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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



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
Topography of Terror

Topography of Terror

A history museum of the Third Reich, Topography of Terror is housed in the former headquarters of the Gestapo secret police and the SS. Artifacts, photos, and videos examine the history of Hitler’s Germany on the site where the fate of Nazi political opponents was decided and the genocide of the European Jews, Sinti, and Roma was organized.More


One of Berlin’s central meeting places, Alexanderplatz is full of attractions, buildings, restaurants, and shops. It’s a major hub for the U-bahn and S-bahn railway, buses, and trams, and houses the TV Tower (Fernsehturm), a famous Berlin landmark. The city center of East Berlin, Alexanderplatz also features a lot of socialist architecture.More
Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall

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
Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)

Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)

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
Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie

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
Museum Island (Museumsinsel)

Museum Island (Museumsinsel)

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
Nikolaiviertel (Nicholas Quarter)

Nikolaiviertel (Nicholas Quarter)

Step into Berlin’s Nicholas district (Nikolaiviertel) for a look at what the city was like during the Middle Ages. Though many of the buildings were built after World War II, St. Nicholas Church (Nikolaikirche) remains the city’s oldest church, dating back to 1230. Today, the quaint area offers a break from the hustle and bustle of Berlin.More
Unter den Linden

Unter den Linden

Named for the lime trees lining its central pedestrianized strip, Unter den Linden is one of Berlin’s most famous thoroughfares, and the former hub of historic Berlin.Many of the avenue’s once palatial buildings are being restored, and it’s a popular location for embassies, shops, outdoor cafes, museums and educational institutions.A walk along the Unter den Linden is especially magical at night, when the trees are lit up, and during the autumn colors of fall.More


Located in Berlin’s Mitte district, the Gendarmenmarkt is arguably Berlin’s most magnificent public square, attracting a cluster of high-end restaurants and hotels, especially around Charlottenstrasse. Come wintertime, travelers come from all over Europe to shop at the square’s spectacular Christmas market and skate at the festive ice rink.More

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Street Art in Berlin

Street Art in Berlin

Top activities in Berlin

Recent reviews from experiences in Berlin

Bryan_R, Jul 2021
Berlin Small-Group Segway Tour
Riding Segways is a fantastic way to see the historical sites of Berlin.
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!
Exceptional overview of Berlin
Erica_G, Jul 2021
Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour
This was a wonderful way to see the city and make some great connections!
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.
Second trip
joseph_b, Aug 2020
Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour
I Have taken this tour twice and would suggest it to anyone coming to berlin for the first time to see the city.
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...
Relaxing way to break up the day!
Michael_D, Mar 2020
Berlin 1-Hour Sightseeing Cruise with Audioguide
Great way to see Berlin!
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.
Nathan_M, Jan 2020
Explore Berlin: Top Attractions Walking Tour
We saw everything we wanted to see in Berlin and our guide, Jamie G, was so knowledgeable and respectful about the history he was sharing.
Great way to see Berlin and learn about the Nazi history
Keith_M, Jan 2020
Private Third Reich Berlin Tour- Hitler and World War 2
We highly recommend this tour for those new to Berlin and only having a short time to see and learn.
Brilliant Berlin Walking Tour
Iseult_T, Dec 2019
Berlin Off-the-Beaten-Path Walking Tour: Kreuzberg, Mitte and Friedrichshain
Fantastic way to see and explore the not so touristy areas of Berlin and understand the history of the previously divided city.
Informative and sensitive tour
Robert S, Dec 2019
Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Tour from Berlin
On the train ride back from the camp, he checked with each couple to answer questions about more places to visit in Berlin and provided directions to get there.
Weekend with friends
ChristianaEL_H, Nov 2019
Private Walking Tour: Berlin Highlights and Hidden Sights
I would highly recommend this tour to give you an overview of the history and attractions of Berlin.
Cheryl_K, Oct 2019
Private Berlin Complete History All Day Tour
The six hours flew by and we got to see so much of Berlin, old and new.
Segway Tour
Kendall_S, Sep 2019
Berlin Highlights Small-Group Segway Tour
We thoroughly enjoyed the afternoon and Paul even gave us pointers on sights to see while we were in Berlin.
Great time on segway
cghughesmed, Sep 2019
Berlin Highlights Small-Group Segway Tour
Excellent way to see a majority of major sights in Berlin.
Sue A
Sue A, Sep 2019
Discover Potsdam
Beautiful part of Berlin to visit.
Awesome Tour!!
Kathy C, Aug 2019
Berlin Bike Tour
It was the perfect way to see Berlin.
Ruth H, Aug 2019
Historical Highlights Berlin with Licensed Guide (DIN 15565)
It was absolutely the best sightseeing..
Great tour by a very knowledgeable tour guide (Ken)
Babak_C, Jul 2019
Berlin's Infamous Third Reich Sites Half-Day Walking Tour
Also did a great job of keeping us out of the blistering hot sun in the middle of summer.

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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