10 Reasons to Visit Berlin

Berlin, the capital and largest city in Germany, is an incredible destination, and one of the most interesting cities to visit in Europe.

Here are some reasons why you should include Berlin in your travel itinerary.

Reasons to Visit Berlin

1. History

Reasons to Visit BerlinPhoto Credit: Florian Wehde

Wars, separation, ideologies, Berlin is a city that offers a lot of history, which can be seen in many of its museums and monuments such as the Brandenburg Gate, the Berlin Wall, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and others.

2. Museums

Berlin offers world-class museum optionsMuseum Island – Photo Credit: Fionn Große

Berlin offers world-class museum options, such as the Pergamonmuseum, the Neues Museum, the Altes Museum, the Bode-Museum, and the Alte Nationalgalerie. It is also worth mentioning the Topographie des Terrors and the Deutsches Historisches Museum.

3. Currywurst

Currywurst is a German fast-food dish and probably the most typical urban snack in Berlin.©Curry36

Currywurst is a German fast-food dish and probably the most typical urban snack in Berlin.

The classic combination of sausage and hot sauce was invented in Berlin in the postwar period.

And Curry 36 is the most popular place to try currywurst in Berlin.

4. Berlin Wall Memorial

Reasons to Visit BerlinReasons to Visit Berlin – Photo Credit: Luis Diego Hernández

The Berlin Wall divided the city into two parts for 28 years and became a symbol of the Cold War.

The construction of the wall and especially its fall in 1989 are part of the most important moments of the 20th century. Today, in Berlin, it is possible to see parts of the wall in the area known as the East Side Gallery, and also in the Topographie des Terrors.

5. Reichstag

The Reichstag, a historic building that looks like a classical temple, is the seat of the German parliament.Reasons to Visit Berlin – Photo Credit: Angelo Abear

The Reichstag, a historic building that looks like a classical temple, is the seat of the German parliament.

The building is one of the symbols of the city and to visit the interior and walk through its dome it is necessary to make a reservation in advance.

There are also options for guided tours.

6. Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg GateReasons to Visit Berlin – Photo Credit: Håkon Sataøen

The Brandenburg Gate is one of the most important symbols of Berlin.

The building with neoclassical style, reminiscent of the buildings of the Acropolis of Athens. It is without a doubt a mandatory stop and one of the most representative places of a trip to Berlin.

7. Charlottenburg

Reasons to Visit BerlinReasons to Visit Berlin – Photo Credit: Wesley van ‘t Hart

Charlottenburg is a baroque-style palace built between 1695 and 1699.

It is very worthwhile to visit both its interior and its beautiful garden.

8. Tiergarten Park

Tiergarten ParkReasons to Visit Berlin – Photo Credit: Fabian Schneidereit

The Tiergarten is a popular attraction with tourists and locals and is considered the green heart of Berlin.

The park also houses the Siegessäule, the Soviet War Memorial, and on the north side are the Bellevue Palace and the Bundeskanzleramt.

9. Biergarten

Reasons to Visit BerlinReasons to Visit Berlin – ©Hofbräu Wirtshaus Berlin

Beer is part of German culture, and visiting a Biergarten (beer garden) is also a mandatory stop in Berlin.

Some popular beer gardens to visit in Berlin include the Hofbräu Wirtshaus Berlin, the Brauhaus Georgbræu and the Prater Beer Garden Berlin.

10. Day Trips

From Berlin, it is possible to combine excellent day trip options.Potsdam – Photo Credit: Leon Seibert

From Berlin, it is possible to combine excellent day trip options.

Potsdam is the most popular destination to visit from Berlin, other interesting destinations to visit include Schwerin, Lübeck, Dresden, and Leipzig.

Book a Train Ticket from Berlin

Where to Stay in Berlin

For sightseeing, the best place to stay in Berlin is in the Mitte region, the heart of the city.

Luxury Hotels: Berlin has numerous options for luxury hotels. The Westin Grand Berlin is located in Berlin Mitte’s heart close to the Unter den Linden boulevard and the Brandenburg Gate. The rooms are equipped with a TV, desk, coffee machine and minibar.

The Hotel Adlon Kempinski Berlin offers comfort and elegance. The rooms with period furniture and innovative touches are equipped with a TV, coffee machine, and minibar.

Located opposite the Berlin Cathedral, the Radisson Blu Hotel, Berlin offers easy access to the city center’s main attractions. The rooms have large windows and many have a balcony. All rooms are equipped with a TV, work desk and electric kettle.

The Hilton Berlin is located on the historic Gendarmenmarkt square, where the Französischer Dom and Deutscher Dom churches are located. All rooms are equipped with a TV, coffee machine and minibar.

Mid-Range Hotels: The IntercityHotel Berlin Hauptbahnhof is located close to Berlin Central Station and offers excellent value for money. The rooms are cozy and have a flat-screen TV and a desk.

Located between Alexanderplatz and Potsdamer Platz squares approximately 18 minutes walk from the cathedral, the TITANIC Comfort Mitte is another option with good value for money in the Mitte region. The rooms offer views of the inner courtyard or the city and are equipped with a flat-screen TV and work desk.

The Scandic Berlin Potsdamer Platz is located within walking distance of the Potsdamer Platz Arkaden and Mall of Berlin shopping malls. The rooms have contemporary Scandinavian decor and are equipped with a flat-screen TV, work desk, kettle, coffee maker, and minibar.

Budget Hotels: For economical options and not far from the center it is worth staying at a&o Berlin Hauptbahnhof or Ibis Berlin Hauptbahnhof.

Featured Photo Credit: Lyle Hastie

Germany Travel App

Germany AppDownload our free app and start planning your trip to Germany!

Discover more than 40 destinations in GermanyBook HotelsTrainsSearch Flights.

Book Your Trip

Book Your Accommodation

Book your hotel with Booking.com as they consistently provide the cheapest and lowest rates.

Book Your Flight

Find cheap flights to Germany by using Momondo. Momondo is a flight search engine that searches a lot of different airlines, including many of the budget carriers.

Book a Train Ticket

Check the train routes and schedules with Omio. Omio is an authorized Deutsche Bahn ticket seller, which compares and combines transport options for complete flexibility.

Don’t Forget Travel Insurance

Travel insurance will protect you against illness, injury, and cancellations. It’s a protection in case anything goes wrong. You can book your travel insurance with Travelexinsurance.com.

See also

Berlin Germany Map

10 Best Hotels in Mitte Berlin

10 Reasons to Visit Munich

6 Reasons to Visit Dresden

German States Map

German States and Regions