List of the Top Must-See Attractions in Berlin. You only have a few days in Germany’s capital; you’ll have to formulate a strategy. The city’s history spans the better part of a millennium, so unless you plan to move there, you’ll likely only scratch the surface of what Berlin has to offer. Whether you’re intimately familiar with the city or are planning your first trip there, here’s a definitive list of things to do in and near Berlin.
If you’re most interested in World War II and Cold War history, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, Checkpoint Charlie, the Berlin Wall ruins, the Holocaust Memorial, and Olympic Stadium will be among the must-see attractions in Berlin. While the remains of the Berlin wall are scarce, it’s still possible to get a good sense of how East and West Berlin operated during the Cold War, and to observe the current contrast between two ends of the same city.
As one of the centers of power throughout the history of Europe, Berlin can boast some of the greatest architecture and art in the West. Museumsinsel (Museum Island) is a convenient collection of five world-class museums in one walkable neighborhood. Brandenburg Gate and Siegessaule are two iconic monuments to the city, and are also must-sees. Some of the other can’t-miss sites in Berlin to wander through include Charlottenburg (home of Charlottenburg Palace, dating back to the 1600s); Gendarmenmarkt, a 18th-century city square boasting two cathedrals and a concert hall; and Unter den Linden (the Boulevard of Trees) in the Mitte district.
Finally, with Potsdam and Hamburg within a few hours of Berlin, you'll want to visit the sites that make these two cities some of the most treasured in all of Western Europe. Studio Babelsberg is one of the largest, oldest functioning film studios in the world, and it also hosts film-themes rides for the kids. So the first or next time you visit, take this list of the most important things to see in Berlin.