Top Tours & Activities 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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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!
See out a rainy day at the Berlin dungeon for a reminder of the city's nasty past. Large groups get generous discounts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+49
- Best time to visitMay through September the weather is ideal.
Things to Do in Berlin
Top Attractions in Berlin
- 2Brandenburg Gate
- 3Spree River
- 4Berlin Wall
- 5Museum Island
- 6Potsdamer Platz
- 7THE GATE Berlin
- 8Government District
- 9Berlin Cathedral
- 11Olympic Stadium, Berlin
- 12Berlin Story Museum
- 13Berlin Hauptbahnhof
- 14Tempelhof Airport
- 15Checkpoint Charlie
- 16Unter den Linden
- 17TV Tower
- 18SEA LIFE Berlin
- 19Berlin Victory Column
Other Sightseeing Options in Berlin
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What People Are Saying About Berlin
This tour not only took us around the concentration camp site itself, but our guide Cesar gave us a helpful rundown to the events leading up to the war and rise of Hitler.
Me and a friend visited Germany and she had been on the Amsterdam pub crawl so was highly recommending this one. I wasn't big on the idea but I'm glad I went. Let's you meet new people while traveling, free shots with every drink and the club entry for free pays for the band itself. One of the guys managing it is a great motivator also, keeps everyone up and shots outside the bar with your mouth as the shot glass. Worth every penny
Definitely recommend for anyone visiting Berlin for the first time, or if you've just moved here. Guide was very well-informed, funny and captivating, organisation and bikes were first rate.
Excellent tour with very knowledgeable guides. The right balance of history and humour during the tour. You see all the main sights around the central area, take a good pair of shoes as you will be walking for 3 hrs plus.
Perfect, i learned much about history of divided city. I will recommend and probably I will take part in NewEuropa guided tour also in other European cities.