Berlin Germany: 3-day Itinerary

Berlin is the capital of Germany and the largest city in the country.

It is known for its cultural scene and its diverse art scene covers hundreds of galleries, events, and museums.

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How to spend 3 days in Berlin Germany

In this 3-day itinerary in Berlin, discover the main attractions of the city.

Day 1 in Berlin

Start your first day in Berlin by visiting Alexanderplatz, a famous public square located in the Mitte district. On the square, you will find the tallest building in Berlin, the TV Tower (Fernsehturm), and also the Rotes Rathaus town hall.

Head to Berlin Cathedral, built in the Baroque style, it is the largest church in Berlin, famous for its dome over 75 meters high.

The Museum Island is another attraction of the city, in the complex are located 5 internationally significant museums, also take the opportunity to enjoy the view of the Spree River.

Head onto Unter den Linden, a famous avenue that stretches for 1,400 meters, connecting Pariser Platz opposite the Brandenburg Gate to Lustgarten.

Another attraction and symbol of the city is the Reichstag (check the link for details on visiting the German Parliament). 900 meters (0.6 miles) from the parliament is the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

Head to Potsdamer Platz, an important square in Berlin that was totally devastated during World War II.

Checkpoint Charlie is another point of interest, it is the name given to a military post between East and West Germany by the Allies.

Things to see

  • Alexanderplatz
  • Berlin Cathedral
  • Museum Island
  • Unter den Linden
  • Brandenburg Gate
  • Reichstag
  • Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
  • Potsdamer Platz
  • Checkpoint Charlie

Day 1 Itinerary Map

Day 2 from Berlin to Potsdam

On the second day make a day trip to Potsdam from Berlin, and visit the beautiful Sanssouci Park, full of attractions such as the New Palace, Chinese House, Sanssouci Palace.

In the city is also located the Schloss Cecilienhof, where the victorious powers of World War II Churchill, Truman, and Stalin wrote the world history of how to partition Germany.

Things to see

  • Sanssouci Park
  • Schloss Cecilienhof

Day 2 Itinerary Map

Day 3 in Berlin

Start the day by visiting Schloss Charlottenburg, the largest and most significant palace complex in Berlin, stemming from former Brandenburg voters, Prussian kings, and German emperors.

Head to the Tiergarten, a famous park located in the heart of Berlin.

2 km (1.3 miles) from Tiergarten is KaDeWe, a luxury department store in Berlin, be sure to visit their gourmet department located on the sixth floor.

650 meters (0.4 miles) from KaDeWe is the Gedächtniskirche, a church that had its tower heavily damaged during the bombing in World War II, and has not been restored to remember the destruction caused by the war.

Take a stroll through the Kurfürstendamm shopping area, which includes Tauentzien Strasse.

Things to see

  • Schloss Charlottenburg
  • Tiegarten
  • KaDeWe
  • Gedächtniskirche
  • Kurfürstendamm

Day 3 Itinerary Map

Sights in Berlin

1. Berlin Cathedral

Berlin Cathedral

The Berlin Cathedral was completed in 1.905. It is Berlin‘s largest church.

The cathedral is famous for its dome.

Am Lustgarten, 10178 

2. Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate

The Brandenburg Gate is a monument in Berlin and a symbol of the city.

It was built on the orders of Prussian king Frederick William II.

Pariser Platz, 10117 

3. Unter den Linden

Unter den Linden

Unter den Linden is a famous avenue in Berlin. It has 1400 meters and connects the Pariser Platz in front of the Brandenburg Gate to the Lustgarten.

Unter den Linden, 10117

4. Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall

The Berlin Wall divided Berlin from 1961 to 1989.

The wall was more than 140 kilometers long. Today there are parts of the wall including a 1,4 km preserved as part of the Berlin Wall Memorial.

Bernauer Str. 111, 13355

5. Charlottenburg Palace

Charlottenburg Palace

The Charlottenburg Palace is the largest and most significant palace complex in Berlin.

During the Second World War, the palace was damaged but it was reconstructed.

Spandauer Damm 20-24, 14059

6. Alexanderplatz

Alexanderplatz

The Alexanderplatz is a famous public square located in the Mitte district.

The famous Berlin Television Tower is close to the square.

Alexanderplatz, 10178 

7. Holocaust Memorial

Holocaust Memorial

The Holocaust Memorial is a memorial to the Jewish victims of the Holocaust.

Cora-Berliner-Straße 1, 10117

8. Museum Island

Museum Island

The Museum Island is located in the Mitte district. The complex has 5 museums: Altes Museum, Neues Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie, Bode-Museum and Pergamonmuseum.

Museumsinsel

9. Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie

The Checkpoint Charlie was a crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War.

The name was given by the Western Allies.

Friedrichstraße 43-45, 10117 

10. Gendarmenmarkt

Gendarmenmarkt

Gendarmenmarkt is a square in Berlin where the Konzerthaus and the Deutscher and Französischer cathedrals are located.

In the middle of the square, there is a statue of Friedrich Schiller.

Gendarmenmarkt, 10117 

11. Reichstag

Reichstag

The Reichstag is a symbol of Berlin.

After the German reunification in 1990, the Bundestag has decided to make one year later reconstruction of the building.

After its completion in 1999, it once again became the meeting place of the German parliament.

The roof terrace and dome of the Reichstag can be visited by the public.

Platz der Republik 1, 11011

12. Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is located on the Kurfürstendamm.

 It was badly damaged in a bombing raid in 1943 and the damaged spire of the old church has been retained and its ground floor has been made into a memorial hall.

Breitscheidplatz, 10789

13. Potsdamer Platz

Potsdamer Platz

Potsdamer Platz is an important square in Berlin.

It was totally destroyed during World War II and then left desolate during the Cold War.

Since German reunification, Potsdamer Platz has been the site of major redevelopment projects.

Potsdamer Platz, 10785

14. Tiergarten

Tiergarten

The Tiergarten is Berlin’s most popular inner-city park.

It is among the largest urban gardens in Germany.

Tiergarten

Where to stay in Berlin

1. Grand Hyatt Berlin

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The Grand Hyatt is located in the Potsdamer Platz district. The location is ideal for sightseeing.

The hotel has 342 rooms, a spa, and a terrace.

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Marlene-Dietrich-Platz 2, 10785

2. Hilton Berlin

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The Hilton is located in the Mitte district, a central area of Berlin.

Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV and minibar.

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Mohrenstraße 30, 10117 

3. InterCity Berlin

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The InterCity is located close to the Central Station.

It has 412 rooms equipped with a TV, sitting area, minibar, and safe.

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Katharina-Paulus-Straße 5, 10557

4. Eurostars Berlin

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The Eurostars is located at Friedrichstrasse.

Rooms are equipped with a flat-screen TV, tea/coffee maker.

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Friedrichstraße 99, 10117 

Shopping in Berlin

Berlin is a shopping paradise. You will find everything from traditional department stores, modern shopping malls, luxury designer shops to small craft stores.

The shopping area known as Kurfürstendamm includes the Tauentzien Strasse. Also explore the parallel streets: Fasanenstrasse, Knesebeckstrasse, Bleibtreustrasse.

Malls and Department Stores in Berlin

1. KaDeWe

KaDeWe is a department store. A variety of luxury brands like Cartier, Gucci, Hermès, Dior, Prada, Fendi, Chanel can be found there.

It´s worth visiting the gourmet department located on the 6th floor.

Tauentzienstraße 21-24, 10789 Berlin

2. Europa Center

The Europa Center is located 4 km from the Brandenburg Gate.

Brands: Adidas, Bonita, Claire´s, others.

Tauentzienstraße 9-12, 10789 

3. Wilmersdorfer Arcaden

The Wilmersdorfer Arcaden is located 5 km from the Brandenburg Gate.

Brands: Bonita, Marc O´Polo, New Yorker, Pandora, others.

Wilmersdorfer Str. 46, 10627

4. Mall of Berlin at Leipziger

The Mall of Berlin at Leipziger is located a 14 minutes’ walk from the Brandenburg Gate.

Brands: Adidas, Armani Jeans, Hugo Boss, Lacoste, Mango, Marc O´Polo, Mavi.

Leipziger Pl. 12, 10117

5. Potsdamer Platz Arkaden

The Potsdamer Platz Arkaden is located 220 meters from the Potsdamer Platz.

Brands: Bonita, Camper, Douglas, Esprit, Forever 21, Guess.

Alte Potsdamer Str. 7, 10785 

6. Das Schloss

Das Schloss is located 9 km from the Brandenburg Gate.

Brands: Bonita, Cecil, Tom Tailor, Tommy Hilfiger.

Schloßstraße 34, 12163

7. Galeries Lafayette

The Galeries Lafayette is a French department store chain.

The store was constructed between 1991 and 1995.

Brands: Burberry, Chanel, Champs, Chloé, Gucci.

Französische Straße 23, 10117 

Plan your Trip

Berlin has easy train access from various cities in Germany. Famous cities nearby: Potsdam, Dresden, Erfurt, Lübeck, Schwerin.

Distances

Potsdam – 35.6 km (22.1 miles)

Dresden– 194 km (120 miles)

Leipzig – 191 km (118 miles)

Erfurt – 289 km (179 miles)

Lübeck – 283 km (176 miles)

Hamburg – 287 km (178 miles)

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See also

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