The 10 best things to do in Berlin
Berlin has become a modern metropolis. A place where history and trendy lifestyles go hand in hand. A beautiful city where the streetscape is brimming with hip people, art, cafés and culture you won’t find anywhere else in the world.
It’s impossible to get bored in this city, and you’ll say to yourself that you have to come back to see it all. Below you’ll find a list of 10 things to see and do that you simply can’t miss on your trip to Berlin.
Note: Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, the availability of the activities could be affected. Remember to check current travel restrictions before booking travel.
1. East Side Gallery
At 1,316 metres, the East Side Gallery is the longest and most well-preserved part of the Berlin Wall.
Tourists flock here, and with good reason – it’s a must-visit if you’re in Berlin for the first time. Local artists have decorated the wall with colourful and, in places, poignant graffiti.
2. Drink a “milchkaffee”
This is the Berliners’ version of a latte, which is served in a large glass at outdoor cafés or trendy coffee bars. You could even take one to go, and enjoy a stroll along the River Spree and its views of the spectacular Berlin Cathedral.
It’s not one of the most famous, but certainly one of the best things to do in Berlin, especially if you’re visiting on a girly weekend with some of your close pals.
3. Unter den Linden
Unter den Linden is a long boulevard surrounded by beautiful trees in the Mitte district of Berlin. This is the city’s historical heart, so be sure to make the most of the sights here.
4. Enjoy a classic “currywurst”
This rather peculiar but delicious dish consists of pork sausage topped with a sauce of ketchup and curry. It’s typically served as a sandwich with some fries on the side. This mini-meal is a culinary staple in Berlin.
Wondering how much gratuity to leave when dining out in Berlin? Check out our advice on how and when to tip in Germany.
5. The Jewish Museum
The Jewish Museum is one of the most moving museums in Berlin, allowing you to discover 2,000 years of Jewish history. It includes an account of the Holocaust and what the Jewish population experienced during World War II. It will definitely leave a lasting impression.
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6. The Zoo
The Zoological Garden and Aquarium is Germany’s oldest and Europe’s most visited zoo. It’s home to more than 14,000 species of animals and birds. The zoo, which opened in 1844, is also a top spot for a picnic.
On a rainy day, the aquarium is a popular place to visit, especially if you’re travelling with children.
7. Brandenburg Gate
Brandenburger Tor is the only surviving historical city gate in Berlin, and today this neo-classical arch is one of the best-known landmarks in Germany. The monument is said to symbolise the division of East and West Berlin, and since the fall of the wall, a symbol of a united city.
8. Shopping at the Kurfürstendamm and Friedrichstrasse
These streets are a shopping paradise, and the perfect place to spend some of your holiday money. Here you’ll find a combination of well-known chain stores as well as fantastic independent boutiques.
9. Nazi book burning memorial
In Bebelplatz, next to Unter den Linden, there are glass plates set in the stone square which you look through to see empty bookshelves symbolising a library. This is where the Nazi book burning took place in 1933.
What is now a popular public park was once the legendary airport, Tempelhof. The airport was officially closed in 2008, and today you can run, cycle or even roller skate on the 2.9km long runway.
So, there you have it. The list above is a great starting place for creating an eventful trip to Berlin. Don’t forget, as a member of Norwegian Reward, you’ll earn 5% CashPoints on all sightseeing and activities in Berlin when you buy your tickets via GetYourGuide.