It’s finally time: For the 51st time, countries from all over the world are gathering for ITB, the world’s largest tourism fair. Visitors can not only meet the whole world right here in Berlin, but they also have the chance to explore the cosmopolitan city of Berlin itself.
The ITB in Berlin
Berlin has much to offer at the ITB: at Stand 101 in Hall 12, the German capital is focusing on the diversity of the city and promoting Berlin as a year-round destination with the motto “Berlin 365/24”, because the city offers every visitor something to do 24/7, every day of the year. But Berlin has much more to offer than what can be seen at the convention centre. It is definitely worth to go out and explore the event highlights, the city’s major attractions, and some of the many insider tips we’ve put together.
Things to See and Do in Berlin during ITB in March
To find out about the current exhibitions and events for the capital 365 days a year, go to the visitBerlin Events Calendar. For the week where the ITB is taking place, we especially recommend checking out the following:
✔️Highlight: The original Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton at the Natural History Museum.
✔️Worth seeing: the Luther-Collection of Prussian State Library as part of Luther-jubilee at State library Unter den Linden.
✔️Recommendation: A visit to C/O Berlin, a gallery devoted to photography located in the newly renovated Amerika Haus near Zoo Station, where the current exhibitions feature works about Surveillance, Art & Photography.
✔️Shopping: On ITB Sunday, 12 March, many shops and shopping centres in the city will be open from 1 pm to 8 pm, making this an ideal day for shopping, for example, in City West, on Friedrichstraße, or at Alexa on Alexanderplatz. Or you might want to head to Potsdamer Platz with its Arkaden and the new Mall of Berlin.
Long-time favourites ideal for ITB visitors
Although we’re getting in the mood for spring, there are always a thousand tips for things to do in Berlin throughout the whole year. Here’s a selection:
✔️ Museums: head to the Spy Museum Berlin directly on Potsdamer Platz at Leipziger Platz, offering a remarkable multimedia overview of the history of espionage.
✔️Sightseeing: visit the Humboldt-Box on Schlossplatz gives a preview of the City Palace.
✔️Museums: head to the DDR Museum near Berlin Cathedral to find out more about life behind the Wall.
✔️Sightseeing: climb high into the sky to Berlin’s TV Tower for 360° views over the city.
✔️Sightseeing: explore the Reichstag Dome (pre-registration on the Reichstag website required).
✔️Sightseeing: see the Berlin Wall Panometer at Checkpoint Charlie.
✔️Memorial: visit the Berlin Wall Memorial on Bernauer Straße.
Tips near the fairgrounds (City West/Charlottenburg)
✔️City West: How about a short trip to the concept mall Bikini Berlin with its large outdoor terrace overlooking the Berlin Zoo? Or how about a trip back in time to the lavishly renovated, 1950s-era Zoopalast cinema or a stop at photography gallery C/O Berlin directly next to Zoo Station? Modern, beautiful, and delicious food and drink is on offer at trendy Monkey Bar and Neni (both with views of Berlin and the Tiergarten in the building of the 25hours Hotel).
✔️Strolling in palace gardens: Charlottenburg Palace and Gardens are other worthwhile destinations here in City West, while a secret tip nearby would be the Schustehruspark home to Villa Oppenheim and the charming Frau Bäckerin café.
✔️Exploring neighbourhoods and markets: Not far away at Nollendorfplatz, dry weather brings out a large and diverse crowd for the market on Winterfeldplatz. A bit further afield, but very worthwhile is the Eco-market on Kollwitzplatz (it’s also worth heading to the nearby Kulturbrauerei, a former brewery now home to various cultural institutions including a museum about everyday life in East Germany. You might also want to check out the market on Karl-August-Platz in Charlottenburg. Markthalle Neun in Kreuzberg is always worth a visit, whatever the weather. Thursday nights here enjoy a global reputation here with Street Food Thursday, featuring taste treats from all over the world.
Saving while on the go
The Berlin WelcomeCard, the city’s official tourist ticket, is optimal for ITB attendees. From just €19.90 it includes • travel on public transport, • a Berlin city map and a map of the city’s main transit lines, • a city guide with numerous sightseeing tips, • and more than 200 discounts for such classics as the TV Tower, the Berlin Zoo, the GDR Museum, or cruises on the River Spree. The Berlin WelcomeCard is available online, at public transport ticket vending machines, and other outlets, as well as in the 7 Berlin tourist information offices across the city.
An app as your insider’s guide to Berlin off the beaten path
The free app Going Local Berlin offers visitors recommendations from visitBerlin employees for spots in all 12 Berlin districts and their neighbourhoods. This digital Berlin travel guide provides more than 700 personal Berlin tips in categories such as Must See, Hidden Places, and Food and Drink. In addition to current event tips, it also offer suggested tours and inspirational videos.
Getting from A to B in Berlin is best done on foot, by bicycle, or with public transport. You can get your A to Z for the U-Bahn and S-Bahn here. The BVG website and the transport app offer up-to-the minute arrival times and stop locations.
Berlin is home to a massive selection of great restaurants and bars. Our Going Local Berlin app is great for exploring these spots or you can check out our food spots on Instagram. • More information about ITB is available here
• Current information will also be posted via Twitter at: @ITB_Berlin / #ITBBerlin
• And, to top it all off: there’s free Wi-Fi for visitors to ITB!