Berlin's Highlights at a Glance

  • Alexanderplatz mit Fernsehturm

For this tour, plan in a full day.

Begin with a coffee and a panoramic view of the city from up high on the Berlin TV Tower 1. Then head past the renowned Weltzeituhr (World Time Clock) at Alexanderplatz 2 to Berlin’s landmark Rotes Rathaus town hall 3. From there, stroll through the Nikolai Quarter 4, the oldest area of housing in the city, to the Berlin Dom (Cathedral) 5 and the Museum Island. Here, take a moment to tune into the bustling vibe in Berlin’s cultural centre. For a change of pace, check out the (window) shopping at the array of shops in the chic Hackesche Höfe 6 and indulge in a leisurely lunch in one of its many restaurants. Stroll on down the magnificent Unter den Linden boulevard 7, visit the Brandenburg Gate 8 and relax on the spreading lawns in front of the Reichstag Parliament building  9. Afterwards, head past the Federal Chancellery 10 and through Tiergarten Park to the Siegessäule (Victory Colum) 11.

Or take a few steps to the other side of Brandenburg Gate and visit the impressive Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe 12. The impressive Potsdamer Platz 13, with its many buildings designed by top international architects, is just a short walk away. Here, you can see some original pieces of the Berlin Wall and explore the history of this square – and also check out some of the famous names of TV and movie stars on the Boulevard of Stars. Take a short detour on your way back to Unter den Linden boulevard to take in Gendarmenmarkt 14. Sit for a moment on the steps of the Konzerthaus concert hall, and enjoy the atmosphere of Berlin’s most beautiful square framed by the two churches of the Deutsche Dom and Französische Dom. At the hearty Augustiner at Gendarmenmarkt 15 recharge your batteries with some Bavarian-style specialities before exploring the world of grand emotions with top-flight opera, ballet and concerts in the Staatsoper Unter den Linden opera house 16, or opera in the musical theatre tradition at the Komische Oper 17.

Many of the key sights can also be comfortably viewed on a city tour (e.g. with Berlin City Tour) or on a river cruise (e.g. with the Reederei Bruno Winkler boats).

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