Berlin, the capital of Germany, a city that at one point was divided by a wall for almost 30 years, currently attracts millions of tourists every year. This itinerary will help you to not only see the most famous and important sights, but will also you lead you to off-the-beaten-path monuments and districts of the city.
Berlin is a fantastic location if you're both into visiting historical landmarks and good nightlife, for this city has the best of both. Berlin's fasctinating history will feed your brain and later on you'll be able to relax in the lively and feel-good atmopshere that both bars and restaurant offer here. After which, if you feel like it, you'll go on discovering the parties of Berlin - an indisputable capital of electro and techno music (although absolutely not limited to it).
The itinerary is for
First time visitors: solo travelers, friends and families who have a limited amount of time, but want to have a full experience in Berlin.
This is a 29-page PDF itinerary with maps, directions, photographs, tips, recommendations and briefs of neighborhoods and landmarks written by a local.
Some things you’ll see and do:
- See the Bundestag, the Brandenburg Gate and the TV Tower on Alexanderplatz
- Wander around Tacheles, a modern House of Art
- Visit one of the largest malls in the world, KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens)
- Walk around the bohemian Prenzlauer Berg, Berlin’s very own Greenwich Village
- Walk past the East Side Gallery, a collection of paintings by artists expressing hope for a better future after the fall of the Wall
- Visit two world-famous museums
- Explore Kreuzberg, the party district of Berlin
- Visit Charlottenburg Palace including an optional audio self-guided tour
- Eat some German food as well as explore international cuisine restaurants
- Go up the TV Tower for a stunning view of Berlin
- Visit the Kaiser Willhelm Memorial Church (half-destroyed by the bombings of WWII)
- Walk around Potsdamer Platz and maybe spot a few celebrities if it's Berlinale time
- See Checkpoint Charlie, the most famous checkpoint in Berlin during the times of the Wall
But wait, there’s more!
Transportation – you’ll have an overview of Berlin’s extensive public transportation system
Money – tips on the use of credit and debit cards
Useful phrases – some German phrases that might be helpful to you (although, admittedly, nearly everyone speaks solid English in Berlin or is an actual native English speaker)
Nightlife – bars, Kneipen and clubs recommendations in several areas of the city
Links – a few links to help you navigate the events and the night life easier: listings, recommendations, reviews and prices
Other places to see – some tips on what to visit in and out of Berlin should you have more time for exploration of the German capital
Information about the author – a few words about me and ways to contact me if you have questions or suggestions
Have fun and enjoy your trip!