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Date: 23 June 2021

The 10 best things to do in Berlin


Berlin is 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.

Here are 10 things you simply can’t miss on your trip to the German capital.

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At 1,316 metres, the East Side Gallery is the longest and best-preserved part of the Berlin Wall.

Tourists flock here, and with good reason. Local artists have decorated the wall with colourful, poignant graffiti.

2. Drink a “milchkaffee”

The River Spree and the Berlin Cathedral at dusk
The River Spree

This is the Berliners’ version of a latte, which is served in a large glass at outdoor cafés and trendy coffee bars. Why not take one to go, and enjoy a stroll along the River Spree and enjoy the views of the spectacular Berlin Cathedral?

It’s not one of the most famous, but it’s certainly one of the best things to do in Berlin, especially if you’re visiting on a girl’s weekend.

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 pay it a visit.

4. Enjoy a classic “currywurst”

Currywurst sausage and sauce

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 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. In it, you will discover 2,000 years of Jewish history, including an account of the Holocaust and what the Jewish population experienced during World War II. It’s guaranteed to leave a lasting impression.

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6. The Zoo

Polar bears in the Berlin Zoological Garden
Polar bears in the Berlin Zoological Garden

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. 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 in Berlin
Brandenburger Tor

Brandenburger Tor is the only surviving historical city gate in Berlin. 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

Berlin Friedrichstrasse at night
Friedrichstrasse is a shopper’s paradise

These streets are a shopper’s paradise. Here you’ll find a combination of well-known chain stores and 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.

10. Tempelhof

Berlin Tempelhof

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 roller skate along the 2.9km runway.

So, there you have it. The list above is a great starting point for your trip to Berlin. Don’t forget, as a member of Norwegian Reward, you’ll earn 5% CashPoints on all sightseeing and activities when you buy your tickets via GetYourGuide.

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