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Welcome to Berlin

Once a city divided, Berlin has emerged as a vibrant and cosmopolitan capital of culture in Germany—and the affordable city has a more laid-back attitude than many other top European destinations. See history and modernity juxtaposed on the streets, with Communist architecture, world-class museums, and hip restaurants, nightclubs, and galleries sprinkled throughout the city. Explore neighborhoods such as bohemian Kreuzberg or attraction-filled Mitte. See the remnants of the Berlin Wall, walk under the Brandenburg Gate, or visit Checkpoint Charlie Museum before letting loose in a modern dance club. Or taste your way through Berlin’s respected culinary scene, which—similar to today's Berlin as a whole—touches on both German traditions and multicultural influences.

Top 10 attractions in Berlin

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Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)

Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor)

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The grand gateway to Unter den Linden Boulevard and Tiergarten Park, the Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) is one of Berlin’s most recognizable landmarks. Built by Prussian kings, this monumental gate stood strong through World War I and the Cold War, becoming a symbol of reunified Germany and a poignant reminder of Berlin’s tragedies and triumphs.More
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Reichstag

Reichstag

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The seat of Germany’s Parliament and one of Berlin’s most recognizable landmarks, the Reichstag building is an impressive feat of 19th-century architecture, with a futuristic glass dome and classical columns on its facade. The structure stands proudly on the River Spree’s southern bank, a stoic reminder of Berlin’s turbulent history.More
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Gendarmenmarkt

Gendarmenmarkt

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Located in Berlin’s Mitte district, the Gendarmenmarkt is arguably Berlin’s most magnificent public square, attracting a cluster of high-end restaurants and hotels, especially around Charlottenstrasse. Come wintertime, travelers come from all over Europe to shop at the square’s spectacular Christmas market and skate at the festive ice rink.More
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Topography of Terror

Topography of Terror

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A history museum of the Third Reich, Topography of Terror is housed in the former headquarters of the Gestapo secret police and the SS. Artifacts, photos, and videos examine the history of Hitler’s Germany on the site where the fate of Nazi political opponents was decided and the genocide of the European Jews, Sinti, and Roma was organized.More
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Berlin Wall

Berlin Wall

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At the height of the Cold War in 1961, socialist East Germany erected the Berlin Wall as an imposing concrete barrier that divided Berlin's eastern and western sides for nearly 30 years. In 1989, toward the end of the war and the fall of East Germany and communism in Europe, the wall's demolition began, thus reunifying Germany. Today, sections of the wall remain as permanent reminders of the days when the country (and Berlin) was divided.More
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Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie

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Once one of three Berlin Wall border points, bridging the divide between the Allied-occupied West Berlin and Soviet-occupied East Berlin, Checkpoint Charlie is one of the most important Cold War sites in Berlin. Today, a recreated guard house marks the site where numerous confrontations, escape attempts, and protests took place, and the adjoining Checkpoint Charlie Museum is a moving tribute to those who risked their lives to escape from East Germany and bring about the fall of the wall.More
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Alexanderplatz

Alexanderplatz

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One of Berlin’s central meeting places, Alexanderplatz is full of attractions, buildings, restaurants, and shops. It’s a major hub for the U-bahn and S-bahn railway, buses, and trams, and houses the TV Tower (Fernsehturm), a famous Berlin landmark. The city center of East Berlin, Alexanderplatz also features a lot of socialist architecture.More
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Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Holocaust Memorial)

Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Holocaust Memorial)

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A somber yet striking memorial stretching over a 4.7-acre (1.9-hectare) plot in the center of Berlin, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Denkmal für die Ermordeten Juden Europas) was opened in 2005 to remember and honor the some 6 million Jewish victims of the Holocaust.More
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Museum Island (Museumsinsel)

Museum Island (Museumsinsel)

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Museum Island (Museumsinsel) is the apex of culture in Berlin. This UNESCO World Heritage Site, in the middle of the Spree river, hosts five world-renowned museums that are all architecturally and historically significant. Each museum features different collections, from ancient artifacts to romantic and impressionist works.More
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Unter den Linden

Unter den Linden

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Running from Brandenburg Gate to the River Spree and Museum Island, Unter den Linden is Berlin’s most famous boulevard. Bordered by linden trees for which it is named, it is lined with some of the city’s top sights, such as the State Opera House. Just strolling along under the trees is a popular activity in itself.More

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Street Art in Berlin

Street Art in Berlin

Top activities in Berlin

Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Tour from Berlin
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Berlin Bike Tour
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Capital Dinner Cruise at Sunset with Sightseeing of Berlin
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Recent reviews from experiences in Berlin

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Berlin Walking Tour
Parker_W, Jun 2022
Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour
I would highly recommend this to anyone who wants to see the best of Berlin.
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Loved this tour, a highlight of my weekend in Berlin
Sheree_Y, Jun 2022
Evening Berlin Food Tour by Bike
Riding a bike through the summery Berlin streets was amazing.
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Great tour for an overview, knowledgeable guide
JenYuan_W, Jun 2022
Explore Berlin: Top Attractions Walking Tour
I am not sure if it wasn’t part of the planned itinerary but it would be great to see these two main attractions as well.
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Trip on the Bus around Berlin
Ana_M, Jun 2022
Berlin City Hop-on Hop-off Tour with Optional Cruise
As an older adult who wanted to see as much of Berlin as possible without having to walk miles this was a great experience.
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A Day in Berlin
Darrell_L, Jun 2022
Berlin Private Sightseeing Tour with vehicle and Photographer Guide
A great way to see Berlin and see experience the amazing history.
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Enjoyable and personable social experience in Berlin
Eric_H, Jun 2022
Off the Beaten Track in Berlin: Private Kreuzberg Tour
Showed us much and recommended more that we plan to see again and some for the first time the next time we are in Berlin.
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Excellent knowledge and perfect presentation
Anja_S, May 2022
Explore Berlin: Top Attractions Walking Tour
We walked the Top Attractions Walking Tour with Insider Tour's excellent guide, English Rob from Machester - a wonderful story teller and also historian, which will make your tour even more interesting.
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Brill
Ian_R, May 2022
Capital Dinner Cruise at Sunset with Sightseeing of Berlin
Nice boat, different way to see Berlin.
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Must do in Berlin
Darlene_D, May 2022
Hot Rod Tour - Cruising Berlin
Super way to see Berlin and the guide was great.
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Great tour & great way to see the city
serena_r, May 2022
Private Walking Tour: World War 2 and Cold War Sites in Berlin
We had a great tour with Sebastian, he was incredibly knowledgeable and took us to all the best sights in Berlin!
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Worthwhile tour
David_F, May 2022
Berlin Self-Drive Trabi Tour with Guide
We actually got to see a fair amount of Berlin.
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A 7+ on a 1 to 5 scale.
Steve_F, May 2022
All-in-One Berlin Shore Excursion from Warnemunde and Rostock Port with WiFi
We saw everything we wanted to see and left thoroughly satisfied.
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Best walking tour I’ve done!
Emma_D, May 2022
Discover Berlin Half-Day Walking Tour
I had a day to myself & it was the the best way to see Berlin and learn things you’d never know by waking around on your own.
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Great Way to See and Learn About Berlin
Suzanne_J, May 2022
Berlin Bike Tour
Great way to see Berlin.
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A must see!
Kevin_T, May 2022
ARISE Grand Show at Friedrichstadt-Palast in Berlin
The show is primarily in German however there is some english English.
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Fun and easy way to see Berlin
Samantha_G, Apr 2022
Rickshaw Sightseeing City Tours Berlin - Rikscha Tours
Informative and fun - a great way to see Berlin.