24 hours in Berlin

When it comes to history and hospitality, few cities can compete with the German capital. Here’s how to make the most of a day there…

Symbol of unity

Built in the 1960s, it’s now just over 25 years since the fall of the Berlin Wall. This mighty, city-separating barricade used to cut in front of the iconic Brandenburg Gate but the 18th century neoclassical arch is now a symbol of a united city. From the gate, follow the wide, tree-lined boulevard of Unter den Linden. The elegant palaces and grand State Opera House won’t fail to impress. The same goes for Museum Island, a cluster of world-class museums on the River Spree.

Attend parliament

Visit the west of the city to admire the historic Reichstag. The building has survived numerous bombings, and is now topped by a resplendent Norman Foster-designed glass dome.

Alexanderplatz

Wander across the wide pedestrianised square of Alexanderplatz, which has, through the centuries, been a cattle market, parade ground, socialist showpiece and mass-protest hub. Be sure to make a beeline for the panoramic floor of the 1,207ft TV Tower for the best views over the city.

Checkpoint Charlie

Checkpoint Charlie was the most infamous border post during the Cold War. You can view this – only a reconstructed hut remains – and visit the Checkpoint Charlie Museum, which details the many escape attempts made during the city’s division. Another site certain to move visitors is the nearby Jewish Museum whose spectacular building, and the stories told inside, are sure to leave a lasting impression. 

Relax in the garden

The 520-acre Tiergarten is Berlin’s biggest park. It’s a delight to amble amid its graceful avenues, formal lawns, pools, meadows and flowerbeds – the blooming rhododendrons are particularly spectacular. You can stop for refreshments at the lakeside café, where you can relax with a coffee and watch the world go by.

Raise a glass

You won’t go thirsty in Berlin. The city has one of the liveliest social scenes in Europe, and whether you want a stein of beer in a traditional brew pub, a cool cocktail at a riverside ‘beach’ bar or a glass of crisp German white in a cosy tavern, you can find it here. There’s nothing quite like discovering a lively little spot down a side street and raising a glass to this fine city.

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