Are you planning to visit Berlin in this year? Are you confused as to how many days you should spend in Berlin? If your answer is yes to both the questions, keep on reading this complete guide on how to spend ’48 hours in Berlin’; that’s two days and here I am covering some of the best places to see in Berlin along with the places you want to go to have some delicious dishes!
First things first, let us start with an introduction to Berlin. Berlin is the cultural capital of Germany and it is surrounded by the beautiful River Spree. The city was modernized keeping the old architecture after the Cold War, and there are so many things for you to see here. It is a city with endless wonders with amazing architecture, thousands of art galleries & museums, not to mention the thriving night life. So, how can you spend 48 hours in Berlin?
You can begin the Berlin tour with a visit to Savignyplatz Place Square in Charlottenburg. Start the day by enjoying a traditional German breakfast at Chalottenburg’s Café-Restaurant Wintergarten. Strolling on the paths around Savignyplatz is the best thing to do after breakfast, and you can explore the independent galleries and boutiques. Peep into Paper & Tea, a light and airy store that blends with traditional Japanese designs and sells a large selection of excellent quality, hand-picked tea from all over the world. Stop at the Aera Bread at FasanenstraBe 74, where you are treated with local coffee and sesame-miso biscuits.
The afternoon hours can be spent with a visit to the most glamourous UNESCO world heritage site in Berlin, the Museum Island. It is called the Museum Island because it is a collection of five museums! You will have to pay a small fee at the entrance but it’s totally worth it.
Each museum carries you back in time, and you can wander in the art galleries looking for artifacts and sculptures. The Bode museum displays Byzantine art and sculpture. The Neues Museum shines for its ancient Egyptian art collection. Middle Easter artifacts together with the Islamic art collection are preserved inside the Pergamon Museum. The Atles Museum hangs a wide range of ancient artifacts belonging to Etruscan eras, Greek and Roman cultures. The eye-catching Romantic, Neoclassical and early modernist artworks are on display in Alte Nationalgalerie. Hours will pass by and the time you are finished with the museums; you will have a need to taste some nice dishes!
For a meat-based menu head towards Mogg restaurant, while plant-based meal is well served at Zero waste restaurant. After that you can head towards the Brandenburg Gate which is a symbol of unity and peace in Berlin. The picturesque plot with alluring architecture makes it the perfect spot for taking some photographs.
The evening will be lovely in the Weinbergs park, where you will be offered with a quiet relaxation after midday strolling around Berlin. Spend here only for a few minutes! Then you can visit the Tempelhofer Feld to chase the sunset and maybe to jog, skate or to fly a kite even. It has been a parade ground, an airport until 2010, then it was reopened as a public park. Finish the day with an enjoyable walk up to Carl-Herz-Ufer and end the day with a Das Hotel’s candlelight cocktail.
Kreuzberg Café Annelies will serve you a French toast breakfast to soak up your imbibing last night. Friedrichshain should be your first travel destination of day 2 of your 48 hours in Berlin, where you will witness the colossal architecture of Karl-Marx-Allee. East Side Gallery is the landmark of Friedrichshain because it is the largest open-air mural collection in the world. After exploring the art galleries, spend your afternoon hours at the Flea Market on Boxhagener Platz buying goods and souvenirs. Everything from books, fashion, furniture to household equipment. It is in a walking distance from Karl-Marx-Allee. Head to the Thai Park to enjoy a nice lunch, don’t worry it is not just a park but a cook and an eat kind of park!
After the lunch you can visit the Jewish Museum designed by Daniel Libeskind. It represents the darkest and happiest moments of Jewish culture through temporary and permanent exhibitions. It’s close to the dusk but there are so many attractions to be seen; Quickly head to the Holocaust Memorial which is a monument built to commemorate the Jews of Europe. A Berlin Tour is incomplete if you skip the Holocaust Memorial. You can also visit the Checkpoint Charlie & Potzdamer Platz in the evening for customary photos. The former crossing point between East and West Berlin.
Also, don’t forget to treat yourself with an aromatherapy or a hot stone massage at Liquidrom before you head home back from Berlin. It is not only a spa but a public bathing area with an outdoor pool and a floating-pool. Its infusion sauna, Himalayan salt sauna and Kelo Herbal sauna are good to refresh your whole body before the departure.
After the mind and body soothing spa experience, you can have your dinner a bit early at the Syrian Restaurant Malakeh. Some of the dishes here are entirely new recipes from its chef but they are sure to give you a mouthwatering feeling even before you taste it.
Now, dinner is done early and it is the time to get yourself in a party vibe in one of the nightclubs in Belin. The Chic Victoria Bar in Berlin is a great place to have a clubbing experience, and even locals get packed here to get the night of their lives. It will offer you happy hours with a cocktail on behalf of celebrating your winding down of 48 hours in Berlin!
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Chris is a Number cruncher by work day, seeker of new experiences by weekend – always looking to spend 48 hours somewhere! Seen 4 continents, 26 countries and 100’s of city’s hoping to add a few more each year.