What to see in Berlin in one day

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Martí Micolau

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It is a "young" metropolis, rich in history and charm. It is the capital of one of the most important European states in the entire EU. It is the second most populous municipality of the Old Continent, behind only the friend - enemy London.

It is a city full of contradictions, Berlin. Divided by a wall, the executioner of an entire population, the Jewish one, during the Second World War, is today a popular destination, especially for younger tourists, because it is in constant ferment: art, cinema, culture meet in an ideal crossroads in the German city, which can be experienced almost fully in just 24 hours.


  1. One day itinerary in Berlin: Morning
  2. One day itinerary in Berlin: Afternoon
  3. One day itinerary in Berlin: Evening
  4. User questions and comments

One day itinerary in Berlin: Morning

1 - Alexanderplatz

Let's start with one hearty and cheap breakfast at the Zeit fur Brot, a place with an open laboratory where we can choose between sweet or savory for just € 5,00. The main dish? Cinnamon rolls! After having refreshed ourselves well, let's head to the Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz metro stop towards Alexanderplatz. Here we are finally in the square dedicated to Tsar Alexander I, a place in constant ferment, the center par excellence of movement of people and vehicles, where we can admire the famous "Fountain of friendship among peoples" and the suggestive Fernsehturm, the television tower, which restores an allure of modernity to a square that still retains a clear "socialist" imprint. The tower can be visited inside, reaching the top by paying an entrance ticket of € 11,00.

2 - Museum Island and Cathedral

Just a 10-minute walk in the direction of Rathausstraße, we reach the suggestive Museumsinsel, known as "Museum Island". Declared a World Heritage Site in 1999, this particular Berlin cultural perimeter houses the beauty of 5 very important museums: the Pergamonmuseum, L 'Altes Museum, L 'Old National Gallery, New Museum and the Bode Museum. Inside the island, moreover, there is the famous Berlin Cathedral, Protestant cathedral built in the Neo-Baroque style. A thorough visit to the Museumsinsel could be particularly challenging for a single day, but it is really worth it, and if the desire to enter this particular "universe" is high, know that it will be necessary to "sacrifice" some other dream location in the capital. .

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 2,4 km / 31 min
  • Places visited: Alexanderplatz: Fountain of friendship between peoples and TV Tower (€ 11,00), Museumsinsel (€ 18,00 full price; € 9,00 reduced), Duomo
  • Useful tickets: Skip-the-line entrance to the TV Tower, Integrated ticket for Museum Island
  • Where to have breakfast: Zeit fur Brot, Alte Schoenhauser Str. 4

One day itinerary in Berlin: Afternoon

1 - Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag

Let's breathe a pinch of "Italianness" a Potsdamer Platz , reachable from the Museum Island by bus that leaves from the Fischerinsel stop. The district - designed by the well-known architect Renzo Piano - houses offices, shops and the Arkaden shopping center, as well as the German Cinema Museum, a multiplex cinema and the Berlin Casino. It is precisely here that we can stop for lunch. The recommended restaurant is EASY, where you can go out with a full stomach and satisfied with menu options starting from € 17,00 up to € 51,00 (based on the number of courses we choose to taste).
Once our stomach is satisfied, we can head to one of Berlin's pivotal monuments: the Branderburg Gate. With just 5 minutes by metro (from the S + U Potsdamer Platz Bhf station), we reach the legendary symbol of unified Germany; a few steps from the Branderburgo Gate, we find the palace of Reichstag, which can be visited for free from 08:00 in the morning. Taking the elevator inside the building, we can reach and visit the seat of the Federal Parliament - the Bundestag - and, above all, the glass dome, reached via a spiral staircase, from which we can enjoy a sensational view of Berlin.

2 - Holocaust Memorial

After having intoxicated our eyes with such beauty, the time has come, unfortunately, to get to know the other face of Berlin. It is intended to be a warning to future generations Holocaust Memorial, located just 12 minutes walk from the Parliament (via Ebertstraße; the monument can also be reached by bus, starting from the Reichstag / Bundestag station). The recently built Memorial (it was completed in 2004 by Peter Eisenman and Buro Happold), is an effective tangible testimony of the horrific torture and executions carried out by the Nazi regime against Jews and people mistakenly considered "minorities" by the followers of Hitler, like homosexuals. The complex deserves to be explored in depth: the experience could be emotionally shocking, but it is a part of German history that cannot and must not be forgotten, although it represents perhaps the darkest moment of the nation.

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 4,6 km / 59 min
  • Places visited: Potsdamer Platz, Branderburg Gate, Reichstag building, Holocaust Monument
  • Useful tickets: Reichstag, Government Quarter and Glass Dome, Jewish Berlin Tour and Holocaust Memorial
  • Where to have lunch: FACIL, Potsdamer Str. 3 - Im The Mandala Hotel

One day itinerary in Berlin: Evening

1 - East Side Gallery

We close this intense Berlin tour with a visit to the evocative East Side Gallery, reachable from the Holocaust Memorial with the S underground from Friedrichstraße in about half an hour. This extraordinary open-air art gallery mixes another dramatic page of the city - the construction of the infamous wall that divided Berlin into East and West parts - with the desire for a rebirth of the population, represented by the "parade" of well 106 murals painted on the remains of the wall. Numerous writers have lent their creative abilities to the cause of the East Gallery, tangible testimony of the strength of a people, the German one, capable of getting up with determination and also with a good dose of self-irony.

2 - Checkpoint Charlie and dinner

After visiting this unusual open-air museum, we reach the last stop of our journey by bus, Checkpoint Charlie (30 minutes by bus starting from the East Side Gallery stop). The area represented the border point between the two areas of Berlin, while today it houses the reproduction of an American guardhouse and a copy of the border signs; a few steps from this unusual attraction we can also see some fragments of the hated Berlin Wall.
To round off our tour, there is nothing better than tasting a typical delicacy such as currywurst for only € 3,00 at the Checkpoint Curry 207, just a few seconds' walk from Checkpoint Charlie!

In summary:

  • Distance traveled: 8,9 km / 1 h 50 min
  • Places visited: East Side Gallery, Checkpoint Charlie
  • Useful tickets: Walking tour to discover Berlin, Half day bike tour
  • Where to dine: Checkpoint Curry 207, Friedrichstr. 207/208

Before leaving: useful tips

Berlin is a city that offers a service of efficient public transport and unexceptionable, but at the same time it can also be crossed on foot, provided that you are dressed comfortably - it seems a given advice, but it is not at all - and that you have a map of the city, as well as a valid day ticket for all means of transport and for zones A, B and C which, at the ridiculous price of € 6,00, offers us the possibility to move with ease from the center to the more peripheral areas.

  • Comfortable clothing and footwear;
  • City map (we can also use the help of Google Maps, installed on any smartphone);
  • Welcome Card for public transport, entrances and discounts or day ticket for public transport;
  • If you decide to extend your stay and enjoy Berlin by night, you can consult our offers for accommodation in Berlin.

What not to see: the attractions that are better to give up

The choice to undertake a tour consisting of attractions whose access is almost always free implies the presence of unwanted queues at the entrance and, consequently, deprives the tourist of the opportunity to visit other locations that deserve the same, total attention. L'exclusion of the attractions listed below, therefore, can only be justified by lack of time available and the delays encountered in visiting monumental complexes such as the East Side Gallery, the Holocaust Memorial or the Museum Island (even with skip-the-line ticket). Do not worry, because these gaps can be recovered by stopping in Berlin for a few more days.

  1. Jewish quarter
  2. Old zoo
  3. Tacheles (admirable only from the outside; the inside of the structure was closed in 2013)
  4. Tergarten (green area ideal for fabulous picnics)
  5. Unter den linden (suggestive avenue lined with lime trees)
  6. Twin churches (site at Gendarmenmarkt)
  7. Bernauer Strasse (memorial of the wall north of Alexanderplatz)

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