Germany’s capital, Berlin, is too big to explore in just one day but if you’re strapped for time, these are the things that you must do.
Begin your day with a fresh cup of coffee at Barcomi’s located at the city’s downtown area. Here, you can enjoy a filling breakfast together with the café’s own roast coffee. Don’t forget to grab some tasty bagels so you have something to snack on while exploring the city.
Once you’re done with your breakfast, go get a day pass for the Berlin U-Bahn. This is Berlin’s Metro system which will allow you to get around the city’s major hotspots quickly. Once you have your card, you are now ready to begin your exploration.
Go to the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe which has over 2,700 concrete slabs at varying heights. You want to pay respects to the victims so avoid taking pictures while in the memorial.
After your somber walk at the Holocaust Memorial, go to the Brandenburg Gate which signifies the German reunification during the Cold War. Here, you can take pictures with the soldiers from opposite sides.
Before you finally get your lunch, go to Checkpoint Charlie first. This is where US and Russian forces had an encounter in 1961. Just a few minutes ride away, there is the East Side Gallery in Friedrichshain which features artworks depicting the end of the war.
You’re probably feeling famished by now so head on over to the Lebensmittel in Mitte for hearty meals like lamb with green beans wrapped with bacon and pork and kässespätzle.
Now it’s time to head over to Berliner Dom (Berlin’s Cathedral) which is the city’s most famous church. The structure is a good example of Neo-Renaissance and Prussian historicist architecture featuring arches, pillars, and frescos. Go upstairs for panoramic views of Berlin or you may also go down to see Europe’s most important royal burial places, the Hohenzollern Crypt.
Do some of your shopping at the Kreuzberg which is just a few minutes away from Checkpoint Charlie. Pop into one of the vintage shops for some items to take home with you. You’ll also witness some of Berlin’s coolest street art as you stroll through the neighborhood.
Since you’re in Kreuzberg anyway, you might as well eat here. The area has some of the most rich selection of restaurants and street foods. Go to the Curry 36 for some curry wurst and sausages. You can also head over to Tadim for some of the best döner kebabs and lahmacun in town. Grab your craft beer at Hopfenreich for a night cap.
After a day of exploration, you are now ready to retire so book a room at the Novum Select Hotel Berlin the Wall. This hotel is perfectly located near Berlin’s hotspots so if you’re needing more exploration the next day, you can just get up and go explore some more.
- Barcomi: 2. Hof, Sophie-Gips-Höfe, Sophienstraße 21, 10178 Berlin
- Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe: Cora-Berliner-Straße 1, 10117 Berlin
- Brandenburg Gate: Pariser Platz, 10117 Berlin
- Checkpoint Charlie: Friedrichstraße 43-45, 10117 Berlin
- East Side Gallery: Mühlenstraße, 10243 Berlin
- Lebensmittel in Mitte: Rochstraße 2, 10178 Berlin
- Berliner Dom, Hohenzollern Crypt: Am Lustgarten, 10178 Berlin
- Curry 36: Mehringdamm 36, 10961 Berlin
- Tadim: Adalbertstraße 98, 10999 Berlin
- Hopfenreich: Sorauer Str. 31, 10997 Berlin