Things to do in Berlin 2020
All the must-see sights and experiences in the German capital city of Berlin, plus your event guide for the year.
As Germany's biggest city, Berlin is filled with a wide range of sightseeing opportunities and activities.
The city has World Heritage sites, powerhouse museums and a buzzing nightlife, and in one day you can come into contact with everything from ancient Egyptian artefacts to 21st-century techno music.
1. Explore a variety of museums
Get to know Berlin by doing a museum tour. Museum Island in Berlin has five museums: The Pergamon Museum, The Body Museum, The New Museum, The Old Museum and The Old National Gallery. Visiting all five spots will give you great insight into ancient Greek and Roman culture, as well as art throughout the years.
2. See Berlin on bike
Discover Berlin with a bike tour around the city. Cycle to the Berlin Wall sites and hear stories about people's escape attempts, then follow the tracks of history, stopping at the Berlin Wall Memorial and the Stasi Records Agency. Alternatively, take a food tour by bike through the city and try out food at Berlin's best restaurants and cafes, while learning about the city's history and past along the way.
3. Learn about the history of Berlin
Board a coach and travel to the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial for a touching and unforgettable day. See where prisoners worked, explore barracks and visit the pathology lab that was used for medical experiments, autopsies and executions. Hear stories about the first concentration camp that was built from the ground up and grasp confronting knowledge about the happenings of the prisoners during their daily lives.
- Wallet-friendly option: Sachsenhausen Concentration Memorial Camp Half-Day Tour from Berlin
- The ultimate experience: Sachsenhausen Small Group Bus Tour
4. Roam around the East Side Gallery
The East Side Gallery is a 1.3-kilometre portion of the Berlin Wall that has been turned into one of the longest open-air galleries in the world. 118 artists from 21 counties contributed to the artwork on the wall. You can take a tour past the gallery to learn more about the works of art. A guide will offer insight and perspective on each of the paintings, from the iconic Fraternal Kiss to Birgit Kinder's Trabant car that's pictured bursting through the wall.
5. Eat your way through Berlin
We hope you like German food, because you're in for a treat with a food tour in Berlin. Sample locally sourced and produced mustard, honey, sauces and alcohol with a Berlin Food Crawl. A three-hour food tour will take you around to seven different culinary hubs including the best kebab shop in Berlin. Plus you can sample traditional German meat and cheese in a pub and try authentic German sweets at a boutique bakery.
6. Party through Berlin's nightlife
Berlin isn't a city of early nights. There are no official closing times in the German capital, so bars and clubs stay open as long as you can stay awake. Berlin's club scene is diverse and you'll find a variety of classy cocktail bars, live music venues and techno clubs – the music that the city is most famous for. If you don't know where to start, join an organised bar crawl around the city. You'll be taken to the best venues around the city and meet new friends along the way.
7. Discover Berlin from new heights
See striking panoramic views of the city from 200 metres in the air at Berlin's TV Tower. From the tallest tower in Germany, you'll be able to spot iconic locations including Berlin's Central Station, the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate and more.
- Wallet-friendly option: TV Tower Fast View Ticket
- The ultimate experience: TV Tower Fast View and Window Seat Restaurant Ticket
8. Set sail on a Berlin river cruise
The rivers Havel and Spree wind their way through Berlin. Get a different perspective of the city by taking a cruise along one or both of them. Sail along the Havel to Potsdam and tick off some UNESCO World Heritage sites as you view parks and palaces along the way. If you have a lot of places to tick off your to-do list but very little time to do it, take a river cruise past the German Parliament Building, the Government Quarter, Berlin Cathedral and Museum Island.
- Wallet-friendly option: One-Hour City Tour by Boat with Guaranteed Seating
- The ultimate experience: 1.5-Hour Boat Cruise Along the River Spree
9. Laugh your way through the streets of Berlin with a comedy show
Enjoy a one-of-a-kind experience with a comedy bus tour. Hear a combination of historical anecdotes, stories and gags while you make your way around the city and spot attractions like the Brandenburg Gate, Museum Island and Unter del Linden. You'll be able to amp up your knowledge of Berlin during this unique tour that mixes humour and history.
Things to do in Berlin in summer
- Pyronale fireworks competition
- Citadel Music Festival
- International Berlin Beer Festival
Things to do in Berlin in winter
- Berlinale (Berlin International Film Festival)
- Transmediale festival
Things to do in Berlin in autumn
- Berlin Marathon
- Berlin Art Week
- Jazz Fest Berlin
Things to do in Berlin in spring
- German Open
- Berlin Graphic Days
- International Museum Day
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