Not long ago, I worked on a project that tried to narrow down the best things to do in Berlin for a one day itinerary. And I loved it.
Until then, I had wondered what made Berlin so special? With cold weather and a dark history, it didn’t seem the obvious choice for a relaxing or inspiring trip away.
And usually I’m all about taking things slow and really trying to uncover a destination.
Yet sometimes a day is all you have.
So here it is. The best of Berlin in a day.
My experience with women my age who grew up as the wall came down. Both sides of the wall. Both sides of the story.
East Side Gallery
The largest open air gallery in the world, painted on remnants of the Berlin Wall.
Sets the stage for all the wall remnants you’re going to find all across the city
Housed in the former Gestapo HQ, this exhibition examines the horror of the Nazi party and gives an insight into Berlin during World War Two.
Lightens the mood a little and brings you from the past to the present through the medium of food. Currywurst is Berlin’s signature dish and it’s born from the cultural mix left in the city at the end of WWII. Plus, the museum is just around the corner from Checkpoint Charlie in case you want to make a quick detour there.
Browse for vintage clothes and records, stop for tea or indulge in a full lunch in this quirky part of town.
Head up the TV tower at twilight to see the city lights come alive
Walk (or cycle) from the tower to the gate for the full Berlin tourist experience. History took place here when Reagan implored Gorbachev to tear down this wall. Today, watch out for men in communist soldier costumes dancing Gangnam style…
Berlin in summertime, rich on practical details
Top Ten Things To Do in Berlin – Just Travelous
Tick off the tourist hot spots with this list from Berlin local Yvonne
I’m not normally one for a tour. But I love, love, LOVE context tours. Run by academics they take an in-depth, unusual look at a city’s landscape and history and sometimes it seems as though Berlin only exists to provide rich material for a Context tour.
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