Top Ten Things to do in Berlin

Seeing as I spent four months in Berlin, I thought it was only fair that I write a blog post about my 'must see' and 'must do' activities in this amazing city. Some of them are fairly obvious and 'touristy' but if it's your first time in Berlin, you just have to do it. There may be technically more than 10 things on here but that just shows that Berlin really does have something for everyone.

1. Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) and the Reichstag (German Parliament)

A trip to the Reichstag has to be booked in advance but it's amazing to see where the German conferences are held. The Brandenburg Gate is probably the most touristy spot in Berlin but it's great for photos and it was even a popular place to watch the Euro matches a few weeks ago. 

2. Potsdamer Platz 

Potsdamer Platz is a great stop for shopping (Mall of Berlin), cinemas and it has a Viewing Platform that costs around 9 Euro. If you're an art fan I'd also recommend the Dali museum which is a few minutes walk away.

3. Memorial of the Murdered Jews of Europe (S Bahn Brandenburger Tor or Potsdamer Platz) and the Jewish Museum (U Bahn Hallesches Tor)

The Holocaust museum is underground below the memorial and it's definitely worth a visit.

4. Friedrichstrasse 

Another shopping hotspot, Friedrichstrasse is the home of the Berlin branch of 'La Galerie Lafayette' - a gorgeous French department store. Friedrichstrasse is also close to 'Unter den Linden' which is an area of museums such as the Pergamon museum (Egyptian history).

5. Berlin Zoo and Aquarium (U Bahn Zoologischer Garten)

I wrote a separate post about the Zoo which you can check out here.

6. Alexanderplatz 

This is the famous square which hosts the Fernsehturm (Berlin TV tower). You can also go up the tower for a fee. 

7. Schloss Charlottenburg

Beautiful palace and gardens located in the Charlottenburg district. The gardens are free to walk around but it costs around 10 Euro to go inside and an extra 3 Euro if you would like to take photos. 

8. Mauerpark (S Bahn Schoenahuser Allee)

Every Sunday the Berlin Mauerpark turns into a huge flea market selling everything from vintage polaroid cameras to kooky T-Shirts. Perfect activity for a hot summer's afternoon. Oh and did I mention there's karaoke?

9. East Side Gallery (U Bahn Warschauer Strasse)

Of course, what trip to Berlin is complete without seeing the famous murals of the former Berlin wall. 

10. KaDeWe (U Bahn Wittenbergplatz)

Named one of the biggest department stores in Europe, any shopaholic needs to hit the KaDeWe. 

I hope you enjoyed this quick guide to a few Berlin hotspots. Have you ever been on a city break to this German city?


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