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Top 10 things to do in Berlin

The history of Berlin has seen it broken and divided, fashioning a city that's nightlife and neighborhoods are as much of a draw as its bountiful museums and jarring architecture. Every corner has a story to tell, but here are a few worth starting with!

Alexanderplatz

This holyland of 20's cabaret emerged as a Soviet showpiece in the Cold War. Central, accessible, and close to other key sights, Alexanderplatz is the perfect launchpad for a jaunt around town.

TV Tower

As the highest point in Berlin it can be seen from almost anywhere in the city. TV Tower tickets start at €13 for adults─a bargain for Berlin's best view!

Brandenburg Gate

Situated at the bottom of Unter den Linden, close to the Reichstag and Holocaust Memorial, the Brandenburg Gate is a monument to triumph, once in war, now in unity.

Reichstag

Germany's parliament is an icon of Berlin architecture. The modern glass dome crowning the Neo-Baroque building is open to visitors. From the dome of the Reichstag building you can experience an outstanding view of the city.

Government District

The Reichstag isn't all the Government District has to offer. At the north-eastern corner of Tiergarten Park, it's home to some of the best modern architecture in Berlin.

Madame Tussauds Berlin

Madame Tussauds is relatively new to the city but already has a colorful history. On opening day a visitor tore off Hitler's waxwork head! Only in Berlin!

Berlin Dungeon

See out a rainy day at the Berlin dungeon for a reminder of the city's nasty past. Large groups get generous discounts.

Potsdamer Platz

Once a post-war wasteland, Potsdamer Platz is now the spot for top-class hotels and film premieres (including the IMAX). The Berliner Philharmonie is just around the corner.

Kurfürstendamm

Known locally as Ku'Damm, this 2-mile boulevard forms Berlin's shopping district. KaDeWe─the continent's largest department store─marks its easternmost point near Wittenbergplatz.

Gendarmenmarkt

In the historic Gendarmenmarkt the Berlin Concert House stands flanked by 2 cathedrals. Entrance to the German Cathedral is free, but the older French Cathedral costs €3 a ticket.

Planning Your Berlin Visit

When to go?

Unless you're averse to crowds, visit Berlin over the summer, when the city's relaxed street-life is at its most contagious. Include a Sunday to experience one of the bustling flea markets.

Where to stay?

Every Berlin neighborhood has its own character. Charlottenberg is relatively flash, with Mitte a trendier alternative. Prenzlauerberg is the city's café-culture capital, populated by young families. Schoeneberg is renowned for its gay clubs and bars, while Friendrichshain and Kreuzberg also provide plenty of nightlife options─most a little rough around the edges!

How to get around?

Berlin is covered by trains, trams, taxis, and buses. Train stations are largely unmanned with machines to buy tickets from. Many tourists mistakenly think the trains are free before being fined €60 by inspectors! The Berlin WelcomeCard covers public transport in Berlin and Potsdam for 2-5 days, and also provides discounts at many restaurants and attractions, including the Berlin Dungeon.

Good to Know

  • Language
    German
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +49
  • Best time to visit
    May through September the weather is ideal.
  • Events in Berlin
    Berlin Illuminated
    30. Sep 2016 - 16. Oct 2016
    various buildings (Berlin)
    Day of German Unity Celebrations
    2. Oct 2016 - 4. Oct 2016
    Brandenburger Tor (Berlin)
    JazzFest Berlin
    3. Nov 2016 - 6. Nov 2016
    Haus der Berliner Festspiele (Berlin)

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What People Are Saying About Berlin

Historically ample and interesting tour to a magnificent building.

The guide took good care at taking us all around this impressive Nazzi-built airport building and providing the neccessary historical details on the events related to the site and more. We got to see some historical photos as well as hear testimonies of the soldiers that, say, participated in Berlin airlift and lived to tell their stories personally to the Tempelhof tour guide. It is a real highlight not to miss in the middle of Berlin.
Berlin Tempelhof Airport: The Legend of Tempelhof Reviewed by Dominykas, 09/19/2016

A perfect overview for our first day in Berlin!

Thankyou Jess for the best half day tour we have ever taken. There is so much to understand about Berlin - we came with so many confused ideas about its history and geography -WW2 and the Cold War. We had so many questions - in particular - where and why was the wall. For us New Zealanders the weight of historical events in Berlin was tangible in the atmosphere of the city. After 4 hours walking with Jess it all slotted into place. His commentary helped make sense of the people and forces that created today's Berlin . If you want somewhere to start unravelling Berlin, start with this half day tour and hope your guide is as informed and passionate about history and architecture as Jess is. A post grad history student here, Jess is a consummate guide. The 4 hours whizzed by- with a nice stop for non touristy coffee and Plum strudel. Barb and Mark - Kiwis
Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by Barbara, 09/19/2016

Wonderful, we had a table by window with a reserved table.

Food was excellent and the lights were beautiful. Not sure if we had such a wonderful seat because we booked early and paid, but it was well worth it. Highly recommend this dinner cruise.

Really informative and entertaining tour with susan grouchy .

Thrilling and educational tour with excellent guide susan. My son recommended tour to me and I will to others. Thanks so much for a wonderful afternoon.
Berlin Free Walking Tour Reviewed by Declan, 09/18/2016

Informative museum on the city of Berlin

Bunker tour was a little disappointing (not as much too see as I expected). It took us just under 2 hours and that included the bunker tour, which was 30 minutes. We used the ‘hop-on/hop-off’ bus to get there (10 minute walk from closest stop), as we were based in Mitte part of Berlin. Overall, value for money paid.
THE STORY OF BERLIN: Museum Ticket with Bunker Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 09/17/2016

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