2 Days in Berlin: The Top Things You Must DoDecember 15, 2016 10:00 am
Short on time? Take a whistle stop tour of Germany’s capital with our guide to 2 days in Berlin.
Planning on popping by Berlin? With over 200 museums, historical landmarks and fun-filled activities, it can be overwhelming putting together any form of an itinerary. But don’t fret, because we’ve scoured the scene and picked out the can’t-miss spots that you need to put on your list.
As one of Berlin’s most important cultural institutions, the Pergamon Museum is home to an incredible range of relics spanning across global historical periods. Redesigned in recent years to house even more fantastic exhibitions, the three-wing structure includes reconstructions of archaeological sites like the Pergamon Altar, the Ishtar Gate and more. Their three permanent exhibitions include Antikensammlung, Vorderasiatisches Museum and the Museum für Islamische Kunst.
Explore Berlin’s difficult history at the Checkpoint Charlie Museum (also known as the Mauer Museum), where visitors can learn about life during the time of the Berlin Wall. Follow the stories of those who made daring escapes across the divide using everything from homemade submarines to hot air balloons and be inspired by the strength of the human spirit.
Brought your family along to the German capital? Spend a day at the LEGOLAND® Discovery Centre, where the whole family can take a spin on their fun attractions including the heart-racing Dragon Ride and LEGO Ninjago, a laser maze which will push you to the limit. Spend some time building with over 5 million LEGO pieces and sign the little ones up for a workshop with their Master Builders, who are behind the impressive structures throughout the centre.
With only two days to see the city, you’ll be short on time to see all of Berlin’s best attractions. Hop on the Berlin Bus tour, an open-roof bus that will take you through Berlin and to over nineteen different stops including Museum Island, Potsdamer Platz, Checkpoint Charlie and more. Riders can jump on and off whenever they want to as the buses run regularly (15-30 minutes in the summer, 20-40 minutes in the winter) and also include bilingual expert tour guides to heighten your experience.
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This internationally famous wax museum remains a favourite on Berlin tourists’ lists and features over 120 diverse iconic figures, spanning from Albert Einstein all the way to Angelina Jolie. To celebrate the recent Star Wars releases, the museum has just added eleven new Star Wars characters to their posse of celebrities, heroes, scientists and politicians. These hyperrealistic figures will have you double checking they haven’t blinked while you’ve been watching.
Get ready to scream at Berlin’s scariest tourist attraction, where visitors will be taken through the goriest and most terrifying parts of 800 years of Berlin history. This 70 minute experience combines live shows, special effects and the nastiest characters in Berlin’s history including The Butcher of Berlin Carl Grossman. With rides like the plunging Elevator of Doom, a River Raft ride and a Torture Chamber to escape from, you’ll need to have your wits about you to make it out unscathed.
This stunningly conceived cathedral is the epicenter of the Protestant church in Berlin and a fantastic example of neo-Baroque architecture. Located on Museum Island alongside other famous Berlin attractions, its recognisable blue-green dome is a perfect place to view the city skyline. With regular services and musical performances still running, the cathedral is also the final resting place of 94 different royal figures in the Hohenzollern Crypt.
Located on Museum Island, the Bode Museum is home to an eclectic range of art collections including fantastic Byzantine sculptures, the largest range of antique coins and European fine art. Originally concepted by Crown Princess Victoria of Prussia, the museum was named after her husband as the Kaiser-Friedrich-Museum before it suffered massive damages during World War Two and was subsequently restored to its former glory as the Bode-Museum in 1956.
Another Museum Island resident, the Alte National Gallery derives its name from the fact that it was the former home of the Nationalgalerie. Exploring a number of different artistic movements through the years, Romantic and Impressionist masterworks dominate the collection and also boasts an extensive collection of pieces by Adolph Menzel. With over 1800 paintings and 1500 sculptures to enjoy, it’s a cultural experience not to be missed.
Follow the Spree river through the heart of Berlin on a leisurely open-top river cruise, where the hour long tour will take you past sites like Museum Island, Reichstag and the Berlin Cathedral. Save your tired feet, take a seat in the sun and learn about the capital from their included tour guides, who provide commentary in both English and