Visit Berlin, Germany
Street art, food markets and World War II memorials, all in Germany’s capital city, Berlin
Combining a complex history, neoclassical monuments and an edgy street art scene, Berlin is a modern capital where you can enjoy historical tours, exceptional shopping and a vibrant nightlife. A city once divided by a 3.5m tall (11.8 ft) concrete wall, Berlin is now a sprawling metropolis that shows its multitude of identities through its many districts.
We can arrange a Jewish heritage walking tour, where you get to see the impact Jewish Berliners had on the city, and the effect Nazism had on them. Visit the Reichstag, where the German parliament meets, or head to Brandenburg, the neoclassical gate that’s long been a symbol of Berlin. You can also explore the abundance of exhibits on Museum Island, where you’re sure to find something to pique your interest.
The best way to get from place to place in Berlin is the metro system, on foot, or by taxi. You’ll see most of the locals getting around on bicycle.
Things to see and do in Berlin
Jewish heritage walking tour
You can glimpse the city from a different perspective when you embark on a Jewish heritage walking tour. You'll see the areas that were once home to a thriving Jewish community, and visit the monuments commemorating important events of World War II.
The tour also takes you to the former square that was once home to a Jewish-run fashion industry, as well as the site of a Nazi book burning. You'll walk along the street where non-Jewish wives and family members protested the arrest of Jewish men, and you'll see the site of a shop that bribed the Gestapo to protect its Jewish employees. The Berlin New Synagogue offers a fitting end to the tour.
World War II history tour
Berlin was the location of the Führerbunker, where Hitler spent his final days during the war. The bunker has since been destroyed and paved over, but in the nondescript parking lot you’ll see a plaque to remind you of what happened there. In a former air raid shelter, there’s a recreation of Hitler’s office from the bunker.
You’ll also visit the Topography of Terror, a memorial at an intact portion of the Berlin Wall that details the history of repression under the Nazi regime. To further pay respects, you can visit the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, and walk among the rows of concrete slabs that make up the memorial.
Street art tour
Berlin is a UNESCO-designated City of Design, and perhaps nothing is more emblematic of the city’s art scene than its street art. Likely owing at least in part to the graffiti that overtook the remnants of the Berlin Wall after its dismantling, the street art often has strong socio-political messages.
Visit the East Side Gallery, the longest remaining remnant of the wall, to see the street art done by local artists. Then head to the district of Kruezberg, and see the street art in the gritty area of Görlitzer Park.
A vintage car synonymous with daily life in East Germany after World War II, the Trabant was a compact, boxy car with no modern features. We can arrange for you to drive a Trabant as part of a Cold War tour of the city. Follow the caravan of Trabis, as they’re affectionately called by locals, and visit important places from the Cold War.
You'll see Checkpoint Charlie, the best-known Berlin Wall crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin. And, you'll pass Brandenburg Gate, the neoclassical monument that provided the backdrop to President Reagan’s ‘tear down this wall’ speech.
Visit nearby Potsdam for the day
Potsdam borders Berlin and is situated along the Havel River. Historically a residence of Prussian kings and the German Kaiser, the carefully planned architecture and landscape gives the city a dreamy, pastoral feel.
We can arrange for you to explore this city on a guided tour. You’ll visit Sanssouci Palace, the former summer residence of Friedrich the Great, a Prussian king. The sunny yellow façade is dotted with seemingly countless statues and topped with a patinaed dome.
In the pristinely manicured garden you’ll find terraced vineyards, the highest of which is where Friedrich and his beloved greyhounds are buried. You can also visit Cecilienhof in Postdam, an English country house-style palace where Josef Stalin, Harry Truman and Winston Churchill met after World War II to determine Germany’s future.
Best time to visit Berlin
The best time to visit Berlin is from May to September when the weather is the nicest. However, it’s possible to visit year-round. In April, Berlin celebrates Unity Day, a holiday commemorating the reunification of Germany in 1990.
Suggested itineraries featuring Berlin
This sample itinerary will give you an idea of what is possible when you travel in Berlin, and showcases routes we know work particularly well. Treat this as inspiration, because your trip will be created uniquely by one of our specialists.
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Accommodation choices for Berlin
We’ve selected a range of accommodation options for when you visit Berlin. Our choices usually come recommended for their character, facilities and service or location. Our specialists always aim to suggest properties that match your preferences.
At the Gorki Apartments you can experience Berlin like a local. Make yourself breakfast and a cup of coffee in the kitchen before stepping out to explore the bustling streets of Mitte, Berlin’s central district.
The height of opulence in Berlin, the Hotel Adlon Kempinski offers Michelin-starred restaurants, generously sized rooms and an extensive spa. It also boasts a central location directly on Unter den Linden and just steps from the neoclassical columns of Brandenburg Gate.
The Hotel de Rome is a luxe hotel that combines its past as a banking headquarters with elegant and modern decor, and is conveniently located within walking distance of many of Berlin’s most popular sites.
Ideas for experiencing Berlin
Our specialists seek out authentic ways to get to know the places that could feature in your trip. These activities reflect some of the experiences they've most enjoyed while visiting Berlin, and which use the best local guides.
Get a glimpse of life in East Berlin during the Cold War on this self-driving tour in the emblematic Trabant. You’ll get to see remnants of the Berlin Wall, Checkpoint Charlie, the Reichstag and Brandenburg Gate.
This half-day Jewish heritage walking tour will take you around Berlin with a private guide, who will show you places throughout the city important to the history of Jewish Germans, especially during World War II.