Day 1 – Take in all the main sites
Start the day by embarking on a free walking tour which departs from outside the Starbucks Café at 11am (they also leave at 1pm and 4pm) on Unter den Linden (just at the Brandenburg Gate). The tour takes in all the best sites such as the aforementionedBrandenburg Gate, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and Checkpoint Charlie.
The tour finishes on Museumsinsel (Museum Island) which is affectionately known as ‘Athens on the (River) Spree’. There are five museums on the island, but only three are open at present – theAltes Museum which has a world-class collection of Egyptian Art, the Altes Nationalgalerie which is a must for art lovers and the Pergamonmuseum which, with its relics from Ancient Rome, Greece and Egypt, is regarded by many as Berlin’s finest museum.
Finish the day on Oranienburg Str. in the Mitte district. This is central Berlin’s most vibrant street.Aufsturz is an unpretentious bar on the street that attracts many Berliners while Café Zapata is a more unique venue. If you’re in the mood for a big night, meet the bar crawl which leaves from the U-Bahn station at 9pm.
Day 2 – Visit the Reichstag
Located just two minutes from the Brandenburg Gate, theReichstag is one of Berlin’s ‘must-dos’. Once inside you take the elevator to the top for breathtaking views over the city from the terrace. From here you enter the glass dome and learn all about the building’s turbulent history.
After the Reichstag, get bus #100 to West Berlin to West Berlinfrom Unter den Linden. Leaving from Alexanderplatz, it goes down Unter den Linden, passing the Reichtag, Tiergarten, and Victory Column before terminating at Zoo Station. West Berlin’s city centre is more for shopaholics than those wanting to sightsee, although the church Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche is a harsh reminder of the war and worth checking out.
Take bus #200 from Zoo station back to the east. This bus passes the Kulturforum and Potsdamer Platz, Berlin’s answer to Times Square. Finish the day off with something to eat and a few drinks around Boxhanger Str. and Simon-Dach Str. in the Friedrichshain district which is full of bars and restaurants.
Day 3 – The best preserved section of the Berlin Wall
The East Side Gallery in Friedrichshain is the longest and best preserved section of the Berlin Wall. If you only see one piece of the infamous wall make it this bit. The best way to get there is by aU-Bahn/S-Bahn to Warschauer Str..
Return to the city centre and visit the Sony Center, one of Berlin’s most modern and fascinating buildings. There is lots to do there due to its shops, restaurants and cinema. But one of the pastimes in the centre is people-watch in the plaza.
If you are looking for a quieter evening check out some of the bars in Prenzlauer Berg district which is just north east of the city centre. Keep an eye open for a bar called Intersoup on Schliemann Str.