Got a long weekend? Head to Berlin, Germany!

Berlin, Germany

Germans are one of the most- well-traveled nationalities in the world and amazingly, a view to their capital city answers why. A city that is equally stunning with its European counterparts, come here for awe-inspiring architecture spanning many centuries and a rich cultural and political heritage.

Exploring Berlin, meeting locals, and dining local treats ushers you to see more of the world. If you have two days to see Berlin, prepare for a rigid itinerary; there is simply too much to see in one of Europe’s major city. Don’t worry, you won’t be feeling the rush – the city is pretty walk-able and the sights are relaxing.

Getting to Berlin is easy. The city is well connected to the rest of Europe by train and buses, as well as to the rest of the world with its airports. The main one is Berlin Tegel Airport (the airport codes are – IATA: TXL, ICAO: EDDT).

Where to stay in Berlin:

Das StueDas Stue (Drakestrasse 1 | Tiergarten, 10787 Berlin, Germany)
Regent Berlin (Charlottenstrasse 49, 10117 Berlin, Germany)
The Circus Berlin (Rosenthaler Strasse 1, 10119 Berlin, Germany)
Grand Hyatt Berlin (Marlene Dietrich Platz 2, 10785 Berlin, Germany)
Adina Apartment Hotel Berlin Hackescher Markt (An Der Spandauer Bruecke 11, 10178 Berlin, Germany)
25hours Hotel Bikini Berlin (Budapester Str. 40, 10787 Berlin, Germany)

In Your First 24 Hours

A holiday in Berlin should always commence at its symbolic edifice – the Brandenburg Gate (Pariser Platz, 10117 Berlin, Germany). Imposing and regal, it stands witness not just to Berlin’s story but also to the rest of Germany’s history and global legacy from the times of Napoleon to the rise of the Nazi power.

Brandenburg Gate at night

Brandenburg Gate at night

From the Gate, proceed to Museumsinsel otherwise known as “ Museum Island” (check its website for up-to-date prices and opening hours – http://www.smb.museum/en/plan-your-visit.html ). Here you will see ancient relics from major civilizations like Athens, Egypt, and Rome.

The Museumsinsel is a complex of five museums - Altes museum (Old museum) Neues museum (New museum) Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery) Bode museum Pergamon museum)

The Museumsinsel is a complex of five museums – Altes museum (Old museum) Neues museum (New museum) Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery) Bode museum Pergamon museum)

Tip: If you plan to visit most of the museum maybe you should think to buy BerlinPass, which includes entry to many tourist sites and attractions in Berlin.

Berlin bears witness political events that shaped the world – the Holocaust and the rise of Communism in Europe. Close to the city center in Friedrichstadt is the Berlin Holocaust Memorial (Cora-Berliner-Straße 1, 10117 Berlin, Germany;
tel:+49 30 26394336), characterized by uneven concrete tombs paying homage to the Jews who lost their lives during the Nazi regime.

From the memorial, proceed to the Berlin Wall (Bernauer Str. 111, 13355 Berlin, Germany; tel: +49 30 467986666). Nearby are pubs and restaurants if you want to end your day within the area.

Former Berlin Wall - from a barrier within Germany dividing the country to a blank canvas for artists from all over the world

Former Berlin Wall – from a barrier within Germany dividing the country to a blank canvas for artists from all over the world

If you are loaded with energy, Berlin as a cosmopolitan city has a dazzling nightlife. At the city center, there are many pubs to enjoy German beer. You can also participate in a Berlin Pub Crawll that comes with VIP entry. Or if you are a fan of erotic and fetish you should check one of the many galleries and stores in this filed. A good starting point if you decide to do so is to check Sexy Berlin for ideas. 

Your Last 24 Hours

Wake up early to for a 45-minute trip north of Berlin. Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp is an eye-opener but an emotional place of interest within the city. Still, it is chance to get closer and know more about one of the most hideous crimes in history.

Memorial of Death March, Sachsenhausen

Memorial of Death March, Sachsenhausen – On 20–21 April 1945 the camp’s SS staff ordered 33,000 inmates on a forced march northeast. Most of the prisoners were physically exhausted and thousands did not survive this death march; those who collapsed en route were shot by the SS

Back in the city of Berlin, visit its main landmarks that are also open to the public. The Berlin Reichstag or the Parliament of Germany is a stunning building that offers tours for tourists.

Germany traces its history to Europe’s royalties with castles spread all over the country. In Berlin, the largest is Schloss Charlottenburg. A magnificent and stunning architecture, take a look at German royalty as you explore the inside of this royal building.

As you end your trip in Berlin, relax and spend some time in the city’s massive spaces. Berlin is an open city with plenty of parks for everyone to leisurely spends some time. One of these is Tierpark Berlin.

For shopping and people watching, visit the city’s major squares – Alexanderplatz and Pariser Platz. These venues are the places to go for dining like currywurst and doner.

Most people often overlook Berlin as a nice stop when in Europe. This guide shows you that the city is worth the visit. If you love history and impressive modern architecture and design, start planning your Berlin tour now!

Have you been to Berlin? Do you have any tips or suggestions to share? If so, you can leave your comments below.

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  • Johnd260

    Say, you got a nice blog post. Really Cool.

    November 25, 2015

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