Berlin in three days. After our day 1 Berlin Itinerary took us around Mitte and Alexanderplatz our day 2 Berlin suggestions will have a more serious aspect as we include some of the fascinating yet tragic and moving history of Berlin.
Your day will begin at the Schlossbrücke (Castle Bridge) designed by the famous German architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel. From here you can walk down the Unter den Linden , named ´under the lime trees´ and one of Berlin most well-known streets, until you get to a large public square where you can see the National Opera house the Staatsoper and the Humbold University. The Bebelplatz was the location of the infamous book burning by the Nazis in 1933 and has a monument there today designed by Micha Ullman.
After looking around Beleblpatz take a shortish walk of less than five minutes to Gendarmenmarktto see Berlin´s most impressive public square where you will be surrounded by fine architectural examples of German and French cathedrals (Deutscher und Französischer Dom) and Schinkel´s Konzerthaus (concert hall).
Tip: Take a coffee at Café Konzerthaus and you will have a wonderful and memorable view of the square.
Having spent time looking around the Gendarmenmarkt you should walk down Friedrichstrasse, one of central Berlin´s main shopping street as you head towards Unter den Linden again which will lead you nicely to take in the iconic Bradenburger Gate and the Reichstag.
11.30 Holocaust memorial
The powerful and moving Holocaust memorial is next on the itinerary. The striking and emotive memorial is to honour the murdered Jews in Europe. Walk around the Peter Eisenman´s conceptual design and there is also a subterranean information centre under the memorial with history about Jewish people who suffered at the hand of the Nazis and also about the design and construction of the memorial .
13.30pm Potsdamer Platz
Once a desolate, barren wasteland, Potsdamer Platz has been transformed into the commercial centre of Berlin. Here you can see the Sony Centre designed by Helmut Jahn, which looks particularly striking illuminated at night and also the Kollhoff Tower.
Lunch at: If you are looking to grab some lunch the Sony Centre should provide you with a number of dining options.
Topographie des Terrors
After lunch walk along Stresemannstraße and then Zimmerstraße, pass Martin Gropius Bau and you will reach the Topographie des Terrors . Once the location for much of the coordination of Nazi terror, including the headquarters of the Gestapo and the SS, it now documents that dark and chilling past with a substantial and well curated exhibition. You can look around the grounds to see remains of the old buildings. Nearby you can also see an original remaining piece of the Berlin Wall.
Tip: Bear in mind that the outside area is only open until around 8pm.
17.00 Checkpoint Charlie
From here you should walk down Zimmerstrasse until you reach Checkpoint Charlie. There are a series of excellent story boards here that highlight the fascinating history of this previously small dividing area. From the importance it played in the daily lives of Berliners to the huge symbolic part in international relations between the east and west.
After about now you are probably ready for a well- deserved drink and may even be thinking of a bite to eat so why not take the M29 bus at Kochstraße and get off at Oranienplatz – now you are at one of the most lively streets in Kreuzberg with bars, restaurants etc
19:00 – Evening options
If you’re in the mood for some tapas then hit Sol Y Sombra (Oranienplatz 5) or alternatively Yellow Sunshine (Wiener Strasse 19) for vegetarian options including delicious burgers. For drinks afterwards, try the Würgeengel Bar (122 Dresdener Strasse). Inspired by the 1926 Brunel room of the same name, it’s full of old-fashioned décor and a particularly glam ambience.