From museum hopping and hanging out with hippos at the Berlin Zoo to picnicking in an abandoned airport or meeting the Stasi at the Deutsches Spionage Museum, Berlin does not lack for fun and quirky activities.
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Berlin’s Museum Island (Museumsinsel) is in the heart of Berlin and it is a magnificent total art work, a truly outstanding ensemble of five world-renowned museums: Pergamon museum, Bode museum, Neues museum, Altes museum , and Alte Nationalgalerie.
- The Berlin TV tower, also known as Fernsehturm, gives the best 360-degree view in Berlin. It can hardly stay unnoticed as it is the highest building in the city
• The Reichstag, where the Parliament sits. It has a glass dome, which represents the political transparency of the city. Entrance is free of charge but be sure to book your visit well in advance
• The East Side Gallery is a 1316-meter long gallery where 105 paintings by artists all over the globe can be found. It’s the longest open-air gallery in the world.
• Brandenburg Gate, symbol of German reunification, is the most attractive examples of a neo-classical building in Germany
• The Botanical Garden in Berlin houses over 22,000 species of plant such as giant bamboos, white water lilies, orchids, and cactus
• The Story of Berlin Museum is an interactive journey through Berlin’s 800-plus years, complete with light and sound shows
• The Berlin Zoo, one of the biggest zoos in Europe
• Postdam lies to the south-west of Berlin. The city, with its rich cultural landscape and many attractions, is a worthwhile destination that makes a wonderful complement to a trip to Berlin.
View the full list of museums and exhibitions here.
Berlin has two large rivers – Spree and Havel – as well as lots of lakes and canals where ships and boats cruise. The Spree river flows in arches through the center of Berlin, south of it runs the Landwehr canal. Therefore, all boat tours through the inner city follow the same route over the Spree river and the Landwehr canal, only length and duration of the boat tours vary, depending on start and finish points.
City bus tours
Bus tours are an eternally popular way of getting to know a city, and Berlin has a variety of tours catering for all preferences.
There are plenty of bike rental outlets all over the city that you can rent out for about 8 to 12 EUR a day. This is a great way to get to attractions and also feel yourself a real Berliner!
Cafés & Restaurants
For short breaks between attractions you find here a selection of the best cafés in town. Since there is always something going on in Berlin there are also many events and markets where you can eat great food. Spanish tapas, Italian pizza, French cheese and a thousand other delicacies from all over the world – Berlin’s restaurants have them all. Guide Michelin has selected 20 restaurants in Berlin. More and more restaurants specialise in vegetarian and vegan cuisine, while new burger bars are popping up all over the city with fresh and healthy dishes.
You can also indulge in some curry-wurst! Sold in fast food restaurants, kiosks or in diners across the city, the Currywurst is such a typical Berliner snack that there is even a museum dedicated to it!
Berlin is well known for its crazy night life. It has some of the best clubs in the world. Gain a feeling for the city’s clubbing scene. Try Berghain, that is the most famous Berlin club (one of the most known in Europe, too). Note that you can never be sure you will be let in; the weirder you will be dressed the better! The city’s bars serve delicious cocktails for you to reflect on your day and get in the swing for the night.
Berlin Welcome Card
The Berlin Welcome Card – Berlin’s official tourist ticket has over 200 sights and attractions as discount partners. It is also your ticket for public transport services across the entire city. You can buy your Berlin Welcome Card before your arrival, as an online ticket, ticket voucher or physical ticket in our online shop, or by ringing the Berlin Service Center on: +49 (0)30- 25 00 25, and on-site. At Berlin tourist information centres, many Berlin hotels as well as at sales outlets and public transport companies’ tickets machines (S-Bahn Berlin GmbH and BVG). You can also get the Berlin Welcome Card directly upon arrival in the arrivals area at the Berlin airports.
The Berlin Welcome Card is available as two ticket types.
- Type 1, as a discount card with more than 200 discount partners:
- Berlin (tariff zone Berlin AB, valid for one adult)
- Berlin+Potsdam (tariff zone Berlin ABC, valid for one adult and up to 3 children between the ages of 6 and up to and including 14 years old)
- Berlin Welcome Card Museum Island (tariff zone Berlin AB or Berlin + Potsdam ABC, valid for one adult including free entry into the museums at Museum Island, except for special exhibitions! Children up to and including 14 years old travel free on the ticket).
- Type 2, as an all-round carefree pass with 30x entry included:
- Berlin Welcome Card all inclusive with and without travel ticket for the tariff zone Berlin ABC (up to 3 children travel free of charge on an adult’s travel ticket) including free entry at 30 partners valid for one adult as well as one child up to 14 years old (without a travel ticket, children travel free of charge on an adult’s travel ticket).