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Beautiful Berlin!

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Berlin is one of my favorite European destinations. From the city's energy and distinctive vibe to its role as an epicenter of both World War II and Cold War history, this is a city that can't be missed!

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  • Foodie

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17 Places

Reichstag Building

Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Berlin Hauptbahnhof

Architectural Buildings

Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe)

Department Stores

Checkpoint Charlie

Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Berliner Dom

Churches & Cathedrals, Architectural Buildings

Berlin TV Tower (Fernsehturm)

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

Brandenburg Gate

Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Pergamonmuseum

Art Museums

Alexanderplatz

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Potsdamer Platz

Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Olympiastadion Berlin

Arenas & Stadiums

The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

Monuments & Statues

Memorial of the Berlin Wall

Historic Sites

Prater Garten

Restaurants

Gedenkstatte und Museum Sachsenhausen

Historic Sites, History Museums

Ampelmann Shop Hackesche Hofe

Gift & Speciality Shops

freutmich's City Tips

  • Berlin can be overwhelming. Do some research before you go to ensure you get the most out of your trip.
  • Reichstag Building
    Architectural Buildings, Government Buildings, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    freutmich Says:

    You have to plan ahead to visit this incredible site. Go online and register for your visit, but it's free and not to be missed. The architecture of the Reichstag dome is very impressive, and the audio tour is great. It automatically plays and points out highlights as you wind your way to the dome's top.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Don't miss the memorials to Gypsies killed in World War II or East Germans who died trying to escape to Berlin Wall that sit between the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Amazing! 23/06/2019
    • Reichstag visit 23/06/2019
    • Reichstag Building
    Address:
    Platz der Republik 1
    10557 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 2270
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:00 - 22:00
    Other:
  • Berlin Hauptbahnhof
    Architectural Buildings
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    freutmich Says:

    It might seem odd to put a train station on a list of things to do in a city, but this is no ordinary train station. It's an architectural marvel! And, with so many shops spread out across its multiple levels, it's mall-like atmosphere makes it a decent shopping destination, too.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • If you take the S-Bahn you'll no doubt pass through here. Take a moment to get off the train and look around. You won't be sorry.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #53 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Beautiful place. 16/06/2019
    • Great location and good architecture 07/06/2019
    • Berlin Hauptbahnhof
    Address:
    Spreebogen
    Europaplatz 1
    10957 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 2971055
    Other:
  • Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe)
    Department Stores
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    freutmich Says:

    This is one of the most spectacular shopping experiences in Europe. From affordable souvenirs to over-the-top luxury items, this is a shopper's paradise! Think Harrod's auf Deutsch. Even if you don't want the shopping to bust your budget, you can spent hours here just browsing.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Tips
    • Don't miss the food court level, and take time to eat a meal or two here. Many food stalls have counters where you can sit down and take your time with their food.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #66 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Best luxury shopping center in Berlin 23/06/2019
    • Great foodhall 21/06/2019
    • Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe)
    Address:
    Tauentzienstr. 21 - 24
    10789 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 21210
    Hours:
    Mon - Thu
    10:00 - 20:00
    Fri
    10:00 - 21:00
    Sat
    09:30 - 20:00
    Other:
  • Checkpoint Charlie
    Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    freutmich Says:

    This place is really, really touristy. But it's a significant spot in Cold War history, so it's a place that's shouldn't be missed.

    Good for
    • Solo
    • Must See
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #324 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    • Disappointing. 23/06/2019
    • Cheap and tacky 23/06/2019
    • Checkpoint Charlie
    Address:
    Friedrichstr. 43-45
    10969 Berlin
    Germany
    Other:
  • Berliner Dom
    Churches & Cathedrals, Architectural Buildings
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    freutmich Says:

    This is a spectacular cathedral that is among the most beautiful in Europe. It's worth the reasonable admission fee to soak in the amazing interior.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • I never felt pestered by beggars or scam artists anywhere in Berlin - except outside the Berlin Cathedral. They're harmless, just be prepared that you'll likely be approached.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #34 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth the climb for the view!! 22/06/2019
    • Fantastic building with excellent and detailed audio guide 22/06/2019
    • 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:
  • Berlin TV Tower (Fernsehturm)
    Architectural Buildings, Observation Decks & Towers, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    freutmich Says:

    Observation towers can be a dime-a-dozen. But even if these kinds of attractions don't interest you, Berlin's Television Tower is different because of its connection to the Cold War and symbolism of the former Communist regime.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Thrill Seeker
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Be prepared for a line when you go, but tickets have timed entry so you can venture out a bit if you've got to wait.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #113 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    • Beautiful Views of the City 23/06/2019
    • Ventanas limpias 22/06/2019
    • 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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    freutmich Says:

    This is one of the most iconic structures in the world. You can't visit Berlin and miss the Brandenburg Gate. But because of it's central location, that won't happen. Take some time to stop and walk around. Don't just drive by it.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Be prepared for lots of vendors and folks dressed up for pictures waiting to take your money around the Gate.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #4 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Mr X 23/06/2019
    • A panorama view is the only one offered. 23/06/2019
    • Brandenburg Gate
    Address:
    Pariser Platz
    10117 Berlin
    Germany
    Other:
  • Pergamonmuseum
    Art Museums
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    freutmich Says:

    What makes this museum so incredible is that it has reconstructed massive archeological artifacts from ancient times. You can't visit this museum and not be impressed by things like the Ishtar Gate of Babylon or the Pergamon altar.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take some time to sit on the steps of the Pergamon altar and people watch. In what other museum can you sit on the display? Don't miss out!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • must to see 23/06/2019
    • Great museum 22/06/2019
    • Pergamonmuseum
    Address:
    Bodestrasse 1-3
    10178 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 266424242
    Price range:
    US$12 - US$12
    Hours:
    Thu
    10:00 - 20:00
    Fri - Wed
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Alexanderplatz
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    freutmich Says:

    This is by no means the most distinguished area of the city. It's gritty and crowded. But this was the center of former East Berlin. There are some good shopping and food opportunities around the square, so it's definitely worth a look. Plus, I've been here before when festivals or fairs are set up on the square, which gives it an added dimension of interest.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Take a moment to look up and really appreciate the cold, concrete architecture that so represented the Communist era of East Berlin.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #121 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    • Great Experience 11/06/2019
    • it is just a big square 01/06/2019
    • Alexanderplatz
    Other:
  • Potsdamer Platz
    Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    freutmich Says:

    There are so many things that make Potsdamer Platz a spot you should visit in Berlin. First, it was at the center of the Berlin Wall. A brick line cuts through the square indicating where the wall used to stand. This location was once split in two. Today, it's a vibrant area with shops and restaurants at the nearby Sony Center, and it's just a few blocks from some of Berlin's great museums.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Solo
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The nearby Sony Center is a great place to stop for lunch. So many eateries to choose from!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #95 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Interesting 27/05/2019
    • Urban desighn highlight 22/05/2019
    • Potsdamer Platz
    Address:
    Potsdamer Platz
    Tiegarten
    10785 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 6883150
    Other:
  • Olympiastadion Berlin
    Arenas & Stadiums
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    freutmich Says:

    Talk about a historical location! This is where Adolph Hitler welcomed the world for the 1936 Olympic Games, and where Jesse Owens embarrassed the Third Reich. If you opt out of a tour, you can still get up close and personal with the structure's exterior and it won't cost a thing.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #40 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Where history was made! 09/06/2019
    • Olympiastadion 06/06/2019
    • Olympiastadion Berlin
    Address:
    Olympischer Platz 3
    14053 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 30688100
    Price range:
    US$10 - US$10
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 19:00
    Other:
  • The Holocaust Memorial - Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
    Monuments & Statues
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    freutmich Says:

    The Germans are quite pragmatic about their very dark past. There is recognition that the past must be acknowledged lest we repeat our mistakes. The Holocaust Memorial sits in the heart of the city, just a block away from the Brandenburg Gate. It's a beautiful way to remember the six million Jews murdered by the Nazis. This is a somber but moving place to experience quiet reflection.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Across the street on the edge of the Tiergarten you'll find the memorial to gays and lesbians murdered by the Nazis. It's smaller and out of the way, but worth your time to find.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Inspired Work Commemorating a Great Tragedy 23/06/2019
    • Definitely worth the visit 23/06/2019
    • 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:
  • Memorial of the Berlin Wall
    Historic Sites
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    freutmich Says:

    This may be my favorite place in Berlin. This park offers a meaningful look at what life was like when the Berlin Wall went up. From the street where the wall went up (splitting neighbors on one side in the West and the other side in the East) to remains of the wall and remains of the security measures used to keep East Germans trapped in their city, wandering the park is both somber and enjoyable. It is a park, after all, so don't be surprised to see families playing games, couples having a romantic moment, or people settling in for a picnic.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Family
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • Don't confuse the Berlin Wall Memorial Park (along Bernauer Straße) with the East Side Gallery, which is on the other side of the city. Both are worth your time, though.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #2 of 996 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Moving and informative memorial in very good condition 23/06/2019
    • Interesting 23/06/2019
    • Memorial of the Berlin Wall
    Address:
    Bernauer Strasse 111
    13355 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 467986666
    Hours:
    Tue - Sun
    10:00 - 18:00
    Other:
  • Prater Garten
    Restaurants (German)
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    freutmich Says:

    A true German beer garden! The food here is incredible and the service is top-notch. If the weather is good, the Prater garden offers exactly what you'd hope to find at a German beer garden. If it's cool or the weather's bad, don't sweat it. Just head inside. You'll find the experience just as satisfying.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Must See
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #220 of 7,382 restaurants in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Great beer, location 09/06/2019
    • Do This at Least Once 08/06/2019
    • Prater Garten
    Address:
    Kastanienallee 7 _ 9
    Prenzlauer Berg
    10435 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 4485688
    Price range:
    US$12 - US$30
    Hours:
    Sun
    12:00 - 00:00
    Mon - Sat
    18:00 - 00:00
    Other:
  • Gedenkstatte und Museum Sachsenhausen
    Historic Sites, History Museums
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    freutmich Says:

    Take the S-Bahn north to Oranienburg and take the brief 10-minute walk to the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. Although this camp wasn't as big or as well-known as some of the other Nazi death camps, the experience is no less moving or powerful. This is a spot that demands you take your time. Go slow, soak it in, appreciate what the people who suffered here went through, and never forget.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • History Buff
    • Couples
    • Senior
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #1 of 7 things to do in Oranienburg
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Free Walking Tour with Civitatis 23/06/2019
    • A must see if you go to Berlin 02/06/2019
    • Gedenkstatte und Museum Sachsenhausen
    Address:
    Strasse der Nationen 22
    16515 Oranienburg, Brandenburg
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 3301 200200
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    08:30 - 16:30
    Other:
  • Ampelmann Shop Hackesche Hofe
    Gift & Speciality Shops
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    freutmich Says:

    This is one of several Ampelmann shops around Berlin. This one probably has the most character, but they all feature incredibly fun and whimsical souvenirs of the famous East German stoplight figures. You'll find Ampelmann items all over town, but nothing beats the collection of items available for sale at the original stores.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Solo
    • Friends
    • Couples
    • Senior
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Family
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 325 Shopping in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Very fun shopping experience 22/01/2019
    • Looking for souvenirs 12/12/2018
    • Ampelmann Shop Hackesche Hofe
    Address:
    Rosenthaler Str. 40-41
    10178 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 44048801
    Hours:
    Sun
    13:00 - 18:00
    Mon - Sat
    09:30 - 21:00
    Other:
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