Of course you can explore German capital as part of a longer European or even German holiday. But to really get to know the city, a dedicated city trip to Berlin is the way to go. We can help you decide on your itinerary for your Berlin city trip as we answer some questions to consider when planning your trip.

How many days do you need in Berlin?

Berlin is a big city, so how many days you need depends on how much of the city you want to explore. If you only want to explore Mitte, the city centre, than 2 or 3 days should be enough. If you also want to explore areas such as Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain, than we recommend a week in Berlin.

If you simply don’t have that much time to spend in the German capital, than you can check out our 24 hour Berlin itinerary or our 48 hour itinerary for Berlin. Both offer ways to see as much of the city as possible in the little amount of time you might have available. But to really discover the German capital, you will need more time.

What to see and do in Berlin?

Berlin is a very diverse city, with things to see and do for all sorts of travellers. History buffs, night owls, kids, foodies, everyone can have a great time in Berlin if you know where to go. The bigger issue is easily making your way around the city to all the sights, museums and attractions you want to visit.

You can choose to use public transportation in Berlin, but hopping on the buses of City Sightseeing Berlin is easier. There are stops at most of the must visit sights in the city and you can listen to an audio guide with information about the city along the way. So where should you go in Berlin?

Berlin for history buffs

Berlin is filled with history, especially modern history, though there are plenty of museums dedicated to ancient history too. There are sights in the city, you can visit without a ticket as well as museums and attractions that do require a ticket. You don’t need a ticket to visit Checkpoint Charlie, the Berlin Wall Memorial, the East Side Gallery, or the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

If you are more interested in ancient history, you can buy tickets to the Neues Museum and to Pergamon Museum – The Panorama. Part of the Neues Museum, on Museum Island, consists of the Egyptian Museum and Papyrus Collection. It is one of the most important collections of ancient Egyptian artifacts and includes the famous Nefertiti Bust.

The Panorama is a temporary exhibition that features a 360° panorama of the ancient city of Pergamon, as well as parts of the collection of the Pergamon Museum, which is closed for refurbishment for several years. A visit here is like stepping back in time to 129 AD and witnessing the architecture, daily life and cultural achievements of this city.

Modern history museums and attractions that explore part of the city’s history include the DDR Museum, where you step back in time to experience what it was like to live in East Berlin. The German Spy Museum shows you why Berlin was the spy capital of the world and lets you test your own skills. The Jewish Museum in Berlin is the largest of its kind in Europe, and presents the history of Jews in Germany from the Middle Age to the present day.

Artistic Berlin

Though much of Berlin was destroyed at the end of the war, there are still plenty of pieces of art and amazing architecture to discover in the city without visiting a museum or attraction. For instance, the interlinked Jugendstil courtyards of the Hackeschen Höfe, or the Socialist Classicism architecture on Karl-Marx-Allee. And, of course, the not to miss Brandenburg Gate and Victory Tower.

There are also several statues and fountains to discover in Tiergarten, such as the Löwengruppe, the Global Stone Project, and the Tritonbrunnen. The Elefantentor to the Berlin Zoo is also a sight to behold. These are just some of the artistic sights you can explore in the city, without even buying a ticket to an exhibition or gallery.

But there are also plenty of museums and galleries that warrant a visit. Such as the Neue Nationalgalerie, which features 20th-century art both inside its exhibition halls and in the sculpture garden. Or the Lighthouse of Digital Art, in Friedrichshain, where AI and art are combined into an immersive experience.

Of course, there are plenty of other art museums in Berlin that you might to visit during your city trip. The Alte Nationalgalerie, for example, features masterpieces from both the Romantic and Impressionism art movements. The Berlinische Galerie, in Kreuzberg, showcases modern art, photography and architecture. The Kulturform, Asian Art Museum, Bode-Museum, Hamburger Bahnhof – Nationalgalerie der Gegenwart, and the Gemäldegalerie are all amazing art museums in Berlin.

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Berlin has something for every visitor

Whether you are visiting Berlin for the first time or have been here before, you will always find something to discover as the city keeps reinventing its self. Every season comes with a different attraction, such as the Christmas markets in winter, the food festivals in autumn, the blooming of nature in spring and the beer gardens in summer.