This 48-hour itinerary is perfect for those travelers visiting the capital of Germany during a weekend.
This fully packed itinerary has been written as if you arrive in Berlin on a Friday afternoon and leave Sunday at approximately the same time. If you arrive any other day of the week, please check the opening times of the museums and attractions, since these can vary.
If you arrive on a Friday afternoon, you probably won’t have enough time to do any in depth sightseeing, but it’s a great opportunity to stroll around the Old Town and get a feel for the city and see some of its most impressive landmarks. Followed by a delicious traditional German meal.
Take numerous selfies with the emblematic gate as your background and then walk to the German Bundestag (the German Parliament). To visit the building's impressive dome and terrace, you must register online on the official Bundestag website before you travel to Berlin.
After exploring the Reichstag Building (Bundestag), take Ebertstrasse (Eber street) and walk to the Holocaust Monument (Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe). This open-air monument with large stone slabs is an interesting way to remember the terrible events that took place in German-occupied Europe.
Continue down the same road until you come to Potsdamer Platz. This square is one of the most important and modern of Berlin. Once divided by the Berlin Wall, it still houses a section of the wall which is interesting to see. In the center is the Sony building complex, which at night is brightly illuminated.
By then it will probably be getting late, so you might wish to stop and have a bite to eat. The restaurants in Potsdamer Platz are nice. Otherwise, you can take the metro to Alexanderplatz and have dinner in that area.
The arrival day sightseeing itinerary finishes here, since we recommend getting up early the next day to make most of the holidays.
After a tasty traditional breakfast, you must be at the Berlin-Gesundbrunnen U-Bahn at 10am to buy your tickets to the Berliner Unterwelten. This museum is underneath the city of Berlin, in the abandoned bunkers and metro stations built during World War II.
After discovering one of the most original museums in Berlin, take a short metro ride to Alexanderplatz. From there, walk at least 10 minutes until you get to the Berlin Cathedral where, after checking out its enormous interior, you can climb to its observation deck at the top of the dome and enjoy some of the best views of Berlin.
The next stop is the Museum Island, home to Pergamon Museum (with one of the most impressive antiquities collections in the world) and the Neues Museum. Both galleries are extremely surprising and worthwhile.
Take the north exit of the Museum Island and walk to the old Jewish Quarter, where Kunsthaus Tacheles, once the most popular alternative art and cultural center in Berlin, until it was abandoned in 2012.
Very near the square is Unter den Linden avenue, one of the most important arteries of Berlin. It houses numerous prominent buildings, including the Neue Wache (New Guardhouse in English). This stunning edifice with a portico of Doric columns reflects the tragedies of all the wars. Inside is a heart-breaking statue of a woman holding her dead son in her arms.
Adjacent to the Neue Wache is the Bebelplatz. This spacious square is famous as it is the location of the Nazi book burning.
The itinerary of day 1 finishes here. If you still have some time to spare, we suggest you walk along Unter den Linden and its adjoining streets. The pretty Nikolai quarter, near the Berlin Cathedral, has many good typical restaurants.
The last day in Berlin starts at 10am at the Richard-Wagner-Platz U-Bahn station, where you can visit the popular Rococo Charlottenburg Palace, commissioned by the Queen Sophie Charlotte, with exquisite gardens.
Back in the city center, you’ll stop at Kurfürstendamm to see the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. This church originally built in the nineteenth century was severely damaged during the Second World War, but the ruins were kept and integrated in the new church building. Kurfürstendamm is one of the most popular boulevards in Berlin with numerous stores and department stores, one of the best is KaDeWe.
Next, take the U-Bahn line 1 (U1) in Kurfürstendamm and you’ll reach Warschauer Straße. The closest stop to East Side Gallery. This long open-air art gallery offers interesting and well-made graffities on the remains of the standing Berlin Wall.
To finish the weekend with a bit of history, return to the city center to visit Checkpoint Charlie, the most famous checkpoint between East and West Berlin when the Berlin Wall divided the two areas. If you have enough time, you can also visit the Topographie des Terrors.
Over 2 days in Berlin?
If you’re planning on staying in Berlin for over 48 hours, Berlin has a lot to offer. As well as numerous museums, appealing streets, neighborhoods and nearby visits like the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp or the charming Potsdam.