When it comes to visiting Germany’s capital, you can be swamped by the scale of it and all its sights. How do you spend your time there? Do you tour the galleries and museums? Sit in the parks? Discover the Cold War history of West and East Germany? Luckily for you, we’ve found the top 5 things to do on your extended stay in Berlin.
Before you start making your plans for spending your free time, we recommend you get your accommodation sorted first. Serviced apartments are the way to experience any short or long term stay in Berlin. They offer all the comforts of home and come equipped with all the amenities you require for a relaxing and tranquil trip to the city. Check out all the serviced apartments in Berlin before you make your trip.
Now, back to business. Below you’ll find our top 5 picks:
How to spend your time in Berlin
Take a trip to Museum Island
If you love culture and history then this is where you should head off on the first day. Opened in 1830, the Museum Island gives the public access to educational and scientific knowledge that can develop their understanding.
Straight out of the Enlightenment, you’ll learn so much as you explore the five museums that shed so much light on many aspects of the German character. These include:
- Pergamonmuseum (Pergamon Museum)
- Neues Museum (New Museum)
- Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery)
- Altes Museum (Old Museum).
Most people think of the Berlin Wall or the Brandenburg Gate (we’re getting to those) when they arrive in Berlin but this is the hidden diamond in the city.
Visit the Berlin Wall
Once a symbol of oppression by the Soviet Union, the Berlin Wall is now a monument to those that failed to cross it and to a new Germany that is united without borders. While the vast majority was taken down, some sections still remain – most famously the East Side Gallery that was decorated by artists after its fall.
See the iconic “kiss” between former Soviet premier Brezhnev and SED Party Chairman Erich Honecker on one of the slabs or the graffiti that decorates it so deliciously. There are other sites in the city that are dedicated to the Berlin Wall, such as the Berlin Wall Memorial in Bernauer Strasse, the Berlin-Hohenschönhausen Memorial, a former Stasi remand prison, and the green Mauerpark.
No trip to Berlin is complete without observing and understanding a vital point in 20th century history, both for Germany, Europe and the world.
Spend a day at Berlin Zoo
One of the most visited zoos in Europe, Berlin Zoo is a huge attraction and is not to be missed. The zoo and aquarium cover 86.5 acres and contain 1,380 different species and over 20,200 animals. It is one of the most comprehensive collections in the world and will take you all day to explore.
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Many are the ones who decide to go on holiday in September, because of the fact that it’s cheaper and also because of the fact that many beautiful locations are not that busy during those days. Europe is a gold mine when it comes to cheap, beautiful locations that you can visit with a very small budget. Let’s break down the top 5 destinations that you can visit this year.
Rodi is a great location in terms of sights, sea and entertainment: being one of the oldest cities in Greece and being well renowned for its Colossus (that, unfortunately, has been destroyed a couple of centuries ago), the city is also close to Faliraki, a famous location for everyone who looks for a bubbly nightlife.
Being incredibly cheap and with many well-designed hotels, you will enjoy yourself while eating great food, which is quite a big deal.
Chosen because of the fact that the island offers cheap entertainment and a great seaside, Malta has more to offer than just that, though: the Valletta fortification walk has been described as one of the best sunset-related experiences in the world, which is enough to include this destination within this top 5. With small, typical places famous for the class of their outdoor living furniture, the island has an intimate yet interesting architecture, which will fit everyone’s taste.
Ireland’s capital has a lot of famous spots and it could be visited in around 3 days. There are many guides online available on what to do in 3 days there, but the top 3 spots you must check in their entirety are, of course, O’Connell Street, Merrion Square and the National Museum of Ireland, which offers one of the biggest archaeological treasures in the world.
Since we included Dublin in this top 5, we can easily include another big city, close to it. London is always a great choice for a small holiday, even if its prices went up a bit in the past 4 years. From Buckingham Palace to the London Eye, the city still offers entertainment for days and, for the ones who are really passionate about the English culture, a life won’t be enough to explore every single sight the city has to offer.
Italy is one of those destinations that you can keep in mind for every period of the year: for example, throughout September, especially in the south, you will be able to attend many different local foods festivals, which are always quite the treat, especially if you’re not on a strict diet!