1 day in Berlin

1 day in Berlin itinerary

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 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.

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08:30 AM – 09:30 AM
Breakfast
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.

Berlin TV Tower
Berlin TV Tower

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.

Red City Hall
Red City Hall

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.

Berlin Cathedral
Berlin Cathedral

12:30 PM – 01:00 PM
Museum Island
Take a walk around the Museum Island. This island is a heaven for every museum lover. There are five museums 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.

Museum Island
Museum Island

01:00 PM – 02:30 PM
Lunch
Choose Julchen Hoppe for a traditional German food. For a quick lunch, go to Pax Coffee.

02:30 PM – 03:00 PM
Gendarmenmarkt
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 the 17th century, while the German Church (Deutscher Dom) dates from 18th century.

French Cathedral
French Cathedral

03:15 PM – 03:30 PM
Checkpoint Charlie
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.

Berlin Wall
Berlin Wall

04:45 PM – 05:00 PM
Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)
The Brandenburg Gate is a must see. It is built in the 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.

Brandenburg Gate
Brandenburg Gate

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.

Reichstag building
Reichstag building

Dinner
End your day with a dinner at Ständige Vertretung or Boulevard Friedrichstraße.

What else to see

Find out more ideas in the itinerary Berlin in 2 days.

Where to stay in Berlin

If you haven’t picked a hotel yet, find out where to stay in Berlin to get the best of the city.



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