One day in Berlin is the perfect amount of time to discover this German city. Within 24 hours you can see the best things in Berlin.
Berlin is one of the best cities in Germany. You should definitely go there if you are going to the country. Even if you don't have a lot of time.
This itinerary helps you out! I'll show you how to see the most famous sights. And I'll show you how to get to know the city in 24 hours only.
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How to get to Berlin?
Berlin is well connected to many places. It is easy to get there from places within Germany, places in Europe, and places farther away.
You can travel by airplane, drive here, take a bus, or go by train.
Berlin has two airports that serve the city.
Berlin Tegel Airport is the largest airport. Besides that, there is another airport. Until recently, its name was Berlin Schönefeld Airport. Now, it is part of Berlin Brandenburg Airport.
Soon, Berlin Brandenburg Airport will replace Berlin Tegel Airport too.
From Berlin Tegel Airport you can reach the city centre by bus. There are three options: TXL Express Bus, Express Bus X9 and Bus 109. This is a convenient way to get to the city centre.
Furthermore, you can rent a car. Or you can take a taxi to the city centre of Berlin.
From Berlin Brandenburg Airport the easiest way to get to the city centre is by train. Trains go every 10 minutes.
Also, you can go by S-Bahn, take a bus, rent a car or take a taxi. There are plenty of options to choose from.
Another way to get to Berlin is by taking a bus.
There are several companies that serve the city. Furthermore, many international bus companies go to Berlin.
This is often a cheaper way to move around than the other options. But, the journey takes longer.
Going to Berlin by train is an excellent option!
Germany has a great high-speed rail network. Because of this, you can get to Berlin from other cities in Germany in a fast way.
Not only is the train a good option for domestic visitors. Many bordering countries have good connections to Berlin as well. Often the train is faster from these countries than the airplane.
When you go by train you end up at Berlin Hauptbahnhof. From here you can walk to various parts of the city.
But, there are good public transport connections as well! So, that's great for one day in Berlin.
Getting around in Berlin
Within the city centre, you can walk between the sights. But, Berlin has a great public transport system. That's very convenient if you're only one day in Berlin.
Berlin's metro system, or U-Bahn, has more than 150 stations. It is a good way to move around the city. You can find the stations by looking for a 'U' sign.
Another way to move around is by taking the S-Bahn. The S-Bahn is the train network within the city. It is the quickest way to move around. It is perfect if you want to cover larger distances in the city and parts next to the city.
Besides that, there are buses. These are slower than the metro, but are sometimes more convenient.
In former East Berlin, you can find trams. These trams are another easy way to move around the city.
Moreover, there are bike-sharing programs in the city. And you can take a taxi if you want to get somewhere faster. This can save lots of time if you're for 24 hours in Berlin!
Where to stay in Berlin?
Berlin has many fun neighbourhoods to stay in. For example, Kreuzberg is a very hip neighbourhood.
But, if you are in Berlin for a very short time, I recommend staying in the city centre. This neighbourhood is Berlin-Mitte.
That way you have more time to explore the city. As you don't need to travel a lot!
Perfect one day in Berlin itinerary
With this itinerary, you can make most out of 24 hours in Berlin!
Early morning walk at Tempelhofer Veld
The best way to start your morning is by doing an early morning walk. A unique place to do this is at the Tempelhofer Veld.
This is an old airport that nowadays is a public park. The runways are still there and you can see old airplanes.
I've never seen a more unique place for a walk than this. So, I'd recommend going here if you're one day in Berlin.
After this early walk, it is time to get something for breakfast.
Close to Tempelhofer Veld is Isla Coffee Berlin. This is a good place for breakfast.
It is a cafe with delicious coffee. But, besides coffee, they have many unique and tasty dishes with local ingredients.
What's also great about this cafe is that they want to have as little waste as possible. This unique concept makes this place even better!
From breakfast, it is time to explore the sights of the city. With public transport, you can go to this next activity.
One of the most well-known things in Berlin is Checkpoint Charlie. It was a crossing through the Berlin Wall that was best known.
Nowadays it is a tourist attraction in the middle of the city. As it's very central, you should definitely go here during your 24 hours in Berlin.
The original guardhouse is in the Allied Museum. But, at the original site, there is a replica.
When you are going to Berlin, this is a must-see. That's because it is very famous.
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
After that, you should definitely visit the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. You can walk here, or you can take public transport.
This is a very large monument. The monument is about the Jewish victims of the Holocaust. There are 2711 slabs of concrete.
The interpretation of the monument is not clear. There are many interpretations. But, all are about showcasing the horrific past.
Besides the monument, there is the 'Place of Information' underneath it. That place has an archive of the names of the almost 3 million Jewish Holocaust victims.
This is an important sight in the city. It is the darker part of Berlin that is very important to remember. Because of that, going here is one of the best things to do in Berlin.
From the monument, it is only a short walk to the Brandenburg Gate.
This is a monument from the 18th-century. It is on the site of a former gate of the city. Furthermore, many historical events took place here.
Nowadays it is one of the most famous landmarks in the country. Many events still take place here. For example, there are fireworks during New Year's Eve in Berlin.
The Brandenburg Gate is also very photogenic, so it's one of the best Instagram photo spots in Berlin.
The area surrounding the Brandenburg Gate is only for pedestrians. It is a great place to walk through. Furthermore, it's definitely worth your time if you're 24 hours in Berlin!
Another place next to the Brandenburg Gate is the Reichstag Building. This is where the parliament of Germany meets. You should see this for sure, even you're only 24 hours in Berlin!
Furthermore, this building has a rich history. That makes this place even more interesting.
You can visit the building for free. There are also many other free things to do in Berlin.
One of the great things about the Reichstag Building is the roof. The material is glass and you can walk in it while seeing Berlin from above!
There's a high chance hungry from all the activities. There are many places to have a delicious lunch in Berlin.
A great lunch place is Flamingo Fresh Food Bar. They have lunch specials that change every day! This place is between the Reichstag Building and the next activity. Which is very convenient!
But, there are many other places in the city centre for lunch!
There are so many museums in Berlin. So, you have to visit one when you are going here!
You can find most of the museums at Museum Island. This is a small island in the historic centre of Berlin. The museums themselves are great to see as well. Most of them are old and have an interesting history.
One of the best museums in Berlin is the Neues Museum. This museum is all about objects from ancient Egypt and other old civilizations. For example, there is a famous bust of the Egyptian queen Nefertiti.
Another great museum on Museum Island is the Bode-Museum. Here is a collection with, among other things, Byzantine art.
You can also choose one of the other museums on Museum Island. They are all great to visit. So if you like something else, then go there!
Berlin Wall Memorial
After seeing a museum it is time to learn more about the Berlin Wall.
The Berlin Wall was very important in the history of the city. The wall divided the city into two halves.
One part of the city was East Berlin and the other part was West Berlin. Between 1961 and 1989, the two parts of Berlin were separate from each other.
At the Berlin Wall Memorial, you can see part of the Wall that still exists. Furthermore, this is a good place to learn more about the history of the Wall.
A great way to end your afternoon is with a view of the city.
The best place to do this is at the Fernsehturm. This is a large television tower with the best views of the city.
From the viewing platform at 203 metres, you can see the whole city.
Also, if you want to have dinner with a view, you can do so here! There is a revolving restaurant in the Fernsehturm.
Time for dinner!
There are many great restaurants in Berlin. So, it's hard to choose if you're only one day in Berlin! You'll find very unique and trendy places to go to in the city.
One of the best restaurants is Vedang. This is a place that serves one of the best Vegan burgers in the city. They have delicious burgers. Moreover, they want their burger to be as close to real meat as possible.
But, if you want to eat something different, then there are many options. Furthermore, you can eat anywhere in the city you like. Because the public transport network in Berlin is very good, you will be there in no time!
After dinner, your one day in Berlin does not end. The city is well-known for its nightlife scene. Furthermore, techno music is something Berlin is famous for.
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