If you have 2 days in Berlin and would like to see the city, this itinerary will help you out! I like to be well organized, and having map, plans and knowing what to see next instead just wandering around. Don’t get me wrong, in some cities I love to get lost, and discover small streets and beautiful buildings. But when seeing such a historic European capital like Berlin – you have to have a plan.
Depending on how many days you have in the town, you might either stretch out this guide or try to see as much as possible in 1 day. I feel like 2,3 days is just enough to see the center of the town. We still would love to see places around, that we didn’t manage, but that probably will have to be next time.
To not waste your time, I’ll start with suggestion for the first day!
Itinerary for today:
- Brandenburg Gate
- Memorial to Jews
- Charlie Checkpoint
Our sightseeing around Berlin had to started at this very important for German people place – Reichstag building. It is a place where German Parliament resides. Election to this parliament are every 4 years. Reichstag was opened in 1894. In 1933, when Hitler was appointed the Chancellor of Germany, Reichstag building was set on fire. Since then, as the place became a ruin, it hasn’t been used for decades. Eventually it was refurbished and reopened in 1999. It is quite impressive and big construction with considerable in size front yard, where actually some concert has taken place in the past (for example Michael Jackson’s).
If you are here in Berlin, Germany, you have to see this landmark. It’s like going to London and not seeing Big Ben! Brandenburg Gate is a monument that has been completed in 1791. You can’t miss it, as it is located practically in the center of the town. Behind it, there is Tiergarten Park (which you can see on the day, or the next day as in this tour) and in front there is Pariser Platz. Across the ages it served different public and politic purposes. For example, Napoleon Bonaparte was marching across it. Also, German people were gathering there to celebrate or protest. Now it is a great symbol of freedom, after the Cold War and falling of Berlin Wall. Beside freedom it symbolizes reunification, of East and West Berlin (and Germany in general) in 1990.
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
If you are going to visit this place of memory, please do me a favor and please please don’t do stupid selfies or climb onto those monuments. I have seen it multiple times on social media and it’s not cool. Speaking more direct – it is disrespectful to those people who lost their lives – to almost 6 million Jewish People who were brutally murdered during World War II. This memorial is a place where you should be silent, and considerate. Under the ground there is a Museum that I think you should see. Very moving, and educational.
Point where you could cross the Berlin Wall, a gate between East and West Germany, guided by military. It was put in place mainly to decrease migration (escape in this case) from East Berlin to the West.
Itinerary for today:
- Berlin Cathedral
- TV Tower Berlin
Square in the historic center of Berlin, where Christmas Markets usually take place. Buildings surrounding it are French Church, German Church and Concert Hall. As you might see on the picture below, there are couple of restaurants with outside seating, so on the beautiful sunny day like that you can have tea or coffee, whilst admiring the square.
If you are into history, you can’t miss this another historic place, where Nazi’s burning of books took place in 1933. This infamous event of the German History is being commemorated by a plaque and memorial underground which can be seen through glass (empty bookshelves).
It is a protestant church, that started as Catholic church back in 15th century. I would say it’s very impressive and tall place of worship. Fountains just right in front of it, give it very magical look. And trust me it looks so good especially during Autumn, because of surrounding it park!
You can also see it inside during masses or with paid tour and guide.
TV Tower Berlin
Official name for this TV Tower is Fernsehturm Berlin. As the name suggest it is tall (368m) television tower, completed in 1969. It is located south west from Alexanderplatz. I made picture from far away, to make sure it fits within the frames, don’t mind me:D You can of course come closer to it.
After full day of walking and having peach bubble tea, we decided it’s time to try out those BIRD scooters that are all around the city. So we installed the app, and it was super easy to ‘borrow’ the scooter. You were paying per minute, and you could leave it in designated points. First place we went to see was Siegessaule – which is a monument located in the middle of huge roundabout. This statue is commemorating Prussian victory in the war in 1864.
I think Tiergarten is my favorite place of all! Don’t know if that’s the case because it was beautifully colored by Autumn? Maybe 🙂
This park it’s covering 520 acres of land, and it’s one of the largest city parks in Germany. We were discovering it by BIRD scooter to save some time, but if you have 2 days in Berlin or more, you can always allocate some more time to discover this park by walk.
where to stay and where to eat
If you have 2 days in Berlin, the best choice is to stay somewhere central. We stayed in The Westin Grand Berlin and honestly we would give it 10/10. You couldn’t have better location than that. You could see all the places on the list by walk. We didn’t use public transport at all when we were there (just when we were going from and to the airport). Rooms were so nice and clean, and they have even radio in the bathroom! I haven’t seen that feature before, but it’s so cool!
Breakfast also 10/10, so fresh and delicious! Also big choice of food, milks, breads, whatever you’d like 🙂
Where to eat?
Maximilian’s! Very reasonably priced German traditional meals, plus big choice of beer (if you are fan of it, I am not but it’s always good to know!). People are incredibly polite and nice, and don’t worry if you don’t speak German – majority of locals speak excellent English.
Well that’s all that we managed to see and do whilst having just 2 days in Berlin! Hope you liked this itinerary and it will help you with organizing your trip or walk around the capital of Germany.
Have you been in Berlin before? If not, are you planning on going? If you have been there, what’s your favorite place, that you would recommend?
Thank you for spending time with me here, and I hope to see you soon!