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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!

Alexanderplatz

Alexanderplatz

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.

TV Tower

TV Tower

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!

Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate

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.

Reichstag

Reichstag

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.

Government District

Government District

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 Berlin

Madame Tussauds 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!

Berlin Dungeon

Berlin Dungeon

See out a rainy day at the Berlin dungeon for a reminder of the city's nasty past. Large groups get generous discounts.

Potsdamer Platz

Potsdamer Platz

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.

Kurfürstendamm

Kurfürstendamm

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.

Gendarmenmarkt

Gendarmenmarkt

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.

Planning Your Berlin Visit

When to go?

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.

Where to stay?

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!

How to get around?

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.

Good to know

  • Language
    German
  • Currency
    Euro (€)
  • Time Zone
    UTC (+01:00)
  • Country Code
    +49
  • Best time to visit
    May through September the weather is ideal.

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What people are saying about Berlin

wonderful guide and very educational tour

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!

Sachsenhausen Memorial Walking Tour Reviewed by Denise, 16/10/2018

Extremely knowledgable guide made this tour unforgettable.

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!

Discover Berlin Walking Tour Reviewed by Suzanne, 15/10/2018

Stunning experience, topped off with wonderful coffee & cake

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.

Reichstag: Rooftop Coffee Break at Käfer Reviewed by Kathleen, 15/10/2018

Liz was a fantastic guide! All the sights and descriptions were great.

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.

Red Berlin: Secrets of the Communist Capital Reviewed by David, 14/10/2018

My favorite thing I have done so far in Berlin!

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 ~

Alternative Berlin Experience Reviewed by a GetYourGuide customer, 14/10/2018