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.
- CurrencyEuro (€)
- Time ZoneUTC (+01:00)
- Country Code+49
- Best time to visitMay through September the weather is ideal.
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i went on this tour last week and i can't say enough good things about our guide, lizzy. she was very friendly, organized and upbeat but beyond that she had a wealth of information about sachsenhausen and the nazis conveyed in a very clear manor. the camp itself is very informative, but it really helped to have someone explain the psychology and course of events behind one of the biggest atrocities, and answer questions in depth. highly recommended!
This was one of our best tours ever, not just for the number of sights covered, but also for the skillful way in which we were introduced to the history. Matti, our guide, ensured every site was placed in context, often with additional photos to demonstrate how buildings looked in the past, which made the experience so much richer. Recommend highly!
We loved the rooftop of the Reichstag. The coffee and cake were a real plus. Our only retreat was that the audio guides did not work - so we missed out on some interesting history. I wondered if a small video showing would be possible in several languages, rotated throughout the day. 10 minutes would do it. We hated to miss out on understanding the role it has and continues to play.
Wonderful overview of a lot of historical details and depth about why the Berlin Wall happened and the impact that it had on the city and people who lived in the city during that time. Our guide (Liz) was very well organized and knowledgeable taking questions as well as giving us very nice descriptions of the many places we visited. Overall it was a wonderful experience and i can highly recommend it to anyone who is considering.
I cannot say enough about how much I loved this tour! Nicole is hilarious and a passionate storyteller. She did a great job bringing the history and culture to life in a very unique way. I am a writer and storyteller myself who is actually here doing research for a book. I took copious notes during the whole tour and learned so many things I want to follow up on. Plus, the value of this tour was spot on -- it lasted 5 hours! Thanks for a great afternoon, Nicole, and I can't wait to recommend this to other people. xo ~ Christy ~