Berlin is the largest city in Germany. About 3.5 million people call Berlin their home. The largest shopping centre in Europe is located in Berlin, as is the tallest building in Germany. Berlin has more museums than rainy days and three of the city's sights are listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Discover these top 10 sights in Berlin:
1. Television Tower Berlin
The Berlin Television Tower is the highest building in the city. In good weather and with a clear view you can see almost every corner of Berlin. Booking tickets without queuing in advance is definitely recommended. The highlight is a visit to the restaurant in the Berlin TV tower.
2. Brandenburg Gate
The Brandenburg Gate marks the former border between West and East. It is a popular hotspot for photo stops, for a view of the Hotel Adlon and a real Berlin Currywurst. Still surrounded by the Wall during the time of the divided Germany, Berlin's last city gate today stands above all for freedom, peace and a successful culture of welcome. The gate is crowned by the sculpture of the Quadriga, a chariot drawn by four horses, designed by Johann Gottfried Schadow. Many know the Brandenburg Gate from television at the time of the fall of the Wall, when hundreds of cars drove from the liberated East to the West.
After a short walk through the zoo the path ends directly in front of the Reichstag building which goes along with a long history. Admission is only possible with prior registration but taking a look at Berlin from the famous dome is a must during a visit to Berlin.
The "Alex", as Berliners call it, is one of the most visited squares in Berlin along with Kurfürstendamm and Pariser Platz. Due to its perfect connection to almost all underground and suburban railway lines, it is used as a starting point for city trips. The television tower is located within walking distance and on Alexanderplatz itself there are, besides street artists from all over the world, also the world time clock to marvel at. A small shortcoming: Here they have to be particularly careful of tricksters and columns of tricksters.
5. Great Star and Bellevue Castle
Many of Berlin's top sights are within walking distance of each other. The Bellevue Castle and the Victory Column are also part of it. A visit to Bellevue Palace, the impressive seat of the German President, is a must on any discovery tour of Berlin. The castle was already built in the 18th century by order of Ferdinand of Prussia and became the first seat of government of the Federal President in 1994. Just a little further on is one of Berlin's absolute landmarks, the imposing Siegessäule (Victory Column).
6. Memorial church and Kurfürstendamm
The Kurfürstendamm is one of Berlin's main shopping streets and is home to the largest department store in Europe, the KaDeWe or Kaufhaus des Westens. Here you can easily spend several hours shopping. But this area of Berlin also has an absolute top highlight to offer in terms of cultural history, the Gedächtniskirche. Large parts of the church were destroyed in the Second World War and deliberately not rebuilt in the post-war period.
7. Holocaust Memorial
The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe like many other places worth seeing in Berlin, is located in the centre of Berlin Mitte not far from the Brandenburg Gate. The approximately 19,000 m² of corrugated floor space was equipped with 2711 concrete steles, which have different heights but the same basic shape. The shape of the steals reminds one of coffins. The gray color of the concrete to the ashes of the murdered and subsequently burned Jews during the cruel tyranny of the Nazi regime. It is a place of silence and commemoration and should be treated as such.
8. Berlin Wall
One of Berlin's must-see highlights is of course the Berlin Wall. At the historic location on Bernauer Strasse it still stretches 1.4 km across the former border strip. The route along the Berlin Wall can be perfectly done on foot or by bike. A guided tour along the wall is absolutely recommended!
9. Checkpoint Charlie
The Checkpoint Charlie was one of the most famous border crossings at the time of the Berlin Wall from 1963 to 1990 and is located between the underground stations Friedrichstraße and Kochstraße and should not be missed on a Berlin city tour. Directly at the actual border crossing there is a small museum which informs about the historical history of this place. This place is photographed with great pleasure but be careful. The disguised soldiers, with whom one can take a photo, expect money for their portrayal and are sometimes very pushy. Don't let them take you by surprise.
10. Museum Island
The Museum Island is located in the historic district of Berlin Mitte and is home to several museums and galleries and has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999. The Museum Island includes the New and the Old Museum and the Old National Gallery, but also the Berlin Cathedral. The most famous photos are taken in front of the Altes Museum, as the small park in front of the building has the funny name "Lustgarten".
Travel tips for Berlin
What makes Berlin special
Berlin, as the capital of Germany, is one of the European metropolises which everyone should have visited once. The fall of the Berlin Wall in 1989 not only brought the long desired freedom to Berliners, but also gave the city the space to develop. Today Berlin is the epicentre of cultural encounters in Germany and Europe. Young, old and people of all nations come together in the capital. Berlin is international, Berlin is multicultural, Berlin is a place where everyone can be as they are. It is above all the mood, the atmosphere, that makes Berlin so special. The mixture of different languages that forms a unity in bars, cafés and pubs and sounds together out onto the streets - the sound of Berlin. But besides the unique attitude to life, the city itself is also a beauty. Berlin may be a big city with many dark and grey streets, but the more beautiful are the corners where history was once written or where today the colourful life flourishes. The city never gets boring and there is probably no experience that one could not make here.
The best time to visit Berlin
"Berlin, you're so wonderful, Berlin." This slogan of a Berlin brewery fits perfectly to the image of this unique city. A visit to the capital is an experience at any time of the year. But Berlin's charm is irresistible in summer. On Simon-Dach-Str. there is a lot of hustle and bustle in the many bars and cafés, on the Spree many explorers enjoy bridge trips along the highlights of the city and from the TV tower you can enjoy the best view over Berlin, especially just before the sun goes down.
The most beautiful view over Berlin
Looking at Berlin from a bird's eye view is something very special and one thing becomes clear from this perspective: not all roads lead to Rome, but to the shining symbol of Berlin, the Siegessäule. Like the main arteries of an organism, the wide streets wind their way from the outskirts of the city to the big star. The view from the observation deck of the Siegessäule is definitely worth it. The Teufelsberg on the other hand is the highest mountain of the city and the former listening station of the Americans. When the weather is good, you can see the whole city from here. The list of places with a great view over Berlin also includes the Berlin television tower. View Berlin from a height of 368 metres.
How many days in Berlin?
Berlin is colourful, Berlin is diverse, Berlin is creative. It is not for nothing that millions of people are drawn to the capital every year. Three days in Berlin are ideal, although you can of course spend weeks here and discover a new interesting place every day. On day 1 you discover the Mitte district. Have breakfast at Alexanderplatz, then up to the television tower. The tour continues to the Hackesche Höfe and into Oranienburger Straße. On the Museum Island you lean back with an ice cream and spend the evening in the Nikolai Quarter. You could use day 2 to inhale the history of Berlin. Visit the Holocaust Memorial, see the Gendarmenmarkt and make a short detour via Friedrichstr. Potsdamer Platz and Checkpoint Charlie are part of the obligatory program! What you do on day three? Let us inspire you!
The best restaurant
Finding the best restaurant in Berlin is easier said than done, because the selection is simply far too large and the dining culture is incredibly diverse. An absolute "must-at" is a genuine Berlin kebab, which was invented here. The best kebab is available at Mustafa's Gemüse Kebap in the Kreuzberg district. But be careful, the queue here is as long as the kebab is legendary. As an alternative it is worthwhile to stop by Hakiki Food in Mitte. Here the fully loaded flat bread tastes at least as good. You can enjoy a real Berlin Currywurst at "Im Biss" on the Kurfürstendamm for about 2,00€ or for much more pocket money at "Curry 26". You can also go out for a good meal in Berlin in Friedrichshain or in Prenzlauer Berg on Kastanien Allee.
The most beautiful shopping mile
Berlin makes the heart of every shopping junkies beat faster. Shopping is possible everywhere here. The Kurfürstendamm is probably the most famous shopping street. In addition to the well-known clothing shops and chains, the largest department store in Europe, the "KaDeWe", is also located here. If you like it crazier or more exclusive it is best to go to "Mitte". Here you will find great designer shops as well as the odd vintage and second-hand shop. Ever heard of "Made in Berlin"? Absolutely recommendable!
The perfect pocket money
Berlin doesn't need to be expensive. Many sights of the city, such as the Brandenburg Gate, the Victory Column or the Holocaust Memorial are completely free of charge. You can eat and drink in Berlin cheaply and expensively. Our tip for orientation: The further towards the centre, the deeper the grip into the bag. "Unter den Linden", for example, on the street leading directly to the Brandenburg Gate, you pay far more for a lunch snack than in the surrounding areas. Compared to other European capitals Berlin is in the lower midfield in terms of price and instead of throwing your money away on expensive souvenirs, you'd rather go on a city tour and take some great photos. Memories are the only thing that really makes us richer, even if we spend money on them!
Locomotion in Berlin
Berlin's public transport system is optimally connected. There are countless trains, trams and buses. Especially popular are the S-Bahn and the U-Bahn. The trains of the Berliner Verkehrsbetriebe allow you to move around the city in comfort. Tickets are available for either two hours or a whole day. With the Berlin Welcome Card you can use public transport in Berlin and Potsdam for 2 to 5 days completely free of charge and benefit from numerous discounts for Berlin attractions and restaurants.