Off to Berlin – but only for the weekend? What would be your perfect itinerary for 48 hours in Berlin? Ideally, you should experience genuine Berlin flair, take in the key sights and also enjoy the nightlife. But how can you fit it all in? We have some suggestions for two unforgettable days in the German capital!
Your Berlin weekend begins with breakfast and a city tour.
Seek out a cosy café and enjoy a tasty breakfast while observing the lively hustle and bustle on the streets of Berlin. One good tip: try a New York bagel in Café Schwarzsauer! Treat yourself at one of the countless Berlin cafés.
After breakfast, head for popular Alexanderplatz – home to Berlin’s highest landmark, the TV tower. If the €13 for a ticket to the top is too pricey for you, then we recommend a visit to the Park Inn Hotel opposite. Admission to the roof terrace on the 39th floor featuring comfortable sun loungers costs just €4!
Midday is the perfect time for a city tour. You are also able to organise this yourself: simply hop on the #100 bus that passes many of the city’s key sights, including the Reichstag, Museum Island, Bellevue Palace and Ku’damm. It only costs the price of a normal bus ride! Traditional city tours with commentaries depart from Potsdamer Platz and Alexanderplatz, among other locations.
Shopping on the legendary Ku’damm, followed by a spot of sightseeing
At the end of the line, the #100 bus terminates at the zoological gardens. Kurfürstendamm is then just a short walk away. It is possible to shop to your heart’s content here and to experience genuine big city flair. You can then get the S-Bahn from Savignyplatz to Friedrichstraße where you can visit Checkpoint Charlie and the Wall Museum. Walk along Unter den Linden to Museum Island for some cultural input. Those less interested in museums can alternatively spend the afternoon in the Lustgarten park on Museum Island or visit the cathedral.
After returning to your hotel, we recommend a trip to Treptow. Tasty food accompanied by live music can be enjoyed here in White Trash Fast Food Restaurant, for example. The curious mix of an American diner and rock club is the perfect place to kick off your evening itinerary. Kaffee Burger dance bar then awaits. Drinks for affordable prices and patrons in the mood for dancing can be found here. The Russian discos held twice a month are even renowned beyond the city’s boundaries!
In the evening, we recommend a visit to the Friedrichstadt-Palast for a Grand Show: it is not without reason that around 700,000 people come to the Palast in Berlin-Mitte every year, making it the most visited theatre in the city. The budget for the lavish Grand Shows totals up to €11 million – and this can also be seen.
Fashion icon Jean Paul Gaultier designed the outfits for THE ONE Grand Show (from September 2016). More than 100 artists take to the stage during a show. Because the Grand Shows rely on body language and music (with no words – beside the song lyrics, of course), they are also suitable for guests who do not speak German. Despite all the glamour, ticket prices start at just €19.80! No less than the New York Times recommends a visit to the Palast during a trip to Berlin.
Enjoy a relaxed start to your second day in Berlin
Begin your second day in Berlin during your weekend break with a nice breakfast (at Plusminusnull in Friedrichshain, for example). Refreshed and rejuvenated, you can then head for the East Side Gallery beside the River Spree where one of the final remaining sections of the Berlin Wall (1.3 km in length) can be viewed. Directly behind the East Side Gallery with its stunning series of wall paintings is a landing stage for boat trips on the Spree. A boat trip is an absolute must – particularly when you are here anyway.
Coffee, flea market and karaoke
Head for Prenzlauer Berg in the afternoon. Treat yourself to a coffee or sample a tasty ice cream or one of the 50 different types of waffles on offer in Kauf Dich Glücklich on Oderberger Straße. All kinds of bits and bobs are available for sale here as well as at the flea market in Mauerparkt on Sundays. Use this opportunity to pick up a real bargain. From 3 p.m. there is also open-air karaoke in Mauerpark with Joe Hatchiban. The Sunday karaoke sessions are absolutely legendary and extremely popular with locals and tourists alike.
The perfect end to a 48-hour stay in Berlin
Bring your weekend to a pleasant close, either with one of Berlin’s famous currywurst at Konnopke’s snack bar or a cocktail and some Mexican food at Frida Kahlo on Lychener Straße.
While a weekend in Berlin – two days (or 48 hours!) – certainly is not long, those who are well organised will be able to do and experience a great deal!
Park Inn on Alexanderplatz | Photo: Flickr / Prasad Pillai (CC BY 2.0)
Shop on Kurfürstendamm | Photo: Flickr / Aswirthm (CC BY-SA 3.0)
Prenzlauer Berg | Photo: Flickr / Niels Epting (CC BY-ND 2.0)