathedral: You can find the updated Opening Hours on their Official Website here

Entrance Fee Berlin Cathedral: € 9

Station: Hakescher Markt (S3, S5, S7, S9; Bus N42); Lustgarten (Bus: 100, 245, 300)

The Berlin Cathedral is considered 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 a 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 an entirely new church, today’s Berlin Cathedral.

Museum Island

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

Pergamon museum in Berlin, Greek architecture

Important note: The Pergamon Altar cannot be visited from October 15th, 2023, due to renovation work. However, the Panorama Museum is still open.

Above all, this is my absolute favorite museum in the city, and an honest recommendation. Although the real highlight of the Pergamon Altar cannot be visited now, 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 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)

Facade of Old Museum in Berlin
Not only impressive from the outside – The Old Museum of Berlin

Opening hours Old Museum: Tue – Sun: 10 am – 6 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: Tue + Wed + Fri – Sun: 10 am – 6 pm; Thu: 10 am – 8 pm; closed Mondays

Entrance Fee New Museum: € 14

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 Alte Nationalgalerie: Tue – Sun: 10 am – 6 pm; closed on Mondays

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 Bodemuseum: Tue – Sun: 10 am – 6 pm; closed on Mondays

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? You can find a few more exciting museums nearby in the following paragraph. Although they are not directly on the Museum Island, visiting there is still worthwhile.

GDR Museum (DDR Museum)

gdr museum in Berlin

Opening Hours DDR Museum: 9 am – 9 pm

Entrance Fee DDR Museum: € 13.50

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 the museum can be fascinating even for people who lived during those times.

Spy Museum (Spionage Museum)

Opening hours Spy Museum: 10 am – 8 pm

Entrance fee Spy Museum: € 8 – 17

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: Mon-Wed + Fri – Sun: 10 am – 6 pm; Thurs: 10 am – 8 pm; closed Mondays

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. The museum contains information about the Middle Ages up to the fall of the wall.

Natural History Museum (Naturkundemuseum)

Opening hours Natural History Museum: Tue – Fri: 09.30 am – 6 pm; Sat + Sun: 10 am – 6 pm; closed Mondays

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 – 07 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 at the Jewish Museum. Particular attention is paid to different perspectives on the life of the Jews in Germany.

Hakesche Höfe

Haltestelle: 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 eight 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 bit here before starting 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

Brother kiss at Berlin Wall at 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

Oberbaumbridge in Berlin at night
Also, at night, an incredible sight: 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 commemorates everyone who had to endure despair and hope to travel to West Germany during the times of the GDR.

Charlottenburg Castle (Schloss Charlottenburg)

Charlottenburg Castle in Berlin
The impressive facade of Charlottenburg Castle

Opening Hours Charlottenburg Castle: Tuesday – Sunday: 10 am- 5.30 pm (April – October)/ 10 am – 4.30 pm (November – March)

Entrance Fee Charlottenburg Castle: € 12

Stop Charlottenburg Castle: Schloss Charlottenburg (Bus: 309, M45), Luisenplatz/Schloss Charlottenburg (Bus: 109, M45)

Charlottenburg Palace is the largest and 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 (Engl.: 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 highlight is the gourmet department on the upper floor.


Nikolaiviertel in Berlin on the Spree
Here you could almost forget that you are actually in a big city.

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 precisely 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

Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam
Make sure to visit Sanssouci Palace when doing a 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. It is 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, looking for accommodation directly in Berlin Mitte makes sense. So here are two great places to stay in Berlin Mitte.

Heart of Gold Hostel Berlin

This hostel offers double rooms with a private shower, shared bathroom, and conventional dormitories. Moreover, it is one of the most popular accommodations in Berlin.

Benefits of Heart of Gold Hostel Berlin

  • cleanliness
  • location

Who is this accommodation suitable for?

This hostel is perfect for backpackers, group travelers, and those on a budget.

Check further information, price, and availability of Heart of Gold Hostel

H2 Hotel Berlin-Alexanderplatz

In this hotel, you will find double and twin rooms and four-bed dorms 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.

Check further information, price, and availability of H2 Hotel Berlin-Alexanderplatz

Are those places not perfect for you?

To check all accommodation in Berlin, click here.

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 precisely 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 many Berlin attractions.

The card also offers complimentary transportation on public transport.

Who is the Berlin Welcome Card worth it for?

For visitors who want to see many sights in Berlin.

What does the Berlin Welcome Card cost?

You can get it starting 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 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 worth it 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 starting from $ 33.

Where can I buy the Berlin Museum Pass?

You can find them online at reputable providers online. You can also find them in various tourist information centers or participating museums. A great alternative can be the Berlin Welcome Card on GetYourGuide, which includes free entrance to museums and transport all over the city.

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 it 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 starting from $ 110.

Where can I buy the Berlin Pass?

Right now, the Berlin Pass is not available anymore. However, the Berlin Welcome Card can be a great alternative.

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 essential points anyway.

Is Berlin easy to explore on foot?

Berlin is a very walkable city. Many of the city’s hotspots are located in the city’s center. 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 in 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%. 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 a Credit Card in Berlin?

It’s common to pay with a credit card in accommodation and big shops. Since Germans usually pay with debit cards or cash, 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 plugs (such as the USA or Great Britain), you need an adapter to charge your electronic devices. We recommend you 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 depends on what kind of passport you are carrying. If you live in the European Union, you can visit Germany and Berlin by carrying your ID. If you are visiting from the US, you can visit Germany for tourist purposes for up to 90 days without a visa. However, always check the current entry requirements before your trip.

What 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, remember that people who 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 watch for pickpockets and scams.

Could you find all the information you need? Let us know how you enjoyed your two days in Berlin. Or maybe you have some great tips for us yourself? Let us know in the comments below!


About the AuthorVicki

Hi, we are Vicki & Eduardo, an international travel couple on a mission to help you save money for priceless travel experience. Follow us through the miracles of this world and you will be rewarded with a bunch of practical travel tips.

More about us
5/5 - (2 votes)