Five days for a trip to the German capital is a lot or a little? It is enough if you plan the route wisely! And in order not to waste your time on this, use a ready-made guide from our travel expert.
How to get to the city?
The BVG bus takes you to Central Station in 25 minutes. Tickets start at €1.70 and depend on the category you choose.
You can also get to the city by taxi. An Uber ride to the city center will cost 26-35 €.
From Schönefeld Airport, it is easy to reach Alexanderplatz by train. The journey will take about 25 minutes, and the ticket will cost 3.40 €.
The cost of a trip on Uber to the city center will be from 42 to 60 €.
In Berlin, we offer to stay in one of the following hostels. The first is located closer to the Berlin-Tegel airport, and the second is in the city center.
What to see in the city?
Berlin is the capital of Germany and a very diverse city, combining the heritage of the most important historical events, modern cultural trends, and free mores.
One of the most iconic places in Berlin. Once a market square, it was destroyed and then restored and surrounded by modern buildings during the war.
The square is crowned with a large Clock of the World – a rotating sculpture depicting time in different parts of the world.
Not far from Alexanderplatz stands the 368-meter Berlin TV Tower. You can climb it to see the city from a height. The ticket will cost 16,50 €.
Address: Panoramastraße 1A, Berlin
Official website: Berliner Fernsehturm
St. Mary’s Church and St. Nicholas Church
Behind the Berlin TV Tower stands the cozy church of St. Mary. It is worth a look to inspect the interior filled with light.
Address: Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 8, Berlin
Not far from the church of St. Mary, one of the city’s symbols was erected – the church of St. Nicholas. Outside, the building impresses with its architecture. Currently, the church functions as a museum. On Fridays, from 17:00 to 17:30, there are concerts of enchanting music with the participation of the organ.
Address: Nikolaikirchplatz, Berlin
Crossing the Friedrichsbrücke pedestrian bridge will take you to the famous Museum Island. It houses historic buildings, inside of which the Bode Museum, the Old National Gallery, the iconic Pergamon Museum, and the Old and New Museums are now open. Follow the links to learn more about each of them.
The main attraction of the museum island is the symbol of the city – the Berlin Cathedral. Go into it to see the majestic dome and architecture.
The Reichstag is the building in which the national parliament of Germany currently sits. The building itself is interesting with a large glass dome, from where panoramic views of Berlin open.
Visiting the Reichstag and its dome is free. However, all visitors must pre-register. It is most convenient to do this in advance online.
Address: Platz der Republik 1, Berlin
Official website: Reichstagsgebäude
Brandenburg Gate and the Great Tiergarten
On paris Square are the Brandenburg Gate – one of the main attractions of Berlin. From the square, the gate leads to the largest park in the city – the Great Tiergarten. In addition to a huge green area with ponds and alleys that sometimes resemble a forest, there is a monument to Goethe, a memorial to the fallen Soviet soldiers, and the Victory Column.
If you turn to the narrow paths in the park, you can find flower beds with roses, Rhododendronhein, a monument to Beethoven, and the Berlin Zoo.
Not far from the Brandenburg Gate is another important attraction of Berlin – the Holocaust Memorial. It is built in the form of a labyrinth of columns of different heights, between which you can walk.
Underground is an exhibition hall dedicated to the Holocaust. You can visit it for 3 €.
Address: Cora-Berliner-Straße 1, Berlin
Come to Potsdamer Platz to see modern Berlin. There are glass high-rise buildings, numerous bars, restaurants, and shops.
The most notable in the square is the street space Sony Center. Above it hangs a roof, which is illuminated in the dark and creates a light representation with the participation of the glass facades of the surrounding buildings.
In the past, the famous Berlin Wall passed through the square, the remains exhibited here in the form of monuments.
On the banks of the river, Spree preserved the remains of the Berlin Wall. Now they are painted with graffiti, referring to social and political motives, between which you can find the famous graffiti “Brotherly Kiss.”
Here you can also visit the Museum of the Berlin Wall. The ticket will cost 12,50 €. The address of the museum: Mühlenstraße 78-80, Berlin.
Not far from the Eastside Gallery, on the river, there is an art object, “Molecular Man.” It is exciting to look at it in the evening when the lights come on. Excellent views of the sculpture open from the promenade near the Porsche Digital Lab building (Stralauer Allee 12, Berlin).
Landweer Canal and Kreuzberg District
To explore non-tourist Berlin, head to the Kreuzberg district. Here you will find many bars and restaurants, street art and interesting architecture.
Along the Embankment of the Landwehr Canal is the Böckler Park. On its lawns, it is customary to lie down, arrange picnics and parties.
To get to Kreuzberg, get off at Hallesches Tor or Prinzenstraße underground stations.
Botanical Garden Berlin
The Botanical Garden of Berlin presents all kinds of plants brought from different parts of the world. Here you can wander through a huge park among rare specimens of flora, visit magnificent tropical greenhouses and arboretums, as well as a museum of archaeological finds.
Ticket price: 6 €
Address: Königin-Luise-Straße 6-8, Berlin (entrance from Unter den Eichen or Königin-Luise-Platz)
Official website: Botanischer Garten
To take a break from the bustling streets of Berlin, head to the outskirts of the city – Charlottenburg Castle. The majestic palace, which once served as a residence for Prussian kings and German emperors, is surrounded by a huge park with quiet alleys, streams, and bridges.
Ticket price: 12 € (entrance to the palace). Entrance to the park is free.
Address: Spandauer Damm 20-24, Berlin
Potsdam: Sanssouci Park and Cecilienhof Palace
Potsdam is a small town near Berlin, known for its picturesque parks and exquisite palaces. The historic city center consists of small buildings and cobbled streets and also has its own Brandenburg Gate.
How to get there: the most convenient way to get to Potsdam is by train, which departs from Berlin Central Station and takes 25 minutes. The ticket will cost 3,40 €.
Once in the city, head to Sanssouci Park, a vast area with a palace, gardens, and remarkable pavilions that once served as the summer residence of Frederick the Great. Entrance to the park is free.
How to get there: from Potsdam station to the park, you can walk through the city center for 40 minutes (about 3.2 kilometers) or take the tram in 5 minutes – the ticket price will be 1.50 €.
Official site: Park Sanssouci
After a walk in Sanssouci Park, head to the Cecilienhof Palace, which is located in the New Garden on the shores of Lake Jungfernse, the architecture of the palace is interesting with brickwork, details of dark oak, and chimneys.
Ticket price: from 6 to 8 €
How to get there: from Sanssouci Park to the palace on foot will take about 40 minutes (3.2 kilometers). On the way, you can see the Nauen Gate with cone-shaped towers and groves of the New Garden. If you want to get to the palace faster, take a taxi.
Official website: Museum Schloss Cecilienhof
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