Express trip around Berlin

Comparing to other European cities Berlin may not be so rich on famous sights. But it still has its charm by combining ancient buildings and modern business centers. Berlin looks busy: a lot of offices, men dressed in the suits rushing to meetings, people on cars and bikes everywhere. But yet it’s so nice, quite and peaceful in its little parks and riversides. Another advantage is that geographically Berlin might be a very convenient stop on the way to other German cities like Munich or Dresden or even to other countries like Denmark, France etc.


pin I would highly recommend buying a one-day ticket for the public transportation. It allows you to travel during the whole day for an IMG_8007unlimited amount of trips on any public transport desired. The price is 6.90 €. You can purchase it at multilingual ticket machines on the platforms in metro, bus drivers sell them and in the trams at machines inside the trains.  Also some big metro stations provide ticket counters. You’ll have to validate your ticket stamping them at the yellow or red boxes on the platforms, in buses or trams. The fare for ride without a ticket is about 40 €.


So here’s our top 9 places for our express-trip to Berlin:

1. Alexanderplatz
2. Berlin TV Tower
3. Museum Island
4. Berlin Cathedral
5. Reichstag
6. Brandenburg Gate
7. Potsdamer Platz (including Sony Center + Mall of Berlin)
8. Checkpoint Charley
9. Eastside Gallery


And right away we will need our transport ticket, because in Berlin you’ll find the cheapest “hop on/hop off bus”. In fact it’s just a regular city bus #100 with a route that will lead you through the major sightseeing places. (City bus #200 also has similar route). Don’t forget to get a seat at the front on the upper deck, right over the bus driver to observe a panoramic view of the city and its attractions.


Television Tower

1. Our first stop and maybe most well know place in Berlin – Alexanderplatz, but it’s often called just Alex. It’s not just the largest square in Berlin, but also one of the busiest places – everyday Alexanderplatz is visited by almost 350k people.

2. Right on Alexanderplatz you won’t miss the tallest building in Germany – Television Tower (German: Fernsehturm) (368 meters). For 13 € an elevator will take you 200 meters up to observational level, where you can enjoy breathtaking view on the city.

Neptune Fountain

While you’re walking  to our next destination notice St. Mary’s Church it is the oldest church in Berlin dated around early 13th century. Right next to it is Neptune Fountain. Above the bowl of the fountain stands the powerful figure of the ancient sea-god Neptune.On the edge of the bowl are located four female figures symbolizing river Rhine, the Oder and Elbe.

Old National Gallery

3. Museum Island (German: Museumsinsel) is basically a part of the island on the river Spree Shpreeinzel in Berlin. On the tip of the island are concentrated Berlin’s most famous museums: Pergamon Museum, Bode-Museum, New Museum, Old National Gallery and Old Museum. But to visit all the them you’ll probably need more than one day. Here you can find more information about museums, events, opening hours and entrance fees.

4. Right next to the museums  you’ll see Berlin Cathedral (German: Berliner Dom). It is the largest Protestant church in Germany. Interior is very rich and beautiful. Under the dome of the cathedral there is an observation deck. Pass 270 stairs and to get the great view on Berlin. Esperance fee is 7 €.

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Berlin Cathedral

5. Now you can either take a bus #100  from station Lustgarden to station Reichstag / Bundestag. It will take you right to the Reichstag (German: Reichstagsgebäude). Reichstag – is probably the most famous and well-known landmark in Berlin. It’s a seat of the German Parliament. Today any tourist can visit Reichstag. All you need is to make on-line registration (min 2 days in advance). Visitor highlights include a lift ride to the top of the building to a large viewing terrace for the breathtaking views of Tiergarten, the dome and the mirror cylinder at the centre.

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Brandenburg Gate

6. Brandenburg Gate (German: Brandenburger Tor) – the only remaining city gate of Berlin, their original name – Gates of the world. Since the Berlin Wall came down in 1989 the Brandenburg Gate has now come to symbolise German unity. Since October 2002 the Brandenburg Gate has been closed for traffic, including buses and taxis.

Potsdamer Platz

 7. From Brandenburg Gate to Potsdamer Platz you can walk, which will take about 10 minutes. Potsdamer Platz is a historical area and a major transport intersection in the center of Berlin. Right on the square located Sony Center – a complex of 7 buildings, which includes different shops, restaurants, movie theater, offices, hotel and ect. There is also a large shopping center located on Potsdamer Platz – Mall of Berlin. It has a large variety of different clothing stores, food courts and a supermarket.

8. If you feel like you have some extra time you can visit Checkpoint Charley, which was most well-known crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War. It is now became a popular tourist spot. You can have a picture taken  for a fee with actors dressed as military policemen standing in front of the guard-house.

One of the paintings in Eastside Gallery

9. Our next and the last spot in Berlin will be Eastside Gallery – is the largest and most famous part of Berlin Wall that survived till nowadays with 105 paintings by artists from all over the world. “East Side Gallery” is the world’s longest gallery with a permanent exhibition  (1316 meters long).


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East Side Gallery is located aside from all the main sights, so to get there from Checkpoint Charley you have to take a metro from Sation U Kochstr./Checkpoint Charlie (Berlin) to U Hallesches Tor (Berlin) and then from station U Hallesches Tor (Berlin) to station S+U Warschauer Str. (Berlin) and then jus walk past the O2 World Arena. The whole route should take from 15 to 20 minutes.


Hope it was helpful for you 😉
Please share your ideas on best spots to see in Berlin.

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Rome in one day

If happened that you only have one day in Rome, it’s totally possible to see all the major sights and fall in love with this beautiful city. ♥

If you like, you can use a metro, but I would highly recommend to walk around Rome, especially if weather is nice. And if you’ll get tired, just stop for a cup of coffee or famous Italian gelato.

Here’s a little guide on 10 the most famous sights in Rome:

A. I’m going to start my route from Termini Railway Station (Italian: Stazione Termini) just because it’s almost in the center of the city and if you travel around Italy by train, you will most likely start your Roman adventure from here.

B. Moving from railway station to see gorgeous Basilica of St. Mary Major (Italian: Basilica di Santa Maria Maggiore) – one of the four major basilicas in Rome. It’s open for visitors during the day and the entrance is free.

C. Our next stop is probably the most well-known Italian landmark – Colosseum (Italian: Colosseo). Just right next to it is Roman Forum (Italian: Foro Romano) – ancient ruins of  several buildings. In order to enter Colosseum as well as Roman Forum you have to buy a ticket. The ticket price is 11 € and it includes both – Colosseum and Forum.


One city in One dayLines for the tickets to Colosseum are often so long that you can easily spend up to 3 hours just waiting. If you’d actually like to get inside there’s 2 ways to skip the line. You can either buy your ticket on-line even before the trip. It obviously will be more expensive, since you have to also pay a commission for the service, but will definitely save you couple of hours. Or you can purchase a Roma Pass that gives you free entry to the first 2 museums of your choice.


D. After you’ve walked around ancient Roman ruins we will move on to Piazza VeneziaThere you will find big white monument also known as Il Vittoriano. For 7 € you can take a glass lift which ascends to the panoramic terrace to look at the fascinating view of Rome.

E. Moving on to the biggest and the most beautiful fountain in the world – Trevi Fountain (Italian: Fontana di Trevi). According to the legend if you throw a coin into the fountain you will definitely come back to Rome again. Although there’s a certain way to do it. You have to be standing with your back to the fountain, throwing the coin with your right hand over your left shoulder.

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F. One of the most popular meeting places in Rome is Piazza di Spagna, that was named after Spanish Embassy to the Holy See. 137 steps (Spanish Steps) connect Piazza di Spagna with a church on top of the hill – Trinità dei Monti. In front of the staircase stands fountain in a form of a floating boat – Fontana della Barcaccia.

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G. For many years Ponte Sant’Angelo was the only passage over the Tibr river. The name of the bridge refers to the statue of the archangel, which according to the legend, appeared on top of the Castle of the Holy Angel (Italian: Castel Sant’Angelo). First Castle of the Holy Angel was built as mausoleum, but during many year it was functioning as a city wall, fortress, papal residence and even prison. Nowadays it is a National museum.

H. In just one day you have chance to visit 2 countries – Italy and Vatican. On the St. Peter’s Square (Italian: Piazza San Pietro) you’ll see white line on the ground – it’s a border of the Vatican. The square is bordered with colonnades that symbolize outstretched arms. At the head of the square stands St. Peters Basilica – one of the most largest churches in the world.


One city in One dayJust like in Colosseum to buy a ticket for the museums of Vatican you’ll have to wait in line for a couple of hours. But again there’s a way to go inside right away if you’ll purchase you’re ticket online before the trip.


From the right side of the entrance to St. Peters Basilica you’ll find entrance to the dome. There’s two ways for you to go upstairs – take the elevator or the stairs. The price range is not that different. 7 € for the elevator and 6 € for 320 stairs. On top of the dome you can enjoy spectacular view on Rome.

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I. One of the liveliest and busiest squares in Rome is Piazza Navona. There are three fountains that adorn the square. The biggest and the largest one is the Fountain of the Four Fivers. Fountain has four figures that represent four rivers from the different continents. Right behind the fountain located church Sant’Agnese in Agone. There’s a legend that the church was built on the place where St. Agnes stripped naked, but miraculously saved from disgrace by extraordinary growth of hair.

J.Our last stop in Rome will be Pantheon – a magnificent ancient temple. According to the legend it is the place where the founder of Rome – Romulus at his death was seized by an eagle and taken off into the skies with the Gods. Until the 20th century, the Pantheon was the largest concrete structure in the world. Michelangelo felt it was the work of angels, not men.

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Maybe one day is not enough to see and experience every magical sight of Rome, but it is a perfect amount of time to get a desire to come back. There is so many things that this city can offer that everyone can find something to love about Rome.

Have a great Italian journey!