Updated: Oct 25, 2022
We know travel time is precious, and that sometimes there are just too many things to do on your bucket list than time allows. Although we recommend spending 4-5 Days in Berlin, below outlines the highlights of this great city, easily completed in just 24 hours.
Morning in Berlin
With such a short time in Berlin, we recommend eating a quick breakfast at your hostel/hotel (see recommended Berlin hostels) and limiting your sit-down meals to lunch and dinner
1. Start your day at the TV Tower in Alexanderplatz
Built in the 1960's, the TV Tower is a symbol of the reunified Germany, similar to the Brandenburg Gate. From the top, you are able to appreciate the 360 views of the city, as well as, grab a bite to eat in its revolving restaurant sphere. If going up in the TV Tower does not sound appealing, be sure to at least stop and see the hustle and bustle of Alexanderplatz. With plenty of restaurants, shops, and attractions nearby, there are many things to explore in this square.
TV Tower Tickets: €17,50/Adult (buy ahead and avoid lines)
2. Head to the East Side Galleries to admire some history
This is an open-air gallery of murals created on the remnants of the Berlin Wall. It is definitely worth walking by, admiring the art, and reading inspirational quotes that have been written on this piece of history.
3. Stop for some lunch at the delicious Burgermeister
Not necessarily your authentic "German" food, but they sure do make some great burgers! There are several locations around Berlin, however, the one we recommend is Wrangelkiez. Be sure to try the Meisterburger and you will soon realize why we've made this our top choice.
J&L Recommended: A favorite quick-meal in Berlin
Afternoon in Berlin
4. Learn Holocaust history at Topography of Terrors
Alongside the old Berlin wall remains, this memorial is an indoor/outdoor museum that outlines Holocaust history. The museum is very well put together with information and facts that help develop a lasting impression.
J&L Recommended: Don't Miss!
5. Stop for a treat at Fassbender & Rausch Chocolatiers
Berlin's oldest chocolate shop! Be sure to stop in, not only for some delicious German chocolate, but to view their amazing chocolate sculptures throughout the store.
J&L Recommended: Must-visit for chocoholics!
6. Pay your respects at the Holocaust Memorial
Built in 1999 with 2711 concrete blocks, this memorial is free to walk through and highly encouraged. Not only a place for observation, but contemplation and warning to keep from repeating history.
Admission: Free Entry
Evening in Berlin
7. Snap a picture at the Brandenburg Gate
The division of East and West Berlin, this centrally located monument is hard to miss during your travels around Berlin. Built in the 16th century, this monument is both a symbol of Germany's turbulent past, yet also a symbol of the nation's peace and unity with Europe.
J&L Recommended: Don't Miss!
8. Admire the architecture of the Reichstag Building
This is the German Parliament building with free tours daily, however, you must register ahead of time and secure your time slot. Tours will take you to the top dome of the Reichstag building where you will be at a great vantage point for views of the city. This building was burned down in 1933, blamed on Communists plotting an uprising. In retaliation against this Communist threat, the Reichstag Fire Decree was put into place, eliminating many constitutional protections and paving the way for the Nazi Regime.
Free Tours: Reserve roughly 1-2 months prior to your trip
9. Enjoy an authentic German dinner at Hackethals
Great authentic German food, great beer, lovely atmosphere! This is a cozy, family owned restaurant with incredibly friendly staff and a rotating menu.
Try: a traditional dish of sausage, sauerkraut, & potato dumplings
10. End you day with a stein at Hofbräu Wirtshaus Berlin
No particular beers that we will recommend here but we mention this beer hall for their range of authentic German brews and great food. A great place to experience the Bavarian lifestyle with live music and service from waitresses in costume. The long tables (think Oktoberfest) are a great way to meet other tourists and locals.