What to see in Berlin in 5 days

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Joel Fulleda

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Berlin is the capital of Germany, as well one of the most important political, cultural and scientific centers in all of Europe. It is located in the east of Germany and is always an exciting city, with a touching history to live and immerse yourself in 360 °.

Perhaps a week would not be enough to visit it all, but if you only have a few days available, find out with us what to see in Berlin in 5 days!


  1. 1 day
  2. 2 day
  3. 3 day
  4. 4 day
  5. 5 day
  6. How much does it cost 5 days
  7. Before leaving: useful tips
  8. User questions and comments

1 day

For the first day in Berlin you can visit Mitte, the historical center of the city where most of the places of tourist interest are located.

In the morning, to start, reach the Museum Island (in German Museuminsel) on the River Spree. We recommend purchasing the Museum Island pass which includes access to all 5 museums, guided tours and skip-the-line option. Start at the Pergamonmuseum, the most visited art museum in Germany (every day 10: 00-18: 00). Continue by visiting the Berlin Cathedral, the Berliner Dom, one of the most impressive and majestic churches of the German city, times may vary depending on the functions and events held inside.

Stop for lunch at Heat's (average cost € 25,00), and then continue stopping at the Bode Museum, which has a collection of sculptures, Byzantine art, coins and medals (Tue-Sun 10: 00-18: 00). Also visit Old National Gallery, which exhibits a large collection of Neoclassical, Romantic and Impressionist art (Tue-Sun 10: 00-18: 00).

At the end of the day of visits, to dine stop at the East Craft Beer Restaurant & Bar (average cost € 25,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,9 km / 35 min
  • Places visited: Mitte (free), Museuminsel (free), Pergamonmuseum, Bode Museum and Alte Nationalgalerie (Museuminsel Entrance Ticket € 18,00), Berlin Cathedral (€ 7,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 70,00
  • Pergamon, Neues Museum and Museum Island pass
  • Lunch at Heat (Get directions), Dinner at East Craft Beer Restaurant & Bar (Get directions)

2 day

On the second day let yourself be charmed by Alexanderplatz, historic Stalinist-style square in Berlin, and its surroundings.
Be the first to visit the TV Tower, one of the tallest structures in Europe thanks to its 365 meters high (9: 00-midnight). The top of the tower is very popular, buy the priority pass to avoid waiting in line, and if you want you can combine it with a table at the Sphere restaurant with a view.
A few steps away is the Illuseum Berlin, a museum that offers a very special experience between small and large installations of optical illusions (every day 10: 00-18: 00). We advise you to purchase priority entrance.

Stop for lunch at Hofbräu Wirtshaus Berlin (average cost € 20,00).
In the afternoon, always at Alexanderplatz you will find the Urania Weltzeituhr, theclock indicating the time around the world. Then also the Church of Santa Maria (Marienkirche, 10: 00-16: 00), with very high white and bright arches.
A few steps away is the Fountain of Neptune, which recalls the Roman Baroque ones by Bernini. Also here is the Nikolaikirche, an old church that has now become a museum (every day 10: 00-18: 00).

For the evening, stop for dinner at the typical German restaurant Mutter Hoppe (average cost € 20,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,9 km / 37 min
  • Places visited: Alexanderplatz (free), TV Tower (€ 17,50), Illuseum Berlin (€ 12,00), Urania Weltzeituhr (free), Marienkirche (free), Neptune Fountain (free), Nikolaikirche (€ 5,00) , Wasserkaskaden (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 90,00
  • TV Tower: entrance and table at the Sphere restaurant with a view
  • Lunch at Hofbräu Wirtshaus Berlin (Get directions), Dinner at Mutter Hoppe (Get directions)

3 day

For the third day in the German city visit the Berlin Wall, which needs no introduction.
With the subway get off at Bernauer Strasse, you will see what little is left of the famous Wall, almost all destroyed. We recommend that you explore the area with a tour of the Wall and the Cold War, visit the Berlin Wall Memorial (Tue-Sun 10: 00-18: 00) and get to the Catholic Church of St. : 10-00: 18), in the list of state monuments.

For lunch you can stop by BrewDog Berlin Mitte (average cost € 20,00).
And then, using the subway and getting off at the Schlesisches Tor stop, you can reach the East Side Gallery, a place where you will see the graffiti of 118 artists covering part of the Wall and celebrating its fall. Obviously, it can be visited 24 hours a day and no admission ticket is required.
Also, within walking distance yes find The Wall Museum (10: 00-19: 00), for anyone who still wants to immerse themselves in one of Germany's most decisive historical events is a must.

In the evening, stop at the typical Schlesisch Blau restaurant for dinner (average cost per person € 25,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 8,5 km / 1 h 45 min
  • Places visited: Berlin Wall (free), Berlin Wall Memorial (free), St. Sebastian's Church (free), East Side Gallery (free), The Wall Museum (€ 10,00)
  • Daily shopping: € 70,00
  • tour of the Wall and the Cold War
  • Lunch at BrewDog Berlin Mitte (Get directions), Dinner at Schlesisch Blau (Get directions)

4 day

In the morning, reach the Tiergarten district, which is located around the largest park in the city. In particular stop by the Zoo and the Aquarium, you can dedicate your morning to this place admiring about 20 thousand animals of 1.500 different species (9: 00-18: 00).

In the afternoon, after having lunch at Popular, a typical German restaurant (€ 20,00), reach the Brandenburg Gate today symbol of united Germany and the "city gate". Then visit the nearby Holocaust Memorial, more than two thousand columns forming a large labyrinth in memory of the murdered Jews, with an underground exhibition hall and testimonies in the form of letters, diaries and drawings.
Within walking distance is the Reichstag (8: 00-midnight), the famous German parliament. Access is free but you must book the visit with precise date and time on the official website or choose a guided tour of the government district and Reichstag Dome. From the glass dome, the symbol of the building, you can admire the view of Berlin.

For dinner, stop by Alt-Berliner Wirtshaus (average cost per person € 25,00), a typical restaurant a few steps from the Brandenburg Gate.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,9 km / 1 h 14 min
  • Places visited: Zoo Berlin and Aquarium Berlin (€ 22,00), Brandenburg Gate (free), Holocaust Memorial (free), Reichstag building (free)
  • Daily shopping: € 57,00
  • government quarter and Reichstag dome
  • Lunch at Popular (Get directions), Dinner at Alt-Berliner Wirtshaus (Get directions)

5 day

Berlin has a really strong and touching story behind, many museums and monuments testify to this. Relive it on a tour of the Third Reich and World War II, visiting the Judisches Museum in the morning, the Jewish museum of Berlin. The building alone is very symbolic, seen from above it has the shape of a lightning bolt (10: 00-20: 00). Within walking distance is another of Berlin's many mural areas, Peace Column. Here is also the Marie-Juchacz-Denkmal, the memorial to the first woman who gave a speech in the former Reichstag.

For lunch, stop by Ristorante Diomira, a local of Mediterranean cuisine (€ 20,00).
In the afternoon, continuing north, you reach another landmark of the German city, namely Checkpoint Charlie. This was it historic border between East and West Berlin, the only passage for foreigners, diplomats and members of the allied forces. Checkpoint Charlie Wall Museum (9: 00-22: 00) is also worth a visit. After you can reach Postdamer Platz, historic central square of Berlin reborn after the fall of the Wall.

In the evening, stop off at another of Berlin's main and most important squares, the Gendarmenmarkt. And stop for dinner right here, at the Augustiner am Gendarmenmarkt (average cost € 20,00).

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 5,2 km / 1 h 7 min
  • Places visited: Judisches Museum (€ 8,00), Peace Column (free), Marie-Juchacz- Denkmal (free), Checkpoint Charlie (free), Checkpoint Charlie Wall (€ 14,50), Postdamer Platz (free), Gendarmenmarkt ( free)
  • Daily shopping: € 70,00
  • Lunch at Diomira Restaurant (Get directions), Dinner at Augustiner am Gendarmenmarkt (Get directions)

How much does it cost 5 days

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

Berlin it falls within the average of European cities, with a high cost of living. But, by booking early, it is possible to find numerous low cost offers, starting from the accommodation facilities: there are hostels located in central areas where you can stay by spending only € 20,00 per night. Traveling by public transport can also be cheap, taxis have an initial fixed cost that is between € 2,00 and € 3,00 to which the rate per kilometer (€ 0,70 per km) is added, to travel with public transport, on the other hand, the Berlin Welcome Card is available which allows you to move freely in the three areas of Berlin and take advantage of offers for the main tourist attractions. On the other hand, attractions and museums can represent a high expense.

  • starting from € 50,00 -
  • Hotel and b & b starting from € 40,00 per room -
  • ticket for 24 or 48-hour bus tour 3-hour bike tour of the main attractions boat ride on the Spree and Landwehrkanal
  • Total cost of 5 days, flight included: from € 494,00 per person

Before leaving: useful tips

  • When to visit Berlin: The ideal period is from May to September, with pleasant temperatures and less frequent rains - find out more
  • two operational airports, Schonefeld in the south and Tegel in the north. To reach the center, from both airports there are local buses and shuttles (€ 3,30) or taxi (average cost € 40,00)
  • one of the most popular areas is Mitte, convenient for visiting the city and allowing you to go out in the evening. Friedrichshain is also very convenient as an area, thanks to the presence of many means of transport and typical Berlin places to visit
  • Getting around: public transport is efficient and very fast. The subway, trams and local buses are managed by the same company, so schedules, costs and any passes do not vary. The city is divided into three zones: A, B and C and the cost of a single ticket for the three zones is € 3,40 - find out more
  • Recommended cards and passes: Thanks to the Berlin WelcomeCard you can travel on all public transport in the city and be entitled to discounts of up to 50% in around 100 places of interest

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