Top attractions 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. 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!
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.
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- May through September the weather is ideal.
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What people are saying about Berlin
I had a really great time having Coffee and Cake with my Mum at the Reichstag, enjoying wonderful scenic views with the excellent quality Coffee and Cake. It's also handy that after your Coffee Break you can just go straight onto the Reichstag roof to experience the Dome and see more of the views. I would only say that I was told on my booking that me and my guest were able to have unlimited coffee, however no-one came to ask if we'd like some more and so I felt too uncomfortable to ask if there was more coffee included. Still a very enjoyable experience though, and one I'd like to do again!
Our tour guide Jim was excellent. The tour covered all the main areas of interest. Physically an easy cycle. There were 17 in our group and apparently can be as many as 20!! Too difficult to get through traffic lights with a group that size. Also slower to get moving after every stop with so many people. They made over €470 for one group. With one tour guide. Seems greedy to me. Smaller groups or reduce your price! One or the other.
The boarding point was identified as the intersection of two streets, but there are actually four boarding points at that intersection, and crossing back and forth trying to identify the correct one in heavy traffic caused us to miss our boat. We were re-booked on a tour the next morning, but it was a bit of a hassle.
A very nice and fascinating three hour visit of some of Berlin’ outstanding street art and inner courtyards, with information about the history, the people, the politics and tensions of reconstruction and reunification of the city’s central districts. We had a great time walking with our guide.
The most concise, wide-ranging and well presented exhibition on a much-travelled subject you could find. Full of details that haven't been widely pushed and some images that will really do make you ask how it could have happened. Thought this was a highlight of our stay in Berlin.