Things to do in Berlin - 48 hours in German Capital
Updated: Feb 15
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.
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.
We have lived in Berlin. Being 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.
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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 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.
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.
Berlin TV Tower:
For the panoramic view of the city, I would also suggest to visit Berlin TV Tower called ‘Fernsehturm’. The ticket costs Euro 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.
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 tower and enjoy a romantic dinner with your loved ones with the mesmerizing view of the city.
Hackescher Markt 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.
Cruising in Spree:
The Spree is flowing just like 200 meter away from the Hackescher Markt S-bahn station. You can take a cruise trip from there and enjoy the beautiful city and landmarks by floating in the river.
There are many cruise service providers with their small ticket booths on the bank of the river. The total cost is Euro 15 and it takes around 1 hour and its has audio guide explaining about the significance of the landmarks. You can also take the Cruise from Nikolaiviertel or Friedrichstrasse.
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 is 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.
The Alt Museum, The Neues Museum , Alte Nationalgaleria, Bode Museum & Pergamon Museum.
It's highly suggested to buy the ticket online inorder to avoid the waiting time to buy the tickets on the spot.
Berlin Dome is also located in Museum Island and it’s a unique Church with Prussian style.
The Church has a huge courtyard right in front of it for its visitor to sit and observe the beauty of the Church.
The famous DDR museum is also located just a few miles from the Dome.
Brandenburg gate has a symbolic importance in the German History. It is a sign of unity after the unification of East and West Berlin.
Before that, it was a division between East and West Germany.
Memorial of Murdered Jews of Europe:
It’s a memorial for the Jewish victims of the Holocaust and its located on the south of the Brandenburg gate.
Reichstag (German Parliament):
The Parliament is just a few miles away from the Brandenburg gate. It’s used to be a Parliament of West Germany before the unification of Germany. The official reunification ceremony took place in 1990 here.
The Parliament has a unique architecture with dome a glass dome at the top which allows the view of the surrounding cityscape. The spree is flowing on the backside of the parliament. It’s one of my favorite spots in Berlin to enjoy the view.
Berlin Wall Memorial:
In Berlin, you can find many place where they have Memorial of Berlin wall. One of the most famous memorials is Gedenkstatte Berlin Mauer. It also has a remembrance window and a visitor center.
One of the most famous landmarks of the Berlin is Victory Column. Its located in the center of Tiergarten and its standing magnificently presenting the glory of Prussian military.
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church:
The church is located in famous Kurfurstendamm (near to S-bahn Zooligischer garten) . It’s of the most important church and the memorial of the war.
During the 2nd world war, the top part of the church destroyed and its still stood like this. There are always open air stalls near the church where you can get your favorite snacks.
One of the most happening avenues of the Berlin is Kurfurstendamm. There are different avenue leading to other fashion streets. There are streets with Elite brands which looks familiar to the Parisian fashion avenues.
It also has many malls and day to day brands. It’s a shopping hub and a dream place for the shopping lovers.
One of my favorite places for shopping is Bikini Berlin as it has many local brands with a creative and modern interior of the mall.
Another famous department store is KaDeWe. It has 8 stores focuses on luxurious goods and brands.
Apart from shopping, it also has a variety of cafés, shisha bars, and international restaurants food chains like Hard Rock Cafe and hotels like Waldorf Astoria.
Berlin most popular theaters like Theater am Kurfurstendamm and komodie am Kurfurstendamm are also located here.
It’s one of the most beautiful squares of the Berlin with Concert house in the middle and French dome on one side and German dome on the other side. The square also has many cafés, bars and restaurants.
It’s also a famous spot for summer open air concerts and in winter, its decorated with Christmas Market. It’s also one of the Elite areas with lots of 5 star hotels like Hilton is located in the surroundings.
Friedrichstrasse is one of the most famous streets of Berlin. It’s around 3.5 KM Long Street provide unique shopping with all the national and international brands and dining experiences.
The street has offers a lot of entertainment opportunities as it has Friedrichstadt Palast, Berliner Ensemble and other theatre houses.
It’s also located on Friedrichstrasse. The most famous crossing point for East to West Germany was Checkpoint Charlie. On the east side, it was Soviet and Germans were on the West side.
You can still find the Check post memorial and you can also stamp your passport and take pictures with the soldiers over there. There’s also an open air exhibition on the corner representing the stories of the people who tried to escape.
It’s one of the most famous newly built Boulevard of Berlin after 1990. The area has lots of Skyscrapers and building of famous companies like Deutsche bahn. You can also see the memorial of Berlin wall.
There are lots of shopping opportunities aswell in Mall of Berlin and Arkadian mall. The famous Sony center is also located over there. It has the Biggest screen of the Europe and highly recommended to experience the cinematic experience in Sony Center.
The square also has open air stalls selling traditional food and goods on weekends. You can also find a memorial of Berlin wall here.
I would also suggest attending the Opera show in Philharmonie located near Potsdamer Platz.
East side gallery:
It’s a memorial of Berlin wall with amazing open air gallery of 1.4 Kilometers. The wall is covered with hundreds of paintings depicting the changes in 1989.
The gallery is located along the spree river. You can also take a cruise trip. There are many boats restaurants and hotels with a facility to stay overnight in affordable prices.
You can also visit Mercedes-Benz Arena where sports and musical events take place and East side mall for shopping.
The historically famous and most picturesque Oberbaum Bridge is also located near east side gallery.
P of East Side Gallery in Berlin
The bridge is connecting two famous Berlin districts Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg. There are many hotels and offices located nearby in the area.
It’s one of the most lively place and famous for its nightlife. Kotti has lots of restaurants, bars, shisha cafes and clubs. Kotti never sleeps even in the middle of the night, you can find open restaurants.