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Panorama of Berlin with view of TV tower
Panorama of Berlin © Getty Images, Foto: bluejayphoto

24 hours in Berlin: The most important sights

From the Brandenburg Gate to the TV Tower

Do you want to spend a day in the German capital? Admittedly, 24 hours is not enough to explore the whole city with its many neighbourhoods and monuments. But we have put together a programme where you can experience the most important sights in the heart of the city. Get to know Berlin and its exciting history during a walk through the government quarter, lunch at Potsdamer Platz and a tour along the magnificent boulevard Unter den Linden! Visit the new Humboldt Forum there: Berlin's cosmopolitan forum for culture, art and science.

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Morning: From politics to history

The Berlin landmark Brandenburg Gate in sunlight
Brandenburg Gate © visitBerlin, Foto: Dagmar Schwelle

Start your day in Berlin with one of the city's landmarks: the Brandenburg Gate. Walk from Pariser Platz under the arch and immerse yourself directly in the history of the divided metropolis. Until the fall of the Berlin Wall, the gate stood directly on the border and was thus the symbol of the east-west separation. But after thousands of GDR and FRG citizens celebrated the fall of the Berlin Wall there in 1989, it is regarded as a symbol of the reunification of Germany. 

Visitors in the dome in the Reichstag in Berlin
Dome in the Reichstag © visitberlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

The next stop is the Reichstag, which is very close by. This is where the parliament, the German Bundestag, meets. But the impressive building is not only open to politicians, but also to the public. It can get very crowded here, particularly at weekends. That's why it's best to register in advance on the website of the German Bundestag to ensure admission. And a visit is well worth it: you can access the dome and enjoy the panoramic view over the whole of Berlin. If you want, you can also register to take part in a 90-minute guided tour of the building on the homepage of the Bundestag.
From the Bundestag you can reach the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe in just a few minutes. This modern monument differs from many other sights. You won't find a central building or a sculpture here. Rather, the memorial consists of 2,711 concrete blocks of different heights covering an area of 19,000 square metres. You can enter the memorial from all sides 24 hours a day and let it have an effect on you. The permanent exhibition "Ort der Information" (Place of Information) offers you an in-depth insight.

Lunchtime: Experience culture on Unter den Linden

Remains of the Wall at Potsdamer Platz
Remains of the Wall at Potsdamer Platz © visitBerlin, Foto: Fragasso

The famous Potsdamer Platz is buzzing with life. There are also many exciting restaurants to discover here.

  • Visit Lindenbräu Potsdamer Platz for traditional home cooking.
  • In Ki-Nova you can try healthy super food dishes and craft beers.
  • The restaurant Corroboree serves Australian BBQ – including kangaroo fillet.
  • Those who prefer a more exclusive experience can dine in the starred restaurant Facil.
  • Fancy ice cream for dessert? Then the best place is the Häagen-Dazs Shop Potsdamer Platz.

Reinvigorated, continue your discovery tour through Berlin's centre. Simply stroll along the magnificent boulevard Unter den Linden and you will automatically pass a number of sights.

Bode Museum auf der Museumsinsel
© visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

The Museum Island is a popular destination for visitors to Berlin. Here you can see the works of world-famous artists in five different museums and immerse yourself in cultures long past. Unfortunately, the Pergamon Museum is closed for extensive renovation work.

  • The Bode Museum displays works of art and exhibits from various eras. The highlights are the Byzantine collection with art from the 3rd to 15th centuries, the sculpture collection and the coin cabinet.
  • The Neues Museum is dedicated to cultural history, housing 9,000 objects from ancient Egypt, antiquity, prehistory and early history. You can also admire the famous bust of Nefertiti in the Neues Museum.
  • In the Alte Nationalgalerie you can see paintings and sculptures from the 19th century. The museum shows masterpieces of many famous painters. Among them are artists such as the German Romantic Caspar David Friedrich and the French Paul Cézanne and Pierre-Auguste Renoir.
  • The Altes Museum exhibits works of the ancient Greeks, Etruscans and Romans. Here you will get a good overview of life and culture in the ancient world. From craftwork and vases to jewellery and sculptures, you will find lots of exciting objects here.
  • The entrance centre to Museum Island, the James Simon Gallery, opened in July 2019.. Here you will find a wide range of services and information for your visit. The impressive building was designed by British star architect David Chipperfield.

Tip: With the Berlin WelcomeCard Museum Island you get free admission to all museums and can travel throughout the capital by bus and train free of charge.

Buy the Berlin WelcomeCard Museum Island

The Berlin Cathedral in Berlin Mitte
The Berlin Cathedral in Berlin Mitte © eyeem, Foto: Reinhard Krull

Berlin Cathedral is also very close to the Museum Island. Thanks to its magnificent dome, you can see the largest church in the city from far away. If you are already there, you should make sure to take a look inside at the richly decorated interior. There are also regular guided tours of the church space, which are included in the ticket price.

Just opposite, the Humboldt Forum opened in 2020: State-of-the-art interactive exhibitions and the world-famous collections of the Ethnological Museum and the Museum of Asian Art await you on an area of around 30,000 square metres and spread over five floors. 

Up next is the Rotes Rathaus. The seat of the mayor owes its name to the red bricks on the outer façade. And this historic building also welcomes visitors with a permanent exhibition.

The Bebelplatz is also located directly on Unter den Linden. Many of Berlin's important buildings are located here, such as the Staatsoper Unter den Linden, St. Hedwig's Cathedral and the Prinzessinnenpalais. A monument below the square commemorates the burning of the books.

Konzerthaus at Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin
Konzerthaus at Gendarmenmarkt © Sebastian Runge

Via the Bebelplatz you reach the Gendarmenmarkt. In winter, the WeihnachtsZauber Christmas market attracts visitors and Berliners to the city centre with its lovingly decorated stalls. In summer, the staircase to the concert hall becomes the venue for the popular open-air concert series Classic Open Air.

Evening: Panoramic view on the TV Tower and dinner

Berliner Fernsehturm
Berliner Fernsehturm © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

In store for the evening is a side trip to the lively Alexanderplatz. Here you will also find another landmark of the metropolis: the Berlin TV Tower. If you want to experience the breathtaking 360-degree panorama from the rotating viewing platform, you can buy tickets here.

With the Berlin WelcomeCard you get an additional discount on the regular ticket price.  
Treat yourself to a delicious dinner as the crowning glory of your day. A few minutes’ walk from Alex is Hackesche Höfe, with its large number of restaurants set up around the heritage-protected backyards. Here you can try out dishes from many different cultures and countries.

  • The ChenChe Teehaus serves traditional Vietnamese specialities.
  • Classic American burgers are on the menu at The Sixties Diner in a stylish atmosphere.
  • At Yo Soy you can enjoy Spanish tapas and wines.

Our tip for you: Discover Berlin in comfort with the Berlin Welcome Card

We recommend the Berlin Welcome Card - Berlin's official tourist ticket. Over 200 sights and attractions are discount partners of the Berlin Welcome Card. The Berlin Welcome Card is also your ticket for all public transport within Berlin and, on request, also outside the city including Potsdam.

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