Only got a day in Berlin? 24 hours in Berlin is long enough to sample the best this great city has to offer. From a myriad of shopping options over a series of historical monuments to hip cafés and quirky museums, it’s obvious why Berlin has evolved to one of Europe’s most trendy and popular destinations.
In order to get the maximum out of your stay in Berlin, we recommend you purchasing the Berlin Welcome Card. This fantastic card allows you discounted access to over 200 experiences + FREE public transport around the city (yes, including U-Bahn. S-Bahn and buses- jackpooott!!). The card is available as download or you can get it from one of the several Visit Berlin shops around Berlin.
Let’s jump right in – here is your itinerary for 24 hours in Berlin.
07:30 – Breakfast
The early bird catches the worm! Have a good breakfast, cereals, yogurt, juice and a coffee before you start you day! Pack some snacks and water in a small backpack and of course, don’t forget your camera, GoPro and travel journal – Let’s go!
08:30 – Brandenburger Tor & Berlin-Mitte
Your start into an exciting day! Berlin-Mitte translates to Central Berlin and is home to various unmissable sights. Take the bus or subway (U-Bahn) to ‘Brandenburger Tor’ station and walk from there around the heart of Berlin:
1. Brandenburger Tor – Also known as Brandenburg Gate, it’s Berlin’s most famous landmark and generally one of Germany’s best known sights. With a history of 230 years, the Brandenburg Gate is now mainly associated as a symbol of Germany’s unification after the fall of the Berlin wall in late 1989. Come as early as possible to avoid the crowds.
2. Reichstag – Just a stone’s throw away from the Brandenburg Gate lies the Reichstag, the seat of the German Parliament. This majestic building opened in 1894, after nearly 10 years of construction. The iconic glass dome was added in the late 1990s when the Reichstag was redesigned and expanded. It is open for public, but only for registered visitors.
3. Holocaust Memorial – Also known as the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, it consists of 2711 concrete slabs of various heights which look similar to large tombstones. The names of 3 million Jewish holocaust victims can be found at the ‘Ort der Informationen’ (Place of Information).
10:30 – Trabi Museum Berlin
Love quirky museums? Then you’re right here! The Trabi Museum is dedicated to the one & only Trabant (nicknamed Trabi), a car that was produced by VEB Sachsenring, a former East German car manufacturer. The car was produced between 1957-1990 and is widely regarded as one of the symbols of former East Germany.
Oh, by the way, if you fancy driving a Trabi, just go across the street to Trabi World where you can book tours around Berlin with Trabi. You can easily walk here from the aforementioned Holocaust Memorial.
How to get here: take the subway to Kochtraße / Checkpoint Charlie
11:30 – Deutsches Currywurst Museum – Lunch Time!
Before you ask, yep, you just read that right – Currywurst Museum. Probably only Germans are crazy enough to establish a museum which revolves around sausages, or better even, the Currywurst! The Currywurst is the answer to the All American Hot Dog, just better (Americans, listen, don’t get upset, just give it a try). Picture a Brotchen (bread roll) stuffed with a sliced pork sausage (Bratwurst) and lip-smacking currysauce! And honestly, what is possibly better than experiencing a culture through its food?
The museum explains pretty much the history of the legendary sausage with information on the production to a map of German restaurants around the world where you can eat Currywurst, ranging from America over South Africa to Bali. It just takes about 25-30 minutes to walk around the museum, but the very highlight comes at the end when you get to sample a real Currwurst (included in the ticket) at the authentic in-house Pommesbude (snack bar). Don’t worry, you may stay longer and order more (yep, happened to me).
How to get here: The museum is just 250m from the Trabi Museum and makes the ideal stop for an extended lunch break.
P.S.: they have an oversized sofa in sausage-shape. Be the bun and relax on it
12:30 – Ritter Sport Bunte Schokoladenwelt (Ritter Sport Colourful ChocoWorld)
From one food venue to another, but now it’s time for something sweet! Ritter Sport is one of Germany’s best known chocolate manufactures and the Ritter Sport Colorful ChocoWorld is for many people the definition of heaven on earth. Imagine 1000 m² spread over two storeys full of Ritter Sport treats….from regular flavours, to unique tastes, from small gift boxes to mega packs – it’s all about chocolate! Okkaaay, wait a sec, can I have your attention back for a moment? The guys here also offer ChocoWorkshops, have their very own coffee shop with treats made from Ritter Sport ingredients (cakes, baby!!) and offer choco and ice creations according to your own ideas – be as crazy and creative as you want!
How to get here: you can easily walk from the Currywurst Museum or take the subway to Französische Straße.
14:30 – East Side Gallery
The East Side Gallery is the longest preserved section of the Berlin Wall and stretches about 1.3km on Mühlenstraße along the Spree River. What separated East and West Berlin for 28 years is now a memorial of hope and freedom. While one site of the wall contains graffitis and paintings that show various political events that happened between 1989 and 1990, the other site has turned into a large open-air art gallery, showcasing various works of renowned artists and photographers. When I visited it back in September, the War on Wall exhibition took place, a photo exhibition about the war in Syria.
Take your time and stroll around the Spree, especially on warmer days it’s a great place to chill and relax here.
How to get to East Side Gallery: By S-Bahn and bus to ‘Ostbahnhof’, by subway to ‘Schlesisches Tor’ or by S-Bahn to ‘Berlin Warschauer Straße’.
16:30 – The 1920’s Berlin – a visit to Berlin Schöneberg
Okay, let me give you a secret tip here (don’t tell anyone, pinky promise?):
Since you have seen Berlin’s vibrant city centre by now, it’s time to take a glimpse of Berlin’s other side. See, New York has way more to offer than just the Times Square, right? So does Berlin. One of the coolest districts of Berlin was the one where I actually stayed when I was here, Berlin Schöneberg. As I crashed the couch of my buddy Niall Doherty who stayed here for a couple months this year, I had the chance to see a completely different side of Germany’s capital. Think super preserved old-style multi-story houses with high ceilings, alleys and roads flanked by trees and tons of small shops and cafés that take you almost a century back in time. A heaven for photographers. Tip: find your way to the cemetery called ‘Alter St.-Matthäus Kirchhof, a wonderful and peaceful cemetery with the internments of the Brothers Grimm, Claus von Stauffenberg and several other famous people of Berlin.
How to get to Berlin Schöneberg: The best option is taking the subway or S-Bahn and step out at ‘Yorckstraße’. Turn into Katzerstraße and follow the signs to the cemetery. Especially recommended on a sunny day.
18:30 – Alexanderplatz
Back to Berlin-Mitte or better, a visit to two record-setting places: Alexanderplatz, which is Germany’s largest square and the Berlin Fernsehturm (Berlin TV Tower), Germany’s highest building (368m). Nicknamed ‘Alex’, the square is named after the Russian Czar Alexander I. Here you can enjoy the rest of the evening with a variety of things to choose from; how about a visit to the Fernsehturm during sunset or even at night? Last ascent is at 23:30, so you have plenty of time. Or shopping at Alexa, one of Berlin’s many shopping malls? Of course, you can also have dinner or cocktail around here, there are almost countless options.
How to get to Alexanderplatz: basically from all over Berlin via bus, subway and S-Bahn to the same named station.
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