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Berlin Bucket List: Top 50 Things to Do in Berlin

September 28, 2017 10:00 am by

Culture, food, art, architecture, history and more, there’s plenty going on in Berlin! Check out our Berlin Bucket List below…

With so much on offer, choosing what to do on a visit to Berlin can be a challenge. Check out our Berlin bucket list of the top 50 things to do while you’re there, to get started.

Berlin Bucket List

1. Climb the glass dome at the top of the Reichstag for the ultimate 360° view of Berlin.

2. Visit the 18th century Brandenburg Gate, the iconic landmark of the city.

3. Spend a few hours, or even a whole day, at Museum Island, exploring Berlin’s historical museums and art galleries. Make sure to visit the Neue National Gallery and the Pergamon Museum.

4. Walk along the East Side Gallery, the world’s largest open air gallery next to a remaining section of the Berlin Wall.

5. Take an Insider walking tour of the city, with a specialist guide to show you around.

6. Cross the city’s most picturesque bridge, the Oberbaumbrücke, separating the Kreuzberg districts.

7. Eat a currywurst, sliced up fried sausage served with curry ketchup. It’s a classic! Check out our guide to the top local food in Berlin you must try!

8. Relax in the Tiergarten park. Once a forest, the name translates as ‘animal garden’.

9. Wander among the sloping blocks and pay your respects at the outdoor Holocaust Museum.

10. Go shopping on Ku’damm (Kurfürstendamm), Berlin’s most famous shopping street, or explore the boutiques in Kreuzberg.

Berlin Bucket List

11. Look up at the ceiling in the Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom), once destroyed in the war, but now fully restored.

12. For an interactive experience about what life was like in East Germany, visit the DDR Museum (short for Deutsche Demokratische Republik, the German name for the East German state).

13. Pack a picnic and visit the quiet Grunewald forest. While there, take a look at the abandoned spy station.

14. Snap a great souvenir at one of the Photoautomaten photo booths scattered around the city.

15. Hire a bicycle or take a Fat Tire Segway Tour to explore the ins and outs of the city on wheels.

16. Marvel at the city by night from the top of the TV Tower at Alexanderplatz.

17. Grab a bargain at the wonderful BiOriental Market at Maybaucher offering everything from vegetables to antiques.

18. Appreciate the artwork on the ground floor of the Deutsche Bank premises at the Deutsche Bank KunstHalle.

19. Take a swim on the river. Yes, that’s right, on it, not in it! Badeschiff offers swimming pools in cargo containers on the river.

20. On a Sunday afternoon, stroll through Mauerpark where everyone comes together to enjoy food, drink, live music and great company.

Berlin Bucket List

21. Showcasing botany and the art and cultural history of plants, the Botanical Museum and Gardens is a firm feature on many visitors’ Berlin bucket list.

22. Rest your eyes and dine in the dark at Germany’s first unlit restaurant Unsicht-Bar.

23. Take a hop-on-hop-off Berlin bus tour to see all the sights.

24. Spend a lazy afternoon at the waterside bar, Fischerpinte, on the edge of the Plötzensee lake.

25. Explore medieval Berlin in Nikolaiviertel on the eastern shore of the river Spree, which was rebuilt as a medieval village after being destroyed in 1945.

26. Get lost in the courtyards and bars of the Hackescher Höfe.

27. Climb the narrow stairs of the Siegesaüle for a spectacular view of the Tiergarten.

28. Tickle your taste buds with Berlin’s street food offerings, every Thursday at the Markthalle IX. Discover the best of the city’s diverse street markets with our guide.

29. Marvel at the larger-than-life Soviet War Memorial in Treptower Park, where over 5000 Russian soldiers are buried.

Berlin Bucket List

30. Uncover Berlin’s secrets with an underground tour where you can wander around the civilian shelters and bunkers from WW2.

31. If you’re visiting in December, get in the festive spirit at the Christmas markets all over the city. One of our favourites is WeinachtsZauber at the Gendarmenmarkt.

32. See, and taste, the latest in urban gardening at the cafe in Prinzessinnengarten.

33. Take a selfie with Marx and Engels at the Marx-Engels Monument.

34. Follow in the footsteps of thousands and cross the old border between East and West Berlin at Checkpoint Charlie.

35. Take the world’s fastest lift to the top of the Panoramapunkt in Potsdamer Platz for a spectacular view of the city.

36. Spend some time with the animals at Berlin Zoo, which boasts one of the largest collections of animals in the world.

37. Visit the largest palace in Berlin, the Charlottenburg Palace, which was built in the 17th century.

38. At the site of the headquarters of the Gestapo and the SS, experience history at the outdoor and indoor Topography of Terror museum.

39. Get the fright of your life: travel back in time from the Middle Ages to the 19th century at the Berlin Dungeon.

Berlin Bucket List
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40. Take some time out and wander around the Chinese, Middle Eastern and European Gardens of the World (Gärten der Welt).

41. Experience life as an East German prisoner in the Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Museum which is housed in a former prison.

42. Enjoy a beer in one of Berlin’s best beer bars, Hopfenreich in Kreuzberg. Every Tuesday they run a weekly tour of the city’s craft beer hotspots.

43. Cruise along the river Spree in style on a Berlin River Cruise.

44. Admire over 2700 pieces of art by European artists from the 13th to the 18th century at the Gemalde Gallery in the heart of the Kulturforum.

45. Have breakfast for dinner, or whenever you want at the Schwarzes Café. Former visitors include David Bowie and Iggy Pop.

46. Pay what you want for your drinks at Perlin. “Rent” a glass and then pay what you feel your evening was worth at the end of your night.

47. Take a tour in East Germany’s classic car, the Trabi, with Trabi Safari.

48. Sample some Turkish delights at one of the many Turkish food stands that are scattered around the city.

49. Rock climb in a former bunker at Der Kegel in Friedrichschain.

50. Shop ’til you drop at Europe’s largest department store, KaDeWa.

Berlin has something for everyone. What’s on your Berlin bucket list?