1. Free Walking Tour of Berlin
Heading to Berlin for a long weekend? Schedule a free walking tour of Berlin with Sandemans Tours to get your barring straight from the city. The tour is an excellent way to gain an understanding of Berlin when you’re short on time. Our guide was Zabi, and I would give him five stars. Zabi was such an awesome guide that kept you engaged throughout the whole tour. Keep in mind that these tours are considered free but you should tip your guide at the end.
2. Beer and Currywurst Tour
My family loves to drink, so of course, we found a drinking tour. The tour is a bit like an elegant pub crawl, well, as elegant as drinking beer and eating sausages can be. Our tour included two small groups, with 9 people total and our guide, Dr. Bastian (a 30 something Ph.D. who just loves to drink beer and teach people about it.) Dr. Bastian took us to 4 or 5 very unique bars in Berlin, stopping at local currywurst stands between each stop. At each stop, we were given a number of beers to ‘sample’ while Dr. Bastian taught us about each type of beer. We really enjoyed the tour and would recommend it to any beer lovers out there looking to find a local drinking experience. Find more information about the Berlin Beer and Currywurst Tour here.
3. Brandenburg Gate
The Brandenburg Gate is one of the famous landmarks in Germany. It’s also a great photog stop.
3. Site of Hitler’s Bunker
The site of Hitler’s bunker isn’t very appealing, but the history that lies under the now parking lot is intriguing.
4. Memorial of the Murdered Jews of Europe
The Memorial of Murdered Jews of Europe, also known as the Holocaust Memorial, is very close to the Brandenburg Gate. Stroll through the gray, concrete blocks and reflect on the loved ones who have been lost over the horrific acts of history. The designer Peter Eisenman never said what the real meaning behind the memorial was. As you get lost in the aisles, reflect on what you might think Eisenman wanted you to feel when visiting this site. I personally felt a mix of emotions, trapped, lost and lonely.
5. Checkpoint Charlie
Checkpoint Charlie is a historic landmark, but honestly, it isn’t that awesome. It just two actors (they aren’t even real American soldiers) standing at a post, charging two euros to take a photo with them. I did enjoy stopping here on the free Berlin tour to hear about the history from our guide.
6. The Berlin Wall
Well, you can’t go to Berlin without taking a photo of a piece of the Berlin Wall. You’ll find random sections of the wall throughout your travels of the city.
7. TV Tower
Known as the tallest building in Europe and has excellent views of the city. Did I mention they have a bar at the top and you can make a reservation to have dinner in the revolving room? You can make a reservation to head up to the bar that will allow you to skip the lines.
8. Book Burning Memorial
Head to Bebelplatz, a public square, which is the site of the famous Nazi book burning ceremonies took place. In the middle of the square, you’ll find a memorial that consists of a window set into the cobbles, giving a view of empty bookcases.
9. Eat German Food at Augustiner
10. Berlin Cathedral
The Berlin Cathedral is such an iconic building in Berlin. During WWII the building was severely damaged. The windows were all blown out, and a massive fire broke out through the roof lantern of the dome. The Cathedral sat abandoned until reconstruction started in 1975 and reopened in 1980. This Cathedral is stunning inside and out. Also, be sure to climb your way up to the roof for excellent views of the city. It’s worth the climb.
11. The Reichstag
The Reichstag is home to the German Government. This stunning government building was destroyed during WWII and reconstructed and completed in 1999. When visiting the Reichstag, you’ll find yourself inside the giant glass dome, and you can view the city from within the dome along with a free audio tour of the city buildings. You must book a reservation in advance, and it’s free, you can do this here.
12. Monkey Bar and Restaurant Neni
Take a visit to the zoo and stop over at Monkey Bar to grab a drink and watch the monkeys from above. If you’re hungry, Neni is an excellent restaurant that is on the same floor as Monkey Bar. The food is delicious! Try to get a seat by the window, stunning views of the city.
13. East Side Gallery
East Side Gallery is an iconic landmark in Berlin and shouldn’t be missed on your trip to Berlin.
14. Explore Berlin’s Museum Island
Berlin’s Museum Island is filled with five world-renowned museums, and in 1999, the Museum Island complex was inscribed as UNESCO World Heritage site. Find more information on each specific museum on the Berlin Tourism Site.
15. Charlottenburg Palace
Charlottenburg Palace along with the garden is absolutely beautiful. It a little outside of town but if you’re in Berlin for more than a couple of days, head out and see the Palace.
16. Attend Cosmic Comedy
On the first night of our Berlin adventure, we decided to attend an English comedy show at Cosmic Comedy. For ten euros, we got pizza, a shot, and an awesome comedy show. If you are looking for something do at night, I would highly recommend you check our Cosmic Comedy Berlin.
17. Climb Up Victory Column
After visiting Reichstag, stroll through Tiergarten and climb your way up Victory Column for some epic sites of Berlin.
Visiting in the Advent season—a charming Christmas market is held at Gendarmenmarkt. On either side of the square, you’ll find towers called the Deutscher Dom and the Französischer Dom. They are both stunning works. Such a magical place to visit a Christmas Market.
19. Visit Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church might be one of my favorite buildings in all of Europe. The church was destroyed in WWII during an air raid. The public was very adamant about preserving the remains and was considered the ruined tower to be the “heart of Berlin.”
20. Christmas Markets
If you make the trip to Berlin during the Advent season, a Christmas Market or two needs to be on your list. Our favorite Christmas Market is Gendarmenmarkt. You’ll find everything from fancy sit-down restaurants, street food, live music, to local vendors selling tons of Christmas gifts.
Have you been to Berlin before? What would you add to my list of things you shouldn’t miss?