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Welcome to Berlin

Once a city divided, Berlin has emerged as a vibrant and cosmopolitan capital of culture in Germany—and the affordable city has a more laid-back attitude than many other top European destinations. See history and modernity juxtaposed on the streets, with Communist architecture, world-class museums, and hip restaurants, nightclubs, and galleries sprinkled throughout the city. Explore neighborhoods such as bohemian Kreuzberg or attraction-filled Mitte. See the remnants of the Berlin Wall, walk under the Brandenburg Gate, or visit Checkpoint Charlie Museum before letting loose in a modern dance club. Or taste your way through Berlin’s respected culinary scene, which—similar to today's Berlin as a whole—touches on both German traditions and multicultural influences.

Top 10 attractions in Berlin

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Reichstag

Reichstag

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The seat of Germany’s Parliament and one of Berlin’s most recognizable landmarks, the Reichstag building is an impressive feat of 19th-century architecture, with a futuristic glass dome and classical columns on its facade. The structure stands proudly on the River Spree’s southern bank, a stoic reminder of Berlin’s turbulent history.More
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Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall

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At the height of the Cold War in 1961, socialist East Germany erected the Berlin Wall as an imposing concrete barrier that divided Berlin's eastern and western sides for nearly 30 years. In 1989, toward the end of the war and the fall of East Germany and communism in Europe, the wall's demolition began, thus reunifying Germany. Today, sections of the wall remain as permanent reminders of the days when the country (and Berlin) was divided.More
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Führerbunker

Führerbunker

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Führerbunker translates from German to “leader’s bunker” and is the site of Hitler’s fortified underground air raid shelter. He died here by his own hand in the last days of World War II. Today all that remains at the site is an information board marking the bunker’s former location.More
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Berlin TV Tower (Berliner Fernsehturm)

Berlin TV Tower (Berliner Fernsehturm)

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Soaring 1,207 feet (368 meters) over Alexanderplatz, Berlin’s TV Tower (Berliner Fernsehturm) is Germany’s tallest structure. Built to mark the 20th anniversary of the German Democratic Republic in 1969, the tower was intended to be a symbol of East Germany’s achievements as a socialist society. Today it’s one of the capital’s most visited landmarks, affording 360-degree views over the entire city.More
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Sanssouci Palace

Sanssouci Palace

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Glimpse the lavish days of the aristocracy in 18th-century Prussia at Sanssouci Palace. Built for King Frederik the Great, the palace is a fine example of rococo opulence. Gilded ornaments and priceless antiques fill the interiors, while perfectly manicured grounds with fountains and follies, and even a vineyard, are outdoors.More
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Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)

Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)

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The grand gateway to Unter den Linden Boulevard and Tiergarten Park, the Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) is one of Berlin’s most recognizable landmarks. Built by Prussian kings, this monumental gate stood strong through World War I and the Cold War, becoming a symbol of reunified Germany and a poignant reminder of Berlin’s tragedies and triumphs.More
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Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie

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Once one of three Berlin Wall border points, bridging the divide between the Allied-occupied West Berlin and Soviet-occupied East Berlin, Checkpoint Charlie is one of the most important Cold War sites in Berlin. Today, a recreated guard house marks the site where numerous confrontations, escape attempts, and protests took place, and the adjoining Checkpoint Charlie Museum is a moving tribute to those who risked their lives to escape from East Germany and bring about the fall of the wall.More
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Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen

Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen

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Located just north of Berlin, Memorial and Museum Sachsenhausen was once one of the Nazi regime’s harshest prison camps. Today, Sachsenhausen is a memorial to those who lost their lives here, as well as a museum with a library, archive, and open-air exhibits to educate visitors.More
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Museum Island (Museumsinsel)

Museum Island (Museumsinsel)

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Museum Island (Museumsinsel) is the apex of culture in Berlin. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, in the middle of the Spree river, hosts five world-renowned museums that are all architecturally and historically significant. Each museum features different collections, from ancient artifacts to romantic and impressionist works.More
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Friedrichstadt-Palast

Friedrichstadt-Palast

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Located in the heart of Berlin’s theater district, the magnificent Friedrichstadt-Palast is Europe’s largest revue theater. With one hundred years of putting on big show entertainment, it’s a must-visit for glitzy Vegas-style shows with high-kicking showgirls, death-defying acrobats, a 60-person ballet troupe, and high-tech special effects.More

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Street Art in Berlin

Street Art in Berlin

Recent reviews from experiences in Berlin

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Great visit
Noa_A, Dec 2021
Small-Group Historical Bike Tour in Berlin
The visit allowed us to see places we would have missed otherwise.
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Great experience!
Carlo_S, Dec 2021
Rude Bastards tour of Berlin
It was really fun getting to know the history behind all of the different tourist attractions in Berlin in this unorthodox fashion.
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Excellent tour to get around Berlin!
David_P, Nov 2021
Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour
Would definitely recommend if you want to see a lot of the key places in Berlin.
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Great Tour November 2021
Alicia_K, Nov 2021
Berlin Highlights Small-Group Bike Tour
I would definitely recommend this to anyone wishing to see Berlin in a fun and unique way!
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This is our first time in...
Caoilfhionn_B, Nov 2021
Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour
This was a wonderful experience, a great way to see the sights and our tour guide Fran was excellent..
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Amazing Tour !
ronny22, Oct 2021
Berlin 3-Hour Bike Tour: Berlin's Best
Absolutely recommended for anyone planning to visit Berlin !
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Best way to see Berlin!
AbbyT, Sep 2021
3-Hour Berlin Highlights Bike Tour
This was the best to way to see Berlin!
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Great Tour!
Robin_B, Sep 2021
Capital Dinner Cruise at Sunset with Sightseeing of Berlin
I also appreciated everyone's command of English as an American who doesn't understand German.
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Best way to see Berlin
Allan_O, Aug 2021
Berlin Bike Tour
The best way to see Berlin!
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Sad, but must see...
Valentina_S, Jan 2022
Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Tour from Berlin
We met our tour guide, an English gentleman who has lived in Berlin for about 35 years, at a train station.
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One of the great Must-dos during your stay in Berlin.
Christopher_O, Dec 2021
Original Free Berlin Walking Tour
Wish I did the tour earlier in my stay to visit more of the places of interest.
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A Great Tour with an awesome Guide
Jane_W, Nov 2021
Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Tour from Berlin
Campbell went around each person to see if they needed advice on how to get 'home' and if they had questions about other things to see or do in Berlin.
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Friendly staff. Food average.
Marla_K, Oct 2021
Berlin Dinner Cruise.
Son-in-law ran Berlin Marathon in morning so we needed a way to see more of Berlin without a lot of walking.
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Wonderful tour with Beth
Satarupa_D, Sep 2021
PRIVATE BEHIND THE BERLIN WALL and COLD WAR BERLIN TOUR
At the end of the tour, she recommended me to visit Tranenpalast and some other free museums.
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Awesome
Bryan_R, Jul 2021
Berlin Small-Group Segway Tour
Riding Segways is a fantastic way to see the historical sites of Berlin.
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Essential Berlin
Richard_S, Oct 2021
Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour
The four hours of this tour flew by, and we would highly recommend it to anyone wishing to see Berlin.
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Wonderful guide and tour!
Lisa_B, Jul 2021
3-Hour Berlin Highlights Bike Tour
The bike ride was very enjoyable and a great way to see Berlin!
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Beautiful sunset cruise
Danielle_O, Sep 2020
Berlin Dinner Cruise.
5 hours and we got to see a lot of the sights along the way, the food was delicious and the staff were extremely friendly and welcoming.
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Great tour
Kirill_K, May 2020
Best of Berlin - Private Live Virtual Experience
Hope to see all the beautiful places we've heard about once we arrive in Berlin, someday...
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Top Attractions Top Guide
Tony_B, Mar 2020
Explore Berlin: Top Attractions Walking Tour
Absolutely brilliant way to see some of the obvious and less obvious attractions of Berlin.

All about Berlin

When to visit

May through the end of summer has temperate weather ideal for biergartens, park lounging, and the sidewalk cafés—three staples of the Berlin scene. While July and August are busiest, late spring, when the Carnival of Cultures hits, and early fall, with Oktoberfest and the Festival of Lights, are smart bets. Bone-cold winter brings the cheapest deals on airfares and lodging.

A local’s pocket guide to Berlin

Serena Viscovo

Serena is one of the many expats who's spent time living in Berlin, where she biked everywhere and enjoyed endless nights out with friends—life was sweet in Kreuzberg.

The first thing you should do in Berlin is...

get a BVG travel card or the Berlin Welcome Card, although Berlin is also perfect for bikes—rent one if you can.

A perfect Saturday in Berlin...

includes brunch, flea market browsing, and a sunset beer along the canals. Too cold? An exhibition at Hamburger Bahnhof or a visit to one of the many art galleries in Mitte are the perfect indoor alternatives.

One touristy thing that lives up to the hype is...

the Jewish Museum. With its innovative display, the unique architecture, and all the different exhibits, it offers a real space for reflection on the Jewish past and present.

To discover the "real" Berlin...

Head to a lake (Wannsee is probably the most famous one), where locals like to relax and swim, clothed or otherwise.

For the best view of the city...

try Teufelsberg for a hillside view plus American Cold War spy stories, or Klunkerkranich for a more chilled sunset view with drinks.

One thing people get wrong...

is going to Berlin to eat German food. Explore the different cuisines: Turkish, Japanese, Lebanese, Italian, French, Korean, African—pick one and enjoy the ride.

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