5 days in Berlin
Berlin, the capital of Germany, breathes history and culture. This clean and organized city is perfect for walking itineraries, or even for those who enjoy cycling. Check out the 5-day itinerary in Berlin that we have prepared for you to visit the main attractions of this at the same time historic and modern city.
A great way to start you stroll in Berlin is to visit the Museum Island, which is considered a UNESCO World Heritage Site and houses 5 major museums. Among them, the best known and most visited is the Pergamon Museum, with a huge and fantastic collection of pieces and works of art, it is a must-see museum during your visit to Berlin. From there, head to see the Reichstag Building, which houses the German parliament. The building has monumental dimensions, besides being very beautiful and having a rich history. The dome and terrace of the building are open to visitation, but due to great demand, it is necessary to book the guided tour in parliament + dome well in advance on the website. Nearby is another must-see tourist attraction in Berlin – the Brandenburg Gate. Located in the center of Pariser Platz, this monument is the main symbol of Berlin. Built between 1789 and 1791, the gate was the scene of important events throughout German history. In the afternoon, the tip is to visit the Filmmuseum Berlin, very recommended for those who like cinema, it is a valid experience. For those who like history, be sure to visit the Topography of Terror, a kind of museum located in the former headquarters of the Gestapo, the Nazi secret police. The collection of the museum tells the whole history of the Nazi period with lots of details and photos.
The second day’s itinerary begins with the Berliner Dom, an imposing and wonderful cathedral. Like most of Berlin’s monuments, it was bombed during the war and then restored according to the original design. It is worth climb it up to enjoy the view from the top of the tower that is super beautiful! In front of the cathedral, there is a grassy square with a fountain, and during the summer, it is full of people enjoying the sun and taking photos. Very near there are other important museums that are worth visiting – the Altes Museum, its collection related to artifacts from ancient history and Ancient Egypt is incredible! Another one is the Bode Museum, with a very large collection with an emphasis on the Byzantine Empire. The next stop is the Berlin TV Tower which opened in 1969 and is the highest point of the city. It’s 365 meters high and has a panoramic deck from where you can enjoy Berlin’s general overview. If you wish, visit the Tower’s revolving bar and restaurant, whose turn takes about 20 minutes. At night, to end the day, make a stroll on Alexanderplatz, this square is one of the most vibrant places in Berlin; it is very hectic, there are an open-air fair, department stores and much more!
We suggest starting the day by visiting the eastern part of the city, where the East Side Gallery is located. This open-air gallery is a part of the Berlin Wall that was maintained and today is used as a screen for artistic events. With 1.3 kilometers, it is the longest painting gallery in the world. Walking or cycling, take the opportunity to visit nearby one of the most beautiful bridges in Berlin, the Oberbaumbrücke. Then continue the walk along the large tree-lined avenue with several historic buildings, shops, bars and restaurants, called Unter den Linden. Near this avenue is located the Gendarmenmarkt, one of the most beautiful squares in Berlin, with its historical buildings where you can take nice photos. At the end of the day, worth checking out the Checkpoint Charlie, which was the gateway that allowed only Westerners to travel from West Germany to East Germany. Nowadays, this place is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Berlin. At Checkpoint Charlie BlackBox, you will find several explanatory panels, with lots of maps and photos, plus an original piece of the Berlin Wall. Those interested in history will appreciate the place!
Start the fourth day by visiting the Berlin Wall Memorial, it stretches between Brunnenstrasse and Gartenstrasse. The Berlin Wall divided the city into Western and Eastern zones and it was the symbol of the division of the world into the capitalist bloc and the socialist bloc respectively. Also, it still has Berlin Wall Memorial museum, which is well worth seeing. The next tourist spot not to be missed is the Potsdamer Platz, this square was totally destroyed during World War II and during the period of existence of the Berlin Wall was completely abandoned. Nowadays, it is the heart and main symbol of modern Berlin. In this square is located the Sony Center, a modern complex of commercial buildings, full of restaurants, cinemas, shops and covered with a dome, which was added in the year 2000 and gives the place an even more futuristic look. This area is a nice option to have lunch and do some shopping. Worth visiting! To finish the day, we suggest seeing a performance at the Berlin Philharmonic, one of Germany’s most important concert halls, and enjoying the acoustics and the super modern internal and external decor of the place.
The last day of the city tour, we recommend dedicating to the Tiergarten, the main park of the city, where it is worth taking a good walk through the large green area. In the center of the park, there is the Victory Column and Carillon, a huge tower that symbolizes the celebration of 750 years of Berlin. Leaving the Park, head to the German Museum of Technology, this museum is simply fascinating, there are numerous attractions, some of them are interactive, all revolving around many technologies. Very recommended for kids and adults!
- Berliner Dom
- East Side Gallery
- Tiergarten Park
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