2 Days in Berlin – the Hippest Capital

How to spend three days in Berlin, Germany

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”. To get the best hotel offers and deals click here.

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, 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 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 and would do them anytime again.

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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).

Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin

Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin

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.

Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin

Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin

Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin

Gendarmenmarkt in Berlin

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.

Brandenburger Tor in Berlin, Germany

Brandenburger Tor in Berlin, Germany

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.

Memorial in Berlin, Germany

Memorial in Berlin, Germany

Holocaust Memorial in Berlin, Germany

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.

Kanzleramt in Berlin, Germany

Kanzleramt in Berlin, Germany

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.

Bundestag in Berlin, Germany

Bundestag in Berlin, Germany

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

Central Station in Berlin, Germany

Central Station in Berlin, Germany

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

Spree Boats Tour in Berlin, Germany

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.

Reichstag in the Background

Reichstag in the Background

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.

Berlin, Schloss Bellevue in Berlin

Berlin, Schloss Bellevue in Berlin

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

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.

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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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Palace of Sanssouci in Potsdam

Palace of Sanssouci in Potsdam

Berlin – the Hippest Capital

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2 Days in Berlin – the Hippest Capital