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Three days in Berlin is enough time to learn about the city's history; visit at least one of its many museums; get to know the most popular quarters (Kreuzberg, Neukölln and Friedrichshain); chill out in a park; discover the new and the old, the east and the west; and last but not least, fall in love with this capital!

Good for
  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Thrifty Traveller

15 Places

7 City Tips

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15 Places

Day 1

Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)

Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Museum Island

Points of Interest & Landmarks, Speciality Museums

Reederei Spreetours

Sightseeing Tours

Friedrichstrasse

Points of Interest & Landmarks

Sphere Restaurant

Restaurants

Day 2

Tiergarten

Gardens

Die Hackeschen Hoefe

Architectural Buildings, Shopping Malls

Potsdamer Platz

Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Kurfurstendamm (Kurfurstendam)

Parks, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Martin-Gropius-Bau

Art Museums, History Museums

Day 3

East Side Gallery

Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks

Tempelhofer Park

Parks

Markthalle Neun Berlin Kreuzberg

Restaurants

Klunkerkranich

Bars & Clubs

Mauerpark

Parks

Elena Z's City Tips

  • In Kreuzberg, Neukölln and Friedrichshain, it's hard to find anyone in a suit - dress alternatively and you'll fit right in.
  • The city centre’s main attractions are all accessible on foot or by bicycle.
  • The city-bus number 100 goes to the most important sights.
  • If you don't want to visit any museums, a daily ticket or a group daily ticket may be better value.
  • Buy a 72-hour Berlin Welcome Card. This includes transport on all metro and bus lines, plus a 50% discount at most of Berlin's cultural sights.
  • Kreuzberg and Neukölln usually have very fair prices for eating out, and you can find something to eat or drink at any time of day and night.
  • 10% tip is usually expected in Germany when dining out.
    Day 1
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    Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)
    Monuments & Statues, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Elena Z Says:

    Even if you don't like overcrowded places where everyone takes the same pictures, Brandenburg Gate is one place that you can't miss in Berlin. It's hard to describe all that has happened here - so let's stick with ´a lot!´

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The most popular place to walk is ´Unter den Linden´, the Street that connects Brandenburg Gate with Alexander Platz.
    • Inside DZ Bank, one of the monumental buildings that surround Parisier Platz, there is a spectacular work by Canadian architect Frank O. Gehry.
    • You are in Mitte: You'll find something interesting in any direction, including Government Quarter, churches, theatres, university buildings, embassies, memorials and more!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #3 of 743 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • The significance of the gateway to the West cannot be lost 24/09/2016
    • Fantastic structure... 24/09/2016
    • Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)
    Address:
    Pariser Platz
    10117 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    100200
    Other:
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    Museum Island
    Points of Interest & Landmarks, Speciality Museums
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    Elena Z Says:

    Berlin is a city of museums, and in three days it's worth it to visit at least one. Plus, in that amount of time, you're most likely to encounter some rain, and a museum is a great way to keep dry! Depending on your tastes, it's difficult to suggest which one, but in Berlin you can choose from many, including contemporary, classical and ancient art, German history, technology, communication, cinema and even a museum of currywurst. Museum Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to several of the most popular museums.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Even if you don't want to visit a museum, a walk in the area makes it also worth the trip.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #10 of 743 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • German History Museum...huge, great, overwhelming 24/09/2016
    • Nice that's it's grouped together 23/09/2016
    • Museum Island
    Phone:
    +49 (0) 30 / 266424242
    Other:
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    Reederei Spreetours
    Sightseeing Tours
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    Elena Z Says:

    If you're tired of walking, or just fancy a change, a cruise along the River Spree and its canals is just the ticket! Here, you'll see most of Berlin's sights, from east to west, and be surprised that you are still in the same city.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can hop on/off the boat almost everywhere in town, or stay on for the whole tour.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #112 of 331 Tours in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Get a discount with Welcome Berlin card - take the evening cruise! 19/09/2016
    • Fabulous sightseeing. 10/09/2016
    • Reederei Spreetours
    Address:
    Geinsheimer Weg 37
    12559 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 47033880
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 17:00
    Other:
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    Friedrichstrasse
    Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Elena Z Says:

    There was once, and there is still, a lot going in Friedrichstrasse. The Berlin Wall crossed this street twice - at the famous Checkpoint Charlie and also at the train station Friedrichstrasse. Today, the area is a famous shopping street with lots of nice shops, bars, sights and of course tons of history.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Want to have fun? Rent a Trabant, the former GDR-style auto.
    • In Friedrichstrasse, you can visit the lesser known exhibition, Palace of Tears (Tränenpalast), free of charge.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #80 of 743 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Exciting. 04/09/2016
    • A main shopping area full of character. 30/08/2016
    • Friedrichstrasse
    Phone:
    493020921300
    Other:
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    Sphere Restaurant
    Restaurants (German, International, European, Central European)
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    Elena Z Says:

    Many German cities have a TV tower, but the one in Berlin has something special about it, making it one of the most-visited places in town. Here you can enjoy the panoramic views, and have breakfast or even dinner.

    Good for
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • If you want to have dinner up there, book several months in advance.
    • Book your tickets in advance to avoid the queues.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #172 of 6,079 restaurants in Berlin
    • great views on a clear day or night 22/09/2016
    • Average food with awesome views of the city 22/09/2016
    • Sphere Restaurant
    Address:
    Panoramastr. 1A
    10178 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    4930247575875
    Price range:
    US$ 22 - US$ 39
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    09:00 - 00:00
    Other:
  • Day 2
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    Tiergarten
    Gardens
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    Elena Z Says:

    There are more than 2,500 public parks and gardens in Berlin, and this is definitely the most beautiful. And Tiergarten is not just a park: Inside and outside you can find many other interesting monuments, buildings and memorials.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The park is crossed by a main street, and in the very middle you can find the Siegessäule (victory column). If you arrive in Berlin at night, this street is just spectacular!
    • Among several memorials, the Holocaust memorial is definitely the most important - and above all, impressive.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #12 of 743 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • On oasis within a city 24/09/2016
    • Large rambling park 22/09/2016
    • Tiergarten
    Address:
    Strasse des 17. Juni 100
    10557 Berlin
    Germany
    Other:
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    Die Hackeschen Hoefe
    Architectural Buildings, Shopping Malls
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    Elena Z Says:

    An old-town district, historically inhabited by Jews and French immigrants, Die Hackeschen Höfe was completely renovated in 1993. Today it's a residential and commercial complex, consisting of eight hidden courtyards filled with shops, galleries and restaurants. It's a popular meeting place for party-goers, artists, and also tourists.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Not far from here is a popular old ballroom, Clärchens Ballhaus - one of those places where you always have fun.
    • In the hidden courtyards of Hackeschen Höfe, there are some lesser-known museums that tell the stories of people who helped the Berlin Jews to escape their Nazi persecutors.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #43 of 743 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Hidden Gem and a must see! 21/09/2016
    • OK 16/09/2016
    • Die Hackeschen Hoefe
    Address:
    Rosenthaler Str. 40-41
    Hakerscher Markt
    10178 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    49 0 30 26497 940
    Other:
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    Potsdamer Platz
    Neighbourhoods, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Elena Z Says:

    This ultramodern square showcases the new and busy side of Berlin: Many famous architects, such as Renzo Piano, worked after the fall of the Berlin’s wall to build this fancy new area, complete with skyscrapers, modern offices, shops and cinemas. Can you believe that this square used to be an urban desert scape divided by the wall?

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • Go up to the Panorama Point in Civic 1 to admire the amazing view and learn about the history of the square before, during and after the wall.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #45 of 743 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice location with cinemas and restaurants 23/09/2016
    • Great place to go to relax and have a beer, and a snack 23/09/2016
    • Potsdamer Platz
    Address:
    Potsdamer Platz
    Tiegarten
    10785 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    30 6883150
    Other:
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    Kurfurstendamm (Kurfurstendam)
    Parks, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Elena Z Says:

    Here, you leave east Berlin far behind you. Kurfürstendamm is today an impressive and world-famous boulevard and exclusive shopping street in the heart of west Berlin. 5-star hotels, expensive boutiques, technology stores and fine Italian restaurants can all be found here - definitely the right place for shopping lovers and luxury travelers!

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • If you haven't yet satisfied your shopping fever (and you still have a lot of money in your pocket!), KadeWe ´Kaufhaus des Westens´, is the right place for you
    • This quarter is called Charlottenburg, and you can also visit the impressive Charlottenburg castle.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #56 of 743 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice area. 14/09/2016
    • Shopping center of west part of berlin 13/09/2016
    • Kurfurstendamm (Kurfurstendam)
    Other:
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    Martin-Gropius-Bau
    Art Museums, History Museums
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    Elena Z Says:

    This historical building always hosts important exhibitions from international artists - well worth checking out.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Right next to Martin Gropius Bau, you can find another part of the wall, without graffiti.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #93 of 743 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • High level art exhibitions and good restaurant 18/09/2016
    • Beautiful building. 11/09/2016
    • Martin-Gropius-Bau
    Address:
    Niederkirchnerstr. 7
    Friedrichstrasse
    10963 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    49 30 25 486 0
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    10:00 - 19:00
    Other:
  • Day 3
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    East Side Gallery
    Historic Sites, Points of Interest & Landmarks
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    Elena Z Says:

    Berlin's image and history are connected to something that almost doesn't exist anymore: the Wall. The East Side Gallery is the biggest remaining part, and is decorated with world-famous graffiti.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The wall is right next to the Spree river, and many tourists and locals hang out here for a beer or coffee.
    • A traditional but satisfying budget dinner in Friedrichshain is a huge burger. Burgeramt in Boxhagener Platz is one of the best.
    • Nearby is Urban Spree, a nice bar/art gallery/artistic and recreation space. It's often open for small exhibitions, concerts and so on.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #25 of 743 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Overrated 24/09/2016
    • Worth a trip out to see 24/09/2016
    • East Side Gallery
    Address:
    Muehlenstrasse
    14059 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    49 30 251 7159
    Other:
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    Tempelhofer Park
    Parks
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    Elena Z Says:

    This former airport has become a popular place for many kinds of outdoor activity. Even if you don't have your kite or skates, rent a bike and experience this amazing place for a taste of real local life.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • This huge expanse of grass has no shade and gets hot in summer!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #50 of 743 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A silent airport 19/09/2016
    • fascination with history takes place here 14/09/2016
    • Tempelhofer Park
    Address:
    ehemaliger Flufhafen Tempelhof
    10777 Berlin
    Germany
    Other:
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    Markthalle Neun Berlin Kreuzberg
    Restaurants (Italian, German, European, Vegan Options)
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    Elena Z Says:

    In Kreuzberg, there's a lot going on - the quarter is a forerunner for every green, ecological, and innovative project, of which Markhalle Neun is one. This market intends to demonstrate that "other food" and "other shopping" in the city are possible by selling regional, organic and seasonal products, usually bought without intermediaries and from small scale producers who are concerned about animal welfare and sustainability.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Shopping Fanatic
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • Not far from here, a new innovative shop - Original Unverpackt - was the first market without packaging.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #43 of 6,079 restaurants in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Depending the day you will find more 15/09/2016
    • Ok food hall 13/09/2016
    • Markthalle Neun Berlin Kreuzberg
    Address:
    Eisenbahnstr. 42
    10997 Berlin
    Germany
    Hours:
    Mon - Wed
    08:00 - 18:00
    Thu
    08:00 - 22:00
    Fri - Sat
    08:00 - 20:00
    Other:
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    Klunkerkranich
    Bars & Clubs
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    Elena Z Says:

    On the 6th floor of a shopping mall, in the popular quarter Neukölln, you would not expect to find such a nice bar with such a nice view. Forget 5-star hotels and panoramic bars in the city centre - this is the poor and sexy Berlin at its very best!

    Good for
    • Trendsetter
    • Hidden Gems
    • Nightlife Seeker
    • Like a Local
    Tips
    • It might be crowded on sunny days. While waiting in the queue, enjoy the view!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 573 Nightlife in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Such a great idea and trendy bar! 18/09/2016
    • Lovely place to spend with friends 18/09/2016
    • Klunkerkranich
    Address:
    Karl-Marx-Str. 62
    12043 Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49-30-66-66-66
    Other:
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    Mauerpark
    Parks
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    Elena Z Says:

    Another very popular park in Berlin is this Woodstock-style area - music and the most popular flohmarkt in town complete the atmosphere!

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • On Sunday afternoon it's karaoke time, so be ready to sing!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #52 of 743 things to do in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • What a great find!! 22/09/2016
    • a good place to be on a sunny Sunday 20/09/2016
    • Mauerpark
    Address:
    Gleimstr. 55
    10437 Berlin
    Germany
    Other:
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