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
- 2Brandenburg Gate
- 3Berlin Wall
- 4Museum Island
- 5THE GATE Berlin
- 6Potsdamer Platz
- 8Spree River
- 9Olympic Stadium, Berlin
- 10Checkpoint Charlie
- 11Unter den Linden
- 12TV Tower
- 13Berlin Cathedral
- 14Government District, Berlin
- 16Berlin Story Museum
- 17Berlin Hauptbahnhof
- 18SEA LIFE Berlin
- 19Charlottenburg Palace
- 20Pergamon Museum
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What People Are Saying About Berlin
Excellent ! Cesar the guide did a splendid job during the tour. Highly recommend !
A very nice visit and a very friendly guide with very useful and detailed explanations
Very good tour with our guide Francheska. Highly recommend it, very interesting insight into this period of history, amazing to be able to see and feel what went on with a knowledgable humble guide.
Our tour guide was well informed and provided us with plenty of details, all in all it was a very interesting walk through the parliament quarter and we skipped the line to the Reichstag, which was of great advantage, especially for the low cost of the ticket.
Meeting point was easy to find, all guides were approachable and friendly. Our tour guide JJ was very clearly passionate about the subject matter, open to questions and very knowledgable. He focussed the day on the prisoners, their struggle & resilience & not the powers that were which we found very refreshing. He delievered the tour whole heartedly (not just going through the motions as we have found on other tours) with a sensitive approach & ensured everyone was looked after. JJ even ensured everyone knew which trains to get after the tour & directed each person accordingly. It was very, very cold but this just made the experience that much more insightful. We were in Berlin for only the 1 day and are very glad we incorporated this tour. A memorable & informative day. Thank you!!