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3-Day Berlin Itinerary: How To Spend 3 Days in Berlin, Germany

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Berlin. Just the mention of the name conjures images of division and unity, war and peace, angst and optimism. While visiting the city, the horrific history is palpable, yet the mood is brightened by the vibrant and expressive side of Berlin. The sprawling center is teeming with sights: museums, memorials and parks – and we pack it all into our 3-Day Berlin Itinerary.

We understand how overwhelming planning a trip to Berlin can be –  there are an extraordinary number of things to do in Berlin. We’re helping by sharing our detailed Berlin 3-Day Itinerary. It is ideal for first-timers to Berlin who want to see as much of the city as possible – even on limited time. Our itinerary for 3 days in Berlin includes everything you need to plan your trip!


About Our 3-Day Berlin Itinerary

Before we dive right into what to do in Berlin in 3 days, we have a few tips for using our itinerary. Understanding how we set up our 3 Day Itinerary in Berlin will help you to easily plan your trip. 


Self-Guided Berlin Walking Tour and Map Directions

The sights in our itinerary for Berlin are listed in order in the form of a walking tour for three days of sightseeing. We include a link to Google Maps for each day’s sightseeing adventures.

Additionally, we provide step-by-step walking directions for the Berlin route and a map link to each Berlin attraction – so you can navigate to it from any location.

Keep in mind that Google Maps sometimes displays an alternate route to our written directions. Either route should get you to the desired Berlin attraction.

Pro Tip: At the end of the post, we have included our complete Berlin Map of Sights, as well as a link to an interactive version of our Map of Berlin. 


Berlin Things To Do and Attractions

There is a broad range of top things to do in Berlin, Germany – from art to history to architecture. Each Berlin sight listed in our itinerary includes a brief summary of the attraction. If appropriate, we have also linked to additional information about the sight, so that you can read more about it.

If there is a charge to visit the Berlin attractions on our list, it is noted. If it is not indicated whether a sight requires a ticket or is free, it is open public space.


Berlin Food and Drinks

Of course, local fare and German beers are not to be missed on a trip to Berlin – so we made sure to include those in our 3-Day Berlin Itinerary as well.

Berliners have an affection for kebabs and currywurst. While German beer consistently ranks as some of the best in the world, in Berlin, young brew masters are enhancing the tradition with a new wave of craft beer that is pouring through the city.

The route of our 3-Day Berlin Itinerary incorporates getting a taste of kebabs, currywurst and craft beer, including specific restaurant and Berlin food tour recommendations.


Berlin Sightseeing Pace

We have packed our 3-Day Berlin Itinerary to the brim with the best things to do in Berlin! It is possible to see each day’s activities in one day; however, timing will vary based on your walking pace and how long each sight holds your interest. Be aware of opening and closing times and adjust according to your Berlin travel schedule accordingly.


How Many Days in Berlin

Deciding how many days to spend in Berlin can depend on many factors. We designed our Itinerary for Berlin for 3 days, because we think that is just enough time to see the top highlights. However, we know other travelers might have more (or less) time in the city. Therefore, we offer additional Berlin sightseeing tips – for longer and shorter stays – at the end of the article.

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Berlin Travel Tips

Visitors need to know more than just what to see in Berlin. In this Berlin, Germany Travel Guide, we provide essential information at the end of the post – like how to get around and where to stay in Berlin. 

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Berlin Itinerary 3 Days

Set out on foot to explore the iconic sights of Berlin in 3 days. In our Berlin Itinerary, you will see the most poignant memorials, best museums, historic sites and lush parks.


Day 1: Berlin City Center Sights

Start Day 1 of your 3-Day Berlin Itinerary in Pariser Platz at the Brandenburg Gate and discover some of the best things to do at Berlin. Station: Brandenburger Tor.


Brandenburg Gate

View of the Brandenburg Gate Night, Berlin, Germany

MAP. Start your tour of Berlin in Pariser Platz at Brandenburg Gate. It is, perhaps, Berlin’s most famous landmark and one of the best places to visit in Berlin.

The Brandenburg Gate has marked the entrance to the city since 1791, although it was blocked by the Berlin Wall that surrounded West Berlin from 1961 until 1989. The gate, with six columns and topped with a horse-drawn chariot carrying Victoria, has served as the backdrop for historical speeches (like President Reagan’s 1987 ‘Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!’ speech) and political demonstrations.

Brandenburg View, Berlin, Germany

Pariser Platz is home to both the US and French embassies, as well as the iconic – and high-priced – Adlon Hotel. The hotel opened in 1907 and, today, the Royal Suite fetches more than $27,000 a night. Many dignitaries and celebrities have been guests of the hotel – like the late Queen Elizabeth II and President Obama. Michael Jackson has also stayed at Adlon Hotel…and it’s where he so infamously dangled his baby from the second-floor balcony.

Map Directions from Brandenburg Gate to Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. From Pariser Platz, walk through Brandenburg Gate. Look up to your right to see the glass dome of the Reichstag Building. Look directly across the street to the Tiergarten, Berlin’s largest, inner-city park. (You’ll visit both sites on Day 3.) Turn left and walk south on Ebertstrasse. Look for the double-line of bricks that cut across the street: this is where the Berlin Wall used to stand. You will see tracks like this throughout the city. Continue walking south to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.


Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and Information Center 

View of the Memorial to the Murdered Jews, Berlin, Germany

MAP. The memorial acknowledges and remembers the estimated 6,000,000 Jews who were killed in the Holocaust. The expansive Holocaust memorial, which was completed in December 2004, is unusual and striking. It is one of the most poignant things to see in Berlin. 

There are 2,711 concrete slabs of various heights arranged in a grid that cover more than 4.5 acres of land. The pathways created between the concrete slabs allow visitors to walk through the memorial and contemplate the events of the Holocaust.

Graves at the Memorial Murdered Jews, Berlin, Germany

On the east side of the memorial, stairs descend into the Information Center. The center is small, but the exhibitions are powerful. Visitors can review a timeline of the events and terrors that occurred between 1933 and 1945 at the hands of the National Socialist Party (Nazis) and then read letters and diary entries left from victims.

One room features the stories of 15 Jewish families and how they were impacted by the Holocaust. In another room, the names of the victims, along with a short biography, are read for every known Jewish Holocaust victim. To listen to the names and stories of every victim on the list in its entirety would take 6 years, 7 months and 27 days.

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, Berlin, Germany

Note: The Information Center is free to enter, but it is important to be aware opening times

Map Directions from Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe to Hitler’s Bunker. From the southeast corner of the Memorial field, walk south on Gertrud-Kolmar-Strasse to the parking lot. Sixteen feet below the surface was Hitler’s Bunker.


Fuhrerbunker Berlin

MAP. Hitler’s bomb shelter, the Fuhrerbunker, is where he spent the last months of his life and ultimately committed suicide.

The bunker was partially destroyed and sealed from public entrance. Apartment buildings and a mundane parking lot were constructed over the bunker in an effort to dismiss the notion that the site was of any particular significance.

It wasn’t until 2006 that a small plaque was erected at the corner of the parking lot acknowledging the site. While we hesitate to call the site one of the must-see Berlin tourist attractions, it is certainly hard to argue that it is a significant location in history. 

Map Directions from Hitler’s Bunker to Potsdamer Platz. From the parking lot above Hitler’s Bunker, continue walking south on Gertrud-Kolmar-Strasse to the intersection (In den Ministergarten). Turn right (west) and walk to Ebertstrasse. Turn left (south) and walk to Potsdamer Platz.


Potsdamer Platz

Berlin Wall, Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, Germany

MAP. The contemporary Potsdamer Platz with sleek, soaring high-rise buildings has come a long way since it was a trading post in the 1600s. In the 1850s, a railway ran through the center of Potsdamer Platz and, in the 1920s, it was it was the buzzing center of Berlin. The square was destroyed in World War II and laid a wasteland during the Cold War when the Berlin Wall divided it (which is now marked by a double-line of bricks and a few panels of the concrete wall).

Korean Temple, Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, Germany

After the Berlin Wall fell in 1989, the square was revitalized with contemporary buildings, including the Sony complex and Kollhoff Tower. Panoramapunkt – a viewing platform accessed by Europe’s fastest elevator – is located in Kollhoff Tower.

Map Directions from Potsdamer Platz to Topography of Terror. From the Potsdamer Platz S-Bahn Station, walk south on Stresemannstrasse to Niederkirchnerstrasse. Turn left (east) and walk to the Topography of Terror.


Topography of Terror Berlin

MAP. Free Entry. The Topography of Terror documentation center is located on the previous site of the Secret State Police Office (Gestapo), the SS (Protection Squad) and the Reich Security Main Office. The complex also housed a prison.

Today, it’s where to go in Berlin to learn about totalitarian Nazis. Inside the building that once housed their offices is now a permanent exhibition documenting the rise of the Third Reich, the crimes they committed once they established power and the consequences at the end of the war. 

From spring until fall, a second exhibit is displayed outdoors in front of the remaining cellar walls. Above the exhibit, on ground level, a 650-foot portion of the Berlin Wall stands.

Map Directions from Topography of Terror to Checkpoint Charlie. From the Topography of Terror, walk east on Niederkirchnerstrasse to Wilhelmstrasse. The buildings to the north are some of the only remaining former Nazi government buildings. Continue walking east (the street name changes to Zimmerstrasse) to Friedrichstrasse. Just south of the intersection is Checkpoint Charlie.


Checkpoint Charlie

Guards at Checkpoint Charlie, Berlin, Germany

MAP. Checkpoint Charlie – or Checkpoint C (as there was also Checkpoint A and B, among other crossings) – was the best-known transfer point between East and West Berlin during the 28 years that the Berlin Wall stood.

Today, Checkpoint Charlie is a bit of a tourist ruse, but it does help to illustrate how former East German residents were kept from entering West Germany in the heart of Berlin.

People at Check Point Charlie, Berlin, Germany

A replica Checkpoint Charlie hut stands near the original border crossing – complete with actors holding American flags who will pose with visitors for photos in exchange for a few euros. The shack sits under an image of a Russian soldier…with the image of an American soldier facing the opposite direction.

On the northwest corner of the intersection is The Wall Museum. The Yadegar Asisi Panorama exhibition details the life of the artist in Berlin during the Cold War. The adjacent Black Box Museum detail the history of East-West confrontation through multi-media displays, photographs and even a model of a Soviet tank.

Map Directions from Checkpoint Charlie to Hasir for lunch. Note: It’s a bit of a detour to reach Hasir – and it’s best to use the bus (get info in the Map Directions link), but it’s an institution and a must-try while in Berlin! If not interested in lunch at Hasir, continue the walking tour from Checkpoint Charlie to Gendarmenmarkt. Map.


LUNCH at Hasir

MAP. It’s time for lunch and, in Berlin, that means a kebab. Hasir opened in 1984 (this location in Kreuzberg is the original location, but there are now multiple restaurants in the city) – and many Berliners and visitors swear they make the best Berlin kebab. It’s even recommended by international foodies, like the late Anthony Bourdain.

Map Directions from Hasir to Gendarmenmarkt. It is best to use the map for accurate schedules, but in general, retrace your route – walk north on Adalbertstrasse to the intersection, take the M29 bus toward Grunewald, Roseneck, ride 6 stops and depart at Charlottenstrasse. Walk north on Charlottenstrasse to Gendarmenmarkt.


Gendarmenmarkt Berlin

Exterior view of the Berlin Concert Hall, Germany

MAP. Origins of Gendarmenmarkt date to the late 1600s when the square was used as a marketplace. However, it wasn’t until about 100 years later, in 1773, that the buildings surrounding the square were enhanced by the grand architecture.

The centerpiece of the spacious and elegant square is the Concert Hall, which is flanked by two nearly identical churches (the French Church on the north side and German Church on the south side). The Concert Hall – which is known as one of the best acoustical halls in the world – is home to the German Orchestra, Konzerthausorchester Berlin, and is free to visit.

Exterior View of Französischer Dom, Berlin, Germany

A statue of German poet, Friedrich Schiller, stands in the middle of Gendarmenmarkt. During World War II, the concert hall and German church were heavily damaged. At Christmas, Gendarmenmarkt is the site of one of Berlin’s best Christmas Markets.

Map Directions from Gendarmenmarkt to St. Hedwig’s Catholic Cathedral. From the northeast corner of Gendarmenmarkt, walk east on Franzosische to Hedwigskirchgasse – a pedestrian street on your left. Turn left (north) and walk to St. Hedwig’s Catholic Cathedral. 


St. Hedwig’s Catholic Cathedral Berlin

Interior of the St. Hedwig's Cathedral, Berlin, Germany

MAP. Free Entry. St. Hedwig’s Catholic Cathedral is modeled after the Pantheon in Rome…just on a smaller scale. It was the first Catholic church built in (then) Prussia post-Reformation. Inside, an organ clings like a barnacle to the wall above the entrance. In the lower church, there are several small chapels and a museum of artifacts.

Map Directions from St. Hedwig’s Catholic Cathedral to Bebelplatz. Exit the church and walk left (west) into Bebelplatz.


Bebelplatz Berlin

View of Bebelplatz, Berlin, Germany

MAP. Bebelplatz was designed in the 1740s and today is ringed by St. Hedwig’s Catholic Cathedral, Humbolt University and the Opera House. It was in 1933, however, that it gained infamous status as the site of a Nazi book burning ceremony. On the occasion, 20,000 books by authors such as Heinrich Mann, Karl Marx and Albert Einstein, were burned.

In the middle of the square, a memorial below ground level can be viewed through a glass pane: a room of empty bookshelves that could hold 20,000 books. A plaque next to the memorial displays an ominous quote written 100 years prior to the book burning event. It reads: “Das war ein Vorspiel nur, dort wo man Bucher verbrennt, verbrennt man am Ende auch Menschen,” which translates in English to: “That was only a prelude; where they burn books, they will in the end also burn people.”

Statues on the Library on Bebelplatz, Berlin, Germany

Humbolt University was founded in 1811 and is one of Berlin’s oldest universities. In its time, the university has either produced or employed 40 Nobel Prize winners – including Albert Einstein. Today, the university library – from which the books were destroyed – holds 6.5 million volumes, making it one of the largest university libraries in Germany.

The Berlin State Opera House (Staatsoper Unter den Linden – or Lindenoper) was first built in 1741. Through the many years, the building has suffered damage by fire and war; as a result there have been several reconstructions as well as a number of name changes.

Map Directions from Bebelplatz to Berliner Dom. From the north end of Bebelplatz, walk east on Unter Den Linden (the street curves slightly to the left and changes name to Scholosspl.) to Berliner Dom.


Berliner Dom 

View of the Berliner Dom at night, Berlin, Germany

MAP. (Ticket required.) Berliner Dom – or Berlin Cathedral – is, in fact, not a cathedral, as it has never been the seat of the bishop. The formal name of the Evangelical church is Oberpfarr- und Domkirche zu Berlin – or Supreme Parish and Collegiate Church of Berlin.

The church parish dates to 1451, but the church as it stands today was built in 1905. It is the largest church in the city of Berlin. Berliner Dom is located on ‘Museum Island’, a small strip of land in the middle of the Spree River that is home to five Berlin museums (which you will visit on Day 2).

Part of the church was damaged during the war in 1940 and 1944 – and further damaged under communist reconstruction (including the removal of crosses and the demolition of an entire wing). In addition to services and concerts, Berliner Dom can be toured, including a climb up to the dome and down to the crypt.

Map Directions from Berliner Dom to Radisson Collection Hotel AquaDom. From the church, continue walking northeast on Schlosspl (the street name changes to Karl-Liebknecht-Str) to Radisson. Walk into the lobby to the AquaDom.


Radisson Hotel Lobby and AquaDom SeaLife

View of the AquaDom, Berlin, Germany

MAP. (Ticket required for entry to SeaLife; free to take a look from the lobby, but if staying longer, order a drink from the lobby bar.) While the Radisson Hotel isn’t exactly a Berlin attraction, the lobby is worth a quick peek inside for one distinctive feature: the world’s largest freestanding aquarium, AquaDom.

​The 80-foot-tall cylindrical aquarium holds more than 1,500 fish – and a 2-story, glass elevator is installed in the middle of it. The AquaDom is part of a bigger attraction, SEA LIFE Berlin (which you may want to squeeze into your 3 Day Berlin Itinerary, if you have time). Getting a look at the AquaDom from the Radisson lobby is free; if you are staying longer than a moment to take a photo, consider purchasing a coffee or drink from the lobby bar.

UPDATE: On December 16, 2022 the AquaDom collapsed; the majority of the fish died, two people were injured and the Radisson Hotel Berlin lobby was destroyed. It is uncertain if or when the aquarium will be rebuilt. 

Map Directions from Radisson to Hackescher Markt. From the Radisson, continue walking northeast on Karl-Liebknecht-Str to Spandauer. Turn left (north) and walk to Hackescher Markt.


Hackescher Market

MAP. Featuring boutique shops, cafes, restaurants and bars, Hackescher Market is a hub of activity for locals and tourists alike. An outdoor market is held on every Thursday and Saturday. Make your way to Hackesche Hofe, which is a series of eight connected courtyards featuring specialty shops and accessed via the archway at Rosenthalerstrasse 40.

Map Directions from Hackescher Markt and Rosenthalerstrasse 40 to Das Lemke. From Rosenthalerstrasse 40, walk south on An d. Spandauer Brucke to Dircksenstrasse. Turn left (east) and walk to Das Lemke. 


Classic Berlin Food and Beer at Das Lemke

Das Lemke Beer, Berlin, Germany

MAP. Cap off your first day of Berlin sightseeing with a local craft beer and currywurst at Das Lemke. Beer and currywurst are two of things that Berlin does best! And there’s no better way to get an introduction to these tasty German treasures than at Das Lemke.

Das Lemke Beer Tasting, Berlin, Germany

We recommend getting a tasting platter of beers and the currywurst with homemade sauce (but the sausage platter is excellent, as well). Das Lemke is one of the fun places to eat and drink in Berlin! 


Tips and Maps for Day 1 of our 3-Day Berlin Itinerary

Must-Eat Currywurst and Fries, Berlin, Germany

A few alternate ideas along with maps for our 1 Day Berlin Itinerary.

Berlin Tour Tips

  • If a self-guided tour of Berlin isn’t your style, join a Berlin Walking Tour to explores the highlights, history and hidden sights of the city.
  • Looking for a craft beer tour in Berlin? Check out the original evening Craft Beer Tour!
  • How about a Secret Berlin Food Tour? Read views and get all the details!

Berlin Map Routes


Day 2: Berlin Museums, Art and Architecture

Start Day 2 of your 3-Day Berlin Itinerary in the city center at…


Museum Island, Berlin

Museum Island, Berlin, Germany

MAP. Ticket required for museum entry, cost varies/combo ticket available, including Museum Day Pass with Skip-the-line access and tour; it is free to wander the Museum Island grounds. The northern tip of the island that sits in the middle of the Spree River houses a museum complex consisting of 5 museums – and together they are listed as a Berlin UNESCO World Heritage Site.

These Berlin museums can be visited with individual tickets, a combination Berlin Museum Pass or for free with a Berlin City Card (more information about cost-saving cards at the end of the post). 

Spend the morning visiting one or several museums – or simply wandering the grounds and admiring the architecture. Below is a list of the Berlin museums on Museum Island along with additional information.

  • Pergamon Museum – Open 10am to 6pm, but closed on Monday. The Pergamon Museum building dates to 1930. The features are the Pergamon Altar, the Ishtar Gate of Babylon and the Market Gate of Miletus. Collections include Antiquity, Middle East and Islamic Art. It is one of Germany’s largest museums and the most visited art museum in the country.
  • Bode Museum – Open 10am to 6pm; closed Mondays. The Bode Museum building dates to 1904. Exhibits include sculptures and art from the late Antique and Byzantine periods, as well as a collection of coins and medals.
  • Neues Museum (New Museum) – Open daily 10am to 6pm and closed Monday. The Neues Museum building dates to 1859, but was destroyed during World War II and was only recently reconstructed in 2009. On display are Egyptian, Prehistory and Early History collections. The most notable item is the bust of Egyptian Queen Nefertiti.
  • Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery) – Open Tuesday through Sunday 10am to 6pm; closed Mondays. The Old National Gallery building dates to 1876. The featured collections include Neoclassical, Romantic, Biedermeier, Impressionist and Modernist artwork.
  • Altes Museum (Old Museum) – Open Tuesday through Sunday 10am to 6pm; closed Mondays. The building dates to the 19th century. Housed in the museum is the Collection of Classical Antiquities.

Note: Berliner Dom is also located on Museum Island; if you didn’t have time to visit on Day 1, visit on Day 2.

Map Directions from Museum Island (from Berliner Dom) to Alexanderplatz. From any of the museums on Museum Island, walk south toward Berliner Dom. At Schlosspl., turn left (northeast) and walk to Alexanderplatz. On the walk, you will pass St. Marienkirche and the Berliner Fernsehturm.


Alexanderplatz & Fernsehturm Berlin TV Tower

Fernsehturm Berlin TV Tower in the clouds, Germany

MAP. Originally a cattle market, today Alexanderplatz is a busy Berlin transportation hub (including arrival and departure points via U-Bahn, S-Bahn, tram and bus) and pedestrian zone.

The top attraction on Alexanderplatz is the easy-to-spot TV Tower, Fernsehturm, which is more than 1,200 feet tall and features a viewing platform along with a rotating restaurant in the bulbous sphere. The tower has been a symbol of Berlin and Germany since it was built in the 1960s. It still ranks as the tallest structure in Germany and the fifth tallest television tower in Europe – and offers spectacular views over Berlin.

Also on Alexanderplatz is the cylindrical World Time Clock, which displays all 24 times zones and the major cities in each zone.

Map Directions from Alexanderplatz to Tekbir Doner for lunch. From Alexanderplatz, take the U8 toward Hermannstrasse. Ride 4 stops to Kottbusser Tor. Exit the station and walk east on Skalitzer to Tekbir Doner for lunch.


LUNCH – Tekbir Doner

Must Eat at Tekbir, Berlin, Germany

MAP. For a completely different-tasting kebab experience, head to Tekbir Doner for lunch. We got a tip from a local to dine at Tekbir Doner – and it didn’t disappoint. The small shop has only a few seats and everyone in the place will surely know each other. The meat is veal – no chicken here – and the toppings are basic, but they combine to make an incredible kebab. Oh – and a cup of the Turkish tea is included!

Map Directions from Tekbir Doner to Treptower Park and Soviet War Memorial. From Tekbir Doner, retrace your steps and walk west on Skalitzer back to Kottbusser Tor U-Bahn Station. Take U1 (or U3) toward Warschauer. Ride 2 stops to Schlesisches Tor. Exit the station and walk north across the street to the bus stop. Take Bus 265 toward Schoneweide OR Bus 165 towards Kopenick, Muggelscholsschenweg. Ride to Herkomerstrasse. Depart the bus and walk east through the gate into Treptower Park and the Soviet War Memorial.


Treptower Park and Soviet War Memorial

Snow at Treptower Park in winter, Berlin, Germany

MAP. Treptower Park, which lies to the southeast of Berlin along the west bank of the Spree River, was the location of the 1896 Great Industrial Exposition of Berlin. The main feature today – in addition to the open space and plentiful pathways – is the dramatic Soviet War Memorial (Sowjetisches Ehrenmal Treptow).

​The vast monument was designed as a cemetery for 5,000 Soviet soldiers and to commemorate the 80,000 Soviet soldiers who died fighting in the Battle of Berlin. The memorial includes a 40-foot-tall statue of a Soviet soldier carrying a German child while standing over a broken swastika, as well as 16 sarcophagi featuring carved depictions of war scenes and quotes from Stalin. Controversial, but certainly an important Berlin sight to visit.

Map Directions from Treptower Park and Soviet War Memorial to Oberbaumbrucke Bridge. Walk the length of the memorial and any other parts of the park (if time allows), then exit through the gate opposite of where you entered the park to Puschkinallee, the road that cuts through the center of the park. Walk to the bus stop (to your right on the opposite side of the road). Take Bus 265 towards Stadtmitte OR Bus 165 towards Markisches Museum to Falckensteinstrasse. Depart the bus and walk northeast on Falckensteinstrasse to Oberbaumbrucke Bridge.


Oberbaumbrucke Bridge

Overview of Oberbaumbrucke Bridge, Berlin, Germany

MAP. The double-towered, double-decked bridge crossing the Spree River is one of Berlin’s most striking landmarks. Originally built in the 1700s and named for the tree trunk barriers that used to prevent smugglers from crossing at night, the wooden bridge was replaced in 1896 with the brick bridge.

Train crossing the Oberbaumbrucke Ubahn, Berlin, Germany

Oberbaumbrucke connects the neighborhoods of Kreuzberg (in the west) and Friedrichshain (in the east), which were once separated by the Berlin Wall. During the time that the wall stood, the bridge was used as a pedestrian crossing…for West Berlin residents only.

Map Directions from Oberbaumbrucke Bridge to East Side Gallery. Cross the bridge and turn left (north). Stay on the left (west) side of the street and walk the length of the East Side Gallery.


East Side Gallery

Car Mural at East Side Gallery, Berlin, Germany

MAP. In 1990, after the fall of the Berlin Wall, artists from around the world were invited to create works of art on the east side of a ¾-mile-long stretch that had not been dismantled. The project included individual murals from 105 artists that depict scenes of freedom and hope.

Named the East Side Gallery, walking the section of remaining, decorated wall is one of the best things to do Berlin. 

Men Kissing Mural at Eastside Gallery, Berlin, Germany

Among the most popular is the painting by Dmitri Vrubel of Leonid Brezhnev (General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union) and Erich Honecker (General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Socialist Unity Party of Germany) engaged in an open mouth kiss, with the words, “God, help me stay alive among this deadly love,” written in Russian.

As time has passed, much of the open-air art has been defaced (by hooligans) or removed and destroyed (by developers). An effort to preserve and restore the art has been undertaken, but not without controversy. 

Map Directions from East Side Gallery to Friedrichshain. East Side Gallery is in the Friedrichshain neighborhood. Stay in the area and explore on foot the neighborhood of Friedrichshain – aim your stroll for the central Boxhagener Platz.


Friedrichshain Berlin

View of the Molecule Man, Friedrichshain, Berlin, Germany

MAP. Developed in the 1920s as a working-class neighborhood, Friedrichshain is now a trendy area benefiting (and suffering from) gentrification. Wander the streets aimlessly or join a guide on a walking tour of Friedrichshain. Stay in the neighborhood for dinner and drinks, you will find great options near Boxhangener Platz. Friedrichshain is also home to many famous Berlin bars – as well as several popular Berlin nightclubs.


Tips and Map for Day 2 of our 3-Day Berlin Itinerary

Berlin Wall Art, Berlin, Germany

Top Tip: If you are keen on learning more about the artistic side of Berlin, we suggest taking the Berlin Street Art tour. 

Map: Link for Google Maps for Sightseeing on Day 2 in Berlin


Day 3: Berlin Parks and German Reichstag

Start Day 3 of your 3-Day Berlin Itinerary south of the city at…


Natur-Park Sudgelande 

Entrance to Natur-Park Sudgelande, Berlin, Germany

MAP. Ticket required for entry, 1 euro per person. Natur-Park Sudgelande, which opened in 1999, is set in an abandoned railyard. The water tower – once used to power steam engines – is covered in rust and trees have taken root between tracks.

Old Train at Natur-Park Sudgelande, Berlin, Germany

The railyard was built in 1889, but was closed in 1952 and was left to the mercy of nature. Besides the many lines of overgrown railroad tracks, a 1940 train engine and an original railyard turntable are top features of the park.

Tracks at Natur-Park Sudgelande, Berlin, Germany

Map Directions from Natur-Park Sudgelande to Tempelhofer Feld Park. Exit the park (using the same gate you entered) at the S Priesterweg S-Bahn Station and take the S2 toward Bernau OR the S25 toward Henningsdorf. Ride one stop to Sudkreuz and depart the train. Switch to the S42 Loop, S46 towards Konigs Wusterhausen or S47 towards Spindlersfeld. Ride one stop to Tempelhof. Depart the train and walk east across the street to Tempelhofer Feld Park.


Berlin Tempelhofer Feld Park 

People walking in the snow at Berlin Tempelhofer, Germany

MAP. The Tempelhofer Feld Park is one of Berlin’s most historic places and a popular adaptive re-use projects. The first Tempelhof Airport opened in 1923, but plans for an improved airport were already in the works by 1936. During WWII, construction ceased – and then it was used in 1940-41 as a forced labor camp. After the war – from 1945 until 1993, the airport was used as a base by the US Air Force.

In 1948, when the Soviet Union imposed a food and supply blockade on West Berlin, the airport was used as an ‘air bridge’ to fly in provisions needed for the people living in West Berlin. (More information on the ‘air bridge’.) Tempelhof Airport became an evacuation point for Berliners who wanted to flee the region and reestablish their families and lives elsewhere in Germany and Europe.

Runway marking at Berlin Tempelhofer Feld Park, Germany

In the 1960s and 70s, the airport functioned as a civilian airport – in 1971 the airport saw 5.5 million passengers, but closed when Berlin Tegel Airport opened to commercial flights in 1974. Due to increased travel through Germany in the 1980s, the airport was reopened. However, in 2008, the Tempelhof Airport closed permanently.

In 2010, the runways and vast land of the airport were opened as a massive Berlin city park. While taxiway signs and runway markers remain, the pavement is now utilized by joggers, bikers and stroller-pushers. The grassy lawn is used for lounging and BBQ’s in the summertime. Both history and aviation aficionados will want to put Tempelhofer Feld Park on their Berlin To Do list! 

Map Directions from Tempelhofer Feld Park to Mustafa’s for lunch. Exit Tempelhofer Feld Park through the west gate and walk to the to the Paradestrasse Station. Take the U6 towards Alt-Tegel. Ride 2 stops to Mehringdamm. Exit the station to the south and walk to Mustafa’s Gemuese Kebab for lunch.


LUNCH – Mustafa’s Kebab 

Eat at Mustafa’s Kebab, Berlin, Germany

MAP. Mustafa’s Gemuese Kebab stand is perhaps the tastiest of all the kebabs in Berlin. The line at Mustafa’s is sure to be long and full of selfie-taking tourists, but the kebabs are phenomenal and well worth the wait.

Line of customers at Mustafa’s, Berlin, Germany

The menu is short and the only meat is chicken (although veggie kebabs are also available). We highly recommend ordering the Durum with everything. The kebabs at Mustafa’s rank as some of our favorites in the world!

Pro Tip: Need something to snack on for the 30-minute wait? Continue walking south to Curry 36 (MAP) and order a currywurst snack as an appetizer!

Must-Eat Berlin, Beer and Currywurst, Berlin, Germany

Map Directions from Mustafa’s to Reichstag Building. From Mustafa’s, head back into the Mehringdamm U-Bahn Station. Take the U6 toward Alt-Tegel. Ride 5 stops to Friedrichstrasse Station. Walk north out of the station to the Spree River. Follow the river west to the Reichstag Building.


German Reichstag Building Berlin

Exterior elevated view of Reichstag Building Berlin, Germany

MAP. Free entry; pre-registration required; the free tour of the glass dome includes a (free) audio guide, a small display on the history of the Reichstag Building and spectacular 360 degree views over Berlin.

​In 1894, Berlin’s Reichstag Building opened as home of the German Parliament, which it remained until 1933 when the building was almost completely destroyed by fire. The fire – and accusation that it was a plot by Communists – was used by Hitler to further advance the establishment of the Nazi Party and led to the subsequent signing of the Enabling Act.

Tour of the Reichstag, Berlin, Germany

The building was not reconstructed after the fire and fell into a state of ruins after it was targeted during the Battle of Berlin in 1945. After the war ended, the West German government moved to Bonn – and the building, which was no longer being used, was only minimally restored. After Germany’s reunification, the decision was made to move Parliament back to Berlin.

Interior of the German Reichstag Building Berlin, Germany

The Reichstag Building was completely restored in 1999 – including the glass dome, which was a key feature of the original design that represents the transparency of Germany’s government.

​Map Directions from Reichstag Building to Victory Column in Tiergarten Park. From the Reichstag Building, ride Bus100 (towards Zoologischer) and depart at the Grosser Stren stop – or walk – to the Victory Column in Tiergarten Park.


Tiergarten Park and Victory Column Berlin

Victory Column, Berlin, Germany

MAP. Tiergarten is Berlin’s 520-acre, inner-city park. It was originally designed in 1527 as hunting grounds for royalty. As the desire to hunt waned and the city grew, the land was converted into Berlin’s first public park. Wide paths, statues and monuments were added to the open space.

Berlin Winter Walk in the Tiergarten, Germany

The most notable – and visible – monument is the Victory Column (Siegessaule). The bronze ‘Victoria’ that tops that column is 27-feet tall. The column was erected in 1873 to celebrate Prussian victories, but was moved to its current location in the 1930s.

Map Directions from Victory Column to Kaiser-Wilhelm Memorial Church. From the Victory Column, ride Bus 100 towards Zoologischer (or continue walking southwest through the park) and depart at Breitscheidplatz. Walk to the Kaiser-Wilhelm Memorial Church.


Kaiser-Wilhelm Memorial Church Berlin

MAP. Free entry. The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church – also known as the Gedachtniskirche – was built in the late 1800s. After being damaged by bombs in 1943, it was debated whether the church should be completely demolished or salvaged. In the end, it was decided that the damaged spire would be preserved – so that today the church contains both new and historic elements. The church is one of Berlin’s many notable landmarks.

​Map Directions from Kaiser-Wilhelm Memorial Church to Mauerpark. From Kaiser-Wilhelm Memorial Church, walk northwest on Budapester to the Berlin Zoologischer Garten U-Bahn Station. Take the U2 toward Pankow. Ride 16 stops and depart at Eberswalder. From the station, walk west on Eberswalder (the street curves slightly to the left and the name changes to Bernauer)– and continue past the stadium (on your right) to Mauerpark.


Mauerpark Berlin

MAP. The name – Mauerpark – directly translates to Wall Park. During the years that the Berlin Wall stood, the long strip of land was known as the Death Strip. The Wall blocked access from East to West, but the area around the wall was often referred to as No Man’s Land – or the Death Strip.

Watchtowers manned by armed guards looked over the land where sand, traps and spikes were placed to deter East Berliners from attempting escape into West Berlin. After the fall of the Berlin Wall, the open space was converted into a park.

Today, the park is well-known for the Sunday flea market, where shoppers can find almost anything imaginable. The park is also the site of the famous Sunday summer Bearpit Karaoke Show. Crowds – which often number into the thousands – gather around the small amphitheater to cheer and jeer the brave karaoke singers.

Map Directions from Mauerpark to Volkspark Humboldthain. From the north end of Mauerpark walk west on Gleimstrasse (which changes name to Rugener Strasse) to Humboldthain Park. 


Volkspark Humboldthain Berlin

MAP. Berlin’s northern park, Volkspark Humboldthain, opened in 1872, featuring greenhouses, a church and the city’s first park playground. Near the end of World War II, the park was the site of two Flak Towers, built to defend Berlin from aircraft attacks and to serve as above-ground bunkers (they could accommodate 15,000 people).

After the war, in which much of the park was devastated, one tower was destroyed and reduced to rubble, while the other remains partially standing and serves as a viewing platform. A tour of the interior of the tower is possible by guided tour, but only in the summer, as it is a sanctuary for bats in the wintertime.

Curry Baude, Berlin, Germany

If you are hungry for a snack, walk to Curry Baude (MAP) on the northeast side of the park. Located at the Gesunderbrunnen Station, Curry Baude has been making currywurst since 1989 – using a sauce based on a secret family recipe. The spot is a local favorite – and some claim it is the best currywurst in Berlin. Try the Special Currywurst, which comes with corn, paprika and sauce.

Map Directions from Volkspark Humboldthain to the Berlin Wall Memorial. From the southwest corner of the park, walk south on Hussitenstrasse. At Bernauer Strasse, turn right (west) and walk to the Visitors Center of the Berlin Memorial Wall. 


Berlin Wall Memorial

Standing over a Berlin Wall Marker, Berlin, Germany

MAP. A memorial to the Berlin Wall – called Gedenkstatte Berliner Mauer – is an open-air museum that illustrates how the city was divided by the Berlin Wall. Part of the actual wall remains – as does a guard tower. 

Standing in the Berlin Wall, Berlin, Germany

Visitors are invited to walk the length of the wall, while taking in the informational plaques, photographs and stories with an audio guide. Furthermore, guests who want a personal introduction can join one of the guided tours for a small fee. 

Map Directions from Berlin Wall Memorial to The Castle Berlin Mitte. From the Visitor Center of the Berlin Wall Memorial, walk south on Gartenstrasse to Invalidenstrasse. Turn right (west) and walk to the Castle Bar.


Berlin Craft Beer: The Castle Berlin Mitte

MAP. For a final taste of some of Berlin’s finest beer, head to Castle Bar for a pre-dinner pint. Opened in 2013, Castle Pub serves craft beer from Berlin and beyond. Featuring local brewers, Castle Pub has more than 20 taps and an extensive menu of bottled beers and a big outdoor beer garden. 

Map Directions from The Castle Berlin Mitte to Schnitzelei Mitte. From The Castle, walk west on Invalidenstrasse to Eichendorffstrasse. Turn left (south) and continue walking south when the street name changes to Novalisstrasse. Enter at #11 Novalisstrasse and find the backyard of Schnitzelei Mitte.


German Dinner in Berlin at Schnitzelei Mitte

MAP. For a taste of different German food, enjoy your final meal at Schnitzelei Mitte. In the cozy space, feast on German style tapas to sample several different kinds of typical food from Berlin…or dig into one of the signature schnitzels! 


Tips and Map for Day 3 of our 3-Day Berlin Itinerary 

The Burger, The Bird, Berlin, Germany

Tip: If you’ve tired of currywurst and German fare or are simply craving a change to something international – head to the Prenzlauer Berg neighborhood. The international restaurant options are endless. In the mood for burgers? We recommend eating at The Bird.

Map: Link to Google Maps for Berlin Sightseeing on Day 3

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Berlin Tour Map

Use this link to Google Maps for an interactive map to all the Best Things To Do in Berlin! The Blue markers indicated Berlin activities for Day 1. Purple markers show Day 2 sights in Berlin. The Green markers feature what to see on Berlin Day 3.

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What To Do Berlin: Beyond the City Center

We have highlighted the top Berlin things to do in the city center that are easily accessed on foot and public transport. However, there are a few Berlin attractions that are outside the city center worth visiting, too. We are highlighting a few of the best places that you might want to add to your Berlin 3 Day Itinerary. 


Charlottenburg Palace

MAP. One of the top places to see in Berlin, Schloss Charlottenburg is a Baroque palace that dates to the 17th century. Visitors can go inside the palace (with tickets) to see the opulently decorated rooms. The palace gardens are also not to be missed – and they are always free to enter. 

For a truly unique experience, attend the Evening of Dinner and Music at Charlottenburg Palace – it’s one of the romantic things to do in Berlin!


Berlin Botanical Garden and Museum

MAP. The Berlin Botanical Garden and Botanical Museum (called Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum) offers visitors the chance to ‘tour the world’ in their gardens. With 15 greenhouses featuring plants from around the globe and a museum, guests can plan to spend at least half a day at the gardens.


Tierpark Berlin Zoo

MAP. The Tierpark Berlin ranks as the largest zoo in Europe…and it’s nestled right into a forest. Top zoo attractions are the polar bears, monkey houses and petting zoo. Visitors also enjoy the lush grounds and the Friedrichsfelde Palace. 


KaDeWe – Kaufhaus des Westens

Reigning as the second largest department store in Europe (after Harrods in London), shopping at Kaufhaus des Westens – or KaDeWe, for short – is one of the fun things to do in Berlin. 

The luxury mall opened in 1907 and features 8 floors of retail space. The 6th floor is a dedicated food hall, offering an array of scrumptious fare, while the top floor hosts a restaurant with floor to ceiling windows for exceptional views. 


Berlin Day Trips

With different interests (or more time in the city), consider including a full day trip from Berlin in your 3 Days in Berlin Itinerary. There are several excursions from the city, so we are pointing out just a few of the most popular Berlin Day Trips. 


Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

Learn about the atrocities that occurred at Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp – one of the first camps established by the Third Reich Nazis. Visitors will hear stories about the prisoners and see what remains of the camp, which stands a national memorial to the victims. Reserve your spot.



Walk the route of Prussian kings and German royalty on a full-day tour from Berlin to Potsdam. See palaces, gardens and historical sights that hosted events which shaped the future of Germany. Book your seat!



Spending a day in Dresden is just long enough to see the top sights of the beautiful city (but read our 3-Day Dresden Itinerary to see why you might want to stay longer than a day!). Tour guests travel by bus to Dresden and get a guided walking tour of the city that is nicknamed ‘The Jewel Box’. Find out more!


Multi-City German or European Itinerary

For a longer European Vacation or German Itinerary that includes a stop in Berlin, use our detailed guides for Germany and other Global Travel Destinations.


Berlin: How Many Days

Frederick the Great Statue, Berlin, Germany

We created a 3-Day Itinerary in Berlin because we think three days are just enough time to get to know the city. However, we understand that other visitors may have more – or less – than 3 days in Berlin. Use our Berlin travel planner tips below to plan your perfect trip. 


Berlin One-Day Itinerary

If you are trying to create a plan of things to do in Berlin in one day, we advise following our tips from Day 1…and perhaps adding the Reichstag and Tiergarten into your sightseeing. 


2 Days in Berlin Itinerary

To create a Berlin 2-Day Itinerary, we think it is best to simply follow Days 1 and 2 of our above Three Days in Berlin Itinerary (but, again, add the Reichstag and Tiergarten into your first day, if possible!). 


Alternate 3 Days in Berlin Itinerary

In our outlined 3 Day Trip Plan for Berlin, we recommend that Day 3 be spent visiting some of the historic parks and sights around the city that date to World War II. Visitors more interested in learning about a different time in Berlin may want to visit the Charlottenburg Palace instead. 


4 Days in Berlin Itinerary

A Berlin 4-Days Itinerary allows for more regional exploration. With 4 days in Berlin, we recommend adding a sight – like the Charlottenburg Palace or one of the above day trips from Berlin – to your Berlin trip itinerary. 


5 Days in Berlin Itinerary 

Travelers visiting Berlin in 5 days have the opportunity to see and do even more in the vibrant city. To create a balanced 5-Day Itinerary Berlin spend one day on a day trip. For example, go to Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp to learn about the darkest time of German history or go to Potsdam for an education on German royalty. 


History of Berlin, Germany

View of the Brandenburg Gate during the day, Berlin, Germany

To really appreciate Berlin attractions, it is essential to have a basic understanding of the history of the city. Although Berlin has a relatively short timeline by most European standards, the history is complex and profoundly marked by events of the 20th century.


Berlin City Origins

Originally settled by the Slavs, Berlin officially became a city in the year 1237 under the rule of the Margraves of Brandenburg. The city quickly grew and, in 1451, it became the royal residence of the Brandenburg electors. In the late 1500s, many citizens fell victim to Bubonic plague and died – and in the early 1600s, half of Berlin’s population was lost in the Thirty Years’ War. In the mid-1600s, under Elector Frederick William, the population surged due to open policies regarding immigration and religion.

In 1701, when Elector Frederick III named himself King of Prussia, Berlin became the capital of the kingdom. He was succeeded by his son, King Frederick William – also known as The Soldier King, who ruled from 1713 until his death in 1740. At that time, his son – who became known as Frederick the Great – became king and ruled until he died in 1786. 

Throughout the 1700s, not only did Berlin see the construction of many churches and buildings (some that survive today), but also the rise of education, transportation and the arts. The strong economic growth seen in the early 1800s attracted an influx of immigrants to Berlin, which resulted in much of the population suffering from poverty and ultimately led to a middle-class revolution in 1848.


The German Empire

In 1871, the German Empire (or German Reich) was established and the nation became the most powerful in all of Europe – and Berlin became the center of European politics. The industrial city boomed until World War I, when supplies and morale were both running short. At the end of WWI, the monarchy was overthrown and in 1918 Germany became the Weimar Republic, with Berlin remaining as the capital. Political unrest ensued.

To pay reparations owed by Germany as agreed to in the Treaty of Versailles, the German government simply started printing money – and inflation peaked in 1923 when 1 US dollar equaled 4.2 trillion German marks (that’s 4,200,000,000,000!). However, things turned around in 1924 and Berlin became a cultural center of Europe highlighted by exhibitions and a vibrant nightlife…until 1929 and the Great Depression.

Bankruptcy and unemployment led to demonstrations and chaos in the German government. In 1933, Adolf Hitler was named Chancellor and the Nazis took control of the nation. In the same year, the boycotting of Jewish-owned businesses was organized, book burning ceremonies took place and the first concentration camps were constructed – all while Hitler continued toward his goal of Welthauptstadt Germania (World Capital Germany). Jewish citizens continued to be targeted, terrorized and killed.


World War II

On September 1, 1939, Nazi Germany declared war on Poland – and thus the start of World War II. Berlin was first bombed in August of 1940, but it was during the Battle of Berlin (November 1943-March 1944) that nearly half of the city was destroyed. World War II came to end in April/May 1945 when the Soviets captured Berlin and Hitler committed suicide.


Berlin: A City Divided

Divided Berlin Germany Map

The city of Berlin was subsequently divided into four sectors to be administered jointly by The United States, Great Britain, France and the Soviet Union. As the Western Forces banded together, relations with the Soviet Union dissolved and the city of Berlin was soon divided into East Berlin (Soviet/Communist) and West Berlin (Western Allied Forces) – and, thus, became the focus of the Cold War.

Berlin Wall, Black and White in Winter, Germany

As East Berlin conditions deteriorated under a suffering economy, East Berlin residents fled to West Berlin. In order to prevent a complete mass exodus, in 1961 the East German government began building the Berlin Wall encircling West Berlin. Checkpoints allowed for Westerners (with the proper paperwork) to pass through into East Berlin, but East Berlin residents were not permitted into West Berlin.


German Reunification

The Berlin Wall stood for 28 years – separating the city, families and friends – until November 1989 when the Berlin Wall fell. The city was reunited and the Cold War ended. Since the reunification of the city, Berlin has experienced rapid growth and has become a center of business development and international investment.


Travel Tips for your 3-Day Berlin Itinerary

Berlin Ubahn Station, Germany

Berlin is a sprawling metropolis with sights spread throughout. Visitors who want to see the top Berlin sights will need to learn how to get around – and we have a few tips on how to do it!


Berlin Transportation

Berlin is well-connected with public transportation – with buses, trams, trains and subway. In our Berlin Sightseeing Guide, we recommend using public transportation to get to sights. It is helpful to have a basic understanding of Berlin’s public transportation system, BVG, prior to arriving.

Tickets (single ride, daily, weekly or monthly) can be purchased at U-Bahn and S-Bahn stations or on buses and trams. Some Berlin Visitor Cards also offer free or discounted transportation options.

Routes can easily be determined using the Berlin Journey Planner or by using Google Maps (with the links we have provided to each sight). 


WiFi Connection

In order to use the links while sightseeing in Berlin, you will need a WiFi connection (although carrying a paper city map is also very useful).

To stay connected while we travel, we use a GlocalMe Mobile WiFi device. The pocket WiFi device is fantastic for international travelers – especially those traveling as a family or in groups – and can be much cheaper than paying for international data plans through cell phone providers.


Berlin City Cards

Berlin Traveler city cards are a great way to save money on entry admissions and public transport. There are a few different types of city cards in Berlin that are available to tourists. 


Berlin Welcome Card

Tourists visiting Berlin will most likely benefit from purchasing a Berlin Welcome Card, which includes all public transportation and various discounts for the specified number of days. (Available for 48 or 72 hours – or 4, 5, or 6 consecutive days in Zones A & B or A, B & C. The Berlin Welcome Card Museum Island has the additional benefit of museum entry.

With the Berlin Card, we never had to worry about buying or stamping tickets – which made using public transportation a breeze. We wouldn’t go to Berlin without a Welcome Card! 

For more information about sightseeing in Berlin with the Welcome Card, go to Visit Berlin, the official Berlin Tourist site.


EasyCityPass Berlin

The Easy City Pass Berlin is similar to the Welcome Card, offering both public transportation and discounts to major sights. We have not used this pass, but it does get great reviews – learn more here! We recommend comparing the two passes to find out which one will be most beneficial for your trip.


Plan a Trip to Berlin

View over the Spree River, Berlin, Germany

Now that you know what to see in Berlin in 3 days, we have a few more travel tips and packing hacks for your visit!


Where to Stay in Berlin, Germany

Choosing what area to stay in Berlin can be overwhelming. We highly recommend selecting somewhere central – and near a Berlin subway station (U-Bahn) so that it is easy to get around. 

During our visit to Berlin, we stayed in an Airbnb Apartment. We have found that staying in apartments is often less expensive than hotel rooms – with the added benefit of a kitchen and, usually, more space (just watch for fees for short stays!). That said, if you are planning full days of sightseeing and eating delicious German fare at the best Berlin restaurants, then a hotel is just as (if not more) convenient.  


Hotels in Berlin

There are many Berlin hotels to choose from in – or close to – the city center. Berlin accommodations are available in a range of price points. We are sharing a few top-rated hotels (based on guest reviews!) for your upcoming trip to Berlin – but be sure to read our tips for booking the best hotels at the best prices first!


Casa Camper Berlin

The Casa Camper Berlin Hotel gets exceptional ratings from guests! They get particularly high scores for the location (just around the corner from a subway station), the comfortable beds and cleanliness. Check rates for your stay!


Regent Berlin

Regent Berlin Hotel is one of the classic hotels in Berlin that offers outstanding service and large rooms. The hotel is located in the heart of the city, making it easy to get around on foot. Check rates and availability!


Hotel am Steinplatz

Located on the west end of Tiergarten Park near a subway station, Hotel am Steinplatz gets rave reviews for the comfortable rooms and modern amenities. Check availability for your stay!


Berlin Hostels

Guests traveling on a budget may want to check availability at one of the many hostels in Berlin. Top picks by fellow travelers are the Minimal Hostel, The Circus Hostel and EastSeven Berling Hostel


Getting to Berlin, Germany

Terminal at Berlin Tempelhofer Airport Park, Germany

Berlin can be reached by plane, train, bus or car. The new Berlin Brandenburg Airport (BER) opened in October of 2020 and is now the city’s sole airport.

We flew to Berlin from London and departed via bus to Dresden. Our preferred method of getting anywhere is by flying (we are JetSettingFools, after all!) and we start our search for the best deals on airline tickets on Skyscanner.

To get from city to city when flights are not possible, we usually rely on public transportation and take trains or buses. In Europe, our preferred bus company is FlixBus – as it is economical, clean and comfortable (and sometimes has on-board wifi and a toilet).

We aren’t keen on driving abroad, but renting a car can often save time and money (especially when traveling with more than two people) – and a car rental allows for greater discovery.  


Best Time to Visit Berlin, Germany

There are advantages to visiting Berlin in every season…and a few downsides, too. We are highlighting the pros and cons to help you decide when it is the best time to visit Berlin for your trip. 


Summer in Berlin

Many visitors go to Berlin in summertime. The weather is warm (highs in the high 70s Fahrenheit) – which is great for spending time in the city parks, outdoor cafes and in the Berlin beer gardens. It can, however, get crowded in the summer and prices for Berlin hotels will likely be higher than in other seasons. 


Visit Berlin in Autumn

We love traveling in the fall. Temperatures cool off but are usually still warm enough for the outdoors. Better yet, crowds start to thin and prices tend to drop. It is still a good idea to book early though if you are seeking the best Berlin budget deals. Oktoberfest and Jazzfest are two fun Berlin festivals that take place in the autumn.


Wintertime in Berlin

Brrrrrrr-lin. That’s how we pronounced it as we were there in the middle of winter. It was freezing cold and snow blanketed the city, but it didn’t keep us from exploring! With the well-connected Berlin public transportation and bevy of museums, churches and pubs, we stayed plenty warm. 

While many people may not think winter is the best time to visit Berlin, the top reasons for visiting during the colder months is the fewer crowds and less expensive accommodations. 

We missed the Berlin Christmas Markets that dot the city, but some visitors say it is one of the best places to spend Christmas in Europe.

If you are visiting Berlin in the winter, pack clothing that can be layered and good, winter shoes or boots. 


Berlin during Spring

Springtime is still shoulder season in Berlin, which can mean great hotel deals and easy access to top sights and attractions. However, it can be gray and wet – so be sure to pack a travel umbrella and raincoat


What You Need To Pack for your 3 Days in Berlin

Brandenburg, Berlin at night in Winter, Germany

We have just a few final packing tips for your Berlin vacation!


Comfortable Shoes

Our Berlin 3-Day Itinerary covers some ground! Make sure to pack comfortable city walking shoes for your trip. I like to wear these shoes by Columbia or comfortable everyday sneakers and Kris likes to wear Merrell shoes for urban walking.


Travel Camera

We’re certain you’ll be snapping tons of photos during your Berlin getaway. Rather than relying on your mobile phone to capture the sights, upgrade to an actual camera for higher quality photos. We travel with a Canon Rebel (which takes amazing photos and is great for beginners) and a Canon PowerShot ELPH (which takes beautiful pictures and is a slim and lightweight budget camera).


Berlin City Map

It’s easy to get turned around or lost in any new city! Be sure to have a good city map – and, if you lack sense of direction (like one of us!), pick up a compass prior to arriving in Berlin.


Day Pack

Whether you prefer to travel with a backpack or a suitcase, you’ll also want to be prepared with a great day bag for keeping all your everyday travel items organized and safe!


Germany Travel Insurance

If you haven’t already obtained travel insurance that may cover you for cancelled flights, lost luggage or unexpected illness on your trip to Berlin, consider traveling protected with World Nomads.


Visiting other cities in Germany? We’ve got you covered! Read our detailed guides for Frankfurt, Munich, Dusseldorf, Freiburg and Dresden!


Start planning your trip to Berlin! Search for the lowest airfares, the best accommodations and fun things to do…then start packing!  Want more travel planning tips? Head over to our Travel Planning page for more information and tips on traveling – and for country-specific information, take a look at our Travel Guides page!


We Want To Know: What would you add to our Berlin Itinerary? What is your Must-See tip for spending 3 days in Berlin? Give us your best tips and advice in the comments below! 


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