Berlin is a city where there’s a lot to explore and discover, because of its heavy history and amazing architecture all around the city. Only staying a few days? Make sure to visit the following 11 must-sees and hotspots!

- Brandenburg Gate
First things first, when you pay a visit to the city of Berlin, do NOT forget to visit the Brandenburg Gate (or Brandenburger Tor). It’s definitely one of the most outstanding symbols of Berlin. The site has a rich history concerning the Berlin Wall, but nowadays one of the biggest NYE parties in Europe is held at the Brandenburg Gate.

- The Holocaust Memorial
Close to the Brandenburg Gate is the Holocaust Memorial. It’s a very powerful memorial consisting of 2,711 concrete slabs, arranged in a pattern where one is bigger or higher than the other. Right under the memorial, you can find more information about the victims of the Holocaust.

- East Side Gallery
The East Side Gallery is a 1.3 kilometers long section of the Berlin Wall that features many great artworks. It’s the longest, still remaining section of the Berlin Wall. After the wall fell in 1989, lots of artists were allowed to paint this section of the wall. Some artworks have a political message; some have messages of love and peace.

- Checkpoint Charlie
This was the best-known Berlin Wall crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War. Nowadays it’s a very popular attraction to tourists. The checkpoint itself may be a little bit too touristic, what’s most impressive is definitely the exposition behind Checkpoint Charlie where you can really get the feeling of how it was to live in (East) Berlin during the Cold War.

- Oberbaumbrücke
If you’re already blown away by all the artworks on the East Side Gallery, definitely pay a visit to the Oberbaumbrücke as well (which is close by). Around the bridge and on the bridge itself many other great artworks can be found!

- Museum Island and Berlin Cathedral
You wouldn’t say there’s an island in Berlin, but in fact there is! Located on the island are five world-renowned museums (the Pergamonmuseum, the Bode-Museum, the Neus Museum, the Alte Nationalgalerie and the Altes Museum) and the Berlin Cathedral, one of the most popular attractions in the city. The island is also a UNESCO World Heritage site.

- Hackescher Markt
In the district of Mitte there’s a large square, the Hackescher Markt. Here you can find many shops, cafes and restaurants and especially at night it gets very cozy here. In the Hackesche Höfe, which is nearby, you can find even more small shops and cafes. It’s kind of like an intricate network of cute, little courtyards where you can easily get lost (in a nice way, though). 

- Kurfürstendamm
Want to go shopping for a day? Check out the Kurfürstendamm, where you can find some of the most exclusive luxury shops (let’s call it window-shopping here instead, shall we?) next to many mainstream shops like Urban Outfitters and & Other Stories. Don’t forget to visit KaDeWe as well, which is Europe’s largest department store and the shopping paradise of West Berlin!

- Charlottenburg Palace
The Charlottenburg Palace is a baroque palace built in the 18th Century and is located in… Charlottenburg! The garden behind it, which is one of the most beautiful gardens in the city, is a very nice place to relax and soak in the sun on a sunny day.

- Berlin’s rooftop bars
Berlin is well known for its famous (underground) clubs, but if you don’t like that, there are many rooftop bars to spend a night at with friends. Two great rooftop bars are the Monkey Bar, with a view over the Berlin Zoo, and Solar Berlin, with a beautiful view over the city of Berlin.

- Tiergarten
Where New York has Central Park and London has Hyde Park, Berlin has Tiergarten. It’s a large park in the center of the city, with lots of gardens and small lakes. Both locals and tourists like spending the day here, doing sports, reading a book, picnicking or just relaxing. On the west side of the park there’s a Biergarten where you can enjoy a beer and a pretzel.

Have you been to Berlin? What must-sees and hotspots would you recommend?

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