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2 Days in Berlin – What You Need to See & Do in 48 HoursDo you fancy an awesome weekend getaway? Why not spend 2 days in Berlin, the vibrant and bustling capital city that needs to be part of every Germany itinerary! Of course, it's impossible to visit all the interesting museums, historic sites, and awesome bars in such a short time. Nevertheless, even in 48 hours, you can see and do a lot while still having a fun time. To guarantee you an unforgettable trip, I put together this 2-day itinerary that guarantees you the best two days in Berlin! (This post contains affiliate links, which means I receive a certain percentage of a sale if you purchase after clicking.)TIP: Before you go to Berlin, don’t forget your travel insurance to cover non-refundable travel expenses. I use the simple and flexible one from World Nomads to be protected against unforeseen events.Day 1The first day of this itinerary is all about visiting the most important and historical sites of Berlin. The best place to start is the city's most iconic sight: The Brandenburg Gate. Brandenburg GateOnce a symbol for the division of Germany, this monument should now symbolize unity and peace. If you want to enjoy the monument without all the tourist masses in front of it, I highly recommend you to go there early in the morning. I arrived there at around 8 am and there was barely anyone around as you can see in the photos above. For more information about the Brandenburg Gate and the 'Pariser Platz' square, check out the official website of Visit Berlin. Memorial to the Murdered Jews of EuropeThe next place to visit during your 2 days in Berlin is the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe, also called the Holocaust Memorial. This sad memorial to all the Jewish victims during WWII was finished in 2004 and is only a short 5-minute walk from the Brandenburg Gate.It's probably very different from all the other memorials you've seen before. Unlike the usual statues, this memorial is a 19,000 square-meter site with more than 2,700 concrete slabs. They're arranged in a grid pattern and it's possible to walk among them. When I was there, I saw people running around and playing hide and seek between the slabs. In my opinion, this is not how you're supposed to behave at a place like this. Keep in mind it's a memorial of a very tragic happening so please be respectful. Reichstag BuildingAfter you spent some time at the memorial, make your way to the Reichstag Building. This historic building houses the German parliament and is mostly known for its unique glass cupola which is right above the debating chamber. It's possible to visit this architectural masterpiece from the inside but only by prior registration. You can do the online registration HERE.Inside the dome, there are two large steel ramps formed as a double helix enabling people to walk up to the top of the cupola. If you want to know more about the building's history you can join a guided tour there as well. After visiting the Reichstag building, it's probably lunch-time already. There are many places nearby where you can grab something to eat.Charlottenburg PalaceAfter an ample and satisfying brunch, it's time to head to the first sightseeing stop of the day: Charlottenburg Palace. This large palace complex was built in the 17th century and was once the home of the Prussian queen Sophie Charlotte of Hanover. Today, the many luxurious and wonderfully decorated rooms are open to visitors. You can admire some last remainings of the impressive crown jewels or have a look at fine porcelain in the Porcelain Cabinet.The palace is surrounded by a lush and wide garden park covering 55 hectares. Therefore it's the perfect place to take an extensive walk, have a picnic or take a short nap in the sun. In the park, you can also find a temple-like mausoleum where royals such as Kaiser Wilhelm I and his wife are buried. Kurfürstendamm & Kaufhaus des WestensLeave Charlottenburg Palace and take the metro to Kurfürstendamm - one of the most famous avenues in the city. What Champs-Élysées is in Paris, is Kurfürstendamm in Berlin.Besides all the renowned fashion designer shops you can find splendid houses, 5-star hotels and a lot of high-class restaurants there. If you fancy an expensive pair of designer sunglasses or the newest Louis Vuitton bag, Kurfürstendamm is your place to be.Even if you're not into shopping, it's interesting to see where the rich and famous hang around. You should also plan a stop at Europe's second-largest department store, the Kaufhaus des Westens (KaDeWe).With a selling space of more than 60,000 square meters, it guarantees a once-in-a-lifetime shopping experience. If you've done enough shopping, grab something to eat in one of the restaurants there. Don't worry, there are enough affordable ones too. Afterward, it's time to move on to the next point on this itinerary for 2 days in Berlin: The East Side Gallery. East Side GalleryThis open-air gallery was founded in 1990, shortly after the fall of the Berlin wall. Ever since then it's been admired and enjoyed by people coming from all over the world. With a length of more than 1,3000 meters, it's the longest open-air gallery worldwide. You've probably seen some of its wall paintings in photos already. Undoubtedly, one of the East Side Gallery's most famous artwork is the mural 'Fraternal Kiss' showing two men kissing during the Cold War.There are countless other creative paintings to admire so take your time and walk along the wall to make sure you don't miss the best ones! Close to the East Side Gallery, you can find another historically important place called 'Checkpoint Charlie'. It was the former crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin and thus worth a short visit as well. Rooftop Bar 'G&T' Hotel ZOE (optional)Is there a better way to end an amazing 2 days in Berlin than with another visit to a rooftop bar? I don't think so.This time, check out the G&T bar at Hotel ZOE. It's a bit smaller than the bar at the Hotel De Rome but stylish with a great view of the TV tower.The name G&T means 'Gin and Tonic' and it couldn't be more fitting because there are over 10 different types of gin on their card. If you're not a fan of gin and tonic, you can choose between a variety of other drinks such as beer, wine, long drinks and more. So cheers to an amazing and hopefully unforgettable trip!Like it? Pin it!
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