Berlin is the heart of Germany, with an incredibly turbulent history, chic boulevards and a stoic heartbeat. But what to do in Berlin in 3 days? Don’t worry; you can still enjoy this city, even if your time is limited.
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About my 3-Day Berlin Itinerary
-There are places and activities for each day, the itinerary is rather relaxed. As for me, the more I travel the slower I tend to discover the destinations. That means, that even if you follow my 3-Day Berlin Itinerary, you still have a lot of time to wander around and discover places spontaneously
-German beer is not to be missed and three days in Berlin offer enough time and space to enjoy an evening out. When it comes to food, Berlin has some of the best kebabs in the country. It will serve you as a great takeaway snack when exploring the city.
-I usually like exploring cites alone, but seeing the city with the guide is for me a great way to learn something new every time when I come to Berlin. Therefore, I have referred to tours that I find cool. You can always decide between visiting the places on your own and joining a guided tour.
Transportation for your 3 days in Berlin
For getting around Berlin, I recommend you to get Berlin WelcomeCard, including public transportation in the city center and huge discounts for all monuments. For most places, you can save up to 50%, which is a lot. There are visitor cards from 24 hours up to 6 days long. If you get one for your 3 days in Berlin, it will cost you about 30 EUR. Check all things included in the discount here.
What to do in Berlin in 3 days
Three days in Berlin is not much, but you can still get the full experience.
Explore the highlights of Berlin with this three-day itinerary:
Day 1: Around Bebelplatz and Brandenburg Gate
Start your day near Bebelplatz and visit the most popular street in Berlin, ´Unter den Linden´, connecting world-renowned Brandenburg Gate with Alexander Platz. Along the way, you will see several baroque and neoclassical palaces, many of which have been created by world-famous architects.
Make sure to stop at Holocaust Memorial and then ponder history at Checkpoint Charlie, a famous east-west border control during the Cold War.
One of the best ways to get an overview of Berlin is from the river Spree: you should definitely add the boat tour to your Berlin itinerary. You will follow the main waterway for 2,5 hours and get to see many sights including Bellevue Palace, Berlin Cathedral, and Museum Island. You can check the starting point and other details here.
If you are interested to go inside some of the museums, you can consider coming back to museum island again on foot. If you only have time to visit one of five worthwhile museums, make it to the Pergamon Museum, where you can see unique treasures from ancient history. If you love art, then head to the Alte Nationalgalerie, renowned for its fine paintings.
Day 2: Visit the Reichstag Building and Berlin Wall
The Reichstag Building should definitely take priority when deciding what to do in Berlin in 3 days. It’s best to get there early before it gets flooded with tourists. Featuring a spectacular glass dome, the Reichstag Building offers some amazing views of the city. If you are visiting the city in summer, then grab a coffee and stop to chill out for a while on the Reichstag’s comfortable lawn.
If you are fluent in German, I recommend taking this tour covering the Reichstag including the Dome as well as the Parliament quarter. Alternatively, speakers of all other languages can visit Reichstag on their own – you will get an audio guide to get to know the basics. The dome of Reichstag hosts cool café where you can stop for German snacks (Kafe und Kuchen). You can book a seat here.
Once finished with Reichstag, you will continue the day exploring the remains of The Berlin Wall. Unfortunately, it was mostly demolished between June and November 1990, with only a few stretches left as relics for generations to come.
The longest and best-preserved part of the Berlin Wall is located in Fridrichstein so you will head there next. It’s called East Side Gallery and I really like the place as it is an outdoor gallery, so you can visit everything while being on fresh air. It is located at the southern end of Wedding and Mitte, and you can reach it by U-Bahn/S-Bahn (Warschauer Strasse stop). I know this area well, since I usually stay in Industriepalast Hostel, just behind the corner. The nearby area is known for good food and lot f of bars.
Next, you can spend a leisurely evening in Scheunenviertel, Berlin’s old Jewish quarter. A stroll through the atmospheric lanes is indeed romantic. If you wish, have dinner in one of the renowned restaurants (for example Chèn Chè) and then continue with drinks and dancing at retro Clärchens Ballhaus.
Day 3 – Charlottenburg Castle
Start day three in Berlin by climbing the TV Tower of Berlin, a landmark that will provide you with the most stunning places of the German capital. Many people like to go there in the evening, but I simply prefer doing there by day to get the full view. You can secure your fast track ticket here, making sure you can just get up straight without waiting. Shall you be heading to Berlin with your significant other, you can also get a surprise in form of VIP ticket featuring window seat at the restaurant situated at the top of the tower.
Next, use public transportation to reach Schloss Charlottenburg, Berlin’s largest and best-preserved Prussian palace. Built in the 17th and restored in the 18th century, it includes stunning gardens. Make sure to visit the New Wing, the highlight of the palace.
If you are experiencing some good weather and Berlin shows you it’s warm and sunny face, then you could easily hang out around the Charlottenburg for the rest of the day. Green Oasis at the south-west side of the castle is a favorite place for local people to have picnics and spend time outdoors.
Are you a fan of classical music? Charlottenburg is known for its amazing musical performances, and you can easily attend one of the concers here.
Head to Potsdamer Platz to conclude your 3 days in Berlin in a big style. Germany’s answer to Times Square offers abundant places to eat and drink on any budget. Some of the best places are located in the dazzling Friedrichshain district.
Accommodation in Berlin
Since you are spending just 3 days in Berlin, it is definitely a good idea to find a place in Berlin-Mitte, where the main attractions are located. Hotels in Berlin offer great value since there are so many of them – often, you can find even 3, 4 or 5-star hotels with reasonable prices.
If you are traveling on a budget, pick one of the many hostels and share a dorm room with some fellow backpackers. In summer it is even possible to do camping (see Tentstation).
Here are some hotel recommendations for you in Berlin:
A great choice for backpackers: a clean hostel with great riverfront location in Friedrichshain. It’s a smoke-free hostel and features they own bar inside.
Modern and cozy hotel in the heart of Belin. It features a gym, as well as comfortable rooms with large glass windows. It is surrounded by parks, with Brandenburg Gate just 2 km away. Amazing reviews.
A taste of luxury! Complete with spa and huge designer studios, it is definitely the kind of place you would be excited to return to after a whole day of sightseeing:) Foo dis great: their restaurant got a Michelin star.
WHAT ARE YOUR FAVOURITE THINGS TO DO IN BERLIN?
I have been to Berlin 3 times for various occasions and it felt like a different city each time. There are simply many unique things to do in Berlin. Have you visited Berlin? What are your favorite places to visit?
When in Germany, I also recommend visiting the Dresden. Check out my city guide featuring best things to do in Dresden.
PS: If you are visiting German capital with family, check out this article about experiencing Berlin with a baby.
Edited by Nick Kembel.