Best of Berlin Tour
The Berlin tour with all famous classical sights
plus kids' channel in German and English
Kurfürstendamm 220 / Meinekestraße / BEROLINA Sales Bus
Kurfürstendamm – pulsating boulevard in West Berlin
- Theaters: Schaubühne, Theater des Westens, Theater &
Komödie am Kudamm, Bar jeder Vernunft, Vagantenbühne,
Renaissance Theater, Die Stachelschweine
Modern architecture meets the charm of the late 19th century – Kurfürstendamm is the main artery in West Berlin and the top promenade in the city, indeed one of the most famous streets in the world. You can stroll for 3.5 km on the broad footpath, past elegant shop windows between Breitscheidplatz and Halensee, or treat yourself in one of the numerous cafés and restaurants. Also worth seeing is the West Berlin scene around Schlüter, Bleibtreu, Mommsen, and Fasanenstraße as far as Savignyplatz, with marvellous shops, restaurants and cafés, trendy as well as traditional, e.g. Stilwerk, Sets, Café Einstein or Café im Literaturhaus, and much more!
Kurfürstendamm / Rankestraße
Kurfürstendamm – diverse and colourful, traditional and trendy
- Helmut Newton Foundation in the Museum of Photography
- C/O Berlin (photography) in Amerika Haus
- Camera Work Gallery in the West / CWC Gallery in Mitte
- Zoo Palast – today a modern premium cinema
- Waldorf Astoria Berlin – elegance in the heart of the city
The Memorial Church is a landmark of West Berlin and a war memorial for peace.
BIKINI BERLIN integrates the world's first ever concept mall, a collection of coordinated boutiques, concept stores and flagship stores, as well as restaurants and service providers. Of interest to a sophisticated, trendy and stylish international public with high demands with regard to quality and shopping experience.
West Berlin is an international cultural heavyweight in the area of photography, with many museums dedicated to this art!
KaDeWe – the largest department store on the European continent
- Kleine Nachtrevue – burlesque theatre
- attractive restaurants on Viktoria-Luise-Platz
What began in 1905 as a supposedly adventurous idea by the Berlin merchant and commercial councillor Adolf Jandorf already exceeded all expectations upon its opening in March 1907: as the leading department store in the country, KaDeWe offered its customers desirable goods from all over the world – from the latest looks of the Parisian catwalks to the exotic fruits of the South Seas. The same ritual occurs every day when, just before 10 a.m., the original iron gate from 1907 descends and KaDeWe, with its porter, welcomes up to 180,000 customers from all around the world.
Wittenbergplatz Underground Station was built according to the plans of Paul Wittig and opened on 11 March 1902.
Urania Berlin (founded 1888) is an interdisciplinary platform that presents current findings from the fields of science, culture, and society to a wide audience, and provides space for exchange and discourse.
Lützowplatz / Hotel Berlin
Lützowplatz – renowned for its bar scene, but also offers art and culture
- Schöneberg district between Nollendorfplatz,
Wittenbergplatz and Hauptstraße, with many
shops, cafés, restaurants and bars (ca. 1 km)
- Theatre Group Großstadtfenster Berlin
Lützowplatz definitely entices one for a cocktail or an after-work party, but it also has interesting cultural events on offer, with a total of six open-air sculptures.
The Bauhaus Archive / Museum of Design researches and presents the history and impact of the Bauhaus, the most important school for architecture, design and art in the 20th century – and over the decades has built up the world's largest collection on this subject.
Every Saturday a caravan sets off from Nollendorfplatz Underground Station towards Winterfeldtplatz. For that is where Berlin's largest and oldest weekly market takes place. The market, a smaller version of which is also held on Wednesdays, is a popular meeting place for locals and for all Berlin hipsters. Everything your heart desires is practically on the doorstep: chic cafés and bars, restaurants and very unique shops.
Kulturforum / Philharmonie
Kulturforum with the Berlin Philharmonie – here the art enthusiast is spoilt for choice
- Print Room and Art Library
- Berlin State Library – Prussian Cultural Heritage Foundation
- Scientific Centre for Social Research
- Matthäus Church by August Stüler
- Luiseninsel in the large park "Großer Tiergarten"
Since the 1960s the "Kulturforum" has grown to become an internationally renowned ensemble of buildings, which includes the world-famous "Berliner Philharmonie" and the chamber music hall "Kammermusiksaal", the "Neue Nationalgalerie" and the new Berlin State Library (Stabi). The most recent building in the "Kulturforum" is the "Neue Gemäldegalerie", opened in 1998. The exhibitions and concerts in the "Kulturforum", the varied role of the site in the history of the 20th century, and not least the significant architecture to be found here by Mies van der Rohe, Hans Scharoun, Hilmer & Sattler, make the Forum a very important sight in Berlin.
Potsdamer Platz – modern architecture, exciting history and interesting culture
- LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre Berlin
- Sculptures on Potsdamer Platz
- Dalí - The Exhibition on Potsdamer Platz
- Theater am Potsdamer Platz and Stage BLUEMAX Theater
- Nightclubs Adagio and E4 and Berlin Casino
- Prussian State Parliament Building, now seat of the
lower house of parliament
- Federal Assembly – neoclassicism on Leipziger Str.
The Potsdamer Platz quarter is one of the most exciting and diverse places in the city. Every day up to 100,000 people come to this square to experience the unique mixture of art, entertainment, shopping and cosmopolitan flair - and not least, to be touched by history.
Checkpoint Charlie – faithful replica of the border crossing and interesting facts about the Wall
- Trabi Museum and Deutsches Currywurst Museum
- Documentation Centre Topography of Terror
- Hi-Flyer – tethered balloon at Checkpoint Charlie
- Museum for Communication – past and future
- Friedrichstraße – shopping mile (Lafayette, Quartier206)
- Axel-Springer-Passage – business, culture and gastronomy
Today the Checkpoint Charlie memorial is one of the most famous sights in Berlin, as it was one of the border crossings through the Berlin Wall between 1961 and 1990, and one of the three Allied checkpoints used by the Americans. It was named after the third letter in the international phonetic alphabet (Alpha, Bravo, Charlie, …). On 13 August 2000 a faithful replica of the first checkpoint hut was unveiled. The piled-up sandbags are now filled with concrete instead of sand.
In the immediate vicinity there are various different museums, exhibitions, open-air galleries, memorials and much more on the subject of the 'Wall'.
Thus, Checkpoint Charlie is a MUST for every visitor to Berlin!
Gendarmenmarkt – one of Berlin's most beautiful squares
- Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Science
- Huguenot Museum and Nolde Museum Berlin
- Shopping: Friedrichstadt Passage + Galeries Lafayette
- Chocolate mecca on Gendarmenmarkt:
Fassbender-Rausch + Ritter Sport Bunte SchokoWelt
- International jet set in Restaurant Borchardt
- Over 200-year tradition: Restaurant Lutter & Wegner
Gendarmenmarkt is one of Berlin's most beautiful squares. It is dominated by three beautiful monumental buildings: the German Cathedral "Deutscher Dom", the French Cathedral "Französischer Dom" and the concert hall "Konzerthaus". The varied history of Gendarmenmarkt can be traced back to the 17th century and every single historical phase has left its trace to this day. Cafés on and near the square entice you to relax and enjoy!
Alexanderplatz Nord / Fernsehturm
Alexanderplatz – the Television Tower "Fernsehturm" is the most photographed sight in the City of Berlin
- Red Town Hall "Rotes Rathaus" – seat of the senate and the mayor
- Neptune Fountain "Neptunbrunnen" – formerly in front of the City Palace
- Marien Church – 'Berlin Dance of Death' mural
- Nikolai Quarter – Old Berlin on the Spree!
Colloquially, Alexanderplatz is called simply "Alex" and is a traffic hub in the Berlin district of Mitte. Thanks to the Television Tower "Fernsehturm" it is one of the best-known sights in the city.
On a fine day, the view from the Television Tower "Fernsehturm", from a height of 203 or 207 metres, offers a spectacular panorama of the entire city and is an unforgettable experience! If you have the time and leisure, we recommend Restaurant Sphere in the tower: within each hour the restaurant rotates once around its own axis. Nowhere else will you get such an overview of Berlin, so quickly and yet so leisurely!
Neptunbrunnen / Fernsehturm
Neptune Fountain "Neptunbrunnen" – under the Television Tower "Fernsehturm" between the Marien Church and the Red Town Hall "Rotes Rathaus"
- Television Tower – at 368 m the highest German building
- Urania World Clock – metal rotunda with 148 cities
- Fountain of International Friendship
- Park with Marx-Engels Forum
- Base Flying from the Park Inn Hotel (Apr-Oct)
Berliners have a nickname for most things, and in 1891 they christened the Neptune Fountain "Neptunbrunnen" in front of the City Palace "Forckenbecken". On the one hand it describes the fountain very fittingly: Neptune stands with a trident "Forke" in his hand in a basin "Becken". On the other hand, the mayor at the time was called Forckenbeck. Berlin might not be Rome, but the fountain dedicated to the god of the sea between Marien Church and Red Town Hall "Rotes Rathaus", and beside the landmark Television Tower "Fernsehturm", has famous predecessors in Rome: the Triton Fountain in the Piazza Barberini and the Fountain of the Four Rivers on Piazza Navona
DomAquarée – the stop for a switch between 'Berlin on land and on water‘
- Mitte district near Hackescher Markt is not far away
- Neptune Fountain previously in front of the City Palace
- Marien Church – 'Berlin Dance of Death' mural
- Red Town Hall – seat of the senate and the mayor
- Nikolai Quarter – Old Berlin on the Spree!
The AquaDom in the City Quarter DomAquarée is unique, because it is the largest cylindrical aquarium in the world. The perfect finale to a fascinating visit to Berlin's SEA LIFE aquarium is a trip through the AquaDom, with around 1,500 fish.
This stop is 'under the sign of the water' and you can take the opportunity here to transfer onto a ship for a 1-hour boat tour through the historical centre and the government quarter!
It is also worthwhile to take a stroll through the Mitte district around Hackescher Markt, which is lively both day and night with its courtyards, cafés, restaurants and high-quality international snack bars, exquisite boutiques, flagship stores and designer shops.
Lustgarten / Berliner Dom / Museumsinsel
"Lustgarten" in front of the Cathedral – the gateway to Museum Island "Museumsinsel" and an absolute highlight
- Humboldt Box – large project 'Palace Reconstruction' and interactive exhibition on 'palace life'
- Former GDR State Council Building
- Arsenal "Zeughaus" and German Historical Museum "Deutsches Historisches Museum"
- German Foreign Office – the building on Werderscher Markt
The "Lustgarten", or pleasure garden, in front of the "Berliner Dom" is one of the most traditional squares in Berlin with varying use... once the kitchen and flower garden of the palace, then a parade ground under Frederick-William I, and used as a marching forum by the National Socialists, now savoir-vivre is cultivated here on sunny days.
The unique ensemble on Museum Island "Museumsinsel" in the heart of Berlin has been a UNESCO World Heritage Site since 1999. Its magnificent museum buildings were designed by famous architects of their time. The collections exhibited on the Museum Island "Museumsinsel" cover the period from prehistory to antiquity to the art of the 19th century. Each year more than three million people experience the fascination of the Museum Island "Museumsinsel".
Unter den Linden / Friedrichstraße
Boulevard "Unter den Linden" and avenue "Friedrichstraße" – oldest and magnificent boulevard versus modern shopping mile
- Unter den Linden State Library
- Crown Prince's Palace and Princesses' Palace
- Deutsche Bank KunstHalle, formerly Deutsche Guggenheim
- NIVEA Haus – wellness to go while out and about
- Madame Tussaud's Wax-Figure Cabinet
- Friedrichstraße – luxury shopping mile with Friedrichstadt-Passagen, Galeries Lafayette and much more
The pompous structure of the street "Unter den Linden" is unique throughout Europe and originated in the 16th century. The wonderfully preserved historical buildings from different eras are very close to each other. In particular, the different building styles from classicism to baroque and rococo make Bebelplatz so beautiful. The former royal opera "ehemalige Königliche Hofoper", now State Opera "Staatsoper Unter den Linden", is the first and oldest building of the Forum Fridericianum. Directly behind it, in the style of the Roman Pantheon, is St. Hedwig's Cathedral with its imposing dome, 40 metres in diameter.
A contrast is presented by "Friedrichstraße", whose modern architecture nevertheless fits harmoniously into the historical framework.
Brandenburger Tor / Reichstag
Brandenburg Gate "Brandenburger Tor" and Reichstag – inseparably connected to German history
- Hotel Adlon Kempinski on Pariser Platz
- Holocaust Memorial for the murdered Jews of Europe
- Soviet Cenotaph on Straße des 17. Juni
- Park Großer Tiergarten – the green lung of Berlin
- Haus der Kulturen der Welt – nicknamed the pregnant oyster
Until 1989 the Brandenburg Gate "Brandenburger Tor" was a symbol for the division of Berlin and Germany and now stands for German Reunification. It is one of the most famous landmarks of the city. The 'lonely, shot-up Reichstag' was also a symbol during the division – as a 'lump of sandstone in no-man's land between conflicting world systems'.
Together with the new Chancellor's Office "Kanzleramt", the Paul-Löbe-Haus and the Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus, the 'band of federal buildings' now combines the parts of the city across the Spree that were previously divided by the Berlin Wall.
Symbolic power is also very noticeable at the Memorial for the murdered Jews of Europe.
Central Station "Hauptbahnhof"
Central Station "Hauptbahnhof" – architectural highlight on the Spree
- Invalidenpark with Wall Fountain
- Invaliden Cemetery overlooking the Spree
- Dorotheenstädtische Cemetery – graves of the intellectual elite of Germany
- History Park – formerly Moabit Prison
- ULAP Park wildly overgrown steps
Architecturally, Berlin Central Station "Hauptbahnhof" is the largest tower railway station in Europe, as well as being the most modern and important railway hub. The rails cross each other from North-South and West-East and symbolise the growing together of Europe.
Originally, the Hamburger Bahnhof was the terminus of the railway route between Hamburg and Berlin. It commenced operation in 1846 and today is the only preserved railway building from this era. The national gallery of modern art "Museum der Gegenwart" in the Hamburger Bahnhof, which covers an exhibition area of 13,000 sqm, is one of the largest and most significant public collections of contemporary art in the world.
The permanent exhibition 'On the Trail of Life' at the Museum of Medical History on the grounds of the Charité Hospital (Campus Mitte) covers 300 years of medical history.
Victory Column "Siegessäule" – from a symbol of war to the largest dance pole in the world, at the heart of the Love Parade
- Straße des 17. Juni – party mile for large events
- Park Großer Tiergarten – the green lung of Berlin
- Tea House in the English Garden – culinary delights
The Victory Column "Siegessäule" was erected in 1873 in front of the Reichstag building on what was at that time the Royal Square "Königsplatz", in commemoration of the Prussian victories over Denmark, Austria and France. In 1938 the National Socialists had it moved to the Tiergarten. It became world famous in the years in which Love Parade partygoers danced to techno sounds around the Victory Column "Siegessäule", and also in 2008, when Barack Obama, at the time a US presidential candidate, gave a speech here.
The white Bellevue Palace "Schloss Bellevue", built in the neoclassical style, is the seat of the Federal German President and forms a distinct contrast to the black polished granite facade and the glass roof of the Office of the German Federal President "Bundespräsidialamt".
The" Straße des 17. Juni" commemorates the popular uprising in the GDR in 1953. Today it is frequently used as a party mile for large events: the Berlin Marathon, New Year's Eve, Unification celebrations, large-screen showings of football matches at the World Cup and European Championships, Christopher Street Day, and much more.
The park "Großer Tiergarten" covers 210 hectares and is the second-largest city-centre park after the Tempelhof Field (formerly Tempelhof Airport). It is a very popular green island in the city, used for barbecues, jogging, cycling, skating, football, relaxing, picknicking and strolling.
Straße des 17. Juni / flea market (Sat/Sun only)
Original Berlin flea market and art market – for that 'special' souvenir of Berlin
- KPM Royal Porcelain Manufacture Berlin with the exhibition
KPMWELT and KPMCAFÉ
- Technical University and Ernst-Reuter-Platz
- Beer garden in the Café am Neuen See and in the Schleusenkrug
Whether in sunshine, rain or snow, the original Berlin flea market and the arts and crafts market offer the opportunity every Saturday and Sunday to acquire a very special souvenir of Berlin. Since 1973 the flea market has developed a lively tradition and is regarded as Berlin's nicest attraction by visitors from all over the world.
The beer garden in the "Café am Neuen See" is an especially pleasant place for the whole family.
Charlottenburg Palace "Schloss Charlottenburg" – Prussian splendour in the middle of the city
- Museum Berggrün – classical modernity
- Scharf-Gerstenberg Collection – Romanticism to Surrealism
- Bröhan Museum – Jugendstil, art deco, functionalism
- Schlossstraße with beer gardens, cafés and restaurants
- Brauhaus Lemke – small craft brewery
Charlottenburg Palace "Schloss Charlottenburg" is surrounded by a unique baroque garden that transitions into a landscape park, enchanting visitors with diverse architecture. The entire ensemble impresses with magnificent salons and ballrooms, imposing hallways and high-quality art collections, such as the largest collection of French 18th century painting outside France.
Museum Berggrün is a private collection of unique works by Pablo Picasso, Paul Klee, Henri Matisse and Alberto Giacometti in the western Stüler building opposite the palace, and it is the most important exhibition space for classical modernity in Berlin.
Antiques mile "Antiquitätenmeile"
Antiques mile "Antiquitätenmeile" – Suarezstraße in the Charlottenburg district seduces you back to the past
- Witzlebenstraße with shops, cafés and restaurants
- Charlottenburg District Court – Märkisch baroque
There is no other commercial street in Germany that deserves the name antique mile "Antiquitätenmeile".
30 antique shops thrill not only antique enthusiasts with high-quality pieces, but also flea market browsers with special small items and everyday things for very little money.
Kurfürstendamm 216 / Fasanenstraße
Kurfürstendamm – corner of Fasanenstraße, refined and diverse; corner of Uhlandstraße lively and chic:
- The Story of Berlin – museum, atomic shelter
- Vegan cuisine im La Mano Verde
- West Berlin scene – mixture of shopping,
amusement, living and working
The Literaturhaus, in a former suburban villa on Fasanenstraße, is renowned for its cosy café in a winter garden and for the enchanting and generous city garden in which you can relax wonderfully.
In the Berliner Kaffeerösterei you can watch the master roasters at work. Experience how the beans are roasted for your cup of coffee, take some freshly roasted coffee home, or enjoy a cup in the neighbouring café.
Visiting 'The Story of Berlin' is anything but boring, as the multimedia exhibition stimulates all the senses with sound recordings, smells and things you can touch. A special part of the experiential exhibition is a tour through an original atomic shelter under the Kudamm Karree.