Once divided into two parts, Berlin has overcome its complicated and tumultuous history and became the city that praises diversity, individuality and uniqueness. Now stated as a cultural and intellectual European hub, it attracts people, especially young artist and professionals, from all over the World. That kind of inspiring environment makes every traveler fall in love with the city immediately. Spending One Day in Berlin is no time comparing to what that vibrant city has to offer, but as soon as you fall under its spell, you’re gonna crave for more, and eventually come back.
What’s the best time to visit Berlin?
Even though you can have a great time any time of the year, May to Septmeber is preferable due to the many outdoor activities, beach bars, markets and open-air cinemas that can be enjoyed only in warmer weather. Winter has its own charm, but it can get super cold with all the snow and limited daylight.
What’s good to know about Berlin?
Berlin is the biggest city in Germany and its capital since the fall of the Wall that once divided the city. Today it’s the city of culture and media, science and technology, but also the city that’s known for the non-stop party scene and extraordinary, unbridled nightlife. Architecture, both modern and historical shapes the city’s streets, but the city also attracts with its lush nature, lakes, canals and numerous parks. A wide range of different cultures and cuisines within a city made Berlin one of the greatest gastronomy destinations in the whole world.
One Day in Berlin Itinerary:
Top things to do in Berlin, Germany
Start your day at the Brandenburg Gate
Start your morning walk at Unter de Linden street all the way to the Brandeburger Gate, the iconic symbol and the former city gate that played a role during the city’s turbulent history. Today, it’s one of the main tourist attractions and a place where a lot of cultural and public events are held.
Have a free panoramic view at the Reichstag
The easiest way to get to know more about the city and its landscape is by visiting Germany’s parliament building with its spiral ramp under the glass dome designed by Norman Foster. The free tour (that should be reserved weeks in advance) includes 360° city panoramic view and a free audio tour that will teach you some very interesting stuff about the city and its history.
Visit Holocaust Memorial
Even if you’re not that into memorial architecture don’t skip Memorial to the Murdered Jews, built to remember the victims of Holocaust horrors. Walking troughout the field of 2,711 concrete stelae of varying heights brings feelings of uneasiness and disorientation – an exceptional physical experience.
Stroll through the Tiergarten, Berlin’s vast central park
Berlin is famous for its beautiful, numerous parks. They are either a place of recreation, sunbathing, lunch place or just a place to relax. Stroll through the meadows of the Tiergarten park, sit next to the creek or just lay down on the grass. If you’re lucky enough, you’ll even see one of many tiny rabbits that live there.
Museum Island and Berliner Dom
Berlin really is a museum city and the museum island proves it. This central island of the Spree river hosts five museums and the Berlin Cathedral. It really is a nice area to chill next to the canal and if you’re into visiting one of the museums – I recommend the New (Neues) museum. Not just for its exhibition, but for the interior of the building itself. If hungry, definitely visit a museum restaurant.
Visit Boros Bunker Gallery
Even being a home to hundreds of museums and art galleries, one of them really stands out and it’s worth visiting even if spending only one day in Berlin. The Bunker Gallery is a private collection of a Christian Boros, with a finest works of various contemporary artists exhibited in a Nazi-era bunker. The bunker can be visited by advance appointment on their website at least month in advance.
Have a lunch at Kreuzberg district
Kreuzberg is the Berlin district know for its alternative scene with loads of clubs, trendy bars and international restaurants. Either you want to eat schwarmas or kebabs at Oranienstrasse, or some great burgers or Vietnamese near Schlesisches Tor, or just drink a coffee at Görlitzer Park, you won’t miss a great atmosphere.
Pass over Oberbaum bridge
Passing over Oberbaumbrücke you’ll have a chance to capture a beautiful view of the river Spree and the serene canal scenery. It’s not uncommon for the street artists and musicians to have a performance somewhere along the bridge colonnade.
Walk the East Side Gallery
The East Side Gallery is a 1,316 meter long section of the Berlin wall. Once the place of division, today the wall is the longest open-air gallery in the world, with numerous artworks some of which become the icons of the pop culture. Some of the wall paintings are renewing over the years, which makes the gallery transforming and changing in time.
I already mention Berlin is a place of non-stop party and really active underground scene. There’s something pretty much for everyone – from the cozy basement clubs to the industrial techno temples. It’s never just on weekends, it’s never just during the night, the party scene rocks 24/7. For some chilling and dancing next to canal visit Club de Visionare. If you’re into some intense clubbing Chalet and Tresor could be a perfect choice. Just prepare yourself for long lines and strict door policy.
Some extra tips?
If you’re not that much into walking, take city bus number 100. It will take you around the most important sights and it costs only 2.70 euros.
Berlin public transport is really a good one, it’s fast and convenient – and for a traveler that is spending only one day in Berlin – it’s the perfect option to move from one point to another. To save a money buy a day ticket (Tageskarte) that’s valid on buses, S-Bahn and U-Bahn trains.
A 10% tip is usually expected in restaurants and bars.
In case you have more than just one day in Berlin check out Tripadvisor for detailed list of all the top things to do in Berlin.
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