Top Tours & Activities 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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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 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!
See out a rainy day at the Berlin dungeon for a reminder of the city's nasty past. Large groups get generous discounts.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+49
- Best time to visitMay through September the weather is ideal.
Things to Do in Berlin
Top Attractions in Berlin
- 2TV Tower
- 4Spree River
- 5Brandenburg Gate
- 6Berlin Wall
- 7Government District, Berlin
- 8German Chancellery
- 10Charlottenburg Palace
- 12Potsdamer Platz
- 13THE GATE Berlin
- 14Berlin Wall Memorial
- 15Bellevue Palace
- 16Checkpoint Charlie
- 17Berlin Hauptbahnhof
- 18Unter den Linden
- 19Museum Island
Other Sightseeing Options in Berlin
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What People Are Saying About Berlin
A day that started before we even arrived at the camp. Taylor the tour guide was amazing and was well informed about all events and have us relevant information for the amount of time you are there. I felt that the information was respectful to the victims. 100% recommend this tour!!
Very disappointed that no entry to Pergamon Museum without 2 hour Queque - even with musem pass - we had to miss this very important experience we had planned for.
We had George take us round the camp and he was very well informed and answered any questions we had, would definetly recommend.
First time we tried a bus tour . Really loved the freedom of being able to hop in and off . Informative friendly guide . Would highly recommend .
It was a great exhibition to learn more about Dali if you already have a background knowledge about the artist. It was interesting to see the videos Dali worked on, especially the episode of his cooperation with Hitchcock. I also liked the examples of TV and magazine ads that Dali participated in.