Rich history, hip neighborhoods, and inviting cuisines fill the German capital of Berlin. Over the course of three days in the city, there’s plenty of time to go sightseeing, wander through museums, and even discover nearby towns and attractions. Here are a few ways to spend 72 hours in Berlin.
Day 1: Welcome to Berlin
Catch a glimpse of Berlin’s fascinating history with a full day of sightseeing. If a Champagne breakfast is your style, a skip-the-line ticket to the Berlin TV Tower includes a glass of bubbly with your meal. Move quickly (though at your own pace) throughout the city with a hop-on hop-off bus tour, or sign up for a bike tour to explore on two wheels. If you’re looking to visit many sights while in town, check out the Berlin Pass, which offers free entry to more than 50 attractions including the Checkpoint Charlie Museum. History buffs will learn new details about Berlin’s complicated past during guided tours such as a Cold War Walking Tour. Finish the day with a scenic cruise down the River Spree.
Day 2: City Culture, Street Food, and Vibrant Neighborhoods
Go deeper into contemporary Berlin to learn about how people are living in Germany’s capital today. Walking tours focused on neighborhoods such as Kreuzberg and Friedrichshain open doors into the latest in art, fashion, food, and nightlife. If you’re interested in Berlin’s street art scene, sign up for a small-group street art tour complete with a graffiti workshop. After dark, set out on a food tour by bike to discover Berlin’s culinary scene, or head to the Charlottenburg Palace for a concert by the Berlin Residence Orchestra.
Day 3: Beyond Berlin’s Borders
Maximize your time in Germany with a day trip outside of Berlin. A serious and deeply moving option is a tour of the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp, which exposes the story of this camp during and after World War II. A lighter, more festive outing could lead you to Dresden, where grand palaces, baroque architecture, and beer gardens await, or to Potsdam, home to museums, more palaces, and extensive gardens. Return to Berlin in the evening to take in the city’s renowned electric nightlife.