A visit to Berlin is guaranteed to be an absolutely incredible experience. The city, with an unforgettable history, is filled with museums, cultural landmarks, creative minds and a pulsating nightlife scene! Add to that funky food, incredible culture, and stunning artwork- it is a city like no other.
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Berlin boasts of rich history, and when you visit Berlin you should take time out to learn about Germany’s checkered past. Every nook of the city tells a story and some places still bear witness to its darker times. You can get a feel of Germany’s history in places like the Brandenburg Gate, Jewish Museum, the Berlin Wall, the Holocaust Memorial and the Topography of Terror.
There are a lot of refreshing green spaces in Berlin. It has over 2,500 public parks which act as a breather away from the bustling city life. The beautiful green areas are ideal for a breezy stroll or a quick summer barbecue.
Often called the ‘party capital of Europe’ Berlin boasts of one of the wildest nightlife scenes. Not only are there many famous nightclubs, bars and pubs but also it is comparatively much cheaper than other European states.
The booze is easy on the pocket and most bars and clubs don’t have a closing time. Some finest buzz spots are the Berghain, Belushi’s, Kit Kat Club, House of Weekend among many others.
Food is an important part of any place’s culture and Berlin has some amazing local cuisine to offer. Try the must-have staples like Currywurst- which is an amazing invention. Made with German sausages, a special curry sauce, ketchup and often served with fries-it is a truly local dish. Try other traditional dishes like the schnitzel and wurst.
With a thriving Turkish community living in Berlin, you also get the yummy Donner Kebabs and Kunefe, a popular sweet dessert.
If that’s not enough to convince you, Berlin is famous all over the world for its world-class beer. Germans, especially, Berliners take pride in their amazing beer. Visit a beer garden, a pub or even a chill craft beer spot.
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Since its opening in 2001, the Jewish Museums Berlin has joined the ranks of Europe’s important museums. Its exhibitions, educational activities, and events make the museum a vibrant centre of reflection on Jewish history and culture.
An architectural masterpiece, designer Daniel Libeskind’s spectacular structure has firmly established itself as one of Berlin’s most recognizable landmarks. The zinc-panelled building is advanced in the connection it creates between the museum’s topics and its architecture.
Berlin’s most beautiful Baroque garden, it stretches northwards from Charlottenburg Palace in the western city of Berlin. The natural beauty
of the garden with its royal splendour and richness does not have a parallel in the city.
Fusing Baroque elements with characteristics of the English landscape garden, it is a popular destination for Berliners and tourists alike. Stroll along its winding paths, picturesque ponds and stunning views made for relaxation.
Mauerpark is a public park situated in the Prenzlauer Berg district and a former part of the Berlin Wall. The park is popular with people of all age groups. The flea market here is its most popular attraction. The stalls here are primarily run by private dealers rather than professional sellers.
The range of items is therefore diverse – from second-hand clothes to Berlin design jewellery and vintage furniture. On summer days the former death strip turns into a lively festival ground with live music, karaoke shows and picnics.
With its unique blend of river landscape, extensive meadows, tranquil areas, gardens, and places to eat and drink, Treptower Park is an attractive excursion destination close to the city centre. Due to its size, the park offers a lot of space for every form of recreation be it walking, jogging, cycling or boating.
In the middle of the park, you’ll find the Soviet War Memorial, which was built after the second world and is a cemetery for 5000 Soviet soldiers. Beside that is the Archenhold Sternwarte, an observatory with the world’s longest refracting telescope, where you can take part in night-time stargazing away from the city’s light pollution.
Alexanderplatz is a central square in Berlin’s Mitte district and is one of the city’s most visited squares. The highlight of the square is the 365 metre TV Tower, Berlin’s highest construction topped by a globe with a rotating viewing platform.
It was turned into a pink football during the 2006 World Cup Event. This place is suitable for shopping with a large shopping centre nearby where you can also eat.
Ride a Trabi through the city! It is a slow and noisy car and has become a symbol of bygone East Germany. There will be a guide who will drive ahead of you in his own car and he will talk about the main points of interest via the radio when you pass by them.
One of the most touristy things to do, it is a fun alternative sightseeing of Berlin.Take a picture at Checkpoint Charlie! One of the most famous crossing points between West and East Germany back in the day, it is now among the popular tourist destinations that boast of Instagram worthy sightings.
Enjoy some Currywurst. It is said Currywurst was created by an East Berlin woman in 1949 who got ketchup and curry powder from some British soldiers. Not having much available, she mixed what she had, added some grilled pork sausage and the currywurst sauce was born. Berliner Currywurst rapidly became one of the signature fast food dishes of the city.
Explore the city on a bike! There are plenty of bike rental outlets all over the city and renting a bike is a great way to get to all those famous Berlin tourist attractions. You can also get a bike tour that will show you the best spots around with a local guide.
Go nightclubbing in Berlin. Berlin is well-known for its wild nightlife and has some of the best night clubs in the world that you surely don’t want to miss.
Go shopping in a flea market! Berliners love flea markets. One of the most popular flea markets is located at Mauerpark. Every Sunday there, you can find all sorts of vintage stuff ranging from clothes, shoes and bags to jewellery, furniture, bikes, vinyl records, and much more.
Berlin's most famous landmark Brandenburg Gate is now a national symbol of peace and unity. A symbol of Berlin and German division during the Cold War, it is now a national symbol of peace and unity. It is a witness to one of the most iconic scenes of recent German history. Hundreds of thousands of people celebrated before the Brandenburg Gate as the Berlin Wall fell on November 9th 1989.
It represents German unity and freedom since the end of the Cold War and the divided country.
The gate has witnessed many infamous military processions, starting with that of Napoleon after he took the city in 1806, followed by the Nazis during their harrowing reign leading up to the Second World War.
As with most of the city, the Brandenburg Gate incurred significant damage during World War II. After the end of the war, the gate sat in a barren wasteland between East and West Berlin surrounded by the Berlin Wall and heavily guarded.
This version of the gate served as an icon and a reminder of the oppressive nature of the city’s physical and ideological division.
The current home of the German Parliament, the Reichstag Building is one of the most famous landmarks of Berlin. However, it is better known because of the key role it played in Germany’s dark past, the Nazi regime.
The Reichstag served as the home of the German parliament until 1933 when the building was set on fire and was severely damaged. A communist took responsibility for the fire, and Hitler used the attack to discredit the communists. Under Nazi dictatorship, the building falls into neglect and is severely damaged during the Second World War.
In 1945, it became one of the primary targets for the Red Army and was further destroyed. It wasn't until the 1970s that the building was properly repaired. Now, since the 1990s, the building again houses the German Parliament.
The most striking feature of the building is its glass dome which offers a spectacular 360º view of the city. The dome can be visited by prior registration and is reached by two big steel ramps that curve up towards it in the form of a double helix.
The Protestant Berlin Cathedral is Berlin's largest church and one of the major sights in the city's centre. Embodying power, religion and spirituality, the church surprises visitors with its Baroque palace architecture.
More than just its glorious appearance, it also represents 500 years of history in Brandenburg and Prussia. This historical site is renowned as one of the most important dynastic burial sites in Germany.
Created in remembrance of the murdered Jews of Europe, the Holocaust Memorial is a series of concrete slabs of various sizes positioned in such a way that, as you approach it, you have no idea the depth to which you will eventually descend.
Covering 4.7 acres, this memorial is symbolic and was created to reproduce the chaotic and confusing experience of a holocaust victim. At every turn, the visitor goes deeper into the labyrinth.
Underneath the memorial site is an information centre which contains several rooms—rooms of names, families who were killed, site of concentration camps, and even voices of survivals
Museum Island is a unique collection of five museums on Spree Island in the Mitte district of Berlin. The entire complex has been listed by UNESCO as a World Heritage Site.
The most well-known of the complex, Pergamon Museum was built to house the artefacts from the 19th-century excavations of German archaeologists in Pergamon and Asia Minor at a time when Heinrich Schliemann found Priam's treasure. The Pergamon museum attracts over a million visitors a year from all over the world to marvel at the Market Gate of Miletus and the Ishtar Gate.
Other museums here are the Bode-Museum, Neues Museum or New Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie or Old National Gallery and the Altes Museum or Old Museum.
The Akademie der Künste or Academy of Arts was founded in 1696. It is one of the oldest cultural institutes in Europe. The academy is an international community of artists and has a current total of 416 members in its six Sections namely- Visual Arts, Architecture, Music, Literature, Performing Arts, Film and Media Arts.
The Academy of Arts is the oldest and most prestigious cultural organisation in Germany. It is best to visit during an ongoing exhibition.
(Please note that this is a sample itinerary. Our Berlin tour packages from India are customisable to suit your preferences.)
Day 1Begin your first day in Berlin at the World Clock at Alexanderplatz. From the top of the TV tower, you will have a phenomenal view of the whole city. Enjoy breakfast or brunch inside the restaurant sphere that rotates over Berlin at a height of 200 metres. Further down the stream of the river on the other side, you will find the Berlin Cathedral with its gigantic dome one of Berlins unmissable landmarks. Museum Island is a top Berlin attraction and consists of five museums that are on UNESCOs list of world heritage sites. Back on the magnificent Unter den Linden boulevard take a short detour to Gendarmenmarkt, a beautiful square in Berlin. Enjoy the harmonious ensemble of the concert house in the centre from one of the many restaurants and cafes around the square. Charlottenstrae on the western side of the square and then Behrenstrae going westwards will now lead you to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, which is also known as the Holocaust Memorial. From here its just a few metres down Ebertstrae before you will find yourself in front of the Brandenburg Gate, most famous landmark of Berlin. The next spot is the Reichstag, the seat of the German parliament. Enjoy the nightlife around Hackescher Markt.
Day 2Begin your second day with a stroll around Charlottenburg Palace. Explore the splendid palace grounds and the extensive gardens. Next up is the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche (Memorial Church) on Breitscheidplatz. Consisting of the ruins of the church destroyed in the war, it is a monument for peace and reconciliation and a symbol of Berliners' will to rebuild in the post-war period. At the end of the second day's tour, you'll visit the famous Zoologischer Garten (Berlin Zoo) and the Aquarium Berlin.
Day 3The third day is for you to relax. Explore the many cafes by the Landwehr Canal or the Neukolln Ship Canal. Freischwimmer, Club der Visionare, Badeschiff and IPSE are just four of the locations on the island that form a summertime bar biotope on the left and right of the Flutgraben channel. Make your way to Oberbaumbrücke, the most picturesque bridge in Berlin. Here you get one of the most beautiful views of Berlin in both directions towards Alexanderplatz with the TV Tower and out of the city with the Molecule Men in the Spree. Just around the corner from Oberbaumbrücke, you will find the East Side Gallery stretching out before you, the longest connected piece of the former Berlin Wall. It is covered with many different and amazing artworks. The most famous painting is the brotherly kiss between Honecker and Brezhnev. Also, check out Flying Squirrel Holidays other Germany travel package options which are all customisable and can be modified to suit your plans.
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Berlin is one of the most economic capital cities in Western Europe and therefore is a great place for budget travellers. Berlin has several great museums and sights and most are fairly affordable. Also, there are multiple sights, monuments, parks, and street art that are all totally free.
For food, the city has plenty of budget options and most meals are filling and the beer is cheap. Flying Squirrel Holidays provides customised Berlin holiday packages or Germany holiday packages or Europe Tour Packages from India according to your budget and preferences.
What is the best time to visit Berlin?
The months between May to September are considered to be the best time to visit Berlin.
Which places in Berlin shouldn’t miss visiting?
Brandenburg Gate, The Art of Museum Island, Reichstag Building, Berliner Dom, and East Side Gallery’s paintings are some of the places in Berlin that you shouldn’t miss visiting.
What are the popular things to do in Berlin?
Some of the most popular things to do in Berlin enjoy a city tour on the HoHo bus, enjoy a boat tour of the city, and visit AquaDomand Sea Life Berlin.
Berlin is the perfect destination for a city vacation in Europe! It is a city which celebrates freedom and creativity. Futuristic architecture, contemporary art forms, lively festivals, sporting events, eccentric nightlife and high quality of living are a few reasons people fall in love with Berlin.
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