Is it possible to see Berlin in one day? Yes, it is! In one day you can see most tourist sites and even climb the Berlin TV Tower. Check out my itinerary 1 day in Berlin to find out how to get most of the city in a short time.
However if it is possible I would suggest you to spend 2 days in Berlin. In this way you will be able to see the beautiful Charlottenburg Palace and have time to explore some of the awesome museums on Museum Island.
The best way to see the city and save time is by using hop-on hop-off bus tour.
1 day in Berlin itinerary map
08:30 AM – 09:30 AM
Start your day with a breakfast at Café Oliv or Spreegold.
09:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Berlin TV Tower (Fernsehturm)
The 368 metres TV Tower is the most famous symbol of Berlin. It is also the tallest building in the city. You can visit the observation deck for a bird’s eye view of Berlin. I strongly suggest to book a ticket in advance, the waiting lines are huge. Moreover no matter if you buy the ticket online or not, it will be for a certain time slot. So better choose in advance.
11:00 AM – 11:15 AM
Red City Hall (Rotes Rathaus)
The name of the Red City Hall comes from the red bricks used for its construction. The 19th century building is a splendid example of the Italian Renaissance architecture.
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom)
You can find the Berlin cathedral on the Museum Island, in the heart of the city. The name “cathedral” is not exactly correct. The Berlin cathedral has never been a true cathedral, because it has never been the seat of a bishop. In addition to the stunning interior of the cathedral, you can climb the dome or visit the Hohenzollern Crypt. For a 360 degree panorama over Berlin, you have to climb the 270 steps to the viewing platform of the dome. The Hohenzollern Crypt contains 94 coffins from the 16th century to the beginning of the 20th century. All this is included in the entrance fee.
12:30 PM – 01:00 PM
Take a walk around the Museum Island. This island is a heaven for every museum lover. There are five museum on this tiny space! You will need days to see everything. Yet, if you have only 1 day in Berlin, you’d better skip them.
01:00 PM – 02:30 PM
Choose Julchen Hoppe for a traditional German food. For a quick lunch, go to Pax Coffee.
02:30 PM – 03:00 PM
The Gendarmenmarkt Square is a must see, because of the three beautiful buildings that surround it: the French Cathedral, the Concert Hall and the German Church.
The French Cathedral (Französischer Dom) is from 17th century, while the German Church (Deutscher Dom) dates from 18th century.
03:15 PM – 03:30 PM
Checkpoint Charlie was the most famous crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War.
03:45 PM – 04:15 PM
Topography of Terror (Topographie des Terrors)
The museum has indoor and outdoor exhibitions and it is free! If you are deeply interested in the WWII spare more time and visit the indoor exhibition as well. Otherwise, take a look only at the outdoor exhibition that shows ruins of the Berlin Wall.
04:45 PM – 05:00 PM
Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)
The Brandenburg Gate is a must see. It is built in 18th century replacing a former city gate that stood on the road to the town of Brandenburg an der Havel. The Brandenburg Gate is stunning in the evening. Don’t miss to see it illuminated.
05:00 PM – 05:15 PM
Reichstag building (Reichstagsgebäude)
Finish the itinerary with the impressive building of the Reichstag, the seat of the German Parliament.
End your day with a dinner at Ständige Vertretung or Boulevard Friedrichstraße.