45 Things to Do in Berlin

Find information on all of the best things to do in Berlin, including free things, nighttime activities, the city’s top attractions, museums, and points of interest in one convenient location!

 

Best Things To Do in Berlin

 


TOP 10 THINGS TO DO IN BERLIN

Below are our suggestions for the top 10 things to do in Berlin. Follow each link to a much more comprehensive page on that particular topic.

For more ideas on popular attractions and tours, be sure to read our post outlining and combining the various tourist attraction discount passes available to you in Berlin.

 

  • 1. Head up to the Top of the TV Tower

It’s hard to settle on the “Number One” sight in Berlin seeing as there are so many monuments all around you, but starting with a panoramic view of the city? Yes, please!

 

Berlin tv tower

 

Right in the middle of Alexanderplatz, you can shop to your heart’s content, listen to one of the many incredible buskers, or even jump on the in-ground trampolines before taking an elevator up the tallest building in the city!


  • 2. Tour the Reichstag and Visit the Dome

If heights aren’t your thing, you can still get a panoramic view of the city from a much more manageable height in the dome of the Berlin Parliament.

 

Reichstag

 

Tours are free, but make sure you get your tickets in advance because tours are often booked weeks or even months in advance during the high season!

The Reichstag also puts you right next to other must-see sights such as the Brandenburg Gate, Unter den Linden, and The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe.


  • 3. Discover Berlin on a Sightseeing Tour

We offer several guided walking tours, free tours, and self-guided tours.

Our guided tours are free to sign up to, operate on the pay-what-you-like or what-you-can-afford model, and are well-reviewed on TripAdvisor, Google, Yelp, Facebook, and more.

 

Big Bus Berlin

 

There are lots of options to make your way around the city, but a guided tour gives you all the sights with little-to-none of the planning!

Visit our calendar page for available tours.

There are several bus tours available in the city, including a few different hop-on-hop-off options which allow you to explore at your own leisure.

There are plenty of amazing river tours that take you through all of the meandering currents and allow you to see the city from a different perspective.

Or if you’re really enjoying the European lifestyle, join a bike tour!


  • 4. Visit a Museum… ISLAND?!

Most major cities across the world will have a great spread of museums, but you’ll be hard-pressed to find 5 incredible museums within walking distance on the same plot of land that anyone can walk to.

 

Pergamon Museum

 

Not to mention the fact that with the purchase of one ticket you can visit as many of them as you want before 6 pm.

There are also plenty of other great options that are free or very inexpensive, especially with a discount ticket (i.e. student).


  • 5. Go See a Concert or Show

No matter when you choose to visit Berlin, you’ll find artists from all genres, from the biggest rappers to the most famous orchestras and shows of all forms playing at anything from arenas to intimate venues to beautiful concert halls.

 

Berlin Philharmonie

 

If you’re looking for a big performance, consider heading out to one of the following popular venues:

And if you’re looking for more fun after dark, make sure to check our post about things to do in Berlin at night.


  • 6. Head to a Sporting Event

Not known for its sports teams, Berlin can still sate the desire of visiting sports fans!

The Bundesliga is one of the most intense leagues in Europe to see a game, and Hertha and FC Union, the local clubs, are quite the competitors.

 

Berlin Football

 

In the hockey scene, Berlin’s Eisbären is the team to see, and if basketball is more your speed, check out the Alba league!

It’s also worth noting that the Berlin Marathon takes place every September with more than 300,000 applicants and 35,000 runners racing through this incredible city.


  • 7. Step Back into History

Berlin was the epicenter of two world wars, and its history was completely shaped by the aftermath.

Even today, 30 years later, you can still follow the path of where the Berlin Wall stood throughout the entire city.

 

Conrad Schumann Escape Berlin Wall Memorial

 

There are too many incredible sights and experiences to name, but some of the best are listed below:


  • 8. Explore the Latest Trends

Every 10 years since the Wall fell or so, the trendy neighborhood has changed slightly.

We’re currently in the middle of the “Kreuzberg” era, and that’s the perfect neighborhood to visit if you’re interested in the hippest bars, restaurants, trends, and art.

You may not explore as many historical sights here, but this will be your favorite area to have a laid-back time with an ice-cold Berlin classic drink such as a Radler or Club-Mate.


  • 9. Enjoy the Outdoors

Berliners certainly know how to take time off and the fact that the city is so far north means that, especially during the summer, there are plenty of hours of sunlight to enjoy.

 

View of Tiergarten from Panoramapunkt Berlin

 

You can use these to wander the streets, sit outside a café, swim at one of the lakes, or lounge in one of the dozens of beautiful parks.

  • Visit the converted airfield, Tempelhofer Feld.
  • Stroll through Tiergarten.
  • Explore the ever-popular “Sees” (lakes) that are frequented by locals and tourists alike, such as Schlactensee or the smaller Krumme Lanke.
  • Join other cinephiles and see a movie outside in different locations across the city!

Pro Tip: Visit Mauerpark on Sunday and explore the famous flea market!


10. Get a Tourist Discount Pass

A tourist discount pass affords you discounted entry into most of NYC’s most popular attractions.

While the passes themselves certainly aren’t free, if you plan your itineraries well, you will end up getting one or two attractions for free each day.

 

 

There are several different types of passes, so be sure to read our comparison post to learn about how you can save the most money on your trip.


Honorable Mention: Self-Guided Exploration Games

If you’re looking for an alternative to the typical walking tour, these self-guided mystery games will give you the chance to solve a puzzle as you travel around the city and see a variety of landmarks.

 

 

These outings are a great way to learn about the history of Berlin and they are available both day and night.

 


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FREE THINGS TO DO

Berlin is one of the least expensive cities in Germany, but that doesn’t mean every traveler can’t benefit from some free activities.

Below is a list of our top 13 free things to do.

For even more inspiration, check out our post on Free Things To Do in Berlin.

  1. Walk along history with the Berlin Wall
  2. Learn about German politics over the years on a tour of the Reichstag
  3. See the Soviet War Memorial
  4. Get lost in The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
  5. Visit a free museum
  6. Shop for Berlin knickknacks and treats at a flea market
  7. Enjoy the outdoors and the sunshine in a park
  8. Peek into the zoo while enjoying a coffee
  9. Swim and tan at the lakes
  10. Sit on the canal and watch the beautiful swans
  11. Explore a bookshop and take some time to read
  12. Hear some amazing classic music
  13. Take part in a walking tour

 


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NIGHTTIME ACTIVITIES

It’s hard to find a time when all of Berlin is asleep, in fact, it’s as if half of the city wakes up after sunset!

There are plenty of sights, events, snacks, and drinks that you can enjoy until the very early hours of the day and they are NOT to be missed!

For a more in-depth look at what to do when the sun goes down, please check out our post top things to do in Berlin at night.

Below are the top 12 from this page.

  1. View the city lights from the Reichstag, the TV Tower, or the Berliner Dome.
  2. Take a moonlit stroll through the Brandenburg Gate and down Unter den Linden.
  3. Learn something at the Wilhelm-Förster-Observatory and Planetarium.
  4. Enjoy some music from the genre of your choice.
  5. Watch a theater show.
  6. Explore the Long Night of the Museums, Sciences, and Castle Night.
  7. Marvel at the Festival of Lights.
  8. Sip a tasty drink in one of the hundreds of hip bars.
  9. Party, Party, Party in the Berlin club scene.
  10. Lounge in the summer.
  11. Watch a film outdoors.
  12. Visit the “beach” and have a drink on the canal.

 


THINGS TO DO IN BERLIN BY MONTH AND SEASON

We have also created guides based on the time of year. Click on the links below for the corresponding time that you plan on being in Berlin.

 


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