Berlin and Frankfurt are among the 10 Largest Cities in Germany. Berlin occupies the first place with 3,275,000 inhabitants while Frankfurt with 648,000 inhabitants occupies the fifth place.

Berlin or Frankfurt?

1. Berlin x Frankfurt Overview

Berlin or Frankfurt?Berlin – ©Alejandro Cartagena

Berlin or Frankfurt?Frankfurt – ©Noah Boyer

Berlin is the capital and largest city in Germany, with several attractions and famous sights such as the Brandenburg Gate and the Berlin Cathedral. You will certainly breathe a lot of history and get an idea of how the city was divided after the Second World War.

In Berlin, countless attractions will take you back to that period, such as the Berlin Wall Memorial and Check Point Charlie.

Frankfurt is an important commercial and economic center in Europe. The highlight of a visit to Frankfurt is in the center around the Römerberg, which has several attractions that can be explored on foot and also provides excellent options for day trips.

2. Hotels

Radisson Blu Hotel Berlin©Radisson Blu Hotel Berlin

Fleming’s Selection Hotel Frankfurt-City©Fleming’s Selection Hotel Frankfurt-City

In Berlin the average price for a 3 star category hotel is USD 76 and for a 5 star category hotel it is USD 233.

And in Frankfurt the average price for a 3 star category hotel is USD 69 and for a 5 star category hotel it is USD 162.

3. Shopping

Department store in BerlinBerlin – ©Claudio Schwarz

Shopping area in FrankfurtFrankfurt – ©Raja Sen

Berlin is home to the famous KaDeWe department store, and the city’s most fashionable area is the Kurfürstendamm.

Frankfurt has department stores and shopping malls such as Galeria Kaufhof, Primark and MyZeil. The most elegant street in the city is the Goethestrasse, where you can find all the luxury brands.

4. Museums

Island Museum in BerlinBerlin – ©Reiseuhu

Goethe House in FrankfurtGoethe House Frankfurt

In Berlin it is possible to visit the Museum Island, a complex with 5 museums on an island on the banks of the Spree. In addition to this museum complex, the city offers other options of world-class museums.

Frankfurt offers good museum options like the Naturmuseum Senckenberg, the famous Goethe House and the Museum für moderne Kunst.

5. Parks

Tiergarten BerlinTiergarten Berlin – ©Adam Vradenburg

Green area in FrankfurtMetzlerpark Frankfurt

The Tiergarten is the most popular urban park in Berlin with an area of 520 acres. It is also considered one of the largest urban parks in Germany.

Although Frankfurt is known for its high-rise buildings, the city has beautiful green spaces like the Grüneburgpark, Bethmann Park, Metzlerpark and others.

6. Palaces

Charlottenburg BerlinCharlottenburg Berlin – ©Dmitry Makeev

Residenz Würzburg 119 km from FrankfurtResidenz Würzburg 119 km from Frankfurt – ©Daniel Seßler

In Berlin, the largest palace complex is the Charlottenburg Palace, which was damaged during World War and then reconstructed.

Frankfurt is not known for palaces, but it offers excellent day trips possibilities to cities with beautiful palaces and castles.

7. Day Trips

Day trip from Berlim to Potsdam PhotoPotsdam – ©Dope Masters

Day trip from Frankfurt to Heidelberg PhotoHeidelberg – ©Brina Blum

From Berlin it is possible to visit the beautiful cities of Potsdam, Schwerin, Dresden on a day trip.

One of the advantages of Frankfurt is that the city offers excellent day trips options, Heidelberg, Mannheim, Würzburg, Koblenz are some of the destinations within easy reach.

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3 Days in Berlin

Berlin or Frankfurt?©Jonas Tebbe

Day 1 in Berlin

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

Head to the 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 river Spree.

Head to Unter den Linden, a famous avenue that stretches 1,400 meters, connecting Pariser Platz in front of the Brandenburg Gate to Lustgarten.

Another attraction and symbol of the city is the Reichstag. Located 900 meters from the parliament is the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.

Head to Potsdamer Platz, an important square in Berlin, which was completely devastated during World War II. Also visit the Berlin Wall Memorial.

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

Day 2 in Berlin

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

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

Day 3 in Berlin

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

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

Located 2.1 km from the Tiergarten is the KaDeWe, a luxury department store in Berlin, be sure to visit its gourmet department located on the sixth floor.

Located 650 meters from KaDeWe is the Gedächtniskirche, a church that had its tower severely 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 the Tauentzien Strasse, as well as its entire extension to the east.

3 Days in Frankfurt

Berlin or Frankfurt?©Noah Boyer

Day 1 in Frankfurt

On the first day in Frankfurt, explore the old city center. Start by visiting the beautiful Römerberg, one of the symbols of the city. Several buildings and attractions are located on or around the square such as St. Nicholas, Paulskirche, MMK Museum, Frankfurt Cathedral.

Head to the Iron Bridge and enjoy the view of the Main river. Take a stroll along Goethestrasse, the most elegant street in the city with several luxury stores and head to Goethe House. Hauptwache, another famous square is located 650 meters from Goethe House.

End the day by visiting the Main Tower for panoramic views of Frankfurt.

Day 2 in Frankfurt

On the second day, visit on a day trip one of the nearby cities like Würzburg or Heidelberg.

Day 3 in Frankfurt

On the third day in Frankfurt, start visiting the Frankfurt Zoo, after visiting the zoo, pass the Eschenheimer Turm, a 1400s tower that now houses a café and meeting rooms.

Another important building in the city is the Alte Oper, located on Opernplatz.

Head to the Senckenberg Museum of Natural History, one of the most modern museums of natural history in Europe.

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