Berlin Bus Tour: Stop by StopAugust 28, 2014 12:52 pm
A hop-on-hop-off bus tour is often high on many people’s to-do list when visiting a new city and it’s easy to see why. Being able to visit many of the top attractions, understand the lay of the city and jump on and off when you want to see something allows a great introduction to any city!
The hop-on-hop-off bus tour included with the Berlin Pass is no different, it allows you to see many of the top sights and landmark that have helped shape Berlin. It also acts as a way to get around the city and avoid the often confusing and busy public transport systems.
In this, our latest Berlin Blog, we’ve outlined all 20 stops and what you’d see if you choose to jump off and explore…
Kurfürstendamm 231 Stop
The Kurfürstendamm stop is right in front of the Karstadt department store (near the Memorial Church) offers a great selection of shops and goods from designer brands to high street names. Jump off if you need some retail therapy and stop for a coffee on the 6th floor café which boasts fab views over Berlin.
Similar to the previous stop, the KaDeWe is a leading department store, commission in 1905, with its doors opening in 1907. Head here if designer goods are what you’re looking for!
The Lützowplatz in Berlin is located in the Tiergarten district. Nearby you’ll find the Lützowplatz House which is an exhibition house for contemporary art and every year it is home to 6 – 8 exhibitions of national and international artists, varying from paintings, and concept art to installations. If you’re interested in contemporary art jump off and take a look!
Philharmonic Orchestra/Culture Forum Stop
The clue is in the title with this stop! If you’re interested in seeing the Orchestra head to http://www.philharmonia.co.uk/ and find out what’s on when you’re visiting Berlin.
Potsdamer Platz Stop
If you haven’t stopped off at the Potsdamer Platz yet then jump off and join the other 100,000 people that enjoy one of the most exciting corners of Berlin. You’ll enjoy a unique blend of art, entertainment, shopping, cosmopolitan flair and a fantastic buzz!
Topography of Terror Stop
Visited by more than 1 million people in 2013, the ‘Topography of Terror’ is one of the most frequently visited places of remembrance in Berlin. The Topography of Terror was the headquarters of the Secret State Police, the SS and the Reich Security Main Office.
Checkpoint Charlie Stop
Known locally as the Mauer Museum, this checkpoint is a key landmark both geographically and historically. A must-see when visiting Berlin so jump off, grab your Berlin Pass and head inside for free to learn about the dramatic stories of escape attempts!
The Gendarmenmarkt is a famous square in Berlin and the site of Konzerthaus and flanked by the French and German Cathedrals. The square was created by Johann Arnold Nering at the end of the 17th century and is a great stop to stretch your legs and get some great photos!
Called simply ‘Alex’ by Berliners, the Alexanderplatz is a square named to honour Alexander I, Tsar of Russia on his visit to Berlin in 1805. Layered with history the square now represents a popular area and one which you’ll know doubt become familiar with when spending a few days in Berlin.
Radisson Hotel, (the ship) Stop
Useful if you’re staying here but sit down and head to the next stop if you’re not!
Museum Island Stop
Jump off, jump off! One not too be missed when visiting Berlin. Grab your Museum Pass (included with the Berlin Pass) and head to the famous Museum Island. Called this as it is home to five internationally significant museums including the Altes Museum, Neues Museum, National Gallery, Bode Museum and Pergamon Museum.
Humboldt University Stop
One of the Berlin’s oldest universities and founded in 1810 as the University of Berlin.
Unter den Linden 36/Friedrichstrasse Stop
The Friedrichstrasse neighbourhood is a major cultural and shopping street in central Berlin.
Unter den Linden 74 Stop
If you are planning on visiting Madame Tussauds then this is where you will need to get off the bus.
Brandenburg Gate Stop
Jump off, jump off! One of the most iconic landmarks in Berlin, the Brandenburg Gate is a fabulous structure which was formerly the city gate and was rebuilt in the late 18th century. Grab your camera as you’ll want to add some snaps to your Berlin photo album. You’ll also be able to enjoy a traffic free Brandenburg Gate as since October 2002 it has been closed from traffic, buses and taxis.
The Berlin Hauptbahnhof is the main railway station in Berlin so this stop is useful if you’re using the hop-on-hop-off bus as a means of transport and need to get a connecting train or are coming from the train station.
House of World Cultures Stop
The House of World Cultures is a place for contemporary international art and is located in central Berlin. It includes artistic productions from around the world with a special focus on non-European cultures and societies. Many of the exhibitions are free admission so if you fancy some free art then jump off!
Schloss Bellevue/Victory Column/Tiergarten Stop
This stop is on the banks of the river Spree and is near the Bellevue Palace, Victory Column and Tiergarten Stop. If these take your fancy, head off and take a look around.
Straße des 17/flea market/S-Bahn Tiergarten Stop
Another stop which encompasses a number of interesting sights and attractions.
Bhf Zoologischer Garten Stop
This railway stop is adjacent to the Berlin Zoo so a good one to jump off if you have children who are getting itchy for some fun and excitement!