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
- 4THE GATE Berlin
- 5Museum Island
- 6Potsdamer Platz
- 8Spree River
- 9Olympic Stadium, Berlin
- 10Checkpoint Charlie
- 11TV Tower
- 12Unter den Linden
- 13Government District
- 14Tempelhof Airport
- 15Berlin Cathedral
- 16Berlin Story Museum
- 18Berlin Hauptbahnhof
- 19SEA LIFE Berlin
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What People Are Saying About Berlin
I booked at the last minute - the day before - and only after booking did I get the message that I would receive the tickets "in 48 hours", but that would have been too late! In he end, the tickets arrived just before I left for the museum. I also was unable to reach anyone to get help. However, as I said, it turned out fine.
Tour of camp wouldn't have been as brilliant without our guide mark curtis who was so informative. Was an amazing and insightful tour
Skip the long queue & go straight to the observation deck. We started early and had excellent choice of views. Definitely worth the extra funds...
Really enjoyed our walking tour round Berlin with Jim our guide. He was great company and gave us some interesting details about life as a musician in this fabulous city. Thanks.
SO VERY GLAD to have pre-booked and 'skipped the line'. Especially once we got to the Neues Museum (Egyptian Museum) to find a line for tickets almost one kilometre long of people waiting to buy their ticket in freezing cold weather and we just walked in.