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Day 1: Berlin's Top Attractions at a Glance
First time in Berlin? Then you should make sure to see these top sights. Day 1 of the Best of Berlin 48 h Tour includes all the German capital's major landmarks.
The tour begins in the heart of the city in the  Tiergarten, one of the largest green areas in Berlin and an urban oasis.
From the  Brandenburg Gate, it's just a short walk to the  House of World Cultures and the  Reichstag, seat of the German government. After going up in the Reichstag dome (pre-registration recommended), head to the small  Spreebogenpark in the government district for a break. Enjoy the views of the Spree as it turns to the west and the modern Berlin cityscape with Berlin Central Station, the Humboldthafen, Schiffbauerdamm and the Paul-Löbe-Haus.
We then recommend taking one of the hop on hop off sightseeing bus tours by  Berlin City Tour. Among others this bus will take you on ride passing the main attraction Berlin has to offer.
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If you get off directly at the  Museum Island, you can go on discovering the beautiful  Berlin Cathedral from inside and outside. The five museums housed on this island in the River Spree boast impressive architecture and collections of world renown. Not far from the Museum Island is the  DDR Museum, one of Germany's most popular museums. It uses interactive displays to show what life was like in Communist East Germany.
Before heading out into Berlin's famous nightlife, we recommend visiting a restaurant in Berlin's historic centre. Around  Friedrichstraße and Gendarmenmarkt, you'll find numerous restaurants for all tastes, including friedrichs 106, Löwenbräu am Gendarmenmarkt, or Berliner Republik.
In the heart of Berlin, you can choose from all sorts of performances and shows. For example, you can end your day with a unique Vegas-style show in Europe's largest show theatre, the  Friedrichstadt-Palast. The current show THE WYLD takes you on a ride into a wild Berlin of fantasy. Alternatively, you can check out some modern acrobatics with humour at the  CHAMÄLEON at Hackescher Markt.
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Day 2 History Hands-On
Experience Berlin's history up close and enjoy breath-taking views over the city!
Start the day in Berlin's Mitte district and visit the  Hackesche Höfe, known for their great selection of shops and Berlin design in traditional rear courtyard spaces. Then head to the  TV Tower for 360° views over the city and beyond from 207 metres in the sky.
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Berlin's history can be told and experienced from many perspectives. Certainly the stories of thousands of Jewish families and their unique culture are a big part of it. At the  Jewish Museum, you can learn a lot about the history of Jews in Germany and many human destinies over the centuries.
Definitely head over to City West in the afternoon and start on  Kurfürstendamm. Many long-standing shops such as  KaDeWe at Wittenbergplatz attract people from all over the world. But entirely new, creative concepts such as  BIKINI Berlin at the Berlin Zoo also show that fresh winds are blowing in old West Berlin, too. Housed in a 1950's postwar building, Germany's first concept mall combines modern shopping experiences with moving Berlin- history.
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Learn more about Berlin in an entertaining way at  The Story of Berlin. The museum tells the stories of the city past and present and also includes an atomic fallout shelter you can tour.
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