2 Days in Berlin – the Hippest Capital

2 Days in Berlin – the Hippest Capital

How to spend three days in Berlin, Germany
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How to spend three days in Berlin, Germany

Germany´s capital Berlin has become one of the most popular city destinations for young and old. Berlin has so much to offer – a trendy city with incredible history and lots of interesting places to visit.

Are two days in Berlin enough? Well, Berlin is huge and so 2 days is not a lot of time but enough to visit the most important sights. What to do in Berlin in 2 days (and at the end of the blog post you find a day trip from Berlin so it is actually 3 days in Berlin).

Find out about my highlights and must-see places in Berlin, maybe one of the hippest capitals ever.

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 turned out to be one of my favorite cities in Germany. Not everybody loves Berlin – it isn’t the most beautiful and surely not the friendliest city, but Berlin is probably the coolest and hippest city. If you like that kind of “coolness” or at least don’t mind it, you can have a great time, because Germany’s capital has definitely a lot to offer.

Where to Sleep in Berlin

Berlin has a great public transport system (if the staff is not on strike, which happened quite regularly when I am in Berlin). So any place is good as long as it is close to an underground station. Popular areas are e.g. “Mitte” “Prenzlauer Berg”.

Where to Eat

Dining in Berlin is pretty cool because the cuisine is very diverse and quite affordable. Berlin is a melting pot and so there something for any taste. Also, Berlin has a leading role for good vegan food, so even if you are not into vegan food, you can try great dishes for reasonable prices during your Berlin stay.

2 Days in Berlin – the Hippest Capital

If you plan to stay in Berlin for a short time, I definitely recommend one of these Hop-on/Hop-off bus tours. I admit that I do those tours pretty often in cities I can´t spend much time, but want to see as much as possible. The high competition of the bus companies you can bargain (don´t buy the tickets online) 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 two tours and would do them anytime again.

You could start your trip with visiting Checkpoint Charlie. It is the most famous crossing point between former East and West Germany. The place is full of history. A museum offers for the history interested many more information about the Cold War and the division of Germany. If you are looking for an interesting souvenir, you can take pictures with some US “soldiers”(they expect a 2€ donation).

The Gendarmenmarkt is very close to Checkpoint Charlie. It is actually one of my most favorite places. Though it doesn’t offer anything in particular, it is very charming, has beautiful architectures and some cafes.

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 Brandenburger Tor is the most like the most famous landmark in Germany and stands nowadays for peace and unity. Though the place is very touristy, it is a must see. No tourist can leave Berlin without having seen this symbolic structure.

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. On the way, you will pass the US embassy. Though it isn’t very spectacular, but interesting enough to have a look at.

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

The Kanzleramt is the official office of the German Chancellor and it is only a stone throw away from the memorial. For the last few years Angela Merkel and her team have been working here.  Talk a short walk to the Reichstag.

2 Days in Berlin – the Hippest Capital

A Berlin tour wouldn’t be complete without a stop at the Reichstag, the German 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 to see the parliament from inside and enjoy the view from the glass dome, you have to book in advance.

The Hauptbahnhof (Central Station) is the biggest in Europe and maybe the most modern station I have ever seen.

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.

Some cafes line the Spree, and you can have either have a bite to eat or just sit and relax. What I actually like most about Berlin is the amount of cafes and I can’t think of any western metropolis that offers beverages for more reasonable prices. There is a huge variety and I think there is definitely something for everyone.

Schloss Bellevue, the residence of the German President, has seriously the neatest and nicest mowed meadow I have ever seen. It isn’t far from the Central Station and also on my recommendation list, though there isn’t much else to see.

The most famous shopping street is the 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 mind crowded places check out the arcade in the district near your hotel.

The Fernsehturm is one of the highest television towers in Europe and offers a unique panorama view.

A little away from the hustle and bustle is the district Charlottenburg. A great place for strolling and visiting Charlottenburg Palace.

Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin, Germany
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Schloss Charlottenburg in Berlin, Germany

For a nice dinner in a lovely atmosphere, I suggest the Hakescher Markt, a vibrant district – home to small shops and nice restaurants.

With these tips, you should have great ideas what to see in Berlin in two days if you prefer to travel a bit more slowly then this also makes a great 3 days itinerary for Berlin.

How to Spend 3 Days in Berlin or How to Spend 4 days in Berlin

If you have some more time, I definitely recommend visiting the Palace of Sanssouci which is located in Potsdam (about 40km from Berlin). It is a great day (or half day trip from Berlin) and so different to the hustle and bustle of Germany´s capital.

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Berlin – the Hippest Capital

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How to spend 3 days in Berlin, Germany
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43 Comments

  1. December 15, 2015 / 10:42 pm

    Great post girl! Happy you warmed up to Berlin, it’s definitely not the best with first impressions. Next time you go, you should check out the Badeschiff and Alt-Treptow. This is a very cool part of town 🙂

    Glad you got some good weather though! Happy travels!

    X

    • December 25, 2015 / 6:03 pm

      Thanks dear. Never been to Alt-Treptow and Badeschiff but thanks for the addings… Have a great day

  2. December 24, 2015 / 10:57 am

    Toller Post und wirklich schöne Fotos <3
    Du hast echt ein paar tolle Ecken in Berlin herausgesucht 🙂
    Meine persönlichen Favoriten sind aber der Hackesche Markt und der Mauerpark, die fand ich im Sommer bei meinem letzten Besuch besonders schön!

    Liebe Grüße

    http://nilooorac.blogspot.de

    • December 25, 2015 / 6:02 pm

      Klar, der Hakesche Markt gehört definitiv zu den Highlights… Im Mauerpark war ich selbst noch nicht, aber danke für den Tipp 🙂

  3. Nicole
    December 25, 2015 / 8:35 am

    Huhu…

    Sehr schöne Bilder von Berlin. Mein Besuch ist jetzt schon 2 Jahre her. Nächstes Jahr will ich dann aber auch mal wieder fahren. Es gibt da ja noch so viel zu sehen ^^

    LG

    • December 25, 2015 / 6:04 pm

      Auf jeden Fall. Und je häufiger man dort ist, desto mehr wird es einem gefallen. Liebe Grüße zurück

    • December 25, 2015 / 6:12 pm

      Vielen lieben Dank Nicole. Ja, Berlin ist immer wieder eine Reise wert. Wünsche dir ein paar schöne Festtage und einen guten Rutsch… 🙂

  4. December 25, 2015 / 8:59 am

    Sehr schöner post, vor allem die Fotos sind toll! Ich war bisher einmal in berlin und war sooo begeistert <3
    liebste grüße und noch fantastische festtage 🙂
    liebste grüße , Lisa

    • December 25, 2015 / 6:05 pm

      So lieb von dir, herzlichen Dank. Wünsche dir ebenfalls frohe Tage und einen guten Rutsch. Schöne Grüße, Arzo

  5. December 25, 2015 / 9:43 am

    Tolle Eindrücke.
    In Berlin war ich nur einmal, aber das auch nicht lange.
    Das typische Touri-Programm ist leider an mir vorbei gegangen 🙁 Muss ich unbedingt mal nachholen!

    • December 25, 2015 / 6:06 pm

      Ja, die typischen Sehenswürdigkeiten gehören doch irgendwie dazu 🙂 Wünsch dir ganz viel Spaß beim nächsten Besuch!

  6. December 27, 2015 / 6:57 pm

    Oh ich liebe Berlin! Bin mindestens 2x im Jahr dort und freue mich auch riesig darauf im Januar wieder hinzufahren ! 🙂 Schöne gesammelte Eindrücke, die du hier zeigst!

    Liebe Grüße,
    Kiamisu

    • December 29, 2015 / 6:30 pm

      Liebe Kim vielen Dank 🙂 Schöne Grüße und viel Spaß beim nächsten Besuch…

  7. December 27, 2015 / 9:32 pm

    Ach ich liebe Berlin und freue mich schon total wenn ich im Januar endlich wieder in der Stadt unterwegs bin … Egal in welcher Straße man landet, man findet immer etwas tolles und spannendes …

    Eine der schönsten Städte dieser Welt …

    Liebst
    Justine
    http://www.justinewynnegacy.de/

    • December 29, 2015 / 6:32 pm

      Definitiv eine tolle Stadt und definitiv spannend- stimme dir da total zu. Liebe Grüße

  8. December 27, 2015 / 9:32 pm

    A great guide; I’ve always wanted to visit Berlin and will definitely use this guide in 2016! 🙂

    • December 29, 2015 / 6:30 pm

      Thanks a million. I hope it helped you to inspire you 🙂

  9. December 28, 2015 / 10:14 am

    Love your picture ! Berlin seems like an amazing city and allthough I lived an entire year in Germany, I never went there …. what a shame ! 🙂

    Congratzzzz on your article, I love your pictures 🙂

    • December 29, 2015 / 6:31 pm

      That is a shame 🙂 But I am sure, you´ll get another chance to visit. Thank you so much for ur lovely comment…

  10. December 28, 2015 / 11:33 am

    ich möchte unbedingt mal nach berlin! 🙂 sieht toll aus!!

    • December 29, 2015 / 6:33 pm

      Danke liebe Lara. Hoffe, du wirst es genauso genießen wie ich (mittlerweile 🙂

  11. December 29, 2015 / 5:26 am

    This is my first time pay a quick visit at here
    and i am really impressed to read all at one place.

  12. December 29, 2015 / 4:55 pm

    Ich als Gebürtige Berlinerin kann nur sagen: Hut ab! Du hast die wichtigsten Hotspots in deinem Post zusammengefasst. Und das auch noch mit wunderbaren Bildern. Da vermiss ich meine Heimat gleich doppelt und dreifach 🙁 tolle Bilder!

    • December 29, 2015 / 6:34 pm

      Das ist aber ein tolles Kompliment 🙂 Vielen lieben Dank. Hoffe, du kannst deine Heimatstadt bald wieder besuchen. LG

  13. December 29, 2015 / 5:03 pm

    Merry christmas and a happy new year! Love this post about Berlin – may we repost it to Travelfemme’s readers? 🙂

    • December 29, 2015 / 6:35 pm

      Thank you dear Travelfemme and same to you. Of course you are more than welcome, I am happy to be a travelfemme and feel honored to be featured 🙂

  14. Nina
    December 29, 2015 / 5:19 pm

    tolle Fotos und ein sehr schöner Bericht! 🙂

    • December 29, 2015 / 6:35 pm

      Danke liebe Nina. Wünsche dir einen guten Rutsch. Ganz liebe Grüße

  15. December 31, 2015 / 11:09 am

    Oh ein neuer Blog ist in der Runde!
    (Für mich neu natürlich)
    Wie schön mal wieder so nette Bilder aus der Hauptstadt zu sehen.
    Da gehts für mich nächstes Jahr auf mal wieder hin.
    Liebste Grüße von Lizzi, http://www.feinundfabelhaft.de

    • January 4, 2016 / 2:57 pm

      Berlin ist immer eine Reise wert 🙂 Viel Spaß dort und LG

  16. January 2, 2016 / 11:09 pm

    Ein toller Post! Ich fahr immer wieder gerne nach Berlin 🙂
    Allerdings hab ich nie so wirklich Sightseeing gemacht. Einige Dinge schau ich mir das nächste Mal mal an 😉

    Ich wünsche dir einen wundervollen Abend <3
    Liebst, Sarah von Belle Mélange

    • January 4, 2016 / 3:03 pm

      Wenn du öfter dort bist, macht man das ja nicht in der Regel. Aber wenn man weiß, man kommt nicht so schnell wieder sollte man das doch schon gesehen haben Das Tolle daran ist, dass die Sehenswürdigkeiten fast alle nah beieinander sind und es eigentlich auch so “ab arbeiten” kann und dann braucht man max. 2 Tage. LG

  17. January 5, 2016 / 11:07 am

    Love your berlin blog! My next blog is about.. Berlin haha! A tip: maybe it’s better to move this comment direct next to the blog. Now you must scroll so much.. First you see old comments before you can post a new one. But that’s a little thing. Nice website. Love it!

  18. January 6, 2016 / 4:01 pm

    Gefällt mir sehr gut <3

    Allerliebste Grüße,
    HOLYKATTA

  19. January 10, 2016 / 2:43 pm

    i didn’t like berlin that much … i prefer praha, paris and other cities. berlin is too young, too ‘hip’ for me.

    • January 12, 2016 / 7:19 pm

      I didn´t like Berlin at all and it took some time to like this place. Sometimes it takes a few more visits to like a place 🙂

  20. January 17, 2016 / 2:55 pm

    I really like Berlin, and as I have never lived too far away from there (couple hours on the autobahn or even less by train), I have quite a history of weekend trips and mini-vacations there, including trips to West-Berlin back in the day when you had to travel through the GDR to get there.
    It has changed a lot during the past 20-odd years, obviously, and in my opinion, a trip to Berlin is a must when visiting Germany!
    If you like museums, definitely visit the Museumsinsel (museum island) – but be warned, Nefertiti’s bust is kind of underwhelming ????
    Berlin Zoo, the aquarium and Berlin Tierpark are also very nice – if you like zoos, that is.
    For those interested in WWII-history and not afraid of confined spaces, I’d recommend a bunker tour with Berliner Unterwelten. Very interesting!
    Guess I really need to write my own Berlin blog post very soon… ????

    • January 17, 2016 / 9:44 pm

      Thanks so much for your additional tips. Totally agree with those and also I think it is a must to visit Berlin when you are in Germany.

  21. January 19, 2016 / 11:11 am

    Hi, after reading this remarkable post i am as well glad to share my know-how here
    with friends.

  22. February 9, 2016 / 9:16 pm

    Berlin looks amazing!! I have visited Munich and few smaller towns 🙂 loved your pictures aswell! Have a great week 🙂

  23. Raquel
    May 26, 2016 / 7:56 pm

    Thank you for this post! This is very handy as we are going to Berlin next week. I’m definitely taking all your tips with me.

  24. December 18, 2016 / 11:35 am

    Nice post, good tips, sadly we didn’t have time to get up the TV tower, but maybe next time, will pin for future reference!

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