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Sightseeing mit dem Bus 100
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Taking the bus line 200 through Berlin

Berlin's popular bus line

In addition to the bus line 100, Berlin has another bus line that runs along many of the capital's highlights. With the bus line 200 and a day ticket or the Berlin Welcome Card, you can go on your own sightseeing tour, get off at the main sights or just gaze in wonder as you pass by. It takes just over 40 minutes to take the bus line 200 from Berlin Zoo (Zoologischer Garten) to Michelangelostraße in Prenzlauer Berg.

From the Berlin Zoo to the Philharmonie

Let’s get started at the Berlin Zoo, from here onwards, you can explore a variety of sites in a row. The station is named after the adjacent Berlin Zoo, which is one of the most visited sights in Berlin and, with around 20,000 animals, is considered to be the zoo with the most species in the world. After a visit to the zoo, the bus takes you across Breitscheidplatz. Here you will come across the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. The church, which was badly damaged by aerial attacks during the 2nd World War, is today regarded as a memorial to peace and reconciliation. The memorial church ensemble of today consists of the ruins of the church and next to it stands the renowned sacred building as composed by the iconic architect Egon Eiermann. Right next door, Kurfürstendamm beckons you to go on an extensive shopping spree. The KaDeWe departmental store (Kaufhaus Des Westens) especially is worth a visit. It is Europe's largest departmental store and wins you over with its attractive mix of upscale merchandise and international luxury. Along the grand Tiergarten park and a myriad of embassy buildings, the bus line 200 takes you to the Berliner Philharmonie, one of Berlin's most prestigious concert halls.

Across Potsdamer Platz

You head on by bus in the direction of Potsdamer Platz, which after the fall of the Berlin Wall was turned into a new city district with futuristic new buildings. Here you will not only have the chance to see the Berlin Staatsbibliothek, but also the newly renovated Neue Nationalgalerie, where spectacular exhibitions await you twinkling in its steel and glass architecture. On your way to the Mall of Berlin shopping centre you might want to take a stroll to the Brandenburg Gate and the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, which are only a few steps away.

Through central Berlin to Alexanderplatz

The bus approaches the centre of Berlin. We go past Checkpoint Charlie, across Fischerinsel. After a while the bus reaches the River Spree and then crosses it onto the Mühlendamm. The Mühlendamm lock is the major thoroughfare for shipping in Berlin. The bus ride continues past the Rotes Rathaus and  through the Nikolaiviertel, where the oldest preserved church in Berlin is located. You will then pass Alexanderplatz, overlooked by the Fernsehturm, one of Berlin's quintessential landmarks. You might want to get off at the stop "Fischerinsel" (part of the island in the River Spree) or "U Rotes Rathaus" (Underground Station - Rotes Rathaus) and continue the tour on foot. Take your sweet time and explore the sights around the Museum Island.

From one hood to another - from Friedrichshain to Prenzlauer Berg

Bus line 200 runs along the Volkspark Friedrichshain (large urban park) from Alexanderplatz to the trendy neighbourhood of Prenzlauer Berg. On the way there, the fairy tale fountain tempts you to linger and the Velodrom arena boasts the impressive status of being one of Berlin's grandest event halls. If you want to stop and take some cool selfies, The WOW! gallery is just the spot for you. Shortly after, you've already arrived at your destination, because the final stop of the bus is at Michelangelostraße. Did that leave you wanting for more? From Alexanderplatz, bus line 100 takes another enthralling route back to the Berlin Zoo!

Are you familiar with bus line 100 and 300?

Did you get a taste of the bus line 200? If so, you should definitely give the bus line 100 a spin. It also connects City West with Alexanderplatz. The bus line 100 takes you past sights such as Schloss Bellevue, the Siegessäule, the Lustgarten, the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag building to Alexanderplatz, overlooked by the Fernsehturm.

You can take the bus line 300 from the Philharmonie to Warschauer Straße in Friedrichshain. The bus line 300 is also ideal for an affordable sightseeing trip. Via Potsdamer Paltz, the bus passes the Mall of Berlin and the Bundesrat and then turns onto Unter den Linden via Wilhelmstraße and Behrenstraße. On this magnificent boulevard, you drive past the Humboldt University, the Neue Wache (neoclassical building), the Staatsoper and Museum Island to Alexanderplatz. There the bus line 300 turns onto Alexanderstraße and travels past the Jannowitz Bridge, the Ostbahnhof and the East Side Gallery to the Warschauer Straße S-Bahn station. Do you want to know the special feature of the bus line 300? You can often find Electric buses on this bus route.