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Three days in Berlin is enough time to learn about the city's history; visit at least one of its many museums; get to know the most popular quarters (Kreuzberg, Neukölln and Friedrichschein); chill out in a park; discover the new and the old, the east and the west; and last but not least, fall in love with this capital!

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  • History Buff
  • Art and Architecture Lover
  • Nature Lover
  • Thrifty Traveller

15 Places

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15 Places

Day 1

Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)

Monuments & statues, Landmarks & points of interest

Museum Island

Landmarks & points of interest

Reederei Spreetours

Sightseeing Tours

Friedrichstrasse

Landmarks & points of interest

Berliner Fernsehturm

Restaurants

Day 2

Tiergarten

Gardens

Die Hackeschen Hoefe

Architectural buildings, Neighbourhoods, Ballets

Potsdamer Platz

Neighbourhoods, Landmarks & points of interest

Kurfurstendamm (Kurfurstendam)

Parks, Landmarks & points of interest

Martin-Gropius-Bau

Art museums, History museums

Day 3

East Side Gallery

Historic sites, Landmarks & points of interest

Tempelhofer Park

Parks

Markthalle Neun

Flea & street markets

Klunkerkranich

Bars & clubs

Mauerpark

Parks

Elena Z's City Tips

  • The city centre’s main attractions are all accessible on foot or by bicycle.
  • The city-bus number 100 goes to the most important sights.
  • If you don't want to visit any museums, a daily ticket or a group daily ticket may be better value.
  • Buy a 72-hour Berlin Welcome Card. This includes transport on all metro and bus lines, plus a 50% discount at most of Berlin's cultural sights.
  • Kreuzberg and Neukölln usually have very fair prices for eating out, and you can find something to eat or drink at any time of day and night.
  • 10% tip is usually expected in Germany when dining out.
  • In Kreuzberg, Neukölln and Friedrichschein, it's hard to find anyone in a suit - dress alternatively and you'll fit right in.
    Day 1
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    Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)
    Monuments & statues, Landmarks & points of interest
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    Elena Z Says:

    Even if you don't like overcrowded places where everyone takes the same pictures, Brandenburg Gate is one place that you can't miss in Berlin. It's hard to describe all that has happened here - so let's stick with ´a lot!´

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • You are in Mitte: You'll find something interesting in any direction, including Government Quarter, churches, theatres, university buildings, embassies, memorials and more!
    • Inside DZ Bank, one of the monumental buildings that surround Parisier Platz, there is a spectacular work by Canadian architect Frank O. Gehry.
    • The most popular place to walk is ´Unter den Linden´, the Street that connects Brandenburg Gate with Alexander Platz.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #18 of 361 attractions in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A Sight to behold 30/01/2015
    • New Year Celebration 30/01/2015
    • Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)
    Address:
    Pariser Platz
    Berlin 10117
    Germany
    Other:
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    Museum Island
    Landmarks & points of interest
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    Elena Z Says:

    Berlin is a city of museums, and in three days it's worth it to visit at least one. Plus, in that amount of time, you're most likely to encounter some rain, and a museum is a great way to keep dry! Depending on your tastes, it's difficult to suggest which one, but in Berlin you can choose from many, including contemporary, classical and ancient art, German history, technology, communication, cinema and even a museum of currywurst. Museum Island is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that is home to several of the most popular museums.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Even if you don't want to visit a museum, a walk in the area makes it also worth the trip.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #5 of 361 attractions in Berlin
    • Neue is the best! 30/01/2015
    • Passing through 29/01/2015
    • Museum Island
    Address:
    Tra Il Kupfergraben E la Sprea C'e L'isola Dei Musei, Il Museumsinsel
    Berlin
    Germany
    Phone:
    030/209050
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    Reederei Spreetours
    Sightseeing Tours
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    Elena Z Says:

    If you're tired of walking, or just fancy a change, a cruise along the River Spree and its canals is just the ticket! Here, you'll see most of Berlin's sights, from east to west, and be surprised that you are still in the same city.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • You can hop on/off the boat almost everywhere in town, or stay on for the whole tour.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #171 of 379 activities in Berlin
    • Lovely cruise 23/07/2014
    • 3 hours Spreetours 03/06/2012
    • Reederei Spreetours
    Address:
    Geinsheimer Weg 37
    Berlin 12559
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 47033880
    Hours:
    Sun - Sat
    9:00 - 22:00
    Other:
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    Friedrichstrasse
    Landmarks & points of interest
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    Elena Z Says:

    There was once, and there is still, a lot going in Friedrichstrasse. The Berlin Wall crossed this street twice - at the famous Checkpoint Charlie and also at the train station Friedrichstrasse. Today, the area is a famous shopping street with lots of nice shops, bars, sights and of course tons of history.

    Good for
    • Trendsetter
    • History Buff
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • In Friedrichstrasse, you can visit the lesser known exhibition, Palace of Tears (Tränenpalast), free of charge.
    • Want to have fun? Rent a Trabant, the former GDR-style auto.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #90 of 361 attractions in Berlin
    • Take too much time and it will cost you 10/12/2014
    • Shops everywhere 17/09/2014
    • Friedrichstrasse
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    Berliner Fernsehturm
    Restaurants (German)
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    Elena Z Says:

    Many German cities have a TV tower, but the one in Berlin has something special about it, making it one of the most-visited places in town. Here you can enjoy the panoramic views, and have breakfast or even dinner.

    Good for
    • Trendsetter
    Tips
    • If you want to have dinner up there, book several months in advance.
    • Book your tickets in advance to avoid the queues.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #754 of 4,564 restaurants in Berlin
    • A good experience but rubbish food 25/01/2015
    • A lovely dinner 25/01/2015
    • Berliner Fernsehturm
    Address:
    Panoramastrasse 1A
    Berlin 10178
    Germany
    Phone:
    30/242 33 33
    Other:
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    Tiergarten
    Gardens
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    Elena Z Says:

    There are more than 2,500 public parks and gardens in Berlin, and this is definitely the most beautiful. And Tiergarten is not just a park: Inside and outside you can find many other interesting monuments, buildings and memorials.

    Good for
    • Peace and Quiet Seeker
    • Must See
    • History Buff
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • The park is crossed by a main street, and in the very middle you can find the Siegessäule (victory column). If you arrive in Berlin at night, this street is just spectacular!
    • Among several memorials, the Holocaust memorial is definitely the most important - and above all, impressive.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #13 of 361 attractions in Berlin
    • Great atmosphere, Great Beer 30/01/2015
    • So big so nice makes you think 29/01/2015
    • Tiergarten
    Address:
    Strasse des 17. Juni 100
    Berlin 10557
    Germany
    Other:
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    Die Hackeschen Hoefe
    Architectural buildings, Neighbourhoods, Ballets
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    Elena Z Says:

    An old-town district, historically inhabited by Jews and French immigrants, Die Hackeschen Höfe was completely renovated in 1993. Today it's a residential and commercial complex, consisting of eight hidden courtyards filled with shops, galleries and restaurants. It's a popular meeting place for party-goers, artists, and also tourists.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • In the hidden courtyards of Hackeschen Höfe, there are some lesser-known museums that tell the stories of people who helped the Berlin Jews to escape their Nazi persecutors.
    • Not far from here is a popular old ballroom, Clärchens Ballhaus - one of those places where you always have fun.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #80 of 379 activities in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A very special quarter 17/01/2015
    • Very nice old quarter with boutiques and nice shops and restaurants 28/12/2014
    • Die Hackeschen Hoefe
    Address:
    40-41 Rosenthaler Strasse
    Berlin 10789
    Germany
    Phone:
    49 0 30 26497 940
    Other:
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    Potsdamer Platz
    Neighbourhoods, Landmarks & points of interest
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    Elena Z Says:

    This ultramodern square showcases the new and busy side of Berlin: Many famous architects, such as Renzo Piano, worked after the fall of the Berlin’s wall to build this fancy new area, complete with skyscrapers, modern offices, shops and cinemas. Can you believe that this square used to be an urban desert scape divided by the wall?

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Trendsetter
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Go up to the Panorama Point in Civic 1 to admire the amazing view and learn about the history of the square before, during and after the wall.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #57 of 361 attractions in Berlin
    • Berlin 29/01/2015
    • I loved walking here. 21/01/2015
    • Potsdamer Platz
    Address:
    Potsdamer Platz
    Tiegarten
    Berlin 10785
    Germany
    Phone:
    30 6883150
    Other:
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    Kurfurstendamm (Kurfurstendam)
    Parks, Landmarks & points of interest
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    Elena Z Says:

    Here, you leave east Berlin far behind you. Kurfürstendamm is today an impressive and world-famous boulevard and exclusive shopping street in the heart of west Berlin. 5-star hotels, expensive boutiques, technology stores and fine Italian restaurants can all be found here - definitely the right place for shopping lovers and luxury travelers!

    Good for
    • Luxury Traveller
    • Trendsetter
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • If you haven't yet satisfied your shopping fever (and you still have a lot of money in your pocket!), KadeWe ´Kaufhaus des Westens´, is the right place for you
    • This quarter is called Charlottenburg, and you can also visit the impressive Charlottenburg castle.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #56 of 361 attractions in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Shops 28/01/2015
    • Shoppers' heaven 26/01/2015
    • Kurfurstendamm (Kurfurstendam)
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    Martin-Gropius-Bau
    Art museums, History museums
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    Elena Z Says:

    This historical building always hosts important exhibitions from international artists - well worth checking out.

    Good for
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • Right next to Martin Gropius Bau, you can find another part of the wall, without graffiti.
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #45 of 361 attractions in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Quality 03/01/2015
    • Close to Topography of Terror, quality exhibitions 22/12/2014
    • Martin-Gropius-Bau
    Address:
    Niederkirchnerstr. 7
    Friedrichstrasse
    Berlin 10963
    Germany
    Phone:
    49 30 25 486 0
    Hours:
    Wed - Mon
    10:00 - 0:00
    Other:
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    East Side Gallery
    Historic sites, Landmarks & points of interest
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    Elena Z Says:

    Berlin's image and history are connected to something that almost doesn't exist anymore: the Wall. The East Side Gallery is the biggest remaining part, and is decorated with world-famous graffiti.

    Good for
    • Must See
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • History Buff
    • Art and Architecture Lover
    Tips
    • The wall is right next to the Spree river, and many tourists and locals hang out here for a beer or coffee.
    • A traditional but satisfying budget dinner in Friedrichschein is a huge burger. Burgeramt in Boxhagener Platz is one of the best.
    • Nearby is Urban Spree, a nice bar/art gallery/artistic and recreation space. It's often open for small exhibitions, concerts and so on.
    Plan to stay:
    Less than 1 hour
    From the community
    Ranked #29 of 361 attractions in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Worth visitng 30/01/2015
    • Worth the Walk to See this 29/01/2015
    • East Side Gallery
    Address:
    Muehlenstrasse
    Berlin 14059
    Germany
    Phone:
    49 30 251 7159
    Other:
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    Tempelhofer Park
    Parks
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    Elena Z Says:

    This former airport has become a popular place for many kinds of outdoor activity. Even if you don't have your kite or skates, rent a bike and experience this amazing place for a taste of real local life.

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • This huge expanse of grass has no shade and gets hot in summer!
    Plan to stay:
    2-3 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #27 of 361 attractions in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • A fun place during your summer in Berlin 28/01/2015
    • Airport turned into a park 27/01/2015
    • Tempelhofer Park
    Address:
    ehemaliger Flufhafen Tempelhof
    Berlin 10777
    Germany
    Other:
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    Markthalle Neun
    Flea & street markets
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    Elena Z Says:

    In Kreuzberg, there's a lot going on - the quarter is a forerunner for every green, ecological, and innovative project, of which Markhalle Neun is one. This market intends to demonstrate that "other food" and "other shopping" in the city are possible by selling regional, organic and seasonal products, usually bought without intermediaries and from small scale producers who are concerned about animal welfare and sustainability.

    Good for
    • Foodie
    • Like a Local
    • Shopping Fanatic
    Tips
    • Not far from here, a new innovative shop - Original Unverpackt - was the first market without packaging.
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 117 shopping & fashion in Berlin
    • Thursday streetfood, great 15/01/2015
    • Interesting, mostly at thursday's street food 23/12/2014
    • Markthalle Neun
    Address:
    Eisenbahnstrasse 42/43
    Berlin 10997
    Germany
    Phone:
    +49 30 577094661
    Hours:
    Mon - Wed
    8:00 - 23:00
    Thu
    8:00 - 3:00
    Fri - Sat
    8:00 - 1:00
    Other:
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    Klunkerkranich
    Bars & clubs
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    Elena Z Says:

    On the 6th floor of a shopping mall, in the popular quarter Neukölln, you would not expect to find such a nice bar with such a nice view. Forget 5-star hotels and panoramic bars in the city centre - this is the poor and sexy Berlin at its very best!

    Good for
    • Hidden Gems
    • Like a Local
    • Trendsetter
    • Nightlife Seeker
    Tips
    • It might be crowded on sunny days. While waiting in the queue, enjoy the view!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #6 of 477 nightlife in Berlin
    • Hard to find but worth it! 25/12/2014
    • One of the places to BE ! 18/11/2014
    • Klunkerkranich
    Address:
    62 Karl-Marx-Strasse
    Berlin
    Germany
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    Mauerpark
    Parks
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    Elena Z Says:

    Another very popular park in Berlin is this Woodstock-style area - music and the most popular flohmarkt in town complete the atmosphere!

    Good for
    • Thrifty Traveller
    • Like a Local
    • Nature Lover
    Tips
    • On Sunday afternoon it's karaoke time, so be ready to sing!
    Plan to stay:
    1-2 hours
    From the community
    Ranked #42 of 361 attractions in Berlin
    Certificate of Excellence 2014Certificate of Excellence 2014
    • Nice, Organized Flee Market 17/12/2014
    • Can't miss a Sunday afternoon there! 06/12/2014
    • Mauerpark
    Address:
    Gleimstrasse 55 10437
    Berlin
    Germany
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