The best way to get to know Berlin? Dig into its history as a political and cultural centre with a walking tour. Find your footing with operators like Sandemans, which provide great overviews of Berlin’s storied past – just be mindful that while many of these tours are advertised as ‘free’, you should bring cash to tip your guide at the end. Berlin is also home to a wide range of independent tour companies like Whitlam’s Berlin Tours and Alternative Berlin Tours. Revolutionary Tours Berlin is a local favourite; led by guide Nathaniel Flakin, his dig deeper into the histories of politics, activism and – of course – revolutions that have defined the German capital.
Is there anything Berlin can’t do? The German capital was the city of the twentieth century and has carried that momentum into the twenty-first. What are the best things to do in Berlin? The diversity at the heart of the city makes it a ‘something for everyone’ sort of place, with museums and galleries for the culture vultures next to 72-hour parties for the buzz-chasing, erm, buzzards. Not the best analogy, clearly, but you see the point.
If you want it, you’ll find it in Berlin. And that’s how we’ve curated our list the way we have: to show off each element of this fabulous city. In any case, a plan is a must, as this modern metropolis fills every inch of its territory with interest, so follow our guide to the best things to do in Berlin and get planning. You are in for one incredible trip.
One can easily spend weeks (or months) in this city, but if you’re only in town for a couple of days, check out our ultimate itinerary for a weekend in Berlin.
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