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BEST THINGS TO DO IN BERLIN IN 2 DAYS

CREATE AN EPIC BERLIN ITINERARY FOR 2 DAYS

If you are planning your 2-day Berlin itinerary and are wondering about the best things to do in Berlin in 2 days (plus travel tips), you will find your answers here. Germany´s capital has become one of the most popular city destinations for the young and old – there is a lot to do. From historic sights to hip places – find out how to spend your 2 days in Berlin. But first, let´s start with some travel tips.

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TRAVEL TIPS FOR YOUR 2 DAYS IN BERLIN

When I went there for the first time, I was one of those who didn’t like Berlin at all. However, after a few more visits, it became one of my favorite cities in Germany. Eventually, I liked it so much that I lived there for a few months, and I enjoy returning once in a while. Not everybody loves Berlin – it isn’t the most beautiful and surely not the friendliest city, but Berlin is probably the coolest and hippest capital.

Where to Stay

Berlin has a great public transport system, so any place is good as long as it is close to an underground station. Popular areas are e.g. “Mitte” “Prenzlauer Berg”.

How to Get Around in Berlin For 2 Days

WALKING

  • If you follow this Berlin itinerary strictly, you will mostly walk. If you wear comfy shoes, you can discover quite a lot on foot. You might need public transportation here and there.

PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION

  • Berlin´s public transport is pretty good. If the employees do not strike. That can happen and then public transportation sucks. But let´s assume there is no strike.
  • You can see many places by using public transport, and since Berlin is geographically quite big, you will – most likely- need to use public transport.

HOP ON AND HOP OFF TICKETS

  • If you plan to stay in Berlin for a short time, I definitely recommend one of these Hop-on/Hop-off bus toursI admit that I do those tours pretty often in cities. I can´t spend much time, but I want to see as much as possible. With the high competition of the bus companies, you can bargain at the ticket “office.” They also sell boat tour tickets on the river Spree as well.
  • Though I even lived in Berlin for a few months (I am originally from Bremen). I did three tours in Berlin over the years and would do them anytime again To get your own great deal without having to bargain, click here.

CAR

  • Though Berlin is a big city and attractions are spread out, you do not need a car in Berlin for 2 days.
  • You can use public transportation only and will be fine.

2 Days in Berlin – Solo Female Travel

Berlin is overall a safe place.

However, I recommend avoiding side streets – especially when you are alone and when it is dark. This is the same with underground stations in the evening/night when you are by yourself. Pickpocketing is common. You need to watch your belongings and always keep your valuables close to you. As everywhere, exercise common sense.

WHAT TO DO IN 2 DAYS IN BERLIN

Enough talking, here is the 2-day Berlin itinerary.

Day 1 of 2 Days in Berlin

Let´s start with some history of the city.

Stop 1: Checkpoint Charlie / Berlin Wall

Around 10 am

You could begin your trip by visiting Checkpoint Charlie. It is the most famous crossing point between the former East and West Germany. The place is full of history.

Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin
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Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin

A museum offers history interested much more information about the Cold War and Germany’s division. Back then, one popular activity was taking pictures with some US “soldiers” (they expected a small donation). The government in Berlin has now forbidden this and you can’t take pictures with the “soldiers” anymore.

  • You can either explore the area by yourself or get your own private tour – for more information, click here.
  • It is free to visit.

Close to Checkpoint Charlie, there is also some leftover of the Berlin Wall. The 160-kilometer-long Berlin Wall divided East and West Berlin. It was built in the 1960s – and it fell in 1989. Some parts were destroyed but some parts of the Berlin Mall still stand. At Checkpoint Charlie, there are some remnants you should see.

  • It is free to visit.

Stop 2: Gendarmenmarkt

Around 11:00 am

The Gendarmenmarkt is very close to Checkpoint Charlie and is a very charming square that dates back to 1700.

Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin - what to do and see
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You will find the architectural trio composed of the German and French cathedrals (Deutscher und Französischer Dom) and Schinkel’s Konzerthaus (concert hall) and cafes and restaurants. You might want to sit down and relax before continuing. 

  • It is free to visit.

Stop 3: Holocaust Memorial

Around 12:30 pm

The Holocaust Memorial was created a few years ago and is just a few minutes away from the Brandenburger Tor. It was dedicated to the murdered Jews of Europe during the Second World War.

Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, Germany
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Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, Germany

On the way, you will pass the US embassy. However, it isn’t very spectacular, but interesting enough to look at( of course, it is heavily secured).

  • It is free to visit.

Stop 4: Brandenburger Tor

Around 2 pm

Maybe the most beautiful way to approach the Brandenburger Tor is to walk down Unter den Linden, the main and probably nicest boulevard in Berlin.

The beautiful Brandenburger Tor in Berlin - a must-see place in Berlin
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The Brandenburger Tor is the most famous landmark in Berlin or probably in Germany and stands for peace and unity nowadays. Though the place is very touristy, it is definitely one of the best places to visit in Berlin. Even if you have less than 2 days in Berlin, come here. On a sunny day (or even on some rainy days), you will find street artists performing – giving this place an extra cool touch.

  • Restaurants here are pricy, but they come with a view, so consider having lunch here.
  • It is free to visit.

Stop 5: Kanzleramt

Around 3:30 pm

The Kanzleramt is the official office of the German Chancellor. It is only a stone’s throw away from the memorial so that you can walk to the Kanzleramt, the official office of then Angela Merkel and now Olaf Scholz, our kind of prime minister/president.

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Kanzleramt in Berlin, Germany

You cannot go inside – just have a quick peek from the outside before continuing. 

  • It is free to visit.

Stop 6: Reichstag / Bundestag

Around 4:30 pm

From there, head to the Reichstag/Bundestag. It is a short walk, and no taxi or bus is required.

Bundestag in Berlin, Germany
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Bundestag in Berlin, Germany

A Berlin tour wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the Reichstag Building. It houses the Bundestag, the lower house of Germany’s parliament. The meadow in front of the Reichstag invites for a rest and is a great place to have a picnic.

If you are interested in seeing the parliament from the inside and enjoying the view from the glass dome, you have to book in advance. 

Okay, day 1 in Berlin was quite busy and might have been stressful, but this itinerary for you covered many great places.

  • Check out the official website if you want to visit the Bundestag.
  • It is free to visit.

Day 2 of 2 Days in Berlin

Day 2 in Berlin can start at the train station, which is easy to reach from many places in Berlin.

Stop 1: Hauptbahnhof

Around 10 am

The Hauptbahnhof (Central Station) is the biggest in Europe and maybe the most modern station I have ever seen. If you arrive by train, you might not need to come back. Otherwise, it is an interesting place in Berlin and a good starting point to exploring more of Berlin.

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Central Station in Berlin, Germany

Stop 2: Boat Tour

Around 11 am

My tip is to hop on a boat tour and do a Spree tour (the river in Berlin). I love doing a Spree Boat Tour and think it should be on your list as well. Also, after a busy day 1 in Berlin, you have deserved to take a rest. Boat tours normally start next to the Central Station and will take about an hour. You´ll get the chance to see many sights, but it will not allow you to see the Brandenburger Tor or the Reichstag.

Spree Boats Tour in Berlin, Germany
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Spree Boats Tour in Berlin, Germany

Some cafes line the Spree, and you can either have a bite to eat or sit and relax. It is easy making friends with other visitors from people all around the world in Berlin. There is a huge variety of cafes/restaurants, and I think there is definitely something for everyone.

Stop 3: Schloss Bellevue

Around 1 am

Schloss Bellevue, the German President’s residence, has seriously the neatest and nicest mowed meadow I have ever seen. It isn’t far from Central Station, and thus, you can do a quick stop there (there isn’t much else to see).

Berlin, Schloss Bellevue in Berlin
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Berlin, Schloss Bellevue in Berlin

Stop 4: Kurfürstendamm

Around 3 pm

You can have a late lunch here and then start a little shopping trip. Even if you are not shopping, I recommend checking out the most famous shopping street, Kurfürstendamm. Don’t forget to stop by at KaDeWe, the most prominent shopping mall in Germany, hosting many luxury shops.

However, each district has its own shopping mall. If you dislike crowded places, check out the arcade in the district near your hotel, there are arcades in almost any district.

Stop 5: Fernsehturm

Around 5 pm

Extra tip: If you have some spare time on day 2 in Berlin, check out The Fernsehturm is one of the highest television towers in Europe and offers a unique panorama view. If you want to skip the lines and get up, you can check out the prices here. I visited once and it definitely a great way to enjoy good views over Berlin.

The Fernsehturm is one of the highest television towers in Europe
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The Fernsehturm is one of the highest television towers in Europe @shutterstock

There is also a restaurant, though we did not eat there, I can definitely recommend visiting this Berlin tourist attraction.

Stop 6: Hakescher Markt

Around 7 pm

Dinner tip: I love the “Hakescher Markt,” which is close to the Alexanderplatz. You will find lovely cafes in an even more charming environment, and it is a great way to end your day in one of the restaurants there. The area begins outside the S-Bahn station Hackescher Markt in central Berlin  – within the Hackesche Höfe (courtyards) you will find plenty of options to dine or just have a drink.

FINAL THOUGHTS ON VISITING BERLIN FOR 2 DAYS

Berlin is indeed a unique city that has tons to offer. For you, it might be love at first sight. Hopefully, this itinerary for Berlin in 2 days will help you plan your trip and see the best of the city in a short time. 

Safe Travels, Arzo
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