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Whistle Stop Tour of Berlin (3Days)

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A whistle stop sightseeing tour of Germany's capital, Berlin. We spent 3 days here exploring the main sights and trying to take in as much as possible! Here's the guide of what we managed to squeeze into our long weekend in December.

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Luxury Traveller
  • Trendsetter

16 Places

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16 Places

Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin

Hotels

Berliner Dom

Churches & Cathedrals, Architectural Buildings

Solino

Restaurants

Alexanderplatz

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Berlin TV Tower (Fernsehturm)

Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Brandenburg Gate

Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Dunkin' Donuts

Restaurants

The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Monuments & Statues

Gendarmenmarkt

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Indisches Restaurant Asman

Restaurants

Haus der 100 Biere

Restaurants

HEat

Restaurants

Museum Island

Speciality Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Carambar

Restaurants

Alexa

Gift & Speciality Shops

East Side Gallery

Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Jessica-sykes30's City Tips

  • GMT Time + 1 Hour
  • Currency = Euro €
  • Credit cards are not used very often - Most places only take cash
  • 10% tipping is expected for - taxis, servers. 5% tipping expected for bartenders.
  • Taxis are fairly inexpensive. approx 30 mins from Berlin Schonefeld airport to AlexanderPlatz
  • Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin
    Hotels
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    Jessica-sykes30 Says:

    We stayed here as my partner is part of club carlson so we came here with points. (Approx €200 a night depending on time of year/notice) The hotel is beautiful, and the staff were second to none! The location was ideal, right next to Berlin cathedral, opposite AlexanderPlatz and over the bridge to Museum Island. I would recommend this hotel based on its location to any sightseeing individuals! But the best thing is the fish tank through the centre of the hotel. A lot of rooms have views of this from their bedrooms, and it is just lovely to sit and stare at the fishes moving around! There is a lovely little bar underneath the fish tank where we found ourselves sitting watching the fishes with a drink and letting the world pass us by! We were upgraded and so had a business room overlooking the river and facing the cathedral! AMAZING! There is also a spa, swimming pool, gym, restaurant, bar, conference room etc… For a small extra charge, you can pay to go inside the fish tank and through the centre (as it is hollow). A lot of people do this, especially with children. Nice way to start the day!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Ask for a view of the fish tank to make your trip even more special
    • Pay extra to go inside the fish tank, especially if you have children! This is through the sea life centre
    • Opposite AlexanderPlatz, where some of the christmas markets are held in Winter.
    Plan to stay:
    More than 3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #96 of 634 Hotels in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Fantastic stay 25/06/2019
    • Ideal for us 23/06/2019
    • Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin
    Address:
    Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 3
    10178 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    011 49 4930 238280
    Other:
  • Berliner Dom
    Churches & Cathedrals, Architectural Buildings
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    Jessica-sykes30 Says:

    This was our view from the balcony / room. It is very understated beautiful architecture! If walking across from AlexanderPlatz to Museum Island, this is passed on the way (just over the bridge). It is nice just to admire it whilst walking past. Unsure if there is a cost to enter

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • History being Revived 25/06/2019
    • Gorgeous Protestant Church 25/06/2019
    • Berliner Dom
    Address:
    Am Lustgarten
    10178 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 20269136
    Price range:
    US$7 - US$7
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 19:00
    Other:
  • Solino
    Restaurants (Italian, Mediterranean, European)
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    Jessica-sykes30 Says:

    We stumbled across Solino on our 1st night & was not disappointed. The place was relatively small but PACKED with locals (good sign). The food was delicious and very flavoursome; the service was quick and very pleasant; the prices were not very expensive (especially as in a european capital city); the atmosphere was lovely, candlelit, busy with locals, a real italian feel! We ordered a steak, a chicken tarragon pasta, 2x ice cream deserts, beers and wine - which came to a total of between €40-€50. - Very reasonable, as the food and service was great! The place is tucked away just on the outskirts of AlexanderPlatz square. Fabulous. 5 * Rating!!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Tips
    • Chicken tarragon Pasta is delicious!
    • Quite small & very busy
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #715 of 7,384 restaurants in Berlin
    • Bring cash 19/06/2019
    • Two nights on the trot, what more can I say!! 17/05/2019
    • Solino
    Address:
    Poststrasse 13-14
    10178 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 24726041
    Other:
  • Alexanderplatz
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Jessica-sykes30 Says:

    This was opposite our hotel and was where some of the Christmas Markets were. The atmosphere was fabulous around the markets - with the big wheel and television tower in the background. The square is littered with cafes, bars, restaurants, shops so is a great place to meander around with or without the christmas markets! There is also a large train station here, so very easy access!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • christmas markets
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #121 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    • Large square with historical buildings/restaurants 25/06/2019
    • Great Experience 11/06/2019
    • Alexanderplatz
    Other:
  • Berlin TV Tower (Fernsehturm)
    Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Jessica-sykes30 Says:

    This was also opposite our hotel based in AlexanderPlatz. We did not go up the tower, but I imagine the views are sublime - this is something we would do if we went back. It is a landmark of berlin and can be seen almost anywhere in the city! It is easy to just admire it from the bottom, and at night when it is lit up!

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #113 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    • Refused entry due to disability 25/06/2019
    • Great view, bad food 24/06/2019
    • Berlin TV Tower (Fernsehturm)
    Address:
    Panoramastr. 1A
    10178 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 247575875
    Price range:
    US$18 - US$18
    Other:
  • Brandenburg Gate
    Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Jessica-sykes30 Says:

    This is an exceptional landmark - a real must see! It is what separated the east and west divide of Berlin during the war. The square in front of the gate is littered with cafes (starbucks, dunkin donuts etc…) and so you can spend plenty of time around this area admiring the gate. It is lit up at night, which is when we came. If we were to return to Berlin, we'd go again in the day to get a different feel to the landmark. As we came the weekend before Christmas, we grabbed a coffee and a donut from Dunkin Donuts and snapped away with our cameras. There was a lit up christmas tree and menorah (Hannukah jewish candles) in the square in front of the gate which was an added bonus to the landmark.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • wrap up warm
    • walk to the gate to get a real feel for the landmark
    • walk through the gate and admire it from the other side too!
    • Read up on the gate beforehand, and read the information signs around the square to understand the history behind the sight!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great to see a piece of history 25/06/2019
    • Great View! 25/06/2019
    • Brandenburg Gate
    Address:
    Pariser Platz
    10117 Berlin
    Germany
    Other:
  • Dunkin' Donuts
    Restaurants (American, Cafe, Fast food)
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    Jessica-sykes30 Says:

    Disappointed! would never eat again at Dunkin Donuts. Very boring, bland donuts which are extremely overpriced. Came here for a coffee and a snack as it was so cold (& snowing) whilst admiring the gate & starbucks was so busy. Wish we had not bothered.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Thrifty Traveller
    Tips
    • boring, bland, sickly donuts
    • don't bother queuing!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #3,186 of 7,384 restaurants in Berlin
    • Convenient and cheaper than the Adlon 27/05/2019
    • First and last visit 19/05/2019
    • Dunkin' Donuts
    Address:
    Brandenburger Tor
    Unter den Linden 78
    10117 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 3083020
    Other:
  • The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
    Monuments & Statues
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    Jessica-sykes30 Says:

    Such a simple, emotional sight! This landmark is very emotional and moving. It is a MUST SEE, to remember and respect the victims of the Holocaust. You could easy walk past this as it is not really signposted or bold - which adds more to the respect and emotion of the memorial. We saw this at night after walking through the gate - it is not very well lit. If we were to return we'd make sure we came here in the day to really see the memorial site.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • go in the day! not well lit at night
    • free of charge
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Moving 25/06/2019
    • Unique and suprising 25/06/2019
    • The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
    Address:
    Near the Brandenburg Gate
    Information Center: Cora-Berliner-Straße 1
    10117 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 2639430
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 20:00
    Other:
  • Gendarmenmarkt
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Jessica-sykes30 Says:

    We came here the weekend before Christmas and this was were a lot of the markets were. It was great with a fabulous atmosphere, and really gave a christmas, winter feel! Lots of art-style market stalls selling everything and anything; lots of places to eat and drink too!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • wrap up warm
    • extremely busy
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • More places to rest and eat than in the past 22/06/2019
    • Surprise concert 17/06/2019
    • Gendarmenmarkt
    Address:
    Gendarmenmarkt
    10117 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 22730431
    Other:
  • Indisches Restaurant Asman
    Restaurants (Indian)
    Jessica-sykes30 Says:

    We came here for a drink in between visiting the nearby christmas markets. We didn't eat here but the food looked great and we'd recommend the food on what we saw. The service for both drinks and food was great!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    Tips
    • Cappahrini drink was delicious!
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #2,563 of 7,384 restaurants in Berlin
    • Lovely meal in very pleasant establishment 13/04/2019
    • Lunch with my Cousain 05/04/2019
    • Indisches Restaurant Asman
    Address:
    Ackerstr. 20
    10115 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 27907167
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    12:00 - 00:00
  • Haus der 100 Biere
    Restaurants (German, Bar, European, Central European)
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    Jessica-sykes30 Says:

    We came here for a few good german beers, planning to make our way through the majority of the '100 bieres' and really indulge in the real german beers. Unfortunately, the beers are more from around the world, and you can try standard beers too. This place was very busy, and did serve food (we did not eat here though). The cherry and raspberry syrup beers are delicious!

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • cherry / raspberry flavoured beer!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #577 of 7,384 restaurants in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • awful 13/05/2019
    • First time in Berlin 20/03/2019
    • Haus der 100 Biere
    Address:
    Mommsenstr. 45
    10629 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 3242580
    Hours:
    Sun - Thu
    09:00 - 00:00
    Fri - Sat
    09:00 - 01:00
    Other:
  • HEat
    Restaurants (Italian, French, American, Asian, European, German)
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    Jessica-sykes30 Says:

    This HEat restaurant was situated in our hotel, and so we had lunch here. me and my partner both sampled a traditional currywurst to try the Berlin cuisine. The food was lovely and the service was also great! It was snowing when we were in Berlin (December 2014) and so we sat indoors. However, this place would be great for food/drinks in the sunshine outside (there is outdoor seating) as it overlooks the river and the cathedral! Downsides - the menu is not displayed before entering the restaurant, so you feel obliged to eat here once sat down. The prices are expensive (as other reviewers have also commented on).

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • Prices are pretty steep
    • try the currywurst
    • would be great on a summers day as overlooks the river and cathedral.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #946 of 7,384 restaurants in Berlin
    • Berlin 24/06/2019
    • Good pizza and excellent Apperol spritz 22/06/2019
    • HEat
    Address:
    Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 3
    10178 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 238283851
    Price range:
    US$13 - US$31
    Hours:
    Mon
    06:00 - 22:30
    Tue - Sun
    06:00 - 23:00
    Other:
  • Museum Island
    Speciality Museums, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Jessica-sykes30 Says:

    We walked through / around museum island on the way to the Brandenburg gate. Plenty to see and do, all is lit up at night - so a different feel depending when you go. Great place for photographers as beautiful buildings and plenty to see.

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • a lot of walking - wear comfy shoes / suitable clothing
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #17 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • So beautiful 25/06/2019
    • Outstanding museums!! 22/06/2019
    • Museum Island
    Address:
    Breite Street
    13089 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 266424242
    Hours:
    Tue - Wed
    10:00 - 18:00
    Thu
    10:00 - 20:00
    Fri - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Carambar
    Restaurants (German, Bar, European, International)
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    Jessica-sykes30 Says:

    Came here for tea as it was local to our hotel and seemed inviting. Very nice service and nice food.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • frozen daquiri was delicious
    • busy place - think upstairs was a club/private functions
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7,281 of 7,384 restaurants in Berlin
    • Terrible 25/06/2019
    • Waiters are rude about tips 17/06/2019
    • Carambar
    Address:
    Rathausstr. 1
    10178 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 28707684
    Hours:
    Thu - Fri
    10:00 - 05:00
    Sat - Wed
    10:00 - 02:00
    Other:
  • Alexa
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    Jessica-sykes30 Says:

    Massive shopping centre, if you wanted to shop this is where i'd advise you to spend a good few hours.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • wide choice
    • 3-4 floors of shops/cafes/food
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #26 of 325 Shopping in Berlin
    • Beautiful 12/05/2019
    • nice and not to big . 07/04/2019
    • Alexa
    Address:
    Grunerstr. 20
    10179 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 269340121
    Hours:
    Mon - Sat
    10:00 - 21:00
    Other:
  • East Side Gallery
    Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Jessica-sykes30 Says:

    Easily my favourite part of our trip! This place has a lot of history as it's a 1.3km long memorial to freedom and the Berlin wall. It has graffiti on every single section of the wall which is both pretty, artistic and political. me and my partner spent hours here nosing along the wall and taking millions of photographs. It is very thought provoking and very political! Excellent way to pass a good few hours. A REAL MUST SEE! We wish we'd have got a coffee beforehand (there is a starbucks behind the start of the wall in a shopping centre) to explore the wall without the cameras to take it all in, and walk back down again taking photographs. We came here at night to get a real feel for the art / graffiti on the walls. Very busy as it is such a powerful message and great history of Berlin/Germany, and free of charge!

    Good for
    • Must See
    • LGBT
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • free of charge
    • can get quite busy
    • Excellent!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #7 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very good if you like "Art" in rundown scruffy ares. 25/06/2019
    • Interesting experience 24/06/2019
    • East Side Gallery
    Address:
    Muehlenstrasse 3-100
    Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg
    14167 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 2517159
    Other:
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