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Berlin Itinerary | 2 Days in Berlin + Map (+ Ideas for 3-Day Itinerary)

Planning a weekend trip to Berlin and want to see everything? Well, obviously not everything! But you want to see and do the top tourist attractions on your trip. Here’s my ultimate 2-day itinerary for Berlin.

I’ve tailored this itinerary to include all the must-see things to do in Berlin. But I’ve also included a few suggestions if you want to deviate from the norm and try a few alternative things on your Berlin trip too.

This itinerary is perfect for your first time visiting Berlin. Hopefully, it will save you time (and walking miles) to make the most of your 2-day weekend break.

perfect for your first time visiting Berlin

Day 6 Berlin - 2-days in Berlin Itinerary
Remains of the Berlin Wall

Firstly, let me be honest, I spent 7 days in Berlin. Yes, there’s really that much to do there. But if you’re short on time or after a weekend break then I’ve picked all my favourite things to do from my Berlin trip and created the ultimate itinerary for your 2 days in Berlin. How nice am I, saving you all the hard work!

For those of you lucky enough to be staying for 3 days in Berlin (or even more!) I’ve added a few other suggestions at the end of the itinerary, including a day trip to Spreewald (if you have the time it’s a must-visit place).

For all my Berlin posts and top tips for things to do in Berlin, you can click here to read everything from places to stay, where to go and what to see on your visit!

2 days in Berlin – The Perfect Itinerary

Day 1 in Berlin

Berlin TV Tower

Exploring Alexanderplatz

Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral Church)

Brandenburg Gate

Tiergarten

Holocaust Memorial

Day 2 in Berlin

East Side Gallery

Kreuzberg

Checkpoint Charlie

The topography of Terror Museum

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Itinerary for Day 1 in Berlin

Seven stops for day 1 in Berlin. Scroll down for more information about each place.

  1. Berlin TV Tower at Alexanderplatz
  2. Explore Alexanderplatz
  3. Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral Church)
  4. Reichstag building (German Parliament)
  5. Brandenburg Gate
  6. Tiergarten
  7. Holocaust Memorial to the Murdered Jews

Walking distance: 5 km/ 3 miles

Walking time: 60-90 minutes (not including time stopping!)

  • Recommended stops detailed below on Google Maps

Berlin TV Tower at Alexanderplatz

Berlin TV Tower - 2 days in Berlin
Berlin TV Tower in the background!

Cost: Free to view from the outside or pay to go up to the top from 15.50 EUR!*

If you’re like me when you arrive at a new city I tend to home into the biggest and most obvious landmark to give me a sense of direction. Did I mention that I get easily lost haha! In Berlin, it’s the TV Tower at Alexanderplatz. It’s really impossible to miss and can be seen all over the city.

I skipped going up to the viewpoint for this 2-day itinerary. Even though I’m sure it is very pretty, time can be spent better elsewhere and money.

I skipped going up to the viewpoint for this 2-day itinerary

Free walking tours with Alternative Berlin leave daily from the TV Tower at 11 am and 1 pm. They last 3 hours but are well worth doing. Read more about them here in my alternative things to do in Berlin post.

*Adults tickets are 15.50 EUR and children 9.50 EUR (Free under 4s)

The fast-view ticket cost 19.50 EUR for adults and 12 EUR.

Remember if you have purchased the Berlin WelcomeCard for your travel for 2-days you can save 25%

Explore Alexanderplatz

Berlin - Neptune Fountain on 2 days in Berlin
Cost: Free (donations if you go inside the church)

This is a huge square, with shops restaurants and cafes. But it also has a wonderful water fountain, known as the Neptune Fountain built-in 1891 it’s a magnificent piece of architecture although difficult to capture in a photo.

A must-stop on your Berlin itinerary (and it only takes 5 minutes), you can walk around looking at all the detail, crocodiles, snakes and naked women this fountain has it all and to top it all is the Roman God Neptune (hence the name!)

On your right is the beautiful Evangelical Church, St Mary’s, step inside and you can admire the stunning architecture as the light floods in through the tall windows. Donations accepted.

Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral Church)

Berliner Dom - Day 1 itinerary
Just hanging out by the Berliner Dom

About 5-10 minute walk, over the bridge across the River Spree, is the Berliner Dom. This is a stunning building and wonderful to admire from the outside from the Lustgarten, which also has the Altes Museum at the other end.

More time or looking for things to do for a 3-day itinerary? You can do tours inside the Berliner Dom, more information here.

Reichstag building (German Parliament)

Reichstag building - Berlin itinerary for 2 days
Resting my legs for a moment outside the Reichstag building

A popular place to stop on every Berlin itinerary! Maybe even have a picnic on the grass outside the Reichstag building.

You can also do tours inside the building, right up to the dome at the top which you can see in my photo. The tours are extremely popular and you must book in advance to guarantee entry (and also to fit at the right time on your itinerary to save you from walking extra miles).

Coffee stop

If you fancy a coffee or some food there’s a great coffee shop called The Visit Coffee. It’s about halfway between Berliner Dom and the Brandenburg Gate, down a little alley next to the Nivea Shop!

It’s marked on the map above so you can see where it is 🙂

Brandenburg Gate

Brandenburg Gate - Berlin 2 day itinerary
Brandenburg Gate


From the Berliner Dom, it’s about a 20-minute walk (1.5 km/ 1 mile) to Brandenburg Gate. It’s one road straight up so you can’t get lost. But if you want to rest your feet the 100 bus goes up the road.

Walking down the road you’ll go past the Berlin Opera House on your left.

Brandenburg Gate is a magnet for tourists, as you would expect. But it’s a pretty big gate so you should be able to find a spot for a photo.

Tiergarten

As you walk through the Brandenburg Gate, cross the road you’re now in Tiergarten, Berlin’s largest inner city park. Both locals and tourists flock here on hot sunny days to relax, play games or read a book.  You could literally spend an entire day exploring this park so I will let you decide how long you spend here. I’m sure that will depend on what the weather is doing.

Holocaust Memorial to the Murdered Jews

Cost: Free (it’s a memorial)

This sends shivers through me typing the words and remembering how it felt walking around the dark, cold and very symbolic memorial.

The idea of the memorial is that you walk, sit and think about those who lost their lives. It is not a place for selfies, as I saw numerous people doing. It is just my opinion but I feel strongly about photos at places where you should be respectful.

Day 1 itinerary note – Although you might notice that the Topography of Terror Museum and Checkpoint Charlie are very close by to here. I would recommend returning on day 2 as there’s a lot to see and it’s quite overwhelming. Maybe see how you are doing for time on day 1 and decide when you’re here.

Itinerary for Day 2 in Berlin

Berlin - Day 1 - 2 days in Berlin
Travelling by U-Bahn in Berlin

My itinerary for day 2 does involve more travelling around in Berlin. But it’s a great way to explore more of this amazing city. (I’m sure you’ll see now why I recommend longer than 2 days in Berlin!)

But the U-Bahn is great way around Berlin.

  1. East Side Gallery
  2. Kreuzberg
  3. Checkpoint Charlie
  4. The Topography of Terror Museum

Walking distance: 3-5 km/ 2-3 miles (depends how much exploring in Kreuzberg you do)

Walking time: 60-90 minutes (not including time stopping!)

  • Recommended stops detailed below on Google Maps

East Side Gallery

East Side Gallery - Berlin Wall - 2 day itinerary
I took forever walking up and down the East Side Gallery, Berlin

Cost: Free

Start your day with a lovely walk down the East Side Gallery (the light is also better in the morning). If you look on Google Maps it is simply a point on the map, when actually the gallery is 1.3 km long (the longest outside gallery in the world). It took me a good hour to walk the entire length and enjoy the many different and thought-provoking pieces of art.

Before you leave, enjoy a cup of coffee alongside the river.

  • 2-day itinerary time saver – From the East Side Gallery, I would then jump on a train (U-Bahn) from the nearest station which is Schlesisches Tor to Kreuzberg as it’s a little walk.

Visit Kreuzberg

Quirky cafes in Kreuzberg, Berlin
Quirky cafes in Kreuzberg, Berlin

Cost: Free (unless you go shopping or visit the cafes)

Want to see the more hip side of Berlin? Kreuzberg with its street art and graffiti is certainly the place to stop. Plus some great cafes and places to stop for a drink.

From East Side Gallery, you can jump off at either Kottbusser Tor or Hallesches Tor stops in Berlin to spend as little or as long as you want to explore. It’s worth wandering up and down the side streets too looking out for different styles of street art and graffiti.

Want to do a full tour? Check out my 5 alternative things to do in Berlin for more ideas and info.

  • After you’ve done exploring Kreuzberg (and maybe stopped for some lunch) you can then either jump back on the U-Bahn from Hallesches Tor (5 mins) or walk the 1 km to Checkpoint Charlie.

Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin
Tourist posing for photos at Checkpoint Charlie in Berlin

Cost: Free (Museum entry costs apply)

Everyone raves about Checkpoint Charlie, I found it a little disappointing. A fake stand has been put up, where you can pay for the ultimate Checkpoint Charlie photo. Hmm not for me, but again it’s personal preference.

However, there is loads of great information right next to Checkpoint Charlie so it’s still worth visiting, plus a museum you can go in to

The Topography of Terror Museum

Berlin 2 day itinerary
The Topography of Terror section of the museum

Cost: Free

This is an indoor and outdoor museum, which has a wealth of information and photographs sharing the history of Berlin. There is also remains of the Berlin wall, bare and unexposed as it was for all those years.

It’s powerful, shocking but a must-do stop on your Berlin trip.

There’s is so much information you could literally spend several hours, reading and learning about the past of Berlin. Again I feel this is a personal preference so take as much time that suits you, there’s no right or wrong for how much time you spend.

More ideas for your Berlin Itinerary

2-days or 3-days in Berlin

Are you staying for 3 days in Berlin or maybe longer? Check out some of the alternative things I did on my trip to Berlin and also my day trip to help plan your itinerary!

Where to stay in Berlin? – Check out these 5 cool and hip places to stay in Berlin

Do you have any more questions about my 2-day itinerary for Berlin? Feel free to ask me any questions in the comments below

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