Linking a divided past with a now united present, the city of Berlin offers a great deal when looking to spend some time here.
The Underground (U-Bahn) offers quick, cost-effective travel across the city. However, as ever, walking is often the best bet when visiting sights relatively close to one another, allowing you to see much more of the city. Plan your routes and grab a travel app to ensure you are not wandering aimlessly.
A great way to get your bearings is to take a hop-on and hop-off bus tour, allowing you to see all the sights and attractions within this city. City Sightseeing* operate an open-top bus tour where you can hop-on and hop-off as much as you like at any of the bus stops on the route.
Make the most of this historically important city, the below guide offers an insight into some of the must-see places on any trip to Berlin.
Arguably the defining symbol of Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate was completed in 1791 and has been used extensively throughout its history as a centre-point to the city, from political speeches to celebrations.
North of the Brandenburg Gate, the Reichstag building is the home of the German Parliament. Ensure you pre-book and get a view from the glass dome across the city, which is all free. Use the audio tour to get a full sense of the key aspects of this building.
Once at the centre of the Berlin Wall (a line of bricks indicates its past place of standing), Potsdamer Platz is modern Berlin shown clearly in this square, with a selection of skyscrapers, shops and restaurants.
Reaching from Brandenburg Gate to Berlin Zoo, this park is a great way to get away from the busy city.
Berlin Wall Memorial
Offering a glimpse of what the separate East and West Berlin were like, with remains of the wall and some of the security aspects which kept those residents of the East on that side.
A thoughtful and considered memorial which acts as a reminder of the darkest days of Germany's past, and is in tribute to the Jews who died during the Second World War.
Alexanderplatz & Fernsehturm
Worth visiting this famous city square in Berlin-Mitte, with the centre-point, visible throughout the city, being the Fernsehturm television tower, built between 1965 and 1969. Travel up this 368-metre tower for some amazing panoramic views of Berlin.
Named after the famous crossing point on the Berlin Wall, this museum offers a collection of documentation and photographs relating to escape attempts from the East side. The original border post at the division between East and West Germany is still in place.
East Side Gallery
Decorated with graffiti, the East Side Gallery features just over 100 artists work from around the world. Acting as an open-air gallery, the graffiti expresses the hope of freedom and a better future for the world.
Take a tour of an underground bomb shelter to get a taste of life for everyday people in Berlin, during World War II. The guided tours are very informative, and there are a number to do throughout the city, relating to both the Second World War and the Cold War.
Zoologischer Garten Berlin
Well-established zoo bordering the Tiergarten, this zoo is well-worth a visit and houses a good selection of animals, and as-ever is a great place for a family visit.
Where to Stay
When visiting a city, booking a short hotel stay can allow you to have a good base to go on and explore the city centre and its attractions. There are a number of hotel options available in and around Berlin, including Intercontinental*, Hotel Indigo*, Crowne Plaza*, Holiday Inn*, Radisson Blu*, and Hilton*.
The above article offers an overview of some of the highlights this area has to offer, however for a more complete guide we recommend the travel guide for Berlin, from Lonely Planet.
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