Others must travel the world to experience everything that is available in one single city: Berlin!
The German capital boasts endless attractions for visitors both young and old with a wide variety of different interests. Countless sights, events, shows, parks and experiences regularly attract the masses to Berlin. Find out more about some of the city’s top tourist attractions here.
Fascinating science and technology in Berlin
Find out everything there is to know about all facets of life in the Menschen Museum at Alexanderplatz. This is the first museum in the BODY WORLDS series dedicated to the human body that is now renowned worldwide. Gain fascinating insights into human life and the workings of your own body.
The AquaDom & SEA LIFE grant fascinating insights into the wonderful underwater world. Tanks replicating natural habitats and a glass deep sea tunnel will leave you lost for words! A variety of different tours can be booked, including discovery tours, octopus tours and “Berlin underwater” tours. At 25 metres in height, the AquaDom is the largest cylindrical saltwater aquarium in the world. It is possible to take a thrilling ride aboard the lift that runs through the cylinder’s centre. 1,200 fish (95 different species!) dwell here in 1 million litres of saltwater.
Fascinating history in Berlin!
Experience a chamber of horrors and museum in one in the Berlin Story Bunker – a five-floor bunker whose construction was commissioned by Adolf Hitler. The lower level now houses the Berlin Story Museum that provides an overview of 800 years of Berlin history. In the chamber of horrors, the house ghosts will chase you through a series of spooky scenes.
No trip to Berlin is complete without a visit to the Berlin Wall.
This symbol of Germany’s division is as much a part of Berlin as the Brandenburg Gate. One of the final remaining sections can be found at the East Side Gallery, between Oberbaum Bridge and Ostbahnhof railway station. After the fall of the wall, more than 100 international artists decorated this section, which now affords protected status.
Experience Berlin’s eventful history first-hand at Checkpoint Charlie. Following construction of the Berlin Wall, it was only possible to pass between the Federal Republic of Germany (FRG) and the German Democratic Republic (GDR) via checkpoints. Checkpoint Charlie is one such checkpoint, located on Friedrichstraße. The allies, military and diplomats often came into contact with one another here. A replica of the checkpoint hut can be found here today. The Wall Museum is also located at Checkpoint Charlie. There are a variety of street stalls and cosy cafés here, too. With the Trabi Museum, Museum for Communication and Currywurst Museum, further fascinating attractions are also located just a few minutes’ walk away.
The mighty Teufelsberg in the west of Berlin is the second highest elevation in the city. It is actually made of rubble and offers fantastic views over the Grunewald nature protection area and River Havel. This hill is popular with hikers, skaters and mountain bikers alike. To the north-east lies the Drachenberg, which rises to a height of 99 metres above sea level. Hang-gliders and paragliders can often be spotted here when the wind conditions are favourable.
Unique Berlin attractions – for the young and old
In addition to the breathtaking and glamorous shows at the Friedrichstadt-Palast, which is the most popular theatre in Berlin, it is possible to experience many other facets of culture, action, fun, sport and excitement at countless other locations throughout the city.
The Reichstag in Berlin, which is home to the German parliament – the Bundestag, also regularly attracts the masses. It is possible to relax with all the family on the lawns in front of the gigantic glass dome. German politicians can be observed at work in the Reichstag itself. Admission is free of charge, however you must register in advance via the Bundestag website.
Comprising a total of eight courtyards, the Hackesche Höfe is the largest complex of interconnected courtyards in Europe. Follow their revival back in the 1990s, the Hackesche Höfe are today a popular location. Both visitors to the city and locals come here for art, culture and gastronomy, to shop and live. Small boutiques, a cinema, ateliers, cafés, restaurants, nightclubs, offices, apartments – experience the capital city’s vast diversity here.
Enjoy breathtaking 360° views from Berlin’s television tower. Travel to the top in just 40 seconds aboard the tower’s lift and relax in Berlin’s highest bar on the observation deck. The views simply must be experienced!
The locals refer to the mobile garden on Moritzplatz in Kreuzberg as the Prinzessinnengarten (Princess Garden). All the buildings on this site are mobile containers and the plants grow in recycled plastic crates, rice sacks and Tetra Pak boxes.
The Air Service Berlin offers a thrilling experience: ascend to the lofty height of 150 metres directly at Checkpoint Charlie and enjoy fascinating views over the city from a tethered balloon.
Sightseeing from a whole new perspective! The Hot Rod tours allow you to explore the city while driving an original Wenckstern Hot Rod. Take in all of Berlin’s top sights aboard one of these stylish little soapbox carts for adults.
Glamorous entertainment at the Friedrichstadt-Palast
Experience the biggest, most lavish and also the most glamorous Grand Show in Europe at the Friedrichstadt-Palast. Despite all the glamour, ticket prices start at just €19.80. The Palast is the most popular theatre in Berlin and, according to the highly-acclaimed New York Times, one of Berlin’s top 10 must-see highlights. The new show at the Palast is starting at 27 September. VIVID is a declaration of love to life. Featuring more than 100 stunning artists on the world’s biggest theater stage. A production budget of 12 million euros for spectacular costumes and stage sets of unparalleled dimensions. A kaleidoscope of physical perfection and outstanding artistic performances that may prompt tears of joy.
Alexanderplatz | Photo: Flickr / hillman54 (CC BY 2.0)
Oberbaumbrücke | Photo: Flickr / ANBerlin (CC BY-ND 2.0)
Teufelsberg | Photo: Flickr / Christoph (CC BY-ND 2.0)
Reichstag | Photo: Flickr / Thomas Quine (CC BY 2.0)
Television tower| Photo: Flickr / GillyBerlin (CC BY 2.0)