What to see in Berlin and surroundings in 7 days

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Berlin is a vibrant city with an eclectic and cosmopolitan character. Fulcrum of culture and strong historical events and impossible to forget, it is today a lively center where experimentation is the order of the day: lovers of art, electronic music, fashion and design find here a dynamic paradise in continuous transformation.

It is one of those destinations where ancient architecture coexists with avant-garde buildings, and where you can immerse yourself in incredibly stimulating cultural environments and immediately afterwards devote yourself to healthy savoir-vivre among its infinite urban venues or perhaps relax in the numerous natural spaces river view. A city that will surprise you at every step!
Here's how to plan the perfect 7-day itinerary in the German capital.



Index

  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. 6 day
  7. 7 day
  8. How much does a week in Berlin cost
  9. Before leaving: useful tips
  10. User questions and comments

1 day


Start your week in Berlin from the heart of the city, Alexanderplatz, named after the Tsar of Russia Alexander I.
Numerous points of interest overlook this square such as the famous TV Tower (09: 00-00: 00): this huge building stands out in the center of the square with its 365 meters high and has a viewing platform at 203 meters which offers an incredible panorama of the Berlin skyline.

A lunch stop by the Zur Gerichtslaube and enjoy typical German cuisine (around € 20,00). Spend the afternoon visiting an extremely important cultural point of interest, theMuseum Island, in the center of the Spree River. There are 5 museums collected on this island: the Altes Museum, the Neues Museum, the Alte Nationalgalerie, the Bode-Museum and the Pergamonmuseum. Enjoy an afternoon of art in one of these temples of culture (pass € 18,90).

Have dinner then at Zur Letzten Instanz, perhaps the oldest restaurant in Berlin (around € 25,00) and then take a leisurely stroll through the Mitte district in the evening lights.



In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,4 km / 30 min
  • Places visited: Alexanderplatz (free), TV Tower (€ 22,50), Museum Island (pass € 18,90)
  • Daily shopping: € 90,00
  • Bike tour of the major attractions
  • Lunch at Zur Gerichtslaube (Get directions), Dinner at Zur Letzten Instanz (Get directions)

2 day


Today the Berlin Cathedral awaits you with its fascinating architecture reminiscent of the Italian Renaissance (open 9: 00-19: 00 / Sunday 12: 00-19: 00, € 7,00). Browse the neighbor's rooms History Museum, for an interesting overview of the intricate events in Berlin (10: 00-18: 00, € 8,00). After your visit, head along Unter den Linden or "under the lime trees", Berlin's main boulevard.
Stop by for lunch from Treffpunkt Berlin, with typical German cuisine (about € 20,00), and then move on foot (or by bus 300) towards the borders of the Tiergarten, to observe the Brandenburg Gate, a majestic structure dating back to 1791, today one of the emblems of reunified Berlin.

Then pay a respectful visit to the Holocaust Memorial, inaugurated in 2005 to a design by the architect Eisenmann. Its 19.000 square meters rise where once there were the properties of Goebbels, the infamous Minister of Propaganda of the Third Reich, and in an instant it suggests bewilderment and reflection. Have dinner and finally at Joseph Roth Diele, a restaurant with a 20s atmosphere (€ 30,00).


In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,9 km / 1 h 2 min
  • Places visited: Berlin Cathedral (€ 7,00), History Museum (€ 8,00), Unter Den Linden (free), Brandenburg Gate (free), Holocaust Memorial (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 65,00
  • Berlin: walking tour in the footsteps of the Third Reich
  • Lunch at Treffpunkt Berlin (Get directions), Dinner at Joseph Roth Diele (Get directions)

3 day


Start with a symbol of Berlin's history, the Reichstag Building (8:00 - 22:00), the famous German Parliament with its bewitching glass dome.
Take a dip in the future, in the nearby Sony Center (11: 00-19: 00), original and avant-garde complex of 7 buildings located at Potsdamer Platz, topped by an umbrella-shaped steel roof that changes color throughout the day. Have lunch there, at the Lindenbräu, for an informal beer accompanied by excellent ribs (€ 15,00).

Then move on foot (or by bus 200) to Checkpoint Charlie, one of the three checkpoints wanted by former US President JF Kennedy, after the construction of the Berlin Wall in 1961, with the aim of allowing the crossing the wall.

To continue the plunge into history, visit the Jewish Museum (10: 00-20: 00, € 8,00) illustrating 2.000 years of Jewish culture in Europe with artistic, literary and religious contributions.
To end the day dine at the Nanum Berlin, one of the most popular restaurants in the city that offers Korean specialties and is located right in front of the museum (€ 25,00).



In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,0 km / 50 min
  • Places visited: Reichstag building (free), Sony Center (free), Checkpoint Charlie (free), Jewish Museum (€ 8,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 50,00
  • City sightseeing walking tour Dinner at the Käfer panoramic restaurant
  • Lunch at Lindenbräu (Get directions), Dinner at Nanum Berlin (Get directions)

4 day


Day to discover one of the fabulous green areas of the city: the Zoo. This huge green lung is located right in the heart of the city and in its 200 hectares is home to numerous plant species and small local fauna. It dates back to the seventeenth century, and was remodeled and expanded over the years to obtain its current configuration.
If you happen to be here on a summer Sunday, don't miss the bell concert of the Carillon, a tower with 68 bells, the fourth largest carillon in the world.
Take a look at the elegant facades of the Bellevue Palace, official seat of the President of the Federal Republic of Germany.
Have lunch then at Cafe Am Neuensee, a lovely beergarden on the Neuer See, one of the park's lakes (€ 15,00). Immerse yourself in the diverse fauna of the Berlin Zoo (winter 9: 00-16: 30, summer 9: 00-18: 30, € 15,50, if you include the aquarium € 21,00) and end the day having dinner at the Hard Rock Cafe in Berlin, just a few steps from the zoo, a ritual for connoisseurs (around € 30,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 3,5 km / 45 min
  • Places visited: Tiergarten (free), Bellevue Palace (façade and exterior), Berlin Zoo (€ 15,50)
  • Daily shopping: € 65,00
  • Walking tour of the city's attractions
  • Lunch at Cafe Am Neuensee (Get directions), Dinner at Hard Rock Cafe Berlin (Get directions)

5 day


Day dedicated to the revolutionary Nollendorfplatz, the symbolic square and beating heart of the city, also linked to the history of Nazism. It is the main place of German nightlife, incredibly lively and in turmoil. Move from the square to the famous KadeWe (from 10: 00-20: 00 / Friday until 21:00 and Sunday 13: 00-18: 00), one of the best-known shopping centers in Germany, home to fashion shops, handicrafts and also culinary delicacies. Have lunch right here on the top floor, at Brlo Chicken & Beer (€ 20,00).
After having refreshed yourself, from Wittenbergplatz take the U6 metro and get to know the curious Tempelhofer, the former Berlin airport today an area of ​​386 hectares for public use, with cycle paths and areas for lovers of skateboarding, jogging, barbecues and picnics. TO price head to the Luftgarten, a pub where you can eat and sip a beer in total relaxation (€ 10,00).


In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 9,9 km / 33 min (by metro)
  • Places visited: Nollendorfplatz (free), KadeWe (free), Tempelhofer (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 30,00
  • 24 or 48 hour bus tour ticket
  • Lunch at Brlo Chicken & Beer (Get directions), Dinner at Luftgarten (Get directions)

6 day


Your sixth day in Berlin takes you to the banks of the River Spree, at the East Side Gallery (reach it from the center with the bus 300), a must to learn more about the testimony given by street art to German reunification. After the fall of the wall, in fact, on the part that remained standing, more than 100 artists, coming from all over the world, talked with spectacular murals the difficult transition to reunification. The most famous graffiti is certainly the "brotherly kiss" between Leonid Brezhnev and Erich Honecker, by Dmitri Vrubel.
Dedicate some healthy relaxation to Badeschiff, the floating pools much loved by Berliners for summer dives or for a healthy dose of relaxation in every season.
A lunch stop by for a quick burger at Burger Meister ($ 15,00).
Then return to the city center with the U2 metro and dedicate the afternoon to a river cruise right on the waters of the Spree River (depart from Nikolaiviertel, € 17,00 - book online) to observe the city from an absolutely new point of view.
Once back near the Mitte district, dine at the Brauhaus Georgbræu a quaint riverside brewery.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 14,2 km / 39 min (metro)
  • Places visited: East Side Gallery (free), Badeschiff (free), cruise (€ 21,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 40,00
  • 3-hour bike tour of the main attractions
  • Lunch at Burger Meister (Get directions), Dinner at Brauhaus Georgbræu (Get directions)

7 day


The surroundings of Berlin will be the protagonists of the last day in the city. Take the RE21 (30 minutes and € 3,60) or the S7 (45 minutes and € 3,60) and reach the nearby Potsdam, called, with good reason, the German Versailles. A perfect oasis of peace to escape the chaos of the metropolis center. Stroll through its streets and don't miss the Dutch Quarter, the most characteristic area of ​​the city, with traditional th century buildings, artisan shops and cafes. Have lunch at the Zum Fliegenden Holländer, for an all-German lunch (around € 15,00) and spend the afternoon visiting the wonderful Sanssouci Palace and the adjoining park (open at 10: 00-16: 30 or 17:30 in summer, closed on Mondays).
Have dinner finally at the exclusive Mövenpick Restaurant Zur Historischen Mühle, a very refined restaurant in the perimeter of the park (around € 45,00 for a dinner) and then return to the base, Berlin, to admire the last glimpses and end your exciting week.

  • Distance traveled: 2,1 km / 26 min
  • Places visited: Potsdam (free) Sanssouci Palace (€ 14,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 80,00
  • City tour of Potsdam and its magical palaces
  • Lunch at Zum Fliegenden Holländer (Get directions), Dinner at Mövenpick Restaurant Zur Historischen Mühle (Get directions)

How much does a week in Berlin cost

NB: The prices expressed in the table above are to be intended "per person".

Berlin is perfectly suited for both young budget holidays, backpackers, romantic weeks of discovery as a couple or family trips. Its huge offer of accommodation facilities and restaurants of all kinds makes it truly perfect for every budget and every need.

  • starting from € 17,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 45,00 per room -
  • Walking tour in the footsteps of the Third Reich The Cold War: bike tour
  • Total cost of a week, flight included: from € 664,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Berlin: the city can be enjoyed in any season. From a climatic point of view, the best time is summer, from May to September - for more info
  • the city has two airports: Tegel is connected to the center by the Bus Express TXL in 30 minutes (109, 128, X9, TXL, about € 2,80). Schönefeld is connected by bus in about 40 minutes (171, X7, € 3,30), train in about 30 minutes (Airport Express RE7, RB14, € 3,30) and metro (S-Bahn S9 / S45, € 3,60, )
  • Mitte or Friedrichshain are super central districts. Quieter is the Charlottenburg district, while for the young the ideal is the lively Prenzlauer Berg
  • Getting around: efficient U-Bahn, underground underground and S-Bahn, fast surface network. BVG lines include buses and ferries. Single rides cost around € 3,00 while day tickets around € 7,00 - for more info
  • Recommended card: with the WelcomeCard it is possible to travel without limits on all public transport and have up to 50% discount on over 200 tourist attractions (basic price 6 days € 52,00)

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