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Berlin in one day: walking itinerary to see the city

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Have you ever thought about visiting Berlin in one day

Don’t take me for crazy. I know, indeed, I know very well that the city is huge and deserves at least – and I mean at least – three days to get lost in all its museums and streets.

But if you’re short on time, you don’t want to give up a visit to the city and you’re looking for an itinerary in Berlin to do on foot in one day … Well, this is the post for you!

But first a couple of recommendations : the first is to dress comfortably and very easy because there is walking, the second is that if you have the opportunity to spend a weekend in Berlin do not miss the opportunity. And if you want further tips in pills for visiting the city and focusing on the contemporary cultural offer.

Sightseeing of Berlin in one day

Below is the mini guide we have designed to visit Berlin on foot in one day. Before starting traipsing, however, we recommend that you read two books: the first is ” We, the kids from the Berlin Zoo “, a literary icon as well as a raw story of Berlin society in the 70s, between drug addiction and juvenile distress, while the second is ” The sky cannot be divided “, dedicated to the theme of the Berlin Wall.

Walking itinerary to see Berlin in one day

Ready? Let’s discover what can be seen in Berlin during the day . And believe me: at the end of this mini tour ( de force ) you will be tired but happy! 😉

Check point Charlie

Start your visit to Berlin from one of the symbols of the city: Check-Point Charlie . No, it’s not the original since the checkpoint was destroyed after the fall of the Berlin Wall but then, at the behest of the Berliners, it was rebuilt. Not to forget what the German city was for almost 30 years.

Here the photo is a ritual one , complete with young men dressed as soldiers who are stationed right there in front. Prepare yourself.

Berlin Wall Museum, the MauerMuseum

Once the photos are finished, stay there at Check-Point Charlie and head towards the entrance of the MauerMuseum , or the Berlin Wall Museum. To see – believe me – even if you have little time. The entrance is a bit expensive but worth it, inside, in addition to the history of the country and the vicissitudes that led to the construction of the Wall, you will also find many testimonies of how, over the years, people still managed to escape from East Germany .

Then if you want to learn more about the history and where to see the remains of the Berlin Wall, find a dedicated article in the blog.

Topography of Terror, Topographie des Terrors

Exit the MauerMuseum and, following what used to be the perimeter of the Berlin Wall, head towards the Topography of Terror not far from Potsdamer Platz. From 1933 to 1945, the Gestapo with a prison, the command of the SS, the security service of the SE (SD) and the Reich Chancellery were based in the area where the Topographie des Terrors stands today.

This is where the orders for the annihilation and persecution of political enemies, Jews, Sinti and Roma began. Today there is an exhibition here with free admission that traces the history of this place and the crimes that were perpetrated throughout Europe.

Holocaust Maze, Berlin Holocaust Memorial

Exit the Topography of Terror and continue your walking tour of Berlin heading towards the Brandenburg Gate, one of the symbols of the city, but first stop at the Holocaust Labyrinth monument. This too is part of the history of the city, prior to the Berlin Wall but equally painful.

The monument also houses an underground Information Center (Ort der Information) on the south-eastern side, where documentation concerning people and families who were victims of the holocaust is collected in order to better understand the horror of the genocide.

Brandenburg Gate

Here you are, in front of one of the most photographed monuments and therefore, even if you have little time to dedicate to the city, an unmissable stop on your tour of Berlin. Once a symbol of the division of the city between East Berlin and West Berlin, after the reunification of Germany it became the symbol of the united New Berlin.

A curiosity: not far from the Brandenburg Gate, on the famous avenue of lime trees, there is a kiosk where they sell excellent sausages and beer as well as not at all expensive. If you are tired and need a break, stop here (yes, it also has tables and chairs! It’s called Imbiss unter den Linden )

Parliament of Berlin, the Reichstag

Well, are you ready to restart your walking tour through the streets of Berlin? Now take the direction that will take you to the Berlin Parliament. But beware: in order to visit the Reichstag it is necessary to book in advance .

The visit is free, the dome is open until midnight and the reservation can be made on site or online, if you are short on time it is better to do it online and remember to bring your documents with you. From the dome you can enjoy a splendid view of the city, follow the link to book.

Museum Island in Berlin, Museumsinsel

Once the visit to the Parliament is over, continue your tour of Berlin on foot and head towards Museumsinsel , the museum district as well as one of the most elegant areas of the city. The district was declared a World Heritage Site in 1999 and hosts five important museums: the Pergamonmuseum, the Altes Museum, the Alte Nationalgalerie, the Neues Museum and the Bode Museum.

Once here you will realize why one day in Berlin is not enough but don’t be discouraged: one day a week (usually Thursday) some of Berlin’s museums stay open until 8.00 pm so plan your time if you want to see them and buy the Berlin Card.

Berlin Cathedral, TV Tower and Triton Fountain

But our walking itinerary through Berlin continues and there are still at least three stops to make: the first is the Berlin Cathedral and, not far away, the Triton Fountain with the Television Tower.

The Berliner Dom is the Protestant cathedral built in Neo-Baroque style and is on Museum Island (admission fee). The Brunnen der Völkerfreundschaft (the Fountain of Friendship among Peoples) and the Fernsehturm (television tower) are located in Alexanderplatz and you cannot miss them because the tower is visible from afar (and it is possible to climb on it, entrance fee) .

East River Side

At this point your day in Berlin will probably be over but if by chance you still have a little time – and especially if you are visiting the city on one of its long summer days! – get on one of the trains that will take you to the East River Side . People come here to see the beautiful murals painted on the remains of the Berlin Wall but also to spend an evening in the lively clubs of nearby Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg .

The East River Side is an open-air art gallery where today there are over one hundred murals painted on the remains of the Berlin Wall painted by writers from all over the world. The perfect way to end your Berlin visit on a day’s walk!

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