2 Day Berlin Itinerary

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I’ll be honest. We had lived in Germany (Bavaria) for several years and I still didn’t have much desire to go to Berlin. It just seemed like “some big city” and I much prefer the quaint, picturesque towns of Germany. Compared to Bavaria, where it just feels so “German” (you know, the Lederhosen, foods like giant Schweinehaxen, Oktoberfest….), Berlin just wasn’t at the top of my list.

But, how can one live in Germany without ever going to the capital!? So, we finally packed our bags and headed up North one weekend. And boy was I wrong about Berlin! It was time to eat humble pie….well,  eat currywurst.
WE LOVED IT!

Now, before we get into it, I no longer think that a 2 day Berlin Itinerary does this city justice. I think that 4 days in Berlin is actually a much better time option. However, if you are stubborn like me and think you can do Berlin in 2 days, have no fear. I still think that you can still experience and see a lot of what the city has to offer. Plus, what I love about Berlin is that it is so eclectic that you really do get to choose what interests you the most. I’ve obviously included the absolutely top things to do in Berlin (no trip is complete without visiting the Berlin Wall or Brandenburg Gate, for example), however, depending on your time and interests, it’s kind of like a “Choose your own adventure” kind of plan! What I love about a Berlin in 2 Days Itinerary is that you’ll get a really good introduction to the city. That way you’ll know exactly what you’ll want to do when you come back for a round 2! 😉 (Hey, I’m always looking for an excuse to travel!)

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With that being said, I wanted to give you a detailed and thorough 2 Day Berlin Itinerary for first-timers that covers as much as possible with the short amount of time you have. In this guide, I’ll make sure to cover what you need to know for getting around town efficiently and give you step by step suggestions on how to plan your morning, noons, and nights. However, feel free to mix it up depending on your personal interests with my further suggestions given throughout the guide as alternatives. You can make your itinerary as unique to you as Berlin is to Germany. So, here is exactly what to do in Berlin in 2 days.  Here’s just a bit of what we’ll cover:

Some Of The Top Things To Do in Berlin in 2 Days Are:

  • View the Parlimentary Reichstag 
  • Understand the complex history of Brandenburg Gate 
  • Remember the past at the Berlin Holocaust Memorial
  • Walk the Berlin Wall
  • Sample delicious street foods
  • Stroll through the Tiergarten
  • Chow down on the famous Berlin Currywurst
  • Explore local life in the ethnic and thriving neighborhoods
  • More

And while most of the stuff on my 25 Free Things To Do in Berlin post is actually in this 2 day itinerary, there are a few extras in there worth checking out if you are a fellow budget traveler. 

When Is the Best Time To Go To Berlin

Normally, I give a very vague answer to this kind of question, as you can see in my “What is the best time of year to visit Germany” article because it all “depends.”

However, for the purpose of this particular 2 days in Berlin itinerary, we actually are going to want as much daylight on our side as possible, since we are cramming as much in as possible.  This basically means that May- September are going to be your best times.  However, I personally have been in Berlin in November and October and have really enjoyed both of those months because there aren’t AS many tourists.  However, even in October, it starts getting dark quite early, which could really cut down on the amount of things you can successfully enjoy in a quick 2 day trip.  So, while it’s still possible to go in the shoulder seasons, just know that you might not be able to get to everything on this list. 

Getting into Berlin

Flying into Berlin

If you are flying internationally, you will most likely come into the new Berlin Brandenburg (BER) airport. From the airport, you can take the public transportation to get to where you need to go. Depending on exactly your destination within Berlin though, that will determine if you take the S-Bahn, U-Bahn or Intercity Train. (Read below on public transportation to help you figure out which pass you’ll want).

Under Terminal 1 is where you’ll most likely need to head to catch your transport into the city center. Here is more detailed information about how to get from Berlin Brandenburg Airport to the city 
If you are flying in/out of Terminal 5 (Schönefeld) then you’ll take the S9 or S45 out of the terminal and two of the main stops for these lines are the city center and the Hauptbahnhof (train station).

Note: You might have read other sites that talk about the “Tegal” and the “Schönefeld” airports. However, as of 2020, the Tegal was closed, and the Schönefeld was converted to Terminal 5 of the new Berlin Brandenburg (BER) airport.

Tip: We personally follow ScottsCheapFlights and have had UUHMAZING success with flash deals and crazy low flights. (If you don’t know what Scott’s Cheap Flights is, they send out email notifications of crazy low flight deals. Most of them are flash sales that you have to be quick on)
I’ve seen so many deals from Scott’s Cheap Flights to Berlin. I’m talking as low as $300 round trip from the US. If you are on a budget (or just like to save a few $$) then it’s worth looking into. I probably see a flight deal to Berlin at least a couple of times a year come up.

Getting into Berlin by Train

I LOVE the German trains! They are so fast, easy, affordable, clean, and efficient! Berlin is, obviously, a major hub for a lot of train travel in Germany, so it is extremely easy to get to. You can get from Munich to Berlin in 5.5 hours, from Hamburg in less than 2 and from Frankfurt, it’s just over 4 hours.
Check Here For Deutsche Bahn Train Ticket Prices and Deals.

Driving to Berlin

A lot of people find driving in Germany to be intimidating (Read my tips for Driving in Germany here), but once you get going, you’ll see it’s actually not scary at all. However, there is absolutely no reason to drive within Berlin. The public transportation is fantastic and you’ll spend more time sitting in traffic anyway. If you are doing a road trip through Germany, I recommend one of 2 things:

  1. Drive to the outskirts of Berlin and find a Park and Ride (P+R) to park for the 2 days in Berlin and then use the public transportation
  2. Return your rental car where it originated (it’s more expensive to do a drop off in a different location) and just take a short hopper flight or train ride up to the city.

Getting Around Berlin

berlin public transportation

Berlin is a BIG city and it is quite spread out. Luckily, the public transportation system in Berlin is magnificent, making it straight forward and easy to use.

Public Transportation Tickets

All the tickets for public transportation are the same. Whether you use a U-Bahn (underground train, like a subway) or a city bus, you only need to worry about buying one type of ticket

Zones

The public transportation in Berlin is organized by zones A,B,C.  Most of what you want in the city is going to be in zones A and B.  If you want to go further, like to Potsdam, that will be in zone 3.

Apps

If you are traveling with a smartphone (with data), then I highly recommend downloading the following apps.  

BVG: This is the official Public Transportation App for Berlin.  You can purchase all of the tickets I mention below (except for the Welcome Card) right within this App, so you don’t have to worry about finding a ticket machine/ time stamper.  It also has maps for easy navigating.

Google Maps: While you can’t purchase tickets in the Google Maps App, it is still fantastic at getting you around a new city and it will even show you what public transportation to take based on what time it is and your location.

Maps.Me: If you don’t have data on your phone while you are traveling abroad, then I love using Maps.Me.  Download the offline map where you DO have wifi and use it as a GPS/Map.  It won’t give step by step directions and it doesn’t tell you where to get on public transportation but is a great tool to have if you are just doing some wandering. 

Multi Day Passes

Day Pass (Tageskarte): This pass gets you access to all local transportation. You can choose AB or ABC Zone.  Buy this within the App or at most major transportation stops.

  • €7 or €7.70 for all three zones. A day ticket lasts until 3am the morning after validating.

7 Day Pass: This is a good option if you are staying longer in Berlin, but probably not worth it for just 2 days in berlin.

  • €30 for zones A and B or €37.50 for all three zones

Welcome Card: This is actually what we ended up getting for our trip after comparing prices for different passes. 
The reason why I found this card to work well for our trip was because it covered all public transportation AND gives discounts (up to  at a lot of places in town.  Sometimes, the discount is only a few bucks, but depending on what all you want to do, it can add up. 

Tip: If you are traveling to Berlin with kids, then this is a good pass because each adult card actually covers up to 3 kids (up to age 15)

Days In Berlin/ Pass ValidityBerlin City (A/B Zones) Welcome CardBerlin + Potsdam (ABC Zones) Welcome Card
2 Days (48 Hours)€23€28
3 Days (72 Hours)€33€38
72 Hour Pass + Museum Island Entrance€51€55
4 Days€40€45

Note: For U-Bahns &S-Bahns, if you haven’t downloaded the ticket App or pre-purchased a Welcome Card, you’ll need to buy a ticket from a machine before boarding. If you are using a tram or bus, make sure you have coins and exact change (technically, the bus driver will give back change, but it’s just easiest to board with exact change to be quick and efficient)
Tip: ALWAYS Validate your ticket!!!! For the U and Sbahns, you’ll need to do this before getting on the trains. On the trams and buses, you can do this as you enter the vehicle (there are little boxes, usually yellow, that you slip your ticket into and it timestamps your ticket)

Type of TicketPriceTotal for 2 Days in BerlinGet It
Tageskarte7 Euro/Day14 EuroOn the BVG App
Welcome Card23 Euro 23 Euro (Gets Discounts to Berlin Attractions)Get It Here

Where to Stay in Berlin

where to stay in berlin

There are a few main areas that people often look to for where to stay in Berlin. Berlin is quite expansive but is sort of configured into “neighborhoods” and small sections, so it’s easy to search for accommodation depending on your needs.

Mitte: You’ll hear of the “Mitte” quite often, as “Berlin’s Center” where many of the most popular tourist attractions (Museum Island, Alexanderplatz, etc) are located. This is a good area to stay in, especially on this particular 2-day Berlin itinerary, where we really want to maximize our time.
Compare prices and availability for Mitte Here
Prenzlauer Berg: This area of town is a bit closer to the Berlin Wall, so not within quick walking distance of a lot of the major sites. However, I actually like this as an alternative to the Mitte lodging because it’s often a recommended neighborhood to explore. Since this is such a short trip to Berlin, I didn’t include any DIY walks of this neighborhood, so actually STAYING in it could be a great way to get an awesome feel for this thriving neighborhood without going out of your way to explore it on a walk.
Check rates and availability for Prenzlauer Berg Here.
Friedrichshain: Calling all youth, backpackers, and party-goers; THIS is your neighborhood to stay at in Berlin! Here you’ll find those insane disco clubs as well as the boho artists and is often a cheaper location than the popular Mitte.
Compare prices and availability for Friedrichshain Here
Kreuzberg: We’ll actually be exploring Kreuzberg in this guide because of its amazing, eclectic, and vibrant culture. While it is often associated with the Turkish community, this is a fantastic part of town to get great food, has fantastic cafes, and still has good nightlife. You’ll be interspersed a bit more with local life here than if you were to stay around the popular with tourists Mitte.
Check rates and availability for Kreuzberg Here.
Charlottenburg-Wilmersdorf: If you are coming to Berlin in hopes of doing some serious shopping, this more upscale part of town might be for you.
Compare prices and availability for Charlottenburg Here

We’ve stayed in Berlin a few times now and we’ve always used our points and miles.  If you are a US travel hacker, there are plenty of options.  We personally have stayed at a Holiday Inn and an Intercontinental, but there are also plenty of Hyatts, Hiltons, and more. 

The Perfect 2 Days in Berlin Itinerary

Now that you know how to get around and where to stay, it’s time to start the fun stuff: planning your day to day adventures in Berlin!  Remember, with just a limited two days, this isn’t going to be a “stop at the cafe for a few hours to people watch” kind of trip.  We are going to try to get as much as this fantastic city in as possible, without completely running ourselves ragged.  Let’s Go!

Day 1

Eat a BIG Breakfast
We are going to have a very busy and long morning. I suggest eating a nice, hearty breakfast and even stopping at a Backerei for some delicious pastries or sandwiches for snacks because we are going to have a late lunch today. 

Get Your Passes
Start your morning getting your Tageskarte or your Welcome Card, if you haven’t already.

Reichstag

The Berlin Reichstag: a Must Do in Berlin

We’re going to start our morning out early and head to one of the most influential buildings in Germany.  The Reichstag is Germany’s Parliamentary building.

This building is probably one of the most important in Germany’s government today. It is a symbol of the past, present, and future. In fact, inside, the beautiful design of the lobby is a huge open space that has glass doors that peer into the legislature. This is a symbol and gesture that everything in government is out in the open to be seen and heard.

Tour the Reichstag (As early as possible)

Choose from one of the two tours or just enjoy the views from the outside if you need to keep the pace moving.  On a longer trip, I absolutely would say you should do a tour, but on this quick fly by of Berlin, if you feel like you’d rather spend more time on something else further in the day, you can choose to just come and read up on the history (it’s really fascinating) and get some outside views.

  1. Terrace and Dome Tour: This is a 20-minute audio-guided tour that you will do on your own and just covers the terrace and the Dome only
  2. The Full Guided Tour: This tour will cover the whole paramilitary building. Therefore, you’ll want to budget between 60-90 minutes (depending on your guide)

Note: Despite these tours being free to the public, you actually still have to reserve a time slot and these often get booked several days to several weeks ahead of time, so plan accordingly! You’ll also need your passport for security, so ensure you have yours on you when you arrive for your tour.

Reserve and Register for Your Free Tour Here

Tip: If you didn’t book online in advance you can:

  • Go to the visitors center (on Schiedemannstrasse across from Platz der Republik) and see if they have any openings. However, they only allow bookings for more than 2 hours in advance (so you can’t do this the morning of) and often still don’t have any openings anyway. This also isn’t very conducive to a quick trip to Berlin where you are on a time crunch since the line can often be long here. 

Take a Free City Walking Tour

I’ve kind of become obsessed with free walking tours. You pay what you feel the tour was worth at the end, but since the guides are working off of tips, I feel like they are typically extraordinarily well done! Our tour guide on our sightseeing in Berlin walking tour was a history major in University and a native to Berlin, so we got all sorts of amazing historical facts as well as insider tips for visiting the city.

These walks vary in time, depending on your guide and agency, but I would plan for at least 3 hours.  You do need to register in advance but you don’t need to pay anything upon booking. 

I also like the Sandeman’s New Europe tour because on such a short 48 hours in Berlin, you’ll get to hit up a lot of the popular Berlin attractions on this walk alone. You can then decide if something piqued your interest to go back and dive in deeper on your own later.

Most of the companies start their tours nearby the Reichstag, so that’s why we did that first thing in the morning.  

I’ve only personally done a Sandeman’s (New Europe) but a few other free walking tours in Berlin you can look into are:

Most of these tours will take you to:

The Brandenburg Gate

The Brandenburg gate is one of the most popular tourist places in berlin

This beautiful gate is actually just one of 14 gates into Berlin’s old city wall but is the only one still left standing today. For most of us alive today, we view this gate as a symbol of the divide between East and West Germany. On one side stood the free, democratic Western Germany and on the other was the Eastern, Communist-controlled society. Today, we get to pass through it freely.
Note: This is a very touristy area of Berlin. Keep your wallet in your front pocket or deep within a bag and beware of scammers walking around.

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe

The Berlin Holocaust Memorial is one of the many places in berlin to visit

This memorial is so different compared to most other Holocaust memorials in Germany. It combines art with history in a way that makes it a truly visual “experience.” Blocks of varying sizes are arranged in this square that you can then walk through in a dizzying maze of sorts. 
There is an Information Center here as well that you should absolutely visit (if on a free walking tour, I highly suggest coming back to this small museum).
So, what exactly ARE these structures symbolizing? Some say coffins for the millions of Jewish people. Others say it is a maze meant to disorient you. Either way, remember this isn’t just a “Top Things To See in Berlin” that is here for your Instagram account. This is a somber reminder of the atrocities of the past and should be treated with respect upon your visit.

Hitler’s Bunker

To be honest, there really isn’t much (or anything) to see here today. However, at this site (there is a signboard that gives more information) once was Hitler’s bunker. It was here that he committed suicide.

Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie is a Top 10 Berlin Attraction

Where the West ends and the East begins…or at least what once was.

This area no longer has any actual historical buildings or checkpoints. It is all pretty much a display for tourists. However, it is still, nonetheless, worthy of going to, if nothing else than to get a glimpse into what this area once really did look and feel like (well, minus all the vendors with communism paraphernalia, that is)

Checkpoint Charlie Museum: If you are on a budget or feeling pressed for time, this museum might be one to skip (although there is a 25% discount with the Welcome Card). However, if you are feeling quite down with all of the history you’ve been presented with in Berlin, this is a great alternative to all of that. This museum focuses on the “never give up” mentality that many Eastern Berliners felt during the Communist rule, including detailed accounts of the many successful escapes.

Walk Along the Berlin Wall

Walking the Berlin Wall is a top 10 things to do in Berlin

No visit to Berlin is complete without a visit to the Berlin Wall.  Granted, most of it has been torn down, but there are some sections that you can still see the skeleton of what once was.  Tomorrow, we’ll be going to the “East Gallery” section of the wall, which is the longest standing section today and filled with beautiful artwork.  But for today’s portion of our itinerary, it’s a reminder of the communist era. 

While you are in the area and depending on what else you are going to do for the rest of the day, you might want to go to the Topography of Terrors along Niederkirchnerstrasse.  While the placards are along sections of the Wall, this is actually where the  “Third Reich” headquarters for the Secret State Police, the SS and the Reich Security Main Office were once located.  I found this free documentation center really quite powerful and is a very real reminder of the atrocities of the past that happened within the German Nazi Regime.  There is also an indoor portion of the museum, but even just walking along the outdoor section is extremely worthwhile.

Visit the Gendarmenmarkt and Beblplatz

how to spend 2 days in berlin

This is one of the most beautiful architectural squares in Germany. The Concert Hall, French Cathedral, and German Cathedral all feel and look lavishly beautiful. The stunning facades of the Gendarmenmarkt is just a part of the story of this square. This was once a place that valued education (Humboldt University sits here), tolerance, and the fine arts. Famous minds such as the Grimm Brothers, Carl Marx, and even Einstein all learned or taught in this very location.
Near the State Opera House, find a glass-covered hole in the ground. This empty bookshelf is a reminder that, despite this square originally standing for education and tolerance, that during the Nazi regime, it was at this location that “forbidden books” were burned. Books about theories, philosophy, books written by forward-thinking authors all were considered unacceptable during the Nazi rule. 

It is memorials such as this or the Memorial to the Murdered Jews that I find so interesting about German culture. Today, they walk a fine line of remembering the past so that we can attempt a better future.

Neue Wache Memorial

The Neue Wache monument on the Unter Den Linden is a beautiful memorial to the victims of war and tyranny. The sculpture of a mother holding her dead son is a haunting image that evokes a lot of emotions in the visitors to this building. 

 

If you decide that you’d rather not do a free walking tour, then I suggest spending several hours going to the above-mentioned locations, all within walking distance of one another.

Late Lunch

If you did a guided walking tour, it’s probably about mid-afternoon by now and you are probably starving! If you haven’t had a chance yet to chow down on the freakishly delicious Currywurst, now would be a great time. Just find a stand or an “Imbiss” (like a “snack shop”) and get this “invented in Berlin” famous sausage. If you want to read about other must-try German foods, read this. 

Go to Museum Island

Berlin Cathedral is one of the most popular sites to see in Berlin
Berlin Cathedral on Museum Island

This is the part that if we had longer in Berlin, we could spend more time at. However, on a quick Berlin in Two Days Itinerary, we are more limited in time, so we have to be a bit more choosy. I’m not even a huge “Museum” kind of person, but even I really enjoyed many of the museums that Berlin has to offer. So, while it may be tough, pick out 1 (or maybe 2 depending on fast you can be) museums to finish out your afternoon/ early evening.  Plan on at least several hours per museum.

There are 5 main museums on Berlin’s Museum Island

Pergamon: This is probably the top things to see in Berlin and is the most popular of the museums. I personally chose to visit this one and really enjoyed it. It’s a great representation of human civilization and has some rather noteworthy displays such as the Pergamon Altar, the Gate of Babylon, and has the Museum of Islamic Art, which has things like gorgeous rugs and more.
Neues Museum: This is the museum that I actually would have loved to have gone to with more time. I don’t know why, but I’ve always been fascinated with Egyptian history, and the Neues Museum is ALL about Egypt! Here you’ll find ancient artifacts as well as a historical museum on the history and pre-history of the area.
Bode Museum: This museum is more about the art and sculptures from the medieval period
Old National Gallery: This museum is for all you art lovers. You’ll find works of art from Renoir, Monet, and Friedrich. This gallery has art from the impressionist, neoclassical, romantic, and even some modern art era pieces
Altes Museum: For those that love Greek history and Roman art, this museum has all those beautiful statues that you might envision from those cultures.

Tip: While on Museu Island, stop to marvel at the beauty of the Berlin Cathedral.  Go inside for impressive views if you have the time. 

Dinner

Now it is well into the evening so it’s time to grab some dinner. One of the things that I came to love about Berlin is that it is such a melting pot of cultures and immigrants as well as locals. That means that you can find whatever your heart desires for food. Looking for fantastic middle eastern cuisine? It’s here. Hungry for some Asian? Me, too! Just want a classic German meal? No problem!
Another Berlin top things to do that many tourists like is to eat at is the Alexander Platz Tower. Depending on what season you are here in Berlin or how fast you were with the rest of your day, you MIGHT be able to even catch the sunset up in the tower, which many people claim is just magical as you dine on your 3 course meal. Personally, as a budget traveler, we opted out of this expensive experience, but others rave about it.

Berlin Nightlife

Berlin is known for its nightlife, like the Berghain, which is an abandoned power plant turned techno and argued as one of the most popular clubs in the world. Or “Buttons” which is now THE place to go to in the LBGQT community…just to name a few. 

I hate to admit this out loud, but I am not a cool, club-going gal. (Yeah, the fact that I called myself a “gal” there should have been your red flag)
Therefore, if you are wanting to maximize your 2 nights in Berlin and hit the town, dance floor, clubs, or whatever….here is a better article on the best clubs in Berlin to scout out. 

 

 

Day 2

To finish your two days in Berlin, I think it’s important to see the neighborhoods of the city. Since we saw a good chunk of the “Must see in Berlin” things yesterday, you can really pick and choose what to do for today.

Morning

Go the Old Jewish Quarter

While this was once the epicenter for the Jewish community in Berlin, today it is a thriving neighborhood with great food and art. It’s worth a short walk around seeing some of the lesser-known sites and to get kind of a “local Berlin” kind of vibe. You really only need 30-60 minutes (depending on what all you stop for/how fast you walk) for this little glimpse into the neighborhood

Hackerscher Markt and Hackesche Hofe

Start your morning with some window shopping at the Markt and the Höfe.
This neighborhood of Berlin is known for its unique stores, most of the designers coming right here from Berlin. You can expect high price tags, but even if you aren’t in the market for new items, it is pretty fascinating having at least a quick stroll to see what kinds of things the artists have thought up.
The Höfe is worthwhile to walk through if for nothing else than to appreciate this huge, expansive courtyard of buildings. These styles of buildings were actually once apartments with the wonderful courtyards, which offered a great alternative to other city styled apartments. Again, even if you don’t plan on stopping at any of the cafes, stores, or shops, it’s fun to just wander a bit before moving on.

Back outside, just stroll around. For example, on Oranienburger Strasse you can get all sorts of great street food options like currywurst and falafel. And if you are “into history” why not stop for a photo at the world’s first sex shop at “Beata Uhse”

Grosse Hamburger Strasse Cemetary

This street may not look like much more than a normal street today, but it was once called the “Street of Death” where a deportation center sent people away to concentration camps and where the Jewish community was not tolerated. At the cemetery along this street, only a few headstones with Hebrew remain (the rest were bulldozed) but a small memorial stands in remembrance of Jews from Berlin who were murdered during WWII.

Keep wandering around. You can make your way to Augustrasse for more window shopping

New Synagogue

Surprisingly, this building somehow survived during the Nazi regime, only to be bombed towards the end of the war by the Allies.

Next, we’ll leave the Old Jewish Quarters and do a short walk to the

From here, hop on an S-Bahn (use the BVG App or Google Maps) to see which one is best for your time of day) and head to the

East Side Gallery

the east side gallery is one of thethings to do in berlin for free

Yet again, I’m always amazed at what the Germans have done to keep their history, no matter how dark, a part of their present.
A perfect example of this is the Berlin Wall. While in many places, it was completely torn down or destroyed, this stretch of the wall still stands today, and more impressively, has been turned into a living art gallery. The idea that you can take something so historically sad, such as the Berlin Wall, and turn it into a positive is really powerful.  This is often one of people’s favorite things to see in Berlin.
You can easily spend a few hours here, but if you are feeling short on time, even just a quick stroll along down the wall is worthwhile.

Afternoon

Kreuzberg

Next, we are going to walk over the river along the Oberbaumbrücke to head into Kreuzberg.

I wouldn’t call Kreuzberg so much of a “neighborhood” as I would almost like a complete section of its own (not a suburb, per se, but it is, in my mind, FAR bigger than just a “neighborhood”). Today’ a lot of people consider this the “Turkish” area but the reality is that it’s extremely diverse, both in history and culture, making it yet another one of the many interesting places in Berlin to explore. 

As always, I love me a good free walking tour.! I’ve done other FreeToursByFoot and have really enjoyed them all. This one takes you around some of the key spots around Kreuzburg to get a feel for its vibe. Plan on spending at least a few hours wandering this neighborhood

Afternoon/ Evening

free attractions in berlin: The Tiergarten

  1. If you took the free walking tour on your first day and found somethings that you wanted to go back and spend some more time at, this would be a great time to circle back around to that.
  2. Alternatively, if you wanted to go back to any of the Museums, such as the Memorial to the Murdered Jews, the DDR, or another Museum Island museum, this is also a good time for that.
  3. Tiergarten: Or, if you would like (and you if you still have a few daylight hours left), then another great spot in Berlin is the famous Tiergarten. I would suggest giving yourself at least an hour to just walk around, but you could easily spend more if you want to. I suggest starting at the
  • Soviet War Memorial then head to the Musicians’ Memorial which is at the “Goldfish Pond.” Next head to the lake “Tiergartengewässer” and just wander for awhile here. Cross over the bridges on the lake and feel like you are a world away from the big city that you are actually engulfed in. Next, stop into the Rosengarten (Rose Garden) and finish at the Victory Column.

Finish with another late dinner, and if you are that party animal, choose another night club to dance the night away at.

And there you have it.  A fast, fun, historical, packed, and extremely memorable 2 days in Berlin!!! 

Day Trips from Berlin

Berlin makes a great base for day trips.  I personally love finding a location to stay in for several days so that I don’t have to keep packing up and moving around.  Berlin is great for this if you want to explore more of Northern Germany without hopping around too much. Here are a few favorite day trips from Berlin:

  • Potsdam
  • Dresden
  • Rugen Islands
  • Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp
  • Devil’s Bridge
  • Bastei Bridge 
  • Hamburg
  • Leipzig

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