Munich and Berlin are two very popular destinations in Germany.

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1. Munich x Berlin Overview

Alexanderplatz, Berlin GermanyAlexanderplatz Berlin

Marienplatz MunichMarienplatz Munich

Berlin is the largest city in Germany and also the capital of the country. In Berlin, you will undoubtedly breathe a lot of history and get an idea of ​​how the city was divided after World War II.

From Berlin, it is possible to combine a day trip and visit Potsdam and the charming Sanssouci Palace.

Munich is a charming city. It offers numerous attractions that can be explored on foot from the central point of the city, the famous Marienplatz.

In Munich there are several Biergarten, “Beer Garden” and is home to the famous Hofbräuhaus brewery.

From Munich, you can combine a day trip and discover one of the symbols of Germany, the beautiful Neuschwanstein Castle and also the Dachau Concentration Camp.

See also: Munich Travel Guide | Berlin Travel Guide

2. Hotels

Hilton Berlin©Hilton Berlin

Hilton Munich©Hilton Munich

In Munich the average price for a 3 star category hotel is USD 88 and for a 5 star category hotel it is USD 308.

And in Berlin the average price for a 3 star category hotel is USD 76 and for a 5 star category hotel it is USD 219.

3. Shopping

KurfürstendammKurfürstendamm

MaximilianstrasseMaximilianstrasse

In Berlin, you will find the famous department store KaDeWe, and in Munich, you can shop at the Oberpollinger.

Surrounding the Marienplatz you will find many stores and department stores like Galeria Kaufhof. In Berlin, you will also find a Galeria Kaufhof and many stores at famous Unter den Linden.

In Munich, the most elegant street is the Maximilianstrasse and in Berlin, it is the Kurfürstendamm area.

In both cities, you will find nice souvenir stores.

4. Museums

Inselmuseum BerlinMuseuminsel Berlin

Königsplatz MunichKönigsplatz Munich

Munich and Berlin offer good museum options. In Berlin, you can visit the famous museums in Museuminsel, a complex with 5 museums, located on an island on the banks of Spree River. In Munich, you will find the Deutsches Museum, located on the banks of the Isar River, it is among the oldest museums in the world of science and technology.

Other famous museums in Munich, include the BMW Museum and the 3 “Pinakotheken” located at Königsplatz.

5. Parks

Tiergarten BerlinTiergarten

Englischer Garten MunichEnglischer Garten

Both cities have beautiful parks. The Englischer Garten in Munich is the largest urban park in Germany, covering an area of 910 acres with more than 100 bridges. And in Berlin, the Tiergarten covers an area of 520 acres.

6. Palaces

Charlottenburg PalaceCharlottenburg Palace

NymphenburgNymphenburg

In Munich, you can visit the beautiful Residenz that served as the seat government and residence of the Dukes of Bavaria, electors, and kings from 1508 to 1918, and in the western part of the city is located the Nymphenburg, which was a summer residence built for the birth of the expected heir to the throne, Max Emanuel, born in 1662.

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

7. Day Trips

Schwerin Trip from BerlinSchwerin Germany

Augsburg Trip from MunichAugsburg Germany

From both cities, you can combine amazing day trips. From Berlin, you can easily visit Potsdam, Schwerin, Dresden on a day trip. And from Munich, you can visit the beautiful city of Füssen and the Neuschwanstein Castle, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, Regensburg, Augsburg or even Salzburg and Innsbruck in Austria.

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Itinerary Idea

3 Days in Berlin

3 days in Berlin©Jamie Hunt 

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 Munich

3 Days in Munich©Alejandro Cartagena

Day 1 in Munich

On the first day in Munich, start visiting the Karlstor located on Karlsplatz that served as Munich‘s defense fortification in the Middle Ages.

Go to Marienplatz, the main square in the city, where the famous and beautiful building of the New Town Hall (Neues Ratraus), the Old Town Hall (Altes Rathaus) and the Mariensäule are located.

Near the square you will find other famous attractions such as the Frauenkirche one of the symbols of Munich and the Peterskirche.

Walking around Marienplatz is a must, as the streets are full of shops, restaurants, department stores. Head to Residenz and also visit the beautiful Hofgarten.

Max-Joseph-Platz is another famous spot where the Nationaltheater is located. Continuing through the square, you will exit on the most luxurious street in Munich, the Maximilianstrasse, where there are several designer brands.

The Englischer Garten is located 800 meters from Maximilianstrasse and the Isartor, another city gate, is located 650 meters from Maximilantrasse, and 550 meters from Isartor is the Hofbräuhaus brewery.

All of these attractions can be easily visited on foot, as they are close to each other.

Day 2 in Munich

Reserve the day to visit the beautiful and famous Neuschwanstein Castle and Hohenschwangau Castle.

The castles are located 120 km from Munich and can be easily accessed by public transport or by car.

If you prefer, there are also several tours available.

Day 3 in Munich

Start the day by visiting Schloss Nymphenburg located 15 minutes from central Munich. After visiting the castle, head to BMW Welt and then visit Olympiapark.

Another option is to visit the Deutsches Museum and enjoy the view of the Isar River or the Königsplatz, where you will find several interesting museums.

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