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.
I would highly recommend buying a one-day ticket for the public transportation. It allows you to travel during the whole day for an unlimited 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:
2. Berlin TV Tower
3. Museum Island
4. Berlin Cathedral
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.
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.
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.
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 €.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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 😉
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