It is impossible to list all of Berlin's sightseeing attractions, nor can you visit them all within a few days. You would need weeks to discover everything that makes Berlin attractive for visitors. So this is just a quick overview of different activities in Berlin you can join. Pick the ones that meet your interests and have fun exploring the capital of Germany.
Use the quick links below to go navigate around this page, jump to your favourite activities and find a great Berlin city break.
When you plan to visit many museums, the Berlin Pass can even save you more money. You get free entrance to 50 museums and attractions, free hop-on, hop-off bus tour, free public transport within zone A, B, C. The Berlin Pass is available for 2 or 3 consecutive days.
The borough "Mitte" is the core of historical Berlin. It is here that you find the most famous attractions within walking distance.
The river Spree flows through the centre from east to west. The most famous island in the Spree is Museumsinsel (museums island) with the Bode Museum, the old and new museum, Pergamonmuseum and the Alte Nationalgalerie. Museumsinsel is just the northern part of this island, where the five museums are located. The spot is on the UNESCO World Heritage List since 1999.
Berlin's history goes back to the 12th century. Nikolai church is the oldest building in the city, although it was reconstructed after serious damage in WW II.
When you walk around Berlin you will pass by many historic sites and landmarks, the Berlin Dom (cathedral), Reichstag (parliament), Neue Synagoge - Centrum Judaicum (New Synagogue) are only a few examples.
The Gendarmenmarkt with the Konzerthaus and the French and German cathedrals is known as the prettiest place in Berlin.
Other sites are related to Berlin's history in the 20th century and commemorate the victims of the Nazi regime and the Cold War.
For those with deep interest in history and backgrounds, there are special tours to visit these places and seek more information.
Berlin's largest palace was built at the end of the 17th century with more expansions added during the 18th century. The most famous room in the castle, the Bernsteinzimmer (amber room) was designed by Andreas Schlüter and built by a Danish amber craftsman. In 1716 Friedrich Wilhelm I gave the Bernsteinzimmer to Tsar Peter the Great as a present. In St. Petersburg the wonderful amber room was expanded. The Nazis looted the amber room and brought it to Königsberg where it got lost in the chaos at the end of WW II.