Berlin - Reichstag
How long to spend in Berlin

Globetrotters

2 days

Vacationers

3 days

Culture buffs

4-5 days

Globetrotters – 48 hours in Berlin


DAY 1

Morning Reichstag & Brandenburg Gate
Afternoon Checkpoint Charlie
Evening Potsdamer Platz
Berlin - Reichstag

Reichstag

Get in line early for a visit to the top of the Reichstag dome. The line may by long but with good reason, it’s a fantastic and free way to enjoy great views over the city, as well as see the dome’s incredible architecture up close (be sure to register online beforehand). A short walk from here is Berlin’s most iconic landmark, the Brandenburg Gate, and just around the corner is the unusual and controversial Holocaust Monument which is sure to stir some thought and possibly confusion. Next, wander down Friedrichsstraße to Checkpoint Charlie and it’s museum to learn about the difficultly of crossing from the East to West side whilst the Berlin Wall divided the city.

In the evening head over to Potsdamer Platz, one of the most popular and ultra-modern squares in the city. Check out the nearby Sony Center with its great restaurants & bars.


DAY 2 – EAST

Morning Fernsehturm & Alexanderplatz
Afternoon East Side Gallery
Evening Kreuzberg
Berlin - East Side Gallery

East Side Gallery

You can see the Fernsehturm (TV Tower) all over the city so you can imagine the views from the top are pretty spectacular, especially worthwhile if you weren’t able to go up to the Reichstag dome. Nearby is the Rathaus which you can ice skate in front of in the winter. Check out Alexanderplatz too (get a mobile wurst, or a curry wurst). Make your way over to the East Side Gallery which is a stretch of the Berlin Wall along the river with many fantastic works of art on it. Also nearby is Treptower park where there are huge soviet monuments. Its pretty cool to be surrounded by them and imagine what life was like in the east.

In the afternoon & into the evening, a wander through the main area of Kreuzberg will take you back in time to the East. Its also a funky part of town & you can access it from the East Side Gallery.

Vacationers – 72 hours in Berlin

Follow the Globetrotters itinerary for Days 1-2.


DAY 3 – WEST

Morning Charlottenburg Schloß & park
Afternoon Kurfürstendamm & Tiergarten
Evening Prater Garden
Berlin - Victory Monument

Victory Monument

If you want to visit a palace, head out west to visit the Charlottenburg Schloß & it’s gardens which could fill the majority of your morning. Afterwards stroll down Kurfurstendam straße which has all the high street shopping. Along here is also The Story of Berlin (Berliner Museum), an eye opening museum where the highlight is a guided tour through a nuclear bomb shelter from the Cold War.

In the afternoon, make your way back to the city via a walk through Tiergarten, perhaps stopping via the Berlin Zoo and Victory Column along the way.

In the evening, consider heading to Berln’s oldest beer garden, Prater Garden.

Culture Buffs

Follow the Vacationers itinerary for Days 1-3.

DAY 4 – MUSEUM ISLAND

Make your way to Museum Island. This is an island in the river Spree that contains five museums:
- Pergamon Museum
- Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery)
- Bode Museum
- Old Museum
- New Museum

A combined ticket can get you access to all of the museums. Take your time and explore those that take your interest. If time allows, perhaps check out some of the following (if not, perhaps leave these for a 5th day):

- Wall documentation centre
- Jüdisches (Jewish) Museum
- C/O Berlin (Photography exhibits)
- Deutsche Kinemathek museum (film archive in Sony Center)

Thanks to contributor Lex for the local tips

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