A city of tumultuous history, a thriving music scene and flourishing arts. This 4 day itinerary describes what myself and The Wenf did during our first trip to Berlin. The goal was to see the main tourist attractions, eat delicious food and learn the history of the city and as always, take all the photos.

Fantastic for taking photos of: 

People, urban, city life, street art, architecture, famous landmarks.

The map below gives you a sense of the proximity of each location. 

Reichstag Building, home to the German Parliament

Day One

Getting Around

Flights from London Heathrow to Berlin-Teigal Airport took 2 hr 4 minutes. 

Following a 20 minutes taxi (booked via Uber from the airport), we arrived at the Pullman Berlin Schweizerhof Hotel based in Berlins City-West, on Kurfürstendamm around 7 pm . Known colloquially as Ku’damm, this avenue is famed for shopping. We chose the Pullman based on its central location, easy access to bus routes and close proximity to the nearest train station, Berlin Zoologischer Garten. Train station = ‘bahnhof’ in German. 

Berlin Zoo is a 4 minute walk and there was a tasteful zoo-theme at the Pullman, its tall ceilings adorned with cascading lights and the legs of a huge giraffe greeting you through the entrance from the main street to reception. 

We headed straight out to dinner which we’d booked at Oh, Panama; known for its wine list and situated within a quiet courtyard just off Potsdamer Straße (Strasse), a 20 minute walk from the historic square Potsdamer Platz.

Many of the city landmarks are relatively near to each other and walking gives you time to soak up the atmosphere however, walking around all day I appreciate won't suit or be convenient for everyone. Good news then, that Berlin has great railway connections, a subway, many bus stops and an abundance of taxis throughout the city. Taxis can be booked via apps like Uber and Lyft or directly through the hotel. You can also find a list of numbers for licensed taxi's on the official Berlin website.

Day Two

Main Tourist Attractions

We caught a bus from nearby the hotel and within less than 30 minutes including a coffee stop we were outside the Reichstag, home to the German lower parliament. We didn’t go in however it is possible to visit. There is a glass dome at the top offering 360 degree views of the city, free of charge. 

It did rain. All day. But we’re British so that didn’t stop us from having a lovely time. 

Wenf walking by the River Spree opposite Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus

We headed to the River Spree and walked along the embankment, soaking (literally) in views of the city. Across the river is Marie-Elisabeth-Lüders-Haus, this modern architectural structure is another parliamentary building with a War memorial open to the public. 

There’s a number of glass buildings around this area, great if you like to shoot geometric shapes, bridges and reflections.



Marschall Bridge and the Berlin TV Tower

Onward to the Brandenburg Gate. describes it as “Berlin’s most famous landmark. A symbol of Berlin and German division during the Cold War, it is now a national symbol of peace and unity.” 

The gate is a neoclassical building made from sandstone. Towering columns soar high, overlooking the Pariser Platz

Used often as a place for events where thousands of people can unite, during a combination of a rainy day and COVID times, it was eerily quiet and free from many tourists. 

This gave us a special chance to appreciate its magnificence without the crowds. 

We walked down the main road, Ebertstrasse towards Potsdamer Platz. En route, the sign of The Big Dog caught our attention. We ducked in for a beer, loaded fries and a hotdog, thankful for a good lunch and respite from the rain.  

From the main road, 2711 concrete slabs of varying heights are visible. This is the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. A place of quiet contemplation, you are able to walk within the sobering labyrinth. It specifically says not to climb on the memorial, the topic of which has been debated extensively during conversations about visitors conduct at memorial sites. Below is an underground information centre for further learning and reflection of the past. Images can be taken within the information centre, provided there is no flash. 

Our evening meal was a birthday dinner for the Wenf. We’d budgeted to splash out on a 10-course fine dining experience at Nobelhart & Schmutzig. Named one of the worlds best restaurants by Worlds 50 Best, they pride themselves on serving local food and provide background information about the farmers and producers. It is by no means cheap and was a luxury dinner for us, the kind of experience we have once a year for a special occasion. There is a strict no-camera rule here, including phone photos. We enjoyed this rule, it meant we could fully immerse ourselves in the culinary experience, watching the chefs at work from the bar. The restaurant is not visible from the street, so if you notice the cheeky stickers on a very nondescript door, know that you’re in the right place. 

...The answer is yes

You'd never know what was behind this door

Our evening concluded with a nighttime stop off at Check-Point Charlie, a 4 minute walk from Nobelhart & Schmutzig. 

The significance of Check-Point Charlie comes from its history as the crossing point dividing the borders of East and West Germany during the Cold War and more recently, before the fall of the Berlin Wall. 

An image of an American Soldier, photographed by Frank Thiel can be seen displayed near the hut. An app called Cold War Berlin can be downloaded, to talk you through the history of the checkpoint. 

We didn’t visit the museum however, Haus am Checkpoint Charlie is home to documents of those who attempted to get across. 

Day Three

We took a train from Berlin Zoologischer Garten railway to Hackescher Markt, a transport hub and within the central borough of Berlin, Mitte. Winding through courtyards we made our way to Lustgarten, a public park and garden manicured neatly in front of Berlin Cathedral and the Altes Museum, which displays Roman and Greek artefacts. 

Berlin Cathedral

Berlin Palace Humboldt Forum

Across the river, secluded from the hustle and bustle of modern city life is Nikolaikirche also know as St Nicholas Church. Surrounded by pastel buildings housing cafes, bookstores and antique shops, the church itself is now a museum and concert venue. 

We dipped into Zum Nußbaum (Nussbaum) for a lunch stop, filling up on bratwurst, potatoes and sauerkraut before heading to a weekend street market by the River Spree to browse jewellery, artwork and a selection of clothes made by independent sellers. 

Back at the hotel, we were given two complimentary glasses of prosecco at the Pullman. They had also placed a card, balloons and a delicious chocolate tart in our room. A lovely touch for The Wenfs birthday. I had snuck off to ask the previous day to ask if there was anything they could do as a surprise for him. Always worth asking if you're away for a special occasion. 

To celebrate another year around the sun it was dinner and cocktails at Crackers, based in Mitte at the same location previously held by the Cookie Club, once a classic of the Berlin club scene. No clubs were open during our stay due to COVID but usually, Berlin is well known for its techno, house and electro nights. 

Day Four

On our final full day, we were blessed with glorious sunshine. After a train ride to Jannowitzbrücke station, we got off a stop early before arriving at our first destination; the East Side Gallery. Already we were starting to see street art covering walls. 

 En route we stumbled across Holzmarkt 25, a bohemian-style market with food stalls, bars and independent shops.  Embellished with a  large outdoor disco ball and decorated with murals, this was a great spot for a quick pint next to the river whilst appreciating the creativity of the artists whose work decorates the walls. 

If coming from the main city, there is a closer train station (Ostbahnhof) and bus stops to the East Side Gallery. We walked from Holzmarkt towards The Wall Museum but you can also start the walk from the other end near Rudolfkiez. 

Opposite shows The Wenf inspecting It's Happened in November, artwork by Kani Alavi at the East Side Gallery

The gallery is a 1.3km walk by the River Spree, a great place to stop off for a drink by the water in between digesting the numerous artworks on the last remaining portion of the Berlin Wall. The gallery is on the main road Mühlenstraße (Mühlenstrasse), nearby cafes and shops. 

          Artwork at the East Side Gallery by artist Schamil Gimajew titled Worlds People

You'll notice when walking down this street that there are large pink pipes weaving over and across the road. 

A somewhat unusual highlight, splashing Berlin with pops of colour, these pipes are there to drain water away from construction sites into the River Spree.

The traffic light icons are unique to Germany. They feature Ampelmännchen (Ampelmann), the pedestrian crossing man who can be found on souvenirs throughout the city. 

Known as a symbol of East German culture that was kept after the reunification of Berlin. Prior to this, East and West Germany had different pedestrian traffic light symbols.  

Further down towards The Wall Museum you see Oberbaum Bridge, a double-decker bridge that was featured in Run Lola Run. 

Connecting the Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg districts with a subway on top and a road on the bottom, the red brick turrets of medieval-style design juxtapose against the bright yellow buses passing by and industrial buildings on either side. 

Making our way towards Kreuzberg, known for its street art, thrift shops and restaurants, we had dinner at Kumpel & Keule Speisewirtschaft, a restaurant that prides itself on a nose-to-tail cuisine and generation of young butchers. 

Their staff job titles include Vegetable Styler, Goddess of Barbeque and Sausage Consultant and they also have a meat stall within the Markthalle Neun, an indoor food market.

 Google Maps took us to the stall, so make sure you've got the address for the restaurant rather than the market if you're after a sit-down dinner. 

On our way home through Kreuzberg, the area was buzzing with people getting late-night ice cream and wandering through the streets. 

Our last taste of artistic Berlin was a church, lit up with colourful art projections. 

And with that my friends, we closed off our last evening in Berlin, until next time. 

The need to know

Getting Around

Many of the landmarks are relatively near to each other and walking gives you time to soak up the atmosphere however, walking around all day I appreciate won't suit or be convenient for everyone. Good news then, that Berlin has great railway connections, a subway, many bus stops and an abundance of taxis throughout the city. Taxis can be booked via apps like Uber and Lyft or directly through the hotel. You can also find a list of numbers for licensed taxi's on the official Berlin website (click here). 

Cycle lanes appeared adequate and there were bikes and scooters for hire peppered around the city. Car hire is possible but as with many busy cities throughout the world, parking is difficult and driving often takes longer than alternative transport options. Note that in Germany, driving is on the right-hand side. 

For navigation, Google Maps and CityMapper both worked well. Download the area you're visiting on Google Maps so you've got it to hand even if you have no data/WiFi.


German is the official language however, the majority of people we encountered in the service industry could speak very good English. Our German is limited but people seemed to appreciate it when we tried to communicate in the native language, even just a 'please' and 'thank you' goes a long way



Plug Sockets

 Germany has a supply voltage of  230V and 50Hz, using outlets types C and F with two round prongs.

Have you been to Berlin? Is it on your list of places to visit? Let me know in the comments, I'd love to hear from you if you found this itinerary helpful. Thank you for reading, I appreciate it!

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