Catch the spirit of Berlin with this 3-day itinerary through the German capital.
DAY ONE: Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, Museum Island
Start your exploration of Berlin with a top-down view of the city. Book your tickets for the Reichstag Dome in advance. From here, head south past the Sinti and Roma Memorial. To photograph the Brandenburg Gate. Before entering the Holocaust Memorial. Head south to Potsdamer Platz. The city’s new quarter and showcase of modern architecture dating from the 1990s. And view the remains of the Berlin Wall.
Climb south to Checkpoint Charlie. Witness to the history of the Cold War. Then visit Friedrichstadt-Passagen for a pleasant shopping experience. Or head to the Fassbender & Rausch chocolate boutique. And admire giant chocolate replicas of Berlin’s landmarks.
Head north to Unter den Linden, a chic boulevard built. During the time of the Prussian kings. Head east towards Museum Island (northern tip of Spreinsel Island). Here you can see the Berlin Cathedral. The largest Evangelical church in Germany.
Leave the museums for another day. And save your energy for a leisurely stroll. Through the winding alleys of Scheunenviertel. Berlin’s old Jewish quarter. Visit the boutiques in the Hackesche Höfe courtyard. As well as the streets nearby. Then descend for lunch, perhaps at Muret La Barba, Chèn Chè. Or the Michelin-starred Pauly Saal. If you’re not ready to head home yet. Head to the Clärchens Ballhaus for a great evening on the dance floor.
DAY TWO: Pergamon Museum, Kulturbrauerai, Kreuzberg
Dedicate the morning of your second day in Berlin. As you travel through ancient Greece, Rome, Babylon. And the Middle East at the Pergamon Museum. Then relax on a 1-hour cruise around Museum Island.
Walk to the Hackescher Markt. Hop on the M1 tram and travel north to the Eberswalder Strasse. Stop to sample Currywurst. (sausage dipped in hot tomato sauce and curry). at Konnopke’s Imbiss cooking. After refueling, take a stroll through the Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood. With its cabinetry boutiques and cafes. Pass the Kulturbrauerei, a 19th century red brick brewery. That has become a cultural center. And then turn onto Kollwitzplatz. Before stopping for a coffee at Anna Blume Café.
Spend the evening in Kreuzberg, Berlin’s vibrant neighborhood. You can also dine here, for example, Cafe Jacques, Eins 44 or Defne. A glass of wine and a cocktail can order. At the Fahimi Bar or Otto Rink.
DAY THREE: Charlottenburg, Bikini Berlin, Berlin Wall Memorial
Time to head to the area Schloss Charlottenburg. To get acquainted with the Charlottenburg. Most surviving Prussian palace in Berlin. With a fine barrochnoy architecture and gardens.
If you are not in this place on Sunday. Then you will have ample opportunities for shopping in the area. Go from Sophie-Charlotte-Platz to the station Zoologischer Garten. And start with a tour of Bikini Berlin. First conceptual shopping center of Berlin. With a sharp design of the 1950s and gorgeous boutiques. Dive into the gorgeous KaDeWe department store. And don’t miss the 6th floor with its delightful gourmet lounge.
Spend the rest of the day to understand life in Berlin when the Wall was still up. exploring the Berlin Wall Memorial. Take a stroll down Bernauer Strasse. From the Nordbahnhof S-Bahn station to the Mauerpark. Which was once debrisized by the Berlin Wall. And an extremely popular weekend destination. With a flea market and locals and tourists alike having picnics. And karaoke during the summer. Grab a coffee at Bonanza Coffee Heroes. Or head straight to the Prater. The oldest beer garden in Berlin. If the weather has failed. Then Oderquelle is a good option for dining under a roof.