There’s no doubt that the capital of Germany is the perfect weekend getaway, but with so much history and culture here fitting it all into 48 hours can be hard.
When planning and executing your two days in Berlin, keep in mind that you may miss out on some attractions you see as a lower priority and have to return in the future – and that’s not always a bad thing, believe me!
We’ve had the pleasure of spending a lot of time in Berlin since our first visit back in the summer of 2017.
As a result, believe that we’ve come up with the ultimate guide of what to see in Berlin in 2 days – especially for first-time visitors!
When visiting Berlin for 2 days, central accommodation is essential to minimise the amount of time you have to spend travelling from your accommodation to the heart of Berlin.
All those minutes add up, not just in time, but in the stress of finding the correct bus stop, waiting for the bus, and even the expense of doing so.
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Provided that you stay in the central area of Berlin discussed above (Mitte) then you’ll be able to travel around on foot quite easily as the area is relatively small.
This also provides you with a chance to experience hidden gems and really experience Berlin like a local.
If you do decide to stay slightly further out of the Mitte area then you can navigate the city using the range of public transport on offer including; trains, trams and buses.
Day travel cards and multiple trip purchases are available which can save you a significant amount of money compared to buying single journeys.
However, if you do choose to travel on single tickets then these can be purchases for between €1.70 and €2.80 depending on the area you’re staying.
All this leaves only travelling between the airport and your accommodation in Berlin – that is if you’re arriving by plane.
Again there’s a number of options including the Berlin Airport Express for example. Choosing the right method of travelling from the airport to the city centre of Berlin is likely to depend on the number of people travelling and your budget.
Now you have the basics of your trip sorted, it’s time to get onto planning what to see in Berlin in 2 days.
As I mentioned in the introduction experiencing everything this incredible historic city has to offer in 2 days is simply impossible.
Instead, we’ve designed this itinerary for beginners to experience the best of Berlin.
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I’ve been all over the world, and nowhere have I experienced a greater free walking tour as I did in Berlin.
With a history as complicated and as famous as Berlin’s, it’s important that you both understand and appreciate what this city and its people have been through to truly appreciate everything during your two-day visit here.
I personally recommend the Original Berlin Free Walking Tour.
The tour leaves from Citystay Hostel Berlin – the reason we chose this free walking tour was on our first visit Helen and I stayed in a hotel just around the corner.
This free walking tour leaves three times a day; 10am, 11.30am and 1pm.
The tour lasts three hours, although ours lasted closer to four and a half – there was a 20-minute break in between to grab a bite to eat or a snack.
However, you are going to be doing a lot of walking so be sure to have a big breakfast before heading out.
During this free walking tour you’ll visit;
- The Reichstag
- The Berliner Dom
- WWII Battlefields
- Checkpoint Charlie
- Remaining Berlin Wall
- The Brandenburg Gate
The free walking tour provides a fantastic overview of the city and provides you with a chance to really appreciate how far Berlin and the people who live here have come.
The free walking tour finishes at Brandenburg Gate, and just behind it, you’ll find Tiergarten.
Tiergarten is Berlins most popular park and the perfect place to grab a bite to eat and enjoy the sunshine.
Originally hunting grounds to the Elector of Brandenburg and the Duke of Prussia the park was given to the people in the early 1800’s and has been majorly redesigned a number of times since then.
Often compared to New York Central Park due to its scale and close proximity to the hustle and bustle of the city, the park itself is more than 520 acres and is home to the Berlin Zoo and a number of memorials.
If you’re visiting Berlin in winter then be sure to stop and take some extra time here to go ice-skating.
Prenzlauer Berg Neighborhood
Prenzlauer Berg is one of the most popular neighbourhoods in Berlin and is the perfect place to spend your first evening in the city.
Over the past three decades, Prenzlauer Berg neighbourhood has become a very desirable place to live for upper-class families.
As a result expect to see a number of playgrounds, incredibly clean and picturesque streets as well as organic ice cream shops, second-hand stores and children’s cafés.
Spend your evening in Prenzlauer Berg doing one (or a mix) of the following;
- The Bird – For one of the best burgers in all of Berlin.
- Konnopke’s Imnbiss – For traditional currywurst.
- Marchenbrünnen – For a glimpse of the fairytale fountain.
- Kulturbrauerei – For a film, a walk around an art studio or a nightclub (this place has it all!)
If you’re visiting during the Christmas market season then be sure to visit the market at Kulturbraurei which is one of the largest and most famous in all of Germany.
Berlin TV Tower
No doubt one of the first things you saw as you arrived in Berlin was the giant tower with a topped dome sticking out amongst the otherwise rather small buildings.
This building is the TV Tower, and the dome area is the viewing platform from which you can view Berlin panoramically for miles.
Based on our experience I recommend booking tickets for the TV tower in advance to avoid queuing for tickets upon your arrival and being able to select a time slot in advance.
I also recommend visiting in the early morning (as it’s significantly quieter than midday or early afternoon).
Just outside of the TV tower you’ll find a number of great places to have lunch.
If you’re looking for something to grab and go, then I recommend a store inside the train station opposite.
If you’re looking for an affordable sit-down meal, I recommend Vappiano just outside of the tower.
An if you’re looking for something truly special then Mio, which is again just outside of the TV Tower entrance is a fantastic choice!
East Side Gallery
When researching Berlin you’ve no doubt seen photos from the graffiti at the East Side Gallery located in the Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg area.
This open-air gallery opened in 1990 and consists of a series of murals painted directly onto a 1.3km remnant of the Berlin wall making it the largest open-air art gallery in the world.
Over 118 artists from 21 countries contributed to the artwork on the East Side Gallery in a process that took just under one year to complete.
Of course, being an open-air art gallery, the work is completely exposed to the Berlin weather which means there are consistent efforts to maintain and restore the work. This work began in 1996 and has been ongoing since.
While the East Side Gallery is completely free to view, you may choose to go on a public guided tour which costs €3.50 per adult and lasts one hour to learn more about the history of the gallery, and each of the paintings.
We now come to your final evening in Berlin, and while there’s a whole host of things to do in Berlin at night, my personal favourite, and the one I recommend for you during your two-day visit to Berlin is a trip to Capital Beach.
In the middle of the hustle and bustle of the financial district, Capital Beach helps you get away from it all.
Located on the banks of the Spree, you can relax on deckchairs, sip cocktails and enjoy incredible food while watching the ships pass by and listening to world-famous DJ’s play.
The atmosphere is particularly great here on a weekend and in the peak summer months with many friends and family gathering here to enjoy an evening of entertainment.