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2 Days in Berlin for First Timers

Curated by Jessica Colley ClarkeNew York–based writer and curious traveler.

The sprawling German capital is full of historic landmarks, hip neighborhoods, and a diverse food scene. While the city’s size can be intimidating, with a bit of planning it’s possible to get a taste of everything in 48 hours. Here are a few ways to spend two days in Berlin.

Day 1: Morning

Move through Berlin’s must-see areas with a hop-on hop-off bus tour, which stops at major landmarks including Brandenburg Gate, Checkpoint Charlie, and the Berlin Wall Memorial. Get an introduction to the city’s history and main attractions with on-board commentary while exploring the city at your own pace.

Day 1: Afternoon

Eat lunch with a view atop the Berlin TV tower—and with skip-the-line tickets, there’s no need to worry about crowds. For a more off-the-beaten-path option, sign up for a tour of the vibrant Kreuzberg, Mitte and Friedrichshain neighborhoods, including their food and street art.

Day 1: Night

Complete a day of sightseeing with a concert at the Charlottenburg Palace, including a palace tour. Listen to a performance by the Berlin Residence Orchestra and relax during a 3-course dinner. Alternatively, check out a craft beer and brewery tour to see local microbreweries and sample German craft beers.

Day 2: Morning

Learn about Berlin’s complex past during a highlights and hidden sights walking tour that includes seeing where Hitler’s bunker was located. If you’re interested in zeroing in on the history of the 1940s, you may want to opt for a World War II–themed tour.

Day 2: Afternoon

Join a private guide for a moving tour designed by a military historian of the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp. Learn about the camp’s history and see the grounds with a private guide to answer all your questions.

Day 2: Night

Cruise down the River Spree to experience the beauty of Berlin after dark with an evening cruise, including dinner and drinks. To see a more contemporary side of Berlin, check out the Friedrichstadt-Palast Show, a high-fashion revue show with over 500 costumes plus live music, dancers, and acrobats.

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