Things to do in Berlin - 48 hours in German Capital | Berlin Travel Blog

Updated: May 28, 2020

Berlin - The heart of Germany welcomes people from all over the globe and it has a capacity to absorb the uniqueness and diversity of each person from different race, culture, tradition and values.

Berlin, Germany
Neptunbrunnen, Berlin

The city has its own unique history, culture and openness that’s quite different from other German cities. Berlin is famous for its architecture, festivities and nightlife.

Berlin Cathedral
Spree River near Berlin Dome

We have lived in Berlin. To be honest a weekend is not enough for Berlin but if you don’t have enough time, we would like to suggest the list of things which you should do in 48 hours in Berlin. It covers the top tourist spots.


If you are curious to discover and explore Berlin like a true Berliner, check our other blog.

Alexanderplatz:


In the heart of Berlin, you can visit Alexanderplatz- it’s one of the most crowded squares with a World Clock in the center. The Alexanderplatz Platz is in the center of Berlin and have a wide variety of shopping brands, shopping malls and restaurants. The square has always some festivity or party going on.

World Clock, Alexanderplatz Berlin
World Clock, Alexanderplatz Berlin

It’s highly recommended to spend some time in the square and enjoy the diversity and environment of the city.


There is also lots of office located nearby the area. I would also suggest some nice restaurants The Reed, Indian Village, Esra for falafel.


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Berlin TV Tower:


For the panoramic view of Berlin, I would also suggest to visit Berlin TV Tower called ‘Fernsehturm’. The ticket costs 16.50 for adults.


In order to save your time in waiting in the long queue, it’s always better to buy the ticket from their website and you can go with the fast track with no waiting time.

Berlin TV Tower
Berlin TV Tower- Fernsehturm

If you are a student, don’t forget to take 20% off with you student ID. You can also reserve your table on the restaurant in the Berlin TV Tower and enjoy a romantic dinner with your loved ones with the mesmerizing view of the city.

Panoramic View of Berlin from Berlin TV Tower
Panoramic View of Berlin from Berlin TV Tower

Hackescher Markt:


Hackescher Markt in Berlin is famous for its small local designer shops rather than big brands. It’s a place where you can find a true Berlin flavors. It also has restaurants and outdoor cafés. The open air fresh market is also located here from where you can buy fresh fruit and vegetables.

Cruise in Spree:


River Spree flows through Berlin and provides majestic views of this beautiful city. The Spree is flowing just 200 meters away from the Hackescher Markt S-bahn station. You can take a cruise trip from there and enjoy the beautiful city and landmarks by cruising in the river.

Cruise in Spree River, Berlin
Spree River, Hackescher Markt Berlin

There are many cruise service providers in Berlin with their small ticket booths on the bank of the river. The total cost is Euro 15 and it takes around 1 hour and it has audio guide explaining about the significance of the landmarks in Berlin. You can also take the Cruise from Nikolaiviertel or Friedrichstrasse.

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Spree River, Berlin

Along the spree near Hackescher markt, there are many café, restaurants, beach bars and Shisha cafes where you can enjoy the best sunset.


You can also sit in the park along the Spree and enjoy the amazing view with hustle and bustle of people.


Museum Island:


Museum Island is a centrally located island in the heart of Berlin and has the largest cluster of Museums In Berlin at one place.

Museum Island located right next to Hackescher Markt. It’s located on the Northern half of an Island in the Spree River. Its includes five one of the best internationally recognized Museums.

Museum Island, Berlin
Museum Island, Berlin

The Altes Museum, The Neues Museum , Alte Nationalgalerie, Bode Museum & Pergamon Museum are a must visit museums during your Berlin Trip.

Altes Museum in Berlin
Altes Museum in Berlin
Museum Island, Berlin
Museum Island, Berlin

It's highly suggested to buy the ticket online in order to avoid the waiting time to buy the tickets on the spot and don't forget to buy a Berlin Card to get discounts on several attractions in Berlin.


Berlin Dome:


Berlin Dome is also located in Museum Island and it’s a unique Church with Prussian style.

Berlin Dome
October Light Festival, Berlin Dome

The Church has a huge courtyard right in front of it for its visitor to sit and observe the beauty of the Church.

Berlin Cathedral
Berlin Cathedral
Berlin Cathedral
Berlin Dome

DDR Museum:


The famous DDR Museum is also located just a few miles from the Dome and a must visit Museum which put lights on the life in Old Berlin.

DDR Museum in Berlin
DDR Museum in Berlin

The museum depicts the life style of Former East Germany. You can get the opportunity to experience how was life back at that time by trying DDR clothes and use Typewriters as well.

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DDR Museum in Berlin
DDR Museum in Berlin

Brandenburg Gate:


Brandenburg gate has a symbolic importance in the German History. It is a sign of unity after the unification of East and West Berlin.

Brandenburg Gate, Berlin
Brandenburg Gate, Berlin

Before that, it was a division between East and West Germany.