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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
    Long Night of Museums
    27. Aug 2016
    various museums (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)

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What People Are Saying About Berlin

Amazing tour, guide had so much knowledge.

Myself and my friend loved the tour around sachsenhousen. We both studied WW2 for 2 years, but still came out with more knowledge. Barry was an amazing guide! Full of information and a pleasure to spend our day with.

We saw a lot and had a good overview of the city

I would recommend this tour as the buses were frequent and live and earphone Commentary was interesting and clear. We had a good mixture of attractions and sites in the tours.
Berlin Hop-on Hop-off Bus Tour: 1- or 2-Day Ticket Reviewed by Catherine, 08/22/2016

awesome history, amazing overview, and a really great tour guide.

I really enjoyed the pace and friendly atmosphere. I learned a lot without feeling as though I was being totally overwhelmed. I especially enjoyed seeing pictures of where we were standing in history, taking a detour to the berlin wall memorial for the 55 year anniversary of its building, and the very well informed discussion I got to have about the cathedral. I also appreciated the personal perspectives of our tour guide that helped me look at some things in a different light. Thank you for an amazing tour.
Berlin Sights and Highlights: 3.5-Hour Bike Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 08/22/2016

Stephan a splendid guide. Thoroughly enjoyable trip. Recommended.

Guide punctual. Opened tour for discussion and suggestion. Clearly knew his politics and spoke about he same in an interesting manner. View from the dome spectacular

Very interesting. Pablo is a fantastic guide.

Pablo is a fantastic guide. We took us around Berlin and taught very interenting points in history important to be able to understand the City.
Berlin Free Walking Tour Reviewed by Marga, 08/19/2016

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