What to see in a weekend in Berlin

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What to see in a weekend in Berlin
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First Day

The first day you will be full of energy. I would start with a long walk in the center for a more or less complete view of the monumental area of ​​Berlin.

It starts from Alexanderplatz, the main square of the capital, looking around you will immediately recognize the television tower, Fernsehturm. This time you will have it close to us but you will soon realize that it has never abandoned you, wherever you end up you just need a look at the sky and you will see it heading over everything else. A good way to orient yourself.

A few minutes walk east on the Karl-Liebknecht Strasse, and you will arrive at the Museumsinsel, the only island on the River Spree home to the main city museums and a special refuge for art lovers. The island is to be explored in its entirety, between elegant gardens and the elegant architecture that alternates in the monuments: they are based here five of the main Berlin museums. Not a little.

Leave the island and continue east on Unter der Linden, the avenue of lime trees. The trees follow one another on the lovely pedestrian path in the center, enjoy the walk flanked by greenery! At the end of the road, the majestic Brandenburger Tor appears, the famous Brandenburg Gate, the most famous landmark in the city.

photo by Raffaele Nicolussi via flickr

At this point, you could continue on foot towards the Kreuzberg district. The avenue of Under the linden trees, cross the Friedrichstrasse, a long street full of shops and shopping centers. Going south you will be near the lovely Gendarmenmarkt square. Surrounded by the elegant buildings of the German cathedral, French cathedral and Konzerthaus concert hall, stop and admire its beauty and maybe stop in one of the nice bars in the area.

Get back to the action and retake the Friedrichstrasse, shortly after you will meet Checkpoint Charlie the best known checkpoint between East Germany and West Germany, one of the most visited places in the capital. If you have come this far, you have deserved a nice dinner. You could stretch out (on foot or by bus) in the heart of Kreuzberg and choose one of the many ethnic restaurants and not that populate the area. They are not missing pubs and night clubs, for an after dinner with all the trimmings. But without being too late, you need to be in good shape the next day.

Second day

The second day has arrived and this time I recommend that you move by public transport. Buy a day ticket and go!

photo via common.wikipedia.org To continue the review of the city's beauties, start with Schloss Charlottenburg, a baroque-style castle and oldest historical building in Berlin. From there theM45 bus will take you to the Zoologischer Garten station, right at the Berlin Zoo. A few minutes on foot and you will meet the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche, known as the Gedächtniskirche (church of thought), the church symbol of the horrors of war, of which remains a ruin freely open to the public.

We are on Kurfürstendamm shopping streets e Tauentzienstrasse where, whoever wants, can browse the many windows and maybe buy something at KaDeWe, one of the largest department stores in all of Europe.

Next suggested stage Bellevue Palace (Bellevue Palace): take the metropolitan line S-Bahn from stazione zoological garden and you will be there in just two stops. You will be in the fabulous Tiergarten Parkthe largest park in Berlin and the city's green lung.

I would take advantage of the grandeur of this wood for a walk among the splendid natural sceneries and the attractions enclosed within it: in addition to Bellevue Palace, are located there House of World Cultures (home of world cultures), Siegessäule (the Victory Column) and the Reichstag building, seat of the German parliament whose dome offers a fabulous view over the city.

  • At the top, treat yourself to an hour of relaxation with coffee and cake in the panoramic restaurant of the Reichstag building. 

At this point you might reach Ebertstrasse to get to the Holocaust Memorial capable of astonishing for its appearance and proportions.

photo via commons.wikimedia.org

Here you will be close to the note Potsdamer Platz square, symbol of the new dynamic and ultramodern Berlin, home of the famous Sony Center, a complex of seven buildings built by important international designers.

The last unmissable stop is the East-Side-Gallery, the stretch of the Berlin Wall left undestroyed and transformed into an open-air graffiti gallery. To reach it from Posdamer Platz you can use the linea S-Bahn and get off at the stop Warschauer Strasse, in less than five minutes on foot, you will be walking next to the wall overlooking the pretty Ponte di Oberbaumbrücke.

I would say that it can be enough with the tourist sites. Once here, you are in one of the most dynamic areas of the city, you can reach the Simon-Dach-Strasse, street packed with bars, restaurants and clubs of all kinds. In addition, the mercato in Boxagener Platz (crafts on Saturdays and flea market on Sundays). You will find many alternatives to end the day, try to find the right ones for you.

Bus tour, for those who do not want to walk

Surely there are those who do not have the desire or the strength to walk. In this case, you have a convenient alternative: bus number 100 for a hop-on hop-off tour of the city.

photo via common.wikimedia.org Starting from Alexanderplatz, the route touches the main city attractions, first the Brandenburg Gate then the Isle of Museums and Reichstag building. We enter the Tiergarten park then you can visit theHouse of Cultures e lo Bellevue Palace, until the route ends at the station Zoological Garden, so you will be close to the Memorial Church and the warehouses of the Kurfürstendamm. All you need is a day ticket or buy one Berlin WelcomeCard to get on and off wherever you like, always on board the bus number 100.

If you have more time ...

If you have more time left, I would advise you to wander around the city without having a destination, get lost in the characteristic neighborhoods of Berlin and dare at every step. Berlin is a city of great charm but, let's face it, it is not particularly beautiful for works, monuments and architecture. His charisma mixes artistic beauties, canals and bridges, the street-art which gives life to the darkest places and the most aseptic buildings.

You meet corners that leave you open mouthed and you can't even explain why, small and large oddities of all kinds attract attention on the street and cause a smile when you least expect it, all wrapped in that yellowish light that colors the air and immobilizes time.

If you can grasp the details, Berlin it will remain in your heart forever.

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