Berlin may not be one of the major European tourist cities – but this city definitely has a lot to offer a first time visitor. You’ve probably heard of Berlin because of the Berlin Wall – a huge structure that divided the city for many years – but was finally torn down in 1989, on November the 9th. The city is now a hub of life and energy – with plenty to offer visitors – from great nightlife to shopping – to historical attractions. No matter what your interests, you’re sure to find something here that grabs you in some way or another.
So here is my list of 7 great things to see and do in Berlin during your first visit:
- Brandenburg Gate
This is one of the only remaining medieval gates in the city and is such an imposing and grand structure. The gate is a symbol of the city and one of the most popular “post card” photos. It’s definitely something you won’t want to miss – and it’ll strike interest in any history or culture lover.
- Holocaust memorial
This unusually but equally emotional memorial is dedicated to those who died during the Holocaust. As an important part of the country’s history – this memorial is an important part of the city and holds important emotion and meaning.
- The East Side Gallery
This gallery is constructed from 1300m of the Berlin Wall which originally stood and divided the city in two. The gallery is a constant reminder of the freedom that the country now has – and although it is vandalised in some parts – the meaning and the power of the gallery hasn’t been lost.
- Gedachtniskirche Church
This memorial church is not only a beautiful spiritual and religious structure – but stands to tell and interesting story too after WW2. The church is half destroyed – but don’t let this stop you visiting. Visit to learn more about the building and the story behind it.
- Charlottenburg Palace
If you want some glamour and royalty – then visit this beautiful palace for the evening and experience something a little different. When signing up for the evening tour, you’ll not only get a guided tour (which will teach you all sorts about the history of the Palace) but you’ll also get a concert ticket featuring the famous Berlin Residence Orchestra.
- Segway tour
If you’ve never been on a Segway – then you’ll love taking part in this great tourist activity. Then seeing the city by Segway will add some fun and laughter into your day – and it’s a great way to try something different and exciting. You certainly won’t forget this!
- Experience the nightlife
Berlin is famous for it’s awesome nightlife – so make sure you take advantage of it while you’re there. There are many world-class bars, restaurants and night clubs here – so take a trip around the city and experience them all. Many bars and nightclubs have special offers and deals on various nights – so research the bars you like before visiting and see if there is anything you can work out with them.