Day 1: Strolling around Mitte
Have a cup of coffee in any of the many small neighborhood cafes. Walk along the canal and admire the old buildings. See the architecture of the Reichstag or look for art barges on the canal. There will be a cafe or three in each direction.
Walk to Charlottenburg and view the castle park and Berlin Wall. The wall was built in 1961 to help keep East Germans from escaping to the west.
Walk to The Brandenburg Gate, with its massive eagle and caryatids. Cross the nearby street to the official German building. Walk through the gardens and pick a bench or tree to sit at and watch the people pass by.
Walk a few more blocks and visit the BMW Haus, the auto plant headquarters. Then walk back to the Reichstag. Heading back down to the canal, sit down and enjoy a light dinner at the Burger Bar opposite the Wall.
Walk through the Tiergarten, a large, heavily wooded park with several museums and a zoo.
Walk through the Museumsinsel, a modern museum island with 9 museums, and have a late dinner. Reserve a table at Paulaner Brauerei. Go to the restaurant before arriving to get a table.
Continue strolling through the parks and enjoying the sights late into the night.
Morning at Alexanderplatz and Berlin Cathedral
Berlin is a city of history. We will visit the Berlin Cathedral, a Gothic church founded in the 13th century. The cathedral was built on the site of a Romanesque church, which was, in turn, built on the site of a circa 1000 Roman fort. We will walk through the city’s crime scene, as it was bombed extensively in World War ll. On the way we’ll encounter the memorial to victims of Nazism, before continuing to the largest church in Germany. We’ll finish the tour in the beautiful Alexanderplatz at the dome, perhaps the largest city square in the world.
Afternoon at Gendarmenmarkt, Holocaust Memorial, and Brandenburg Gate
The Gendarmenmarkt is considered one of the most beautiful squares in Berlin. The market is directly in front of the Reichstag and holds many food stalls selling things such as currywurst, schnitzel, carnitas, and roasted almonds.
There is a large outdoor sculpture garden where you can sit and relax or walk around.
The Holocaust Memorial was created by architect Peter Eisenman. It’s located between the Reichstag and the Brandenburg Gate. It was originally supposed to be located on the site of the Berlin Wall. However, the site of the Wall was incorporated into the park, so the memorial was built a couple of blocks away from its original planned location.
The life-sized sculptures act as a monument to the victims of the Holocaust.
The Brandenburg Gate was constructed between 1789 and 1791 to commemorate the Peace of Westphalia. The gate is now the symbol of the reunited Germany and of Berlin.
Evening at Hackescher Market
Hackesche is one of the most famous markets in Berlin, it is located in the north side of Mitte.
Hackescher Markt features food and drinks from the surrounding areas.
Hike in Berlin-Angermünde
Experience the inner city by foot, just like it used to be.
Spend Some Time in the Summer in the Countryside of Potsdam
Hike in the region of Fichtel and on the hills and valleys of the Oberlausitz, just like it was made for hiking.
Day 2: Exploring the Commercial Hub of City West
Morning at Charlottenburg Palace
The palace is a mini palace. It has been used as a royal residence a few times. The current one started the use of the palace around 1700. After World War II, it was a primary residence from West Berlin. Today, it is a museum that is open to the public and is perfect for people who want to see life as it was during the renaissance.
It was first started with the the first king of Prussia, Frederick William I in the 18th century. The palace was a building of Greco-Roman architecture.
Because the palace required an enormous amount of land to protect it from the Russians, Frederick I bought land in southeastern Berlin. Completed in 1707, the palace along with the surrounding park was designed by a Dutch architect, Georg Wenzeslaus von Knobelsdorff. The park was designed by Carl von Gontard.
The park took around 15 years to be finished.
| Today, the rooms are preserved as they were in the time of Caroline Augusta. The rooms on the ground floor are designed as they were in the 18th century. The walls are decorated with paintings of that time, and the furniture is original of that period.
| The first floor and second floor were used for the more modern periods, as they were used during the Weimar Republic and by West Berlin.
Afternoon at Kurfürstendamm and Zoologischer Garten
The Kurfürstendamm is one of the finest shopping streets in Berlin but no one could be blamed if they just spend all day going from shop to shop.
But you can also do it and not get lost! This way you can start the day with the Brandenburg Gate and continue down to the Tiergarten, the largest green area in the city.
Later, you can go the other direction and end your day by having a well deserved beer in one of the many great beer halls where you can enjoy a beautiful sunny evening with friends.
The next day you can just walk around Berlin’s shopping district and check out the many beautiful churches.
Evening at leisure
Berlin’s was awarded the title of “World Design Capital” in 2010. The festival Berliner Festspiele in the summer is one of the best in Europe. At the same time is the Berlinale, annually one of the most important film festivals in the world.
Experience the sophisticated club culture or the numerous concerts that find here a permanent place in the battle of the scenes, one of the most exciting cities in the world during the winter months with attractions such as the Berlinale Film Festival or the renowned Berlinale Pop-festival.
Dining venues in Berlin mainly consist of restaurants presenting international cuisine. The trend also has its focus on regional delicacies using local products.
For many centuries Berlin has been a european city of art, culture and intellectual exchange, but also a true melting pot of international trade, finance and science. The last few years have seen Berlin become the capital of film festivals and Carnival throughout the world. Grand boutique hotels, such as the hotel de Rome or the Central Hotel or Novum are suitable for a long and relaxing holiday.
Day 3: The Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie
The Berlin Wall (German: Berliner Mauer) is the name of a barrier that was built by the Soviet Union (USSR) from 1961 to 1989 to separate Western (capital) Berlin from East (communist) Berlin. It is a symbol of communist oppression, and it is deliberate that you should visit the site at night so you can see the other side of it.
While it was once a symbol of fear and oppression for all who lived on the other sides of the wall, today that side is a thriving part of the city with huge graffiti artwork on the walls, and something that attracts tourists to the area.
The German side of the wall offers a glimpse into communist Germany. There are still traces of the wall there, of course. Most of the wall is now underground, but you can still see traces of it, such as old towers and pieces of metal. Keep your eye out for the old signs warning you of the danger that you’re about to enter traffic on a major highway.
Since the wall was built on the east-west axis, you should also make a point to visit the Wall Museum or Checkpoint Charlie just east of the wall on Friedrichstrasse. You can’t visit any other part of the wall without first arriving at this one.
Morning at the Berlin Wall Memorial/Cold War Walking Tour
Try to catch one of the public tours the Memorial offers. These tours are very well organized and are both informative and exciting. While it may be costly, the cost will be worth it for the experience of the tour.
You can learn about the Cold War and take a one hour walking tour of Berlin, which is a great way to see some of the major historical locations of the city after the fall of the wall.
After lunch at a small cafe, the tour takes you to several apartments in Berlin and some spots of the old wall. We had booked the tour 2 days early so we had some time before and after our tour to do a short city tour. If you don’t have enough time for a full day tour, this tour is a good way to check out some of the highlights of the city.
Before or Afternoon Beer Led by Local Tour Guide
Spend time checking out all of the small breweries in Berlin that are worth a visit. Do some research into beer styles so that you know what tastes are in vogue the area you are in.
Because of the relatively low cost and the intoxicating smell and taste of the beer, you will become intoxicated quickly.
Eat a quick lunch before your tour begins and take some small snack with you to eat after the tour.
Afternoon in Cold War central
Over the years, this checkpoint on the Berlin Wall has become a ubiquitous landmark of the Cold War.
Checkpoint Charlie, located at the corner of Friedrichstrasse (East) and Zimmerstrasse, was one of several West Berlin border crossings, along with a supporting area known as Checkpoint Bravo, between East and West Berlin. Along with the parallel Checkpoint Bravo in Neukölln, it was used as the first checkpoint for people entering from East Berlin. The former checkpoint was renamed Checkpoint Charlie in the Western world in the 1950s.
In 1961, the wall interrupted normal train traffic between West Berlin and East Berlin. Under the new arrangements, people could only travel between the two parts of Berlin by crossing Checkpoint Charlie by foot or automobile. Visitors to the border were automatically assumed to be East Germans and, broadly speaking, looked upon as spies. The East German government stopped all West Berliners from visiting East Berlin.
After the construction of the Berlin Wall, the border was made more militarized. Checkpoints were set up with barbed wire. Checkpoint Charlie and Checkpoint Bravo were strongly guarded by East German border troops. Cars and pedestrians were stopped and thoroughly searched. Officers of the Ministry for State Security checked the identity papers of each traveller and pulled the identity papers and travel cards of some travellers from their wallets. All this occurred at the border post.
Evening at the TIPI am Kanzleramt
An incredible way to see the city is to go on one of the many official walking tours, which are offered at every hour and last about an hour. Try the Berlin Wall tour, which will take you to the Berlin Wall Memorial, Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, and the top of the Reichstag building.
For a fascinating food experience, one of the best ways to explore is with an organized food tour, which will include lots of local dishes and places to try them.
Exploring the city on the East side of Berlin is another great way to digest a lot of history in a short amount of time.
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