Last updated on March 27th, 2023 at 01:18 pm
Berlin is Germany’s largest city and capital. It is full of history, vibrancy and entertainment. In this post, I will go through my 3 day Berlin itinerary, hitting all the main attractions. I have organised each day by area, to limit running all over the city like a headless chicken and to allow for better use of your time.
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- Day 1: The Reichstag & Walking Tour
- Day 2: Berliner Dome & Museum Island
- Day 3: East Side Gallery & TV tower
- Where to eat & drink
- Where to stay
Day 1 (of 3 Day Berlin Itinerary)
The Reichstag is a historic Government building. It is the meeting place of the Bundestag the lower house of Germany’s national legislature. You can pay a visit to the Reichstag’s iconic dome where you can see panoramic views of the city. You can also take a picture on the grounds with the beautiful architecture in the background.
It is free to enter, but you need to be sure to book your tickets a few weeks in advance to get a space. You can do this by registering here. But, if you forget to book a ticket, you can try for one at the Reichstag when you are there, very often there are cancellations and you could be let in.
Free Walking Tour
It is a good idea to do a free walking tour on day 1 as you get to tick off some of the main sites of the city, as well as getting a feel for where everything is. You can also decide to revisit certain sites after the tour and spend longer there.
For example, we decided to come back to the Berlin wall after the tour as there was a lot of information about the history laid out along the wall to read.
I would highly recommend the tour. The guide was extremely knowledgeable and made the tour very enjoyable. We got to see the Brandenburg Gate, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, the site of Hitler’s bunker, the Berlin Wall and checkpoint Charlie all in the 2 hours.
We booked the Sandeman free walking tour here. Or if you don’t feel like walking, choose a hop-on hop-off bus tour with live commentary here.
Day 2 (of 3 Day Berlin Itinerary)
Start off your day by gazing at the beautiful Neo-Renaissance building, the Berliner Dome, one of Berlin’s great landmarks.
If you would like to see the inside, tickets can be bought to the Berliner Dome here for €9. This includes a viewing of the Preaching Church, the Baptismal and Marriage Chapel, and the Panoramic View.
In the same vicinity as the Berliner Dome, literally a 5 minute walk away is Museum Island. Be sure to pay a visit to this UNESCO World Heritage Site next. This island hosts 5 different museums all in the one place (Pergamon Museum, Neues Museum, Altes Museum, Bode Museum and Alte Nationalgalerie).
There is a wide variety of art including Islamic, Greek and Egyptian works, that are housed among these 5 museums. Find out more information here on each. Depending on how many museums you wish to see, you may not have time for much else on the same day.
You can get a day ticket that allows entrance to all 5 museums for €19 here. Individual tickets can be bought here.
Day 3 (of 3 Day Berlin Itinerary)
East Side Gallery
On the last day, you need to get down to the East Side Gallery. Here, you will find the longest surviving section of the Berlin wall, standing at 1.3km long. Take a stroll along the art filled vibrant wall that showcases paintings created by talented artists from all over the world. It is well worth the visit!
Climb the TV Tower
After seeing the art at the East Side Gallery, you should get to the top of the TV tower for sunset. Here, you can capture a 360 degree view over Germany’s capital city. The observation deck of the TV tower is 203M above Berlin. You can buy a ticket here.
The TV tower is a 40 minute walk from the East Side Gallery. So, if you are not up for walking it, you may want to rent a scooter. You will see there are many Voi, Lime and Tier scooters scattered all around Berlin, so you are never far away from one. We used Voi and it worked well. You just need to download the app and scan the QR code to get the scooter up and running.
Where to Eat & Drink
- Kamps Bakery: Going here for your breakfast is a must. There is a big selection of pastries, breads and sandwiches there. The food is delicious and the price is reasonable. They have some dairy free options too.
- Dolores: This is an ideal choice for Burritos, with great prices. They have options for vegetarian and vegan as well.
- Kilkenny Irish Pub: Good Guinness and a great atmosphere with live music at the weekends.
Where to Stay
Space Night Hotel
It was a nice experience to stay here as the whole hotel was space themed. We stayed in a double pod, where it is just the bed and the lockers are outside. I did like that the pods were clean and the shared bathrooms and showers were kept very clean too.
The location is quite good, a 24 minute walk from the TV tower and 28 minutes from the Reichstag. Overall, I would recommend it. We stayed here for 2 nights and paid €67 per night. You can book it here.
Three Little Pigs Hostel
We spent 1 night here. We booked last minute and it cost €82 for the night for a double room. Even though this is a nice clean hostel, it is slightly further out from the centre. But luckily it’s easy to get Berlin by scooter or walking.
This hostel is great for socialising as there is a bar and games in the common room. It is 31 minutes walk from the Reichstag and 43 minutes from the TV tower. You can book here.
This is a good option, if you want to spend a bit more and treat yourself. This 4 star hotel is only 1 km from the centre and costs about €130 per night. Booking.com has it rated very good and you can book your stay here.
If you are driving, we parked at ‘Car Parking, PKW – Parkplatz’ (that is the location name on google maps). The google maps location link is here also. The price was reasonable at just €12 per day, which is very good for a central location.
It is only a 4 minute walk from the hostel we stayed at (Space Night Hotel) and is a 9 minute walk from checkpoint Charlie. But make sure you have plenty of coins for the ticket machine as card was not working on it.
An unexpected surprise when we arrived in Berlin was that the festival of lights was taking place (like seen in the first photo). It was lovely to see the city light up at night and the most well known landmarks stand out even more in the bright lights. So a final tip to say that it was a nice time to visit and you should consider visiting this time if it matches your schedules.
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Very good information, i’ve been wanting to go to berlin for a long time and now i’ve no excuses, my entire trip is planned for me :).
Great blog, keep up the good work
Great to hear, thanks Ken 🙂
This is very useful information! I haven’t been to Berlin in a long time, but when I go back I am definitely going to try out a few of these places! Thanks 😊
Happy to hear that, thanks Amanda 😊