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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
    Fete de la Musique
    21. Jun 2016
    various venues and places all over Berlin (Berlin)
    Christopher Street Day Parade
    23. Jul 2016
    Kurfürstendamm/Olivaer Platz (Berlin)
    International Beer Festival
    5. Aug 2016 - 7. Aug 2016
    Karl-Marx-Allee (Berlin)

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What people are saying about Berlin

Excellent tour, breathtaking sunset over Berlin

Stephan, our tour guide, was informative, humorous (dry wit), and very knowledgeable. His insights and stories enhanced the tour beyond the structural intrigues of the amazing building. We left far more knowledgeable to the Brandenburg tor history -along with the square, the government function and roles, the history of the Reistag construction and life from an East German in the 80+90. Thanks to an excellent tour guide!

Informative, interesting, the right pace and length

Our guide Celine spoke perfect English and knew her stuff. All questions were answered, she remembered mine from early on by illustrating the answer at the end, two hours later.
Berlin Tempelhof Airport: The Legend of Tempelhof Reviewed by Coralie, 05/23/2016

Very good guide and some very interesting stories and facts

We had a very good guide who spoke passionately about Berlin and gave us some very interesting stories about Berlin, its back courtyards and the residents in Berlin.
Back Courtyards of Berlin 2-Hour Tour Reviewed by a GetYourGuide Customer, 05/23/2016

Amazing! Fantastic guide. Totally recommend.

Fun way to learn about another side of Berlin. Get a new appreciation for the street art scene. And make your own!
Berlin Street Art and Graffiti Tour and Workshop Reviewed by Trish, 05/22/2016

Polly our guide gave the tour the personal touch excellent tour

The tour gave us all the information on all major sites but Polly gave us a lot of interesting facts and little details that enhanced the tour. She showed sites and things that we would never have found on our own and this ensured that we enjoyed our visit to Berlin and we feel that we really got to know the history and the city . Thank you Polly !!!
Berlin History 6-Hour Guided Walking Tour Reviewed by Richard, 05/19/2016

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