One Day in Berlin Itinerary – Top things to do in Berlin, Germany

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.

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What’s the best time to visit Berlin?

Even though you can have a great time any time of the year, May to September 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

Follow this guide and make the best of your trip even if you’re short on time. These are the top sights and things to do on your one day in Berlin.

 

Start your day at the Brandenburg Gate

Start your morning walk at Unter de Linden street all the way to the Brandeburg 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.

Brandeburg Gate Berlin Itinerary
Brandeburg Gate

 

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 called Reichstag 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 throughout the field of 2,711 concrete stelae of varying heights brings feelings of uneasiness and disorientation – an exceptional physical experience.

Holocaust Memorial in Berlin
Holocaust Memorial

 

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.

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Tiergarten Park

 

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 – check out 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.

Christian Boros Bunker Gallery Berlin
Bunker Gallery

 

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.

East Side Gallery Kiss
East Side Gallery Art

 

Party time

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.

 

Where to stay in Berlin?

Berlin offers wide range of accommodation options for different types of travelers. Those who are more into exploring the city and prefer hotel stay should chose one of many Hotels in Mitte district. For young folks and all those who are into clubbing, Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg may be the ideal area for their stay in Berlin.

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Hotel ZOE by AMANO Group

AMANO Group Hotels are all special in its unique character and they all work under the concept: “first-class urban living at a very fair price.” Hotel Zoe by AMANO Group is located in Mitte. It features a bar, spacious breakfast area with adjoining winter garden and a rooftop terrace with a great view of the city.  The room design is characterized by the dark contrast, untreated concrete and warm lighting that together create a great sense of comfort.

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Hotel ZOE by AMANO Group
Hotel ZOE by AMANO Group
Hotel ZOE by AMANO Group
Hotel ZOE by AMANO Group

Hotel AMANO Grand Central

The Hotel AMANO Grand Central is another hotel located in Mitte and the biggest hotel in the AMANO group. Its luxurious atmosphere, first-class design and huge passion for detail make this hotel one of the best picks in the whole city.

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Hotel AMANO Grand Central
Hotel AMANO Grand Central
Hotel AMANO Grand Central
Hotel AMANO Grand Central

Capri by Fraser Berlin

Located in the very central point of the city, just on the museum island, Capri by Fraser Berlin offers fully designed, bright and modern studio apartments for a perfectly comfortable stay for all types of travelers.

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Capri by Fraser Berlin
Capri by Fraser Berlin
Capri by Fraser Berlin
Capri by Fraser Berlin

H2 Hotel Berlin-Alexanderplatz

H2 Hotel Berlin-Alexanderplatz offers innovative design, relaxing inspiration at pretty affordable prices. The bathrooms, with their energizing rainforest showers, ensure relaxing moments after exhausting sightseeing.

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H2 Hotel Berlin-Alexanderplatz
H2 Hotel Berlin-Alexanderplatz

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Plus Berlin

Plus Berlin may be one of the best hostels in the whole world. It features a sauna, indoor pool, ping-pong, art exhibitions, gift shops, bike rental, restaurant, bar and even a free parking. All of that in one of the most exciting Berlin areas packed with amazing bars, restaurant and clubs. The best choice for young travelers and all those that feel like that.

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Plus Berlin
Plus Berlin

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Extra tips for visiting Berlin

– 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.

– Make your trip to Berlin even more exciting! Check out Tripadvisor for all the activities and organized tours in Berlin or around the area. Make sure to purchase your tickets to all the attractions right away to skip the queues.

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