Things to do in
Berlin

Vibrant, trendy, and bustling with energy, Germany's capital is a hotspot for history lovers and cultural connoisseurs.

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Berlin: ARISE Grand Show at the Friedrichstadt-Palast

1. Berlin: ARISE Grand Show at the Friedrichstadt-Palast

Start by admiring the glitzy exterior and foyer of Berlin's most impressive theater, the Friedrichstadt-Palast. Grab a drink and then take your seat facing one of the largest stages in the world, where you will watch an enthralling story come to life. Follow the adventures of the photographer and artist Cameron as he discovers love, loss, and everything in between. This new Grand Show will spark a torrent of emotions that will tug on your heartstrings. Poignant and moving, the show overflows with hope, happiness, and the joy of living.

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Berlin: TV Tower Fast View Ticket

2. Berlin: TV Tower Fast View Ticket

With over 1.2 million visitors a year, the TV Tower at Alexanderplatz is one of the most popular sightseeing attractions in Berlin. Due to the huge numbers of visitors wishing to check out the views each day, securing your entrance tickets in advance is never a bad idea. Thanks to this ticket, you'll benefit from fast track entrance. Bypass the endless lines of people waiting to enter and journey straight up to the observation deck without having to queue for hours. Incredible scenes await you at the top of Germany's tallest tower. Berlin sprawls out from beneath you, complete in all its glory. Keep an eye out for the city's famous icons such as the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, and Berlin Central Station. Admire the Olympic Stadium, the famous Museum Island next to the Berlin Cathedral, and the modern Potsdamer Platz complex.

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Berlin TV Tower: Fast View & Window Seat Restaurant Ticket

3. Berlin TV Tower: Fast View & Window Seat Restaurant Ticket

Journey high above Berlin and visit the 200-meter tall TV Tower at Berlin's Alexanderplatz. Enjoy priority entrance and experience a fantastic view of the city from your window seats at the "Sphere" restaurant (food not included). Discover the beauty of Berlin and see the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag and Hauptbahnhof from above. Enjoy the view along the banks of the Spree, admire the Olympic Stadium and see the famous Museum Island, home to the Berlin Cathedral.

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Berlin: Illuseum Skip-the-Line Ticket

4. Berlin: Illuseum Skip-the-Line Ticket

Take a break from the real world and step into the Illuseum Berlin. Located in the center of Berlin, the Illuseum is a place where nothing is as it seems and where fun, entertainment, and interactivity for visitors of all ages is the focus. Whether it's slate space or infinite space, baffling holograms, or an impressive tunnel, anyone can immerse themselves for a moment in a world full of illusions, allowing themselves to fall under the spell of their senses. Experience a one-of-a-kind museum where you will defy gravity, lose the ground under your feet, see yourself grow and shrink, and become inspired by optical illusions. As a special treat, check out clever play-areas made of sustainable wooden toys with many impressive 3D puzzles and riddles that are not only fun but also train your logical skills. It's easy to waste a day at this tricky fitness center for the brain.

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Berlin: 'Hitler, How Could It Happen' & Berlin Story Museum

5. Berlin: 'Hitler, How Could It Happen' & Berlin Story Museum

Immerse yourself in Berlin's eventful history and follow the audio guide's vivid explanations about the past from Imperial times to the fall of the Berlin Wall in a real bunker from the Second World War. Step back in time to the period of National Socialism and discover a piece of contemporary history. Learn everything about Hitler's rise to power and his reign of terror. Visit the award-winning Berlin Story Museum in the huge Berlin Story Bunker near Anhalter Bahnhof and Potsdamer Platz. Learn more about Berlin's eventful history at 30 stations with large installations, informative photos, and short films.

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Reichstag: Tour with Plenary Chamber and Dome in German

6. Reichstag: Tour with Plenary Chamber and Dome in German

Visit the stunning Reichstag building, walk around its iconic glass dome, and explore Berlin’s government and parliament quarter on a captivating tour with a German-speaking guide to get a better understanding of Germany’s unique political history. Follow your guide as you take a stroll through Berlin’s parliament quarter along the banks of the River Spree. Walk by the impressive Brandenburger Gate and Pariser Platz and stop and see important governmental structures. Pass through the security check to get into the Reichstag building. Listen to an informative talk in the plenary chamber to learn insightful information about Germany’s parliament and as well as interesting details about the Reichstag building. Find out about the history and architecture of the building and its reconstruction by British architect Sir Norman Foster, which transformed it into one of the most modern and innovative parliament buildings in the world. Head up to the top of the Reichstag to experience the highlight of the tour; a visit to the roof terrace and the glass dome of the building. From here you can enjoy breathtaking panoramic views of Berlin.

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Berlin: Government District Tour with Reichstag Visit Option

7. Berlin: Government District Tour with Reichstag Visit Option

See the impressive buildings of the parliament quarter along the banks of the Spree, while you stroll down the streets to the Reichstag. Marvel at the main studio of the German television station, the workspaces of the politicians, and the memorial to the victims of the Berlin Wall. Later, enjoy a free unguided presentation in the plenary hall, with a seat under the dome. Learn more about the tasks and duties of the parliament as well as the story behind a building that has played such a significant role in German history. The viewing terrace and the glass dome are definitely the highlights of this tour. Enjoy the breathtaking views of Berlin and spot the television tower, Brandenburg Gate, and Berlin Cathedral among other landmarks.

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Berlin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus with Boat Options

8. Berlin: Hop-On Hop-Off Sightseeing Bus with Boat Options

Discover the city at your own pace with the Berlin hop-on hop-off bus. Freely wander the city on well-equipped sightseeing buses. Explore Museum Island, amble down the Ku'Damm, the famed shopping street, and catch a glimpse of divided Berlin at Check Point Charlie. Visit the Brandenburg gate or the Reichstag with its marvelous glass dome. There are a wide variety of options, with buses traveling the entirety of the city. To get even more out of your trip to Berlin, combine your bus pass with a 24- or 48-hour hop-on hop-off boat tour ticket that you can redeem at any time. Or, add a relaxing 1-hour river cruise on the Spree to your experience. The stops for the bus tours are: Line 1 (Bus) • Alexanderplatz • Rotes Rathaus • Museum Island • Friedrichstrasse • Brandenburger Tor • Reichstag • Hauptbahnhof • Haus der Kulturen der Welt • Bellevue Palace • Siegessäule (Victory Column) • Kurfürstendamm • KaDeWe • Lützowplatz • Kulturforum • Potsdamer Platz • Mauerreste • Check Point Charlie • Gendarmenmarkt Line 2 (Bus) • Alexanderplatz • Frankfurter Allee • East Side Gallery • Ostbahnhof • Alexa • Rotes Rathaus

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Berlin: Neue Nationalgalerie Entry Ticket

9. Berlin: Neue Nationalgalerie Entry Ticket

With this entry ticket to Neue Nationalgalerie, you'll gain access to the museum’s special exhibitions as well as audio guides at most exhibitions. Simply show your ticket at the museum entrance, then enjoy your added perks during your visit. Come prepared to immediately start enjoying the artwork and architecture featured at Neue Nationalgalerie. After 6 years of closure for renovations, the museum will once again present major works of Classical Modernism from the Nationalgalerie Collection. Admire works by artists such as Otto Dix, Hannah Höch, Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, Lotte Laserstein and Renée Sintenis. The works of art assembled in the museum reflect the social processes of a turbulent time, among them the German Empire’s reform movements, the First World War, the Weimar Republic’s Golden Twenties, the Second World War, and the Holocaust.

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Berlin: TV Tower Ticket & Breakfast at Revolving Restaurant

10. Berlin: TV Tower Ticket & Breakfast at Revolving Restaurant

Enjoy the panoramic views of Berlin from the famous TV Tower, which was built between 1965 and 1969. The tower is a landmark of unified Berlin, located in the middle of the city at Alexanderplatz. It is also one of the tallest towers in Europe, at 368 meters high. Skip the ticket line at the entrance and enter the tower with a fast-track entrance ticket. After a security check, take the high-speed elevator up through the tower to the 203-meter-high observation platform. Then take a short staircase to the revolving Sphere restaurant. While taking in views of the city, enjoy a delicious breakfast. You can choose between a tower or vegan breakfast option. Tower Breakfast: Reblochon de Savoie (French raw milk cheese), Salami Milano, San Michele core ham, Mortadella, smoked salmon, selected jam, honey, butter, coffee, smoothie, fresh fruit, spelt and wholemeal bread, wheat rolls. Vegan breakfast: avocado spread, avocado slices, tomatoes, pickled peppers, soy yogurt, chickpea cream, bulgur salad with peppers, jam, coffee smoothie, spelt and whole wheat bread.

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Frequently asked questions about Berlin

What top attractions are a must-see in Berlin?

Planning Your 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. Charlottenburg is relatively flash, with Mitte a trendier alternative. Prenzlauer Berg is the city's café-culture capital, populated by young families. Schoeneberg is renowned for its gay clubs and bars, while Friedrichshain 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.

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What people are saying about Berlin

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based on 93,095 reviews

Super nice experience, would definitely recommend! We got 2 courses of our own choice, welcome champagne and coffees. The staff was friendly and the atmosphere was very enjoyable for brunch.

The tour guide was extremely nice and the tour is obviously nice. Berlin speaks for itself

Great tour, with enthusiastic and very competent guide Jamie. Highly recommended!

Must see attraction in Berlin. Beware it gets cold in there lol.

It was fantastic! Great view m, atmosphere and the meal!