Top Things to Do in Berlin, Germany
Brandenburg Gate: Pariser Platz 1, 10117 Berlin, Germany.
Now considered a symbol of unity, once represented a divided city, was built on the site of a former city gate.
Jewish Museum: Lindenstraße 9-14, 10969 Berlin, Germany.
The largest Jewish museum in Europe showcases Jewish art and history while focusing on living history.
TV Tower (Fernsehturm): Panoramastraße 1A, 10178 Berlin, Germany.
The tallest building in Germany houses several radio and television broadcasting stations, is also known for the observation deck and includes a bar and rotating restaurant.
Holocaust Memorial (Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe): Cora-Berliner-Straße 1, 10117 Berlin, Germany.
Created as a central memorial site to the murdered Jews in Europe has 2,711 concrete slabs arranged in a grid pattern.
Berlin Wall - East Side Gallery: Mühlenstraße 3-100, 10243 Berlin, Germany
An open air gallery that houses the longest section of the Berlin Wall still in existence.
Alexanderplatz: 10178 Berlin, Germany.
A public pedestrian square in the central district of Berlin with stands selling their wares was originally a cattle market.
Check Point Charlie: Friedrichstraße 43-45, 10117 Berlin, Germany.
Was a crossing point between East and West Berlin, the wall was originally constructed to keep people from escaping to West Berlin, is now a tourist attraction.
a. Alte Nationalgalerie: Bodestraße 1-3, 10178 Berlin, Germany
b. The Altes Museum: Bodestraße 1-3, 10178 Berlin, Germany
c. The Neues Museum: Bodestraße 1-3, 10178 Berlin, Germany
e. The Bode-Museum: Am Kupfergraben, 10117 Berlin, Germany
f. Pergamon Museum: Bodestraße 1-3, 10178 Berlin, Germany
Site of the old city of Cölln, the northern half of the island in the Spree River is home to 5 museums focusing on archaeology and art.
Free Walking Tour: Various locations.
Discover Berlin with a free walking tour of the city
Berlin Zoo: Hardenbergplatz 8, 10787 Berlin, Germany
Has the biggest variety of species and boasts Germany's oldest zoological garden.
Tiergarten park: Str. des 17. Juni 31, 10785 Berlin, Germany
Also housing the Berlin Zoo this area has cafe's galleries and shops.
Charlottenburg Palace: Spandauer Damm 20-24, 14059 Berlin, Germany
known as the old palace was once the royal summer residence
Richstag (Parliament Building): Platz der Republik 1, 11011 Berlin, Germany
a bunker that is now a museum
Hop on Hop off Bus Tour: Unter den Linden 46, 10117 Berlin, Germany
I always like these tours because I can see all the important sights and determine which I want to invest my precious walking time to go visit.
Tempelhof Field: Tempelhofer Damm, 12101 Berlin, Germany.
Used for military drills and an airport in the past is now used as recreational space.
Places to Stay
1. Hotel Adlon Kempinski: Unter den Linden 77, 10117 Berlin, Germany
2. Berlin Marriott: Inge-Beisheim-Platz 1, 10785 Berlin, Germany
3. Hotel De Rome: Behrenstraße 37, 10117 Berlin, Germany
4. The Circus Hostel: Weinbergsweg 1A, 10119 Berlin, Germany
5. Ritz Carlton Berlin: Potsdamer Platz 3, 10785 Berlin, Germany
6. The Mandala Hotel: Potsdamer Straße 3, 10785 Berlin, Germany
Places To Eat and Drink
1. Windhorst Bar: Dorotheenstraße 65, 10117 Berlin, Germany
2. Klunkerkranich: Karl-Marx-Straße 66, 12043 Berlin, Germany
3. Hofbrau Wirsthause: Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 30, 10178 Berlin, Germany
4. Zola Pizza: Paul-Lincke-Ufer 39-40, 10999 Berlin, Germany
5. CoColo Ramen: 2 locations in Berlin
6. Katies Blue Cat Café: Friedelstraße 31, 12047 Berlin, Germany
7. Suksan*: Ansbacher Str. 4, 10787 Berlin, Germany
* The best dang Thai food I have ever had
Closing Thoughts On Berlin
I arrived in Berlin after experiencing my first car ride on a German highway, after which I only have two things to say. Watch out for those laser speed traps, they are super serious about sending you a ticket for speeding, and dang the countryside looks just like Wisconsin.
The one thing that surprised me the most about Berlin wasn't the art, nor the shear amount of sausage or Döner Kabab for sale on the street, it was that when I attempted to speak German, with what little I know after 7 years of study and I was always answered in English. Clearly understanding my broken German, I was always given the correct answer, only not in the language I was expecting.
The museums on the holocaust bringing out more emotion than expected, are definitely a can't miss item to add to your list when you visit. You definitely also want to stop and enjoy a street performance and those broken down building you see sometimes could be a wonderfully remodeled museum on the inside, this surprised me more than once.
Any who, having spent two solid days cramming in everything humanly possible to do in Berlin and researching all the websites and blogs I could these are my suggestions on the things you should do on your T-rip to Berlin (Insert Wisconsin accent I try to hide here).
A Few Side Notes (Because I've done a lot of dumb things while traveling and thought I would share)
- Yes, I snuck wine into a dry hotel and enjoyed every sip with my friends getting rid of the evidence without a trace as any good rule breaker would.
- Yes, I had the best dang Thai food of my life in Berlin. I will link it above with a note.
- No, I didn't like curry wurst, sorry.
- Yes, I did technically get lost in the subway for a few minutes, but in my defense when there are multiple trains going in different directions on one track, I'm sorry, I just can't.
- Yes, I arrived and it was in the 60's, but by the end of the day I was in the middle of a snow storm, make sure to pack for at least two seasons, I learned the hard way.
- Yes, Starbucks tastes the same in Berlin as it does in the U.S., because I know you were wondering.
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