17 Things You Need To Do On A Visit To Berlin, Germany

17 Things You Need To Do On A Visit To Berlin, Germany

A first-time visit to Berlin is bound to be an absolutely incredible experience, filled with an eclectic mix of history, culture and gorgeous sights. It’s a city that intrigues yet embraces us visitors with open arms.



Top 1 place you should visit to Berlin - Brandenburg Gate 

Visit to Berlin - Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate is one of Germany’s best-known landmarks that you’ll no doubt want to see. Historically, an old city gate, Brandenburg Gate was rebuilt around 250 years ago and still stands proudly today.

Famous as a point for major historical events. It’s a great spot to see when visiting the Reichstag that’s close by.

Top 2 in list places you should visit to BerlinVisit the glass dome of The Reichstag

Visit the glass dome of The Reichstag Visit to Berlin
Visit to Berlin - The Reichstag

The Reichstag is not only home to the German Government. But also home to one of the most impressive glass domes in all the world!

Open to the public, you can head inside the dome and enjoy the incredible building (and views) from the top. Make sure to book your tickets well in advance, pre-registration is required and usually fills up very fast. You can pre-register for free access, right here.

Top 3 in list places you should visit to Berlin - The glorious Berlin Cathedral

Perched on Museum Island, Berlin Cathedral is one awe-inspiring place to visit.

The grand history and incredible architecture is jaw-droppingly beautiful and well worth a gander at.

Make sure to spend some time in the main Cathedral before heading downstairs to learn more about the crypts and history of this incredible building.

Top 4 in list places you should visit to Berlin -  Berlin Zoo

Learn about reintroduction programs at Berlin Zoo
Visit to Berlin - Berlin Zoo

More than just a zoo, Berlin Zoo helps educate, collaborate and maintains reintroduction programs for some of the most endangered species across the world.

Head here to learn more about the valuable work they do and the breeding programs that help in supporting endangered animals.

Top 5 in list places you should visit to Berlin - The East Side Gallery  

Top 5 in list places you should visit to Berlin - The East Side Gallery

Premised as an international memorial for freedom, this massive stretch of the Berlin Wall has commissioned. Featuring over 100 different paintings from artists all across the world, including the colourful Some heads by Thierry Noir.

Stroll the length of the 1.3km section to admire artists works, just take a good pair of walking shoes with you!

Top 6 in list places you should visit to Berlin - Explore Berlin’s Museum Island

No visit to Berlin is complete without a visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Hop over to the island that sits in the middle of the River Spree to see some of the best museums in the world.

Make sure to visit the Atles Museum and the Bode Museum for some incredible artefacts.

If all that walking works up an appetite, check out our complete list of amazing burger joints that are close by, right here.

Berlin's Museum Island is a cultural gem, a cluster of five world-renowned museums that offer a glimpse into the vast tapestry of human history and creativity. However, exploring this treasure trove can made even more convenient and enjoyable with bus rental Berlin or bus rental Germany.

Renting a bus not only ensures that you can easily access these magnificent institutions but also allows you to effortlessly hop from one museum to another, all while appreciating the city's vibrant neighborhoods in between.

Top 7 in list places you should visit to Berlin - Holocaust Memorial 

Head to the Holocaust Memorial to reflect upon the horrendous mistakes of history.

The creator, Eisenman created this space for visitors to feel uneasy and confusing space where no order cannot be found.

Opened over 10 years ago, it’s a place to ponder and remember the terrible acts of the Holocaust.

Read more: our visit to the Holocaust Memorial

Top 8 in list places you should visit to Berlin - Charlottenburg Palace

Officially, the largest palace in Berlin, Charlottenburg Palace was originally built over 300 years ago.

Around 15-20 minutes from the bustling centre of Berlin, the palace is a great place to wander, especially through the gardens.

Make sure to visit the Tea House and the Orangery in the palace gardens, they really are spectacular.

Top 9 in list places you should visit to Berlin - The president’s home, Bellevue Palace

Whether you get to visit the inside or not, Bellevue Palace is a grand sight to see whilst in Berlin.

Based on the edges of Großer Tiergarten (Berlin’s oldest and largest park), it’s well worth a little gander at.

Top 10 in list places you should visit to Berlin - Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie was the most famous crossing point between East and West Germany during the time of the Berlin Wall. Nowadays, the checkpoint has been redeveloped to show how it once stood.

If you want to see the original building head to The Allied Museum for a more intimate look.

Top 11 - Grab some bubbles and Currywurst at the Berlin TV Tower

Scale to the top of the Berlin TV Tower for some impressive 360-degree views of the city or even for a little brunch.

If you’re planning a visit in the late afternoon or early evening, you can also enjoy bubbles and Currywurst whilst overlooking the city.

Top 12 - Gorge on the diverse foods of the city

One of the best things about Berlin is the varied and diverse mix of foody delights that are around every corner, you can literally have any type of food that your heart (or tummy) desires.

Make sure to try something you haven’t tried before. For me, this was Israeli Food when we ate at the delicious, Djimalaya.

Make sure to try their Hummus plates and falafel balls. Yum!

Top 13 - Head inside the French Cathedral

The French Cathedral is, arguably, one of the prettiest buildings in Berlin.

Head inside for a wander around the building, whilst stopping for a bite to eat in the basement halls. Most people don’t realise that the Cathedral also houses The Huguenot Museum in the tower itself.

Top 14 - Climb to the top of the Victory Column

If you’re feeling pretty fit, or just want to burn off all those currywurst calories, then take the almost 300 steps to the top of the Victory Column.

Nearly 200 years old, the column offers some pretty epic views across the city.

Top 15 - See inside the New Church 

The New Church sits directly opposite the French Cathedral on the opposite side of the square.

Head inside for a closer look at the gorgeous architecture and plan a trip to coincide with one of the many events and markets that operate within the Gendarmenmarkt beside the church.

Top 16 - Watch a show at Konzert Haus

If you’re looking to find some of the city’s world-renowned culture and art, then make sure you pop into Konzert Haus, where some of the world’s best ballet, opera and German music and theatre is held.

Tickets can booked online and I’d definitely advise this if you’re wanting to visit.

Top 17 - See the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

Built well over 100 years ago, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church heavily destroyed during World War II.

Fondly known as ‘the hollow tooth’ the spire and tower of the church still stand in its destroyed state; a testament and memory to the awful tragedies of war.


In conclusion, Berlin is undoubtedly a city that offers a captivating blend of history, culture, and modernity. The top 17 places you should visit to berlin that we've explored in this guide are just a glimpse of the myriad of attractions this vibrant city has to offer. Whether you fascinated by its rich history, awe-inspiring architecture, world-class museums, or vibrant nightlife, Berlin has something for everyone.

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