Sightseeing in Berlin

Berlin is full of culture and sights. You can easily spend all your weekends exploring the city, and still not see everything! Berlin has a huge offering of museums, special exhibits, memorials, tours, theater/dance, music, film, public educational events, markets, parks and outdoor activities in the surrounding nature, so there really is something for everyone. Our top sightseeing picks and Berlin musts are:

Enjoy sweeping views from the transparent dome of the iconic parliament building and learn about this history of German democracy with a great audio-guide tour.

Make an online appointment in advance here.

Address: Platz der Republik 1, 11011 Berlin

(S + U Brandenburger Tor)

Featuring one of Berlin’s largest outdoor markets and open-air karaoke, Mauerpark is one of the most popular destinations on Sunday afternoons. You’ll experience some great Berlin vibes here and maybe even meet some Berliners.

Address: Gleimstraße 55, 10437 Berlin

(U Eberswalder Str.)

This is a 1316 m long section of the Berlin Wall located along the river Spree.  After the wall came down in 1989, artists from 21 countries came to Berlin to display their art on the largest remaining section of the original wall.

Address: Mühlenstraße 1 10243 Berlin

(S  Ostbahnhof)

You’ll get both Berlin aesthetic and history with this awesome tour of former-NSA-spy-station-turned-street-art-gallery. Plan your walking route in advance – a good signal is hard to find in the middle of the Grunewald forest. Absolutely worth the trip out!

Grunewald Forest

(S  Heerstraße)

This park is perfect for exploring the Spree River. There are many walking, running and biking paths, and you can even rent paddle boats! You can walk around, enjoy the river views, visit the Soviet War Memorial, or grab some food at the Klipper – a cool restaurant on a sailing ship!

Address: Alt-Treptow, 12435 Berlin

(S Treptower Park)

This is a brand new and free museum where you can see a variety of urban contemporary art. Info here.

Address: Bülowstraße 7, 10783 Berlin

(U Nollendorfplatz)

The Spree riverboat tours are a great way to see Berlin’s city center from a different perpsective. The cruises are usually about an hour and provide information about many of Berlin’s well-known structures. There are a variety of options based on what you want to see and how much time you have.

(S + U Friedrichstraße)

The non-profit organization Berliner Unterwelten offers unique and extremely informative tours through Berlin’s remaining bunkers from the Second World War and the Cold War. Put on your hardhat, head underground, and get ready to hear about some fascinating Berlin war history!

Address: Brunnenstraße 105, 13355 Berlin

(S + U Gesundbrunnen)

Although it’s a little outside of the city center, it’s really worth visiting this former prison site and memorial, where you can learn more about tactics used by East German state servants to interrogate, intimidate, and sometimes imprison political dissidents of the former GDR (German Democratic Republic). Chilling, but fascinating!

Address: Genslerstraße 66, 13055 Berlin

(M5/M6 Tram Connection)

A little-known fact is that Berlin has tons of amazing lakes! This is where you’ll find everyone on a beautiful summer day. Some lakes have small entrance fees for the beach, but many are free. Bring your snacks, drinks, swimsuits and sunglasses and kick back for some swimming and sunning. Some of the most beloved lakes are the Wannsee, Schlachtensee, Plötzensee or Müggelsee.