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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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Another great tour with Free Berlin... My second one in my short stay

Another great tour with Free Berlin... My second consecutive one in my short stay in Berlin. Dominic was lovely and very informative. Even about sites i had been to before i learned something new. Highly recommended

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Museum Pass Berlin: 3-Day Entry to Over 30 Museums Reviewed by Evelyne, 06/24/2019

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Our guide was thoughtful and well versed in history. We very much enjoyed this tour. This is the best way to see all the sights and then... tune into what you want to go deeper into to explore more slowly on your own time after the e-bike tour. Really a great way to see the sights. After you see them... find what you like and go back to delve deeper I to that specific attraction or simply let the e-bike tour stand alone as your reference. All in all it is THE best way to see the most am out of sights in the most efficient use of your precious vacation time.

Wonderful way to spend a day munching and exploring Mitte

Mitte is a beautiful neighborhood to explore with so many gorgeous corners and plenty of stuff to see. This tour was exactly what we felt we needed- great foods were served and we didn't even have to contemplate on where to go or what to choose. We enjoyed reading the information about each spot and each food stop, which was super interesting. Great tour all in all, would definitely recommend and try in another city.

Berlin Mitte: 2.5-Hour Self-Guided Food Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 06/18/2019

Faima was an excellent guide. Loved the tour

Faima was an excellent guide. Loved the tour. Very informative educational and fun. Could happily do it again!

Berlin: "Vibes of Berlin" Bike Tour Reviewed by Anonymous, 06/16/2019