What to do in Berlin in 3 days – planning your visit

Berlin
Berlin Cathedral

What to do in Berlin in 3 days? This was the start of planning my itinerary to this fabulous City packed with history and culture. With only a few days to spend, I was determined to fit in as much as possible. This fascinating diverse city has so many interesting places to visit, therefore plan your itinerary well ahead. In addition, don’t forget to get a Berlin Welcome Card. with lots of fabulous benefits. A great idea for those flying to Berlin because it includes airport transfers.  

Something to please everyone in Berlin

Whether you’re a foodie, shopper, into museums, art, architecture, and palaces, it’s all here. Opera fans have the choice of three opera houses, and three symphony orchestras. With so much choice ‘what to do in Berlin in 3 days’, could easily be stretched to 5 days!

Best ways to get around Berlin

One of the best ways to get around Berlin is on foot. Alternatively, the Subway (U Bahn) system in Berlin is easy to use. Bus tours are also popular. Bargain tickets are available on bus route 100 or 200 with an unbeatable fare of just over 2 Euro and valid for two hours. A great budget-friendly way to see the Reichstag, Brandenburg Gate, Museum Island, and Unter den Linden. Free Berlin Mitte walking tours are a great way to see the City if watching your pennies. 

Green space everywhere

Even though Berlin is a City, you will find plenty of green space. Around 40% is covered by rivers, parklands, and woods, a nature lovers paradise. Renting a bike at a very reasonable 8 to 12 Euros a day to get around is a fun way to explore.

Tiergarten Park – green space everywhere in Berlin

Locals love to go to the 500 acre plus Tiergarten Park to chill and relax, therefore, it is one of Berlins most popular green spaces. Go after visiting the nearby zoo. Rent a boat, have a picnic, however, be careful where you wander in the park because some areas are used by nude sunbathers.

Berlin Zoo

More than 1,400 species and 20,000 animals can be found here. Berlin zoo is said to be one of the oldest and biggest zoos in the world. Zoos are like Marmite, you either love them or hate them. It’s a personal choice to visit or not. Even though zoos get a bad rap, it is great to see that Berlin Zoo runs a reintroduction programme for endangered species. 

Brandenburg Gate and The Reichstag

What to do in Berlin in 3 days
The Reichstag

Both are close to each other. Do your best to visit the spectacular glass dome at The Reichstag (home of the German government). Tickets need to be booked well in advance. Private tours are also available. 

The Brandenberg Gate is an impressive neoclassical building built between 1788 and 1791 by Carl Gotthard Langhans. Denoting the separation of both sides of Berlin it is one of the most popular places to visit while in Berlin. 

What to do in Berlin in 3 days
Brandenburg Gate

Stop for a bite in the Square with plenty of lovely cafes to choose from. Copying the locals I enjoyed a currywurst.

Museum Musings

Being quite partial to museums I enjoyed Museum Island a UNESCO Heritage site. It is possible to buy passes in advance. With five museums there is much to see. The legendary bust of Nefertiti, Pergamon Altar and Ishtar Gate can be found here. The five museums are:

  • Pergamon
  • Bode
  • Neues (New Museum)
  • Alte Nationagalerie (old National Gallery)
  • Altes (old museum)

Berlin Cathedral (Berlin Dom)

Cathedrals give a peaceful respite from the noise and buzz of the City and Berlin has one of the most beautiful, a real must see. Visit the Cathedral while visiting Museum Island

East Side Gallery

An outdoor gallery with painted murals and messages on the remaining Berlin Wall. Take some time to reflect on some of the messages. Very poignant. 

Berliner Fernsehturm (TV Tower

Offering spectacular views don’t miss Berlin’s tallest building. Remember to buy a track ticket. It is also possible to enjoy a meal and a drink at the Revolving Restaurant in the Tower.

Checkpoint Charlie and the Museum

Checkpoint Charlie represents the clash between Western and Soviet powers. In October 1961 the US and Soviets had a stand-off. The museum is an interesting visit.

Charlottenburg Palace

Factor in spending a full day at the 300 year old  Charolottenburg Palace. Choose to avoid Friday afternoons and Saturday mornings if you don’t like crowds. 

Holocaust Memorial and Hitlers Bunker

Built as a memorial to the many jews massacred under Hitler’s rule, this is a fairly somber visit. Don’t expect to see much of Hitlers Bunker because only the base foundation remains. 

Berlin Food

I’m not a big fan of German food. Pork knuckles served with sauerkraut and mash doesn’t tickle my tastebuds. Liver, veal and Brandenburg duck are other popular dishes. Carb fans will go overboard in Berlin as pastries, fresh rolls and bread are everywhere in abundance. 

What to do in Berlin in 3 days

Diverse food choices

Finding alternative food choices is easy in Berlin. Turkish, Thai, and many other options can be found. Middle Eastern Food is one of my favourites. No surprises there having lived in the Middle East as an expat for 28 years. All budgets are catered for whether you want high-end dining or a stand-up Bratwurst with fries. When in Berlin don’t shy away from popping into the local Kneipen (bar). Beer is on tap, and it’s possible to get a decent glass of wine.  Very traditional and popular with the locals.

Shopping

City breaks are all about visiting the sites, however I do love a good snoop around the shops too. The Mauerpark Fleamarket with lots of quirky bits and pieces is enjoyable and fun. West Berlin has Kurfurstendamm while East Berlin has Galleries Lafayette. Shopping malls are dotted around, one of them being Potsdamer Platz Arkaden. Hopefully you feel excited about what to see and do in Berlin in 3 days. It all depends on where your interests lie.

Berlin is a fabulous City break, definitely one to add to your list. Feel free to leave a comment or grab a cuppa, put your feet up and read the other destination blogs on the site.

I hope you’ve enjoyed this article on what to see and do in Berlin in 3 days. If you’ve visited Berlin, what did you enjoy most?

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