11 Top Berlin Attractions to Visit

As one of the most vibrant cities in Europe, Berlin has become one of Germany’s most popular destinations for travelers. With its fascinating history, the city features numerous attractions to visit. Whether you’re looking for something the whole family can enjoy or hoping to dive into the city’s history, everybody who visits Berlin can find something incredible to experience. From Museum Island and the Berlin Wall to Madame Tussauds and the Berlin Dungeon, discover the top attractions in Berlin on your visit. 

Family-friendly attractions in Berlin

Whether you’re visiting Berlin from out of town or you’re looking for new and fun ways to entertain the kids, Berlin’s attractions have loads to offer for a fun, family day out. 

A day in a dungeon

The Berlin Dungeon is the most interactive way to discover Berlin’s dark past. Learn about the city’s secret tunnels used in the 14th century, hear the legends of the White Lady ghost in the 17th century, and which of Berlin’s royalty she drove mad, and explore Berlin’s most dangerous area in the 1800s… the home of Berlin’s most notorious serial killer… For young teens, a day at the Berlin Dungeon is a trip to the past. 

Build your own fun (brick by brick)

The world’s favorite building toy has its own Berlin outpost. Your first port of call at LEGOLAND’s Discovery Centre should be MINILAND… Berlin, in miniature, made entirely of LEGO. Once you’ve named all the city’s sites, stop by the 4D cinema, take a spin on one of the rides, or check out the dinosaur “exhibit” where you can build your own dinos (and excavate ready made ones). Ideal for kids aged 3-10, we guarantee they’ll love it.

Walk with the fishes...

Hannover, Niedersachsen, 15. bis 17.04.2013 Foto: SEA LIFE Aquarium Hannover © Dirk Eisermann

Discover the beauty of our oceans, right in the center of the city. SEALIFE Berlin, underpinned by the SEA LIFE Trust organization, are dedicated to protecting the world’s oceans and the incredible creatures that call them home. Wander through aquarium tunnels and experience hundreds of incredible creatures up close. From turtles to sharks and stingrays, introduce your kids to a whole new world… right in the center of Berlin.

From Clooney to Freud...

Abschlussbild / Bühne Party im Restaurant Borchardt / TV-Spendengala - Ein Herz fuer Kinder - 2019 Copyright: Eventpress Radke 07.12.2019

No concerts planned, and no invites to the next award ceremony? You can still rub shoulders with the stars. Wander through Madame Tussauds’ infamous wax museum and get up close and personal with some of the world’s most iconic figures. Each museum houses a unique collection of figures, and it’s a fun and interactive way to learn a little about famous German celebs, past and present. Our pick? The Galaxy area — created in collaboration with Disney and Lucasfilms — featuring eerily-accurate models of your favorite Star Wars figures. It’s the Yoda selfie op you’ve been waiting for.

Little BIG City

Take a walk through Berlin’s most monumental moments in history at Little BIG City, from the 1100s right up to the current times. Events and escapades are brought to life through miniature models, enthralling storytelling, and special effects. Discover the drama surrounding the fall of the Berlin wall, tower over the TV Tower (and learn why it came to be), and compare current Berlin to the city’s scarred face following WWII… we promise: there’s no bird’s eye view quite like it.

Cultural attractions in Berlin

Art lovers, history buffs, and architecture enthusiasts can all rejoice. Berlin has something for everyone.

Catch the views from the TV Tower

As the tallest structure in Germany, you’re guaranteed some of the best views of Berlin from the TV Tower, or Berliner Fernsehturm. Located by Alexanderplatz, the TV Tower makes for an excellent landmark to find the middle of the city. At the top, you’ll be able to scope the most famous sights in Berlin. Enjoy a refreshing drink while you look out over the city, or reserve a table for a meal with an unforgettable view. 

Explore all of Museum Island 

Lovers of art and history will want to make sure they visit Museum Island, or Museum Insel, when they visit Berlin. Located in the middle of the city, the island is home to several famous museums, like the Pergamon Museum, Altes Museum, and the Neues Museum. While you can visit these all individually, many passes include access to multiple museums. The Pergamon Museum tends to have the longest lines, so you may want to start your visit here and arrive as early as possible. 

Learn about the stunning Berlin Cathedral

Once you’ve seen all the museums on Museum Island, make your way to the famous Berlin Cathedral. Built in the 19th Century, this church is known for its intricate carvings and a green dome. Visitors can make their way to the top of the cathedral to appreciate the church’s architecture and some stunning views of the city. As one of the most visited attractions in the city, we recommend visiting the Berlin Cathedral either early or late in the day to avoid big crowds.

Check out the East Side Gallery and Berlin Wall

As one of the most important structures in the city’s history, exploring the Berlin Wall is an essential part of any visit. In recent years, however, the wall has become a living street art piece at the East Side Gallery. Visitors can walk alongside where the wall once stood to enjoy the many murals painted at this open-air gallery. There is no entry fee for the gallery, but it can get very busy. Arrive early to make sure you see the wall’s most famous works, like the iconic kiss of “My God, Help Me to Survive This Fatal Attraction.”

Feel like a royal at Sanssouci in Potsdam

To venture a bit outside of the city, go to the beautiful Sanssouci Palace in Potsdam. This palace used to be the summer residence of Frederick the Great. Visiting the gardens is free, but you will have to buy a ticket if you want to go inside the palace. Only a short train trip from Berlin, taking the day to explore the palace and Potsdam is well worth it if you have the time. 

Pass through time at Brandenburg Gate 

Considered to be a symbol of unity and freedom, the Brandenburg Gate is a must-see monument in Berlin. Despite being damaged in World War II, it's still standing tall as one of the most iconic sights in the city. Located near the Tiergarten and the Reichstag, the gate is one of Berlin’s most visited attractions and the perfect place for a Berlin photo op.