Are you planning a trip to Berlin? Are you wondering how much time you’ll need? The more is better, but overall two days are enough to see the most famous sites and enjoy the city. Check out my itinerary 2 days in Berlin to get the most of the city.
If your time is limited, see the itinerary 1 day in Berlin to find out the must see sites.
Book by 1 July 2017 and travel by 15 September 2017
Berlin in 2 days itinerary map
08:30 AM – 09:30 AM
Start the first day of the itinerary Berlin in 2 days with a breakfast at Zeit für Brot or Father Carpenter Coffee Brewers. Zeit für Brot is my favourite place for breakfast in Berlin.
09:30 AM – 11:00 AM
Berlin TV Tower (Fernsehturm)
The 368 metres TV Tower is the tallest structure in Berlin. It is also one of the city’s symbols. The 360-degree view from the observation deck of the tower is spectacular. In any case buy a ticket in advance, unless you want to spend your day waiting in lines.
11:00 AM – 11:15 AM
Red City Hall (Rotes Rathaus)
The 19th century Red City Hall is named after the red bricks used for its construction.
11:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom)
The Berlin cathedral is a splendid Baroque building located on the Museum Island. There is an entrance fee that also includes the dome and the Hohenzollern Crypt.
A platform surrounds the dome and gives a stunning 360-degree panorama over Berlin. You can see the Museum Island, Gendarmenmarkt, the Reichstag and the Rotes Rathaus. During the climbing you will pass along the cathedral’s museum. It presents drawings, photos and models of the history of the church.
In the Hohenzollern Crypt you can see about 94 coffins from the 16th century to the beginning of the 20th century. Leave the visiting of the crypt for last, because once you exit the crypt you can’t go back to the church.
12:30 PM – 02:00 PM
On the first day of the itinerary 2 days in Berlin have a lunch at Mutter Hoppe or Chipps. Mutter Hoppe is ideal if you are looking for a traditional German food. If you have a sweet tooth don’t miss Tigertörtchen. Chipps is a great option for a quick lunch.
02:00 PM – 05:00 PM
You can easily spend few days here. There are five museums squeezed on this small island. The more interesting ones are: Old Museum (Altes Museum), New Museum (Neues Museum), Pergamon Museum (Pergamonmuseum) and Old National Gallery (Alte Nationalgalerie).
For Greek and Roman art and sculptures visit the Old Museum, for Egyptian and Early History collections – New Museum. The Pergamon Museum is the most popular one in Berlin. It houses antiquity collection, Middle East collections and Islamic artworks.
The Old National Gallery is also worth a visit. You can find there an amazing collection of masterpieces of my favourite painter Caspar David Friedrich.
05:30 PM – 06:30 PM
The Gendarmenmarkt Square is the last stop of the first day of the itinerary 2 days in Berlin. The square is surrounded by three splendid buildings: the French Cathedral, the Concert Hall and the German Church. Don’t miss to see both churches from the inside.
On the first day try Lutter & Wegner Gendarmenmarkt or Augustiner am Gendarmenmarkt.
08:30 AM – 09:30 AM
Start the second day of the itinerary 2 days in Berlin with a breakfast at Brotgarten or Röstwerk.
09:30 AM – 11:30 AM
Charlottenburg Palace (Schloss Charlottenburg)
The Charlottenburg Palace used to be the summer residence of Sophie Charlotte, the first queen of Prussia. Visit the palace and take the audio guide to learn more about the history of this magnificent place.
Take the underground
Take metro line U2 (Direction Pankow): from station Sophie-Charlotte-Platz to Zoologischer Garten – 4 stops.
12:00 PM – 12:30 PM
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church (Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche)
The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church was built in the 19th century. During the WWII bombing raids badly damaged its surface. Today the church is a memorial that reminds of the horror of the war.
12:30 PM – 02:30 PM
On the second day have a lunch at Gasthaus Krombach or Café Restaurant "Wintergarten".
Take the underground
Go back to metro station Zoologischer Garten. Take metro line U2 (Direction Pankow): from station Zoologischer Garten to Potsdamer Platz – 6 stops.
02:30 PM – 03:00 PM
Topography of Terror (Topographie des Terrors)
The museum is free and has indoor and outdoor exhibitions. Skip the indoor part unless you have a deep interest in WWII. In the outdoor exhibition you can see ruins of the Berlin Wall.
03:15 PM – 03:30 PM
Checkpoint Charlie was the most famous border crossing point between West and East Berlin during the Cold War.
04:00 PM – 04:15 PM
Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)
The 18th century Brandenburg Gate is one of the symbols of Berlin. It is built on the site of a former city gate that marked the start of the road to the town of Brandenburg an der Havel. From here comes the current name of the gate.
04:15 PM – 04:30 PM
Reichstag building (Reichstagsgebäude)
See the impressive building of the Reichstag, the seat of the German Parliament. The dome and the roof terrace are open for visitors. You can find more information here.
04:30 PM – 05:30 PM
If you are not tired you can take a walk in the city’s most popular park - Tiergarten.
Finish your day with a dinner at Zollpackhof or Alt-Berliner Wirtshaus.
Where to stay in Berlin
If you haven’t picked a hotel yet, find out what is the best area to stay in Berlin.