Must-see attractions in Berlin

  • Bauhaus Archiv, Museum

    Bauhaus Archiv

    Berlin

    Founded in 1919, the Bauhaus was a seminal school of avant-garde architecture, design and art that was shut down by the Nazis in Berlin in 1933. The…

  • Schloss Schönhausen

    Berlin

    Surrounded by a lovely park, this palace packs a lot of German history into its pint-sized frame. Originally a country estate of Prussian nobles, in 1740…

  • Sowjetisches Ehrenmal Treptow

    Berlin

    At the heart of Treptower Park, the gargantuan Soviet War Memorial (1949) looms above the graves of 5000 Soviet soldiers killed in the Battle of Berlin, a…

  • Käthe-Kollwitz-Museum

    City West & Charlottenburg

    Käthe Kollwitz (1867–1945) was a famous early-20th-century artist whose social and political awareness lent a tortured power to her lithographs, graphics,…

  • Oberbaumbrücke

    Friedrichshain

    With its jaunty towers and turrets, crenellated walls and arched walkways, the Oberbaumbrücke (1896) gets our nod for being Berlin’s prettiest bridge…

  • Berliner Medizinhistorisches Museum

    Berlin

    This Charité Hospital–run museum chronicles 300 years of medical history in an anatomical theatre, a pathologist's dissection room, a laboratory and a…

  • Stasimuseum

    Berlin

    The Stasi was East Germany's secret police who put millions of citizens under surveillance in order to oppress internal opposition. This exhibit in the…

  • Tierpark Berlin

    Berlin

    With lovely landscaping and around 9000 critters, this zoo in the eastern district of Lichtenberg is a guaranteed hit with tots. Perennial crowd-pleasers…

  • Siegessäule

    Berlin

    Like arms of a starfish, five roads merge into the Grosser Stern roundabout at the heart of the huge Tiergarten park. The Victory Column at its centre…

  • Berliner Philharmonie

    Berlin

    A masterpiece of organic architecture, Hans Scharoun's 1963 iconic, honey-coloured concert venue is the home base of the prestigious Berliner…

  • Computerspielemuseum

    Friedrichshain

    No matter if you grew up with Nimrod, Pac-Man, World of Warcraft or no games at all, this well-curated museum takes you on a fascinating trip down…

  • Dorotheenstädtischer Friedhof I

    Berlin

    This compact 18th-century cemetery is the place of perpetual slumber for a veritable roll-call of famous Germans, including the philosophers Hegel and…

  • Volkspark Humboldthain

    Berlin

    Berlin’s second public park has offered a nature retreat to city dwellers since 1866, but it considerably changed its look after WWII when two of its…

  • Prinzessinnengärten

    Kreuzberg

    Berlin's pioneering urban gardening project began in 2009 on this site on Moritzplatz, which had been abandoned for over 60 years. The nonprofit group…

  • Musikinstrumenten-Museum

    Berlin

    This darling museum is packed with fun, precious and rare sound machines, including the glass harmonica invented by Ben Franklin, a flute played by…

  • Haus Schwarzenberg

    Berlin

    Haus Schwarzenberg is the last holdout in the heavily gentrified area around the Hackescher Markt. Run by a nonprofit organisation, it's an unpretentious…

  • Heckmann-Höfe

    Berlin

    For a retreat from the urban frenzy, skip on over to this idyllic 19th-century courtyard complex linking Oranienburger Strasse with Auguststrasse. Aside…

  • me Collectors Room

    Berlin

    Founded by private art collector Thomas Olbricht, this modern, non-elitist space presents curated highlights from his own collection and also serves as a…

  • KW Institute for Contemporary Art

    Berlin

    Founded in the early 1990s in an old margarine factory, nonprofit KW played a key role in turning the Scheunenviertel into Berlin’s first major post-Wall…

  • Jüdische Mädchenschule

    Berlin

    This 1920s former Jewish girls' school, which was forcibly closed by the Nazis in 1942, was injected with new life as a cultural and culinary hub in 2012…

  • Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand

    Berlin

    This memorial exhibit on German Nazi resistance occupies the very rooms where high-ranking officers led by Claus Schenk Graf von Stauffenberg plotted the…

  • Museum in der Kulturbrauerei

    Prenzlauer Berg

    Original documents, historical footage and objects (including a camper-style Trabi car) bring daily life under socialism in East Germany to life in this…

  • Kupferstichkabinett

    Berlin

    One of the world’s largest and finest collections of art on paper, this gallery shelters a bonanza of hand-illustrated books, illuminated manuscripts,…

  • Kulturhaus Insel Berlin

    Berlin

    A mock medieval castle on an island in the Spree houses this former Cold War–era youth club turned cultural centre. It's especially popular in summer when…

  • Olympiastadion

    Berlin

    Built for the 1936 Olympic Games, Berlin’s coliseum-style Olympiastadion was completely revamped for the 2006 FIFA World Cup and now sports a spidery oval…

  • Legoland Discovery Centre

    Berlin

    Geared towards the primary school set, this cute indoor amusement park counts a 4D cinema, a Lego space station and a slow-mo ride through the Dragon…

  • Bergmannkiez

    Kreuzberg

    The Bergmannkiez in western Kreuzberg is one of Berlin’s most charismatic neighbourhoods, thanks to beautifully restored 19th-century houses and a bevy of…

  • RAW Gelände

    Friedrichshain

    This jumble of derelict buildings is one of the last subcultural compounds in central Berlin. Founded in 1867 as a train repair station ('Reichsbahn…

  • Körnerpark

    Berlin

    This sunken neobaroque century-old garden comes with a secret: strolling past the flower beds and cascading fountain, you are actually standing in a…

  • Holzmarkt

    Friedrichshain

    The Holzmarkt urban village on the Spree is a perpetually evolving cultural open playground – and a nose-thumbing at the luxury lofts, hotels and office…

  • Spreepark

    Berlin

    A slice of nostalgia for many East Berliners, this 1969 amusement park closed in 2001, leaving the rides and carousels to the elements and imbuing the…

  • Urban Spree

    Friedrichshain

    Comprising a gallery, a bookshop, artist studios, a concert room and a beer garden, this grassroots urban art hub is a top stop in the RAW Gelände…

  • Monsterkabinett

    Berlin

    If you want to meet 'Püppi' the techno-loving go-go dancer or 'Orangina' the twirling six-legged doll, you need to descend a steep spiral staircase for a…

  • Kurfürstendamm

    City West & Charlottenburg

    The 3.5km Kurfürstendamm is a ribbon of commerce that began as a bridle path to the royal hunting lodge in the Grunewald forest. In the early 1870s, Otto…

  • Dong Xuan Center

    Berlin

    This sprawling cluster of industrial halls repurposed from a Cold War–era factory for carbon products is today the cultural, culinary and commercial hub…

  • Boxhagener Platz

    Friedrichshain

    The heart of Friedrichshain, 'Boxi' is a lovely, leafy square with benches and a playground. It's framed by restored 19th-century buildings harbouring…

  • Science Center Spectrum

    Kreuzberg

    Why is the sky blue? Can you see heat? Any why does a plane stay up in the sky? Kids (and grown-ups!) can find the answers to these and other timeless…

  • Preussische Spirituosen Manufaktur

    Berlin

    This historic factory has made premium spirits and liqueurs since 1874 and even counted German Kaiser Wilhelm I among its customers. All is produced by…

  • Story of Berlin

    City West & Charlottenburg

    This engaging museum breaks 800 years of Berlin history into bite-size chunks that are easy to swallow but substantial enough to be satisfying. Each room…

  • Berlinische Galerie

    Kreuzberg

    This gallery in a converted glass warehouse is a superb spot for taking stock of Berlin’s art scene since 1870. Temporary exhibits occupy the ground floor…

More destinations you need to see