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Welcome to Berlin

Once a city divided, Berlin has emerged as a vibrant and cosmopolitan capital of culture in Germany—and the affordable city has a more laid-back attitude than many other top European destinations. See history and modernity juxtaposed on the streets, with Communist architecture, world-class museums, and hip restaurants, nightclubs, and galleries sprinkled throughout the city. Explore neighborhoods such as bohemian Kreuzberg or attraction-filled Mitte. See the remnants of the Berlin Wall, walk under the Brandenburg Gate, or visit Checkpoint Charlie Museum before letting loose in a modern dance club. Or taste your way through Berlin’s respected culinary scene, which—similar to today's Berlin as a whole—touches on both German traditions and multicultural influences.

Top 10 attractions in Berlin

Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)

Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)

The grand gateway to Unter den Linden Boulevard and Tiergarten Park, the Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) is one of Berlin’s most recognizable landmarks. Built by Prussian kings, this monumental gate stood strong through World War I and the Cold War, becoming a symbol of reunified Germany and a poignant reminder of Berlin’s tragedies and triumphs.More


The seat of Germany’s Parliament and one of Berlin’s most recognizable landmarks, the Reichstag building is an impressive feat of 19th-century architecture, with a futuristic glass dome and classical columns on its facade. The structure stands proudly on the River Spree’s southern bank, a stoic reminder of Berlin’s turbulent history.More
Topography of Terror

Topography of Terror

A history museum of the Third Reich, Topography of Terror is housed in the former headquarters of the Gestapo secret police and the SS. Artifacts, photos, and videos examine the history of Hitler’s Germany on the site where the fate of Nazi political opponents was decided and the genocide of the European Jews, Sinti, and Roma was organized.More
Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall

At the height of the Cold War in 1961, socialist East Germany erected the Berlin Wall as an imposing concrete barrier that divided Berlin's eastern and western sides for nearly 30 years. In 1989, toward the end of the war and the fall of East Germany and communism in Europe, the wall's demolition began, thus reunifying Germany. Today, sections of the wall remain as permanent reminders of the days when the country (and Berlin) was divided.More


One of Berlin’s central meeting places, Alexanderplatz is full of attractions, buildings, restaurants, and shops. It’s a major hub for the U-bahn and S-bahn railway, buses, and trams, and houses the TV Tower (Fernsehturm), a famous Berlin landmark. The city center of East Berlin, Alexanderplatz also features a lot of socialist architecture.More
Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie

Once one of three Berlin Wall border points, bridging the divide between the Allied-occupied West Berlin and Soviet-occupied East Berlin, Checkpoint Charlie is one of the most important Cold War sites in Berlin. Today, a recreated guard house marks the site where numerous confrontations, escape attempts, and protests took place, and the adjoining Checkpoint Charlie Museum is a moving tribute to those who risked their lives to escape from East Germany and bring about the fall of the wall.More


Located in Berlin’s Mitte district, the Gendarmenmarkt is arguably Berlin’s most magnificent public square, attracting a cluster of high-end restaurants and hotels, especially around Charlottenstrasse. Come wintertime, travelers come from all over Europe to shop at the square’s spectacular Christmas market and skate at the festive ice rink.More
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Holocaust Memorial)

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Holocaust Memorial)

A somber yet striking memorial stretching over a 4.7-acre (1.9-hectare) plot in the center of Berlin, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Denkmal für die Ermordeten Juden Europas) was opened in 2005 to remember and honor the some 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.More
Unter den Linden

Unter den Linden

Running from Brandenburg Gate to the River Spree and Museum Island, Unter den Linden is Berlin’s most famous boulevard. Bordered by linden trees for which it is named, it is lined with some of the city’s top sights, such as the State Opera House. Just strolling along under the trees is a popular activity in itself.More
Museum Island (Museumsinsel)

Museum Island (Museumsinsel)

Museum Island (Museumsinsel) is the apex of culture in Berlin. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, in the middle of the Spree river, hosts five world-renowned museums that are all architecturally and historically significant. Each museum features different collections, from ancient artifacts to romantic and impressionist works.More

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Street Art in Berlin

Street Art in Berlin

Top activities in Berlin

3-Hour Berlin Highlights Bike Tour
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Hot Rod Tour - Cruising Berlin
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All-in-One Grand Berlin Shore Excursion with WIFI from Warnemunde Port

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Berlin Skip-the-Line Pergamon and New Museum Guided Tour Plus Museum Island Pass
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Capital Dinner Cruise at Sunset with Sightseeing of Berlin
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Recent reviews from experiences in Berlin

Great tour & great way to see the city
serena_r, May 2022
Private Walking Tour: World War 2 and Cold War Sites in Berlin
We had a great tour with Sebastian, he was incredibly knowledgeable and took us to all the best sights in Berlin!
Worthwhile tour
David_F, May 2022
Berlin Self-Drive Trabi Tour with Guide
We actually got to see a fair amount of Berlin.
A 7+ on a 1 to 5 scale.
Steve_F, May 2022
All-in-One Berlin Shore Excursion from Warnemunde and Rostock Port with WiFi
We saw everything we wanted to see and left thoroughly satisfied.
Best walking tour I’ve done!
Emma_D, May 2022
Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour
I had a day to myself & it was the the best way to see Berlin and learn things you’d never know by waking around on your own.
Great Way to See and Learn About Berlin
Suzanne_J, May 2022
Berlin Bike Tour
Great way to see Berlin.
A must see!
Kevin_T, May 2022
ARISE Grand Show at Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin
The show is primarily in German however there is some english English.
Fun and easy way to see Berlin
Samantha_G, Apr 2022
Rickshaw Sightseeing City Tours Berlin - Rikscha Tours
Informative and fun - a great way to see Berlin.
Superb walking tour, thoroughly recommended.
Martin_B, Apr 2022
Explore The Berlin Wall: Cold War Berlin and Behind the Berlin Wall
He also recommended a restaurant for lunch, and other sights to see in the afternoon.
Catherine_G, Apr 2022
3-Hour Berlin Highlights Bike Tour
Would definitely recommend this tour as a great way to see Berlin.
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Georgios_T, Apr 2022
Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour
Very good chosen topics to see all around east Berlin!
An excellent guide and tour - don’t miss it!
Orla_K, Mar 2022
Explore Berlin: Top Attractions Walking Tour
A great way to see the city and the main sites.
The perfect way to see Berlin
lindsay_w, Feb 2022
3-Hour Berlin Highlights Bike Tour
Great way to see Berlin.
Great visit
Noa_A, Dec 2021
Small-Group Historical Bike Tour in Berlin
The visit allowed us to see places we would have missed otherwise.
Great experience!
Carlo_S, Dec 2021
Rude Bastards tour of Berlin
It was really fun getting to know the history behind all of the different tourist attractions in Berlin in this unorthodox fashion.
Robert_G, May 2022
2 hour 15 min Berlin Wall Self Drive Trabant Tour
This is a great way to see Berlin in a convoy where you are also seen as a tourist attraction with visitors taking photos as you drive past.
Unique tour
Aathmika_K, May 2022
A Deeper Dive Small-Group East Berlin Walking Tour
He was flexible with the route to fit our timing, recommended other sites to see and provided some information for further reading/watching on the topics we discussed.
Educational and interesting tour
Jamie_S, May 2022
Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Walking Tour
The camp itself does not have too much left standing, but there is still plenty to see of what remains.
Anecdotes of anarchy and art!
Jeremy_L, Apr 2022
Berlin Off-the-Beaten-Path Walking Tour: Kreuzberg, Mitte and Friedrichshain
The four hours we spent strolling around parts of the anarchic former East Berlin flew past and gave us an appetite to return to see more — which we duly did the next day.
The best way to experience Berlin!
Devan_J, Apr 2022
Explore Berlin: Top Attractions Walking Tour
We got to see some of Berlin's most iconic sites and hear more about the history.
Amazing tour!
zrzppz6pyq, Mar 2022
The History of Berlin: WWII Private Tour
It was an amazing way to see Berlin and also learn a lot about this history.

All about Berlin

When to visit

May through the end of summer has temperate weather ideal for biergartens, park lounging, and the sidewalk cafés—three staples of the Berlin scene. While July and August are busiest, late spring, when the Carnival of Cultures hits, and early fall, with Oktoberfest and the Festival of Lights, are smart bets. Bone-cold winter brings the cheapest deals on airfares and lodging.

A local’s pocket guide to Berlin

Serena Viscovo

Serena is one of the many expats who's spent time living in Berlin, where she biked everywhere and enjoyed endless nights out with friends—life was sweet in Kreuzberg.

The first thing you should do in Berlin is...

get a BVG travel card or the Berlin Welcome Card, although Berlin is also perfect for bikes—rent one if you can.

A perfect Saturday in Berlin...

includes brunch, flea market browsing, and a sunset beer along the canals. Too cold? An exhibition at Hamburger Bahnhof or a visit to one of the many art galleries in Mitte are the perfect indoor alternatives.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

the Jewish Museum. With its innovative display, the unique architecture, and all the different exhibits, it offers a real space for reflection on the Jewish past and present.

To discover the "real" Berlin...

Head to a lake (Wannsee is probably the most famous one), where locals like to relax and swim, clothed or otherwise.

For the best view of the city...

try Teufelsberg for a hillside view plus American Cold War spy stories, or Klunkerkranich for a more chilled sunset view with drinks.

One thing people get wrong...

is going to Berlin to eat German food. Explore the different cuisines: Turkish, Japanese, Lebanese, Italian, French, Korean, African—pick one and enjoy the ride.

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