Berlin in detail

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Pergamonmuseum A treasure trove of monumental architecture from ancient civilisations.

Neues Museum Pay your respects to Queen Nefertiti, star of the Egyptian collection, then explore other priceless artefacts from ancient Troy and elsewhere.

Jüdisches Museum Comprehensive exhibits going beyond the Holocaust, tracing the rich history of Jews in Germany.

Museum für Naturkunde Meet giant dinos in Berlin's own 'Jurassic Park', then learn about the universe, evolution and even the anatomy of a housefly.

Deutsches Technikmuseum Plenty of planes, trains, boats and automobiles, plus the world's first computer and other techno gems.


Berghain/Panorama Bar Big, bad Berghain is still Berlin's premier dancing den of iniquity.

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Ritter Butzke Labyrinthine party house for extended electro-house dance-a-thons.

Clärchens Ballhaus Salsa, tango, ballroom, disco and swing's the thing in this campy retro ballroom.

KitKatClub Hedonistic pleasure pit for sexually curious (or adventurous) party animals.

Anomalie Art Club Wondrous playground with two art-filled tech-house floors, projection mapping, beer garden, vegan restaurant and arty vibe.


Fernsehturm Check off the landmarks from the needle-like Fernsehturm (TV Tower), Germany's tallest building.

Reichstag Dome Book ahead for the lift to the landmark glass dome atop German's historic parliament building.

Panoramapunkt Catch Europe's fastest lift at Potsdamer Platz for top views of the city centre.

Berliner Dom Climb into Berlin's largest church dome for gobsmacking views of Museum Island and the Humboldt Forum construction site.

Park Inn Panorama Terrasse Eyeball the Fernsehturm on this open-air rooftop lounge atop the Park Inn Hotel.

Weltballon Berlin Soar above Berlin in this tethered hot-air balloon near Checkpoint Charlie.

Cold War History

Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer Find out all you ever wanted to know about the Berlin Wall in a 1.4km long indoor-outdoor exhibit.

Stasimuseum Learn about the machinations of East Germany's secret police in its historic headquarters.

Stasi Prison Take a tour for a behind-the-scenes look at East Berlin's most notorious prison.

East Side Gallery Wander along the longest remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall, now a street-art canvas.

Tränenpalast Connect with the emotional impact of the Berlin Wall at this 'Palace of Tears' border-crossing pavilion.

WWII Sites

Topographie des Terrors Peels away the layers of brutality of the Nazi regime on the site of the SS and Gestapo command centres.

Holocaust Memorial This haunting site is Germany's central memorial to the Nazi-orchestrated genocide of European Jews.

Sachsenhausen A visit to one of Nazi Germany's first concentration camps, in Oranienburg just north of Berlin, will leave no one untouched.

Gedenkstätte Deutscher Widerstand Tells the stories of the brave German Nazi resistance, including Stauffenberg's failed 'Operation Valkyrie'.

Haus der Wannsee-Konferenz Get shivers while standing in the very room where Nazi leaders discussed the 'Final Solution'.

Modern Architecture

Jüdisches Museum Daniel Libeskind's astonishing zigzag-shaped architectural metaphor for Jewish history in Germany.

Neues Museum David Chipperfield's reconstructed New Museum ingeniously blends old and new into something bold and beautiful.

Sony Center Helmut Jahn's svelte glass-and-steel complex is the most striking piece of architecture on Potsdamer Platz.

IM Pei Bau Relentlessly geometrical, glass-spiral-fronted museum annexe by the 'Mandarin of Modernism', after whom it is named.

'Berlin Brain' Reichstag Dome architect Norman Foster also dreamed up the curvaceous, egg-shaped Philology Library of the Free University.

Quirky Experiences

Badeschiff Cool off in summer in this river barge turned swimming pool with attached beach club.

Silent Green Kulturquartier Take in a concert, movie or have a bite to eat in this crematorium turned culture hub.

Museum der Unerhörten Dinge Examine the way you look at museums in this mind-bending exhibit of curiosities.

Roses The wildest, wackiest and campiest bar in Kreuzberg (hint: pink fur on the walls).

Monster Ronson's Ichiban Karaoke Loosen your throat and your inhibitions to hang with the crowd.

Monsterkabinett Descend into a dark and bizarre underworld inhabited by a small army of endearingly spooky mechanical monsters.

Art Collections

Gemäldegalerie An Aladdin's cave of Old Masters has heads turning in its expansive Kulturforum space.

Sammlung Boros World-class private collection of contemporary art in a WWII bunker.

Hamburger Bahnhof Sweeping survey of post-1950 global art in a spectacularly converted train station.

Museum Berggruen Priceless Picassos plus works by Klee and Giacometti in a newly expanded building.

Brücke-Museum Groundbreaking canvases by 'The Bridge', Germany's first modern-artist group (1905–13).

Sammlung Scharf-Gerstenberg A journey into the psychological depth of surrealism.

Royal Encounters

Schloss Charlottenburg This pretty Prussian power display delivers a glimpse into the sumptuous lifestyles of the rich and royal.

Schloss Sanssouci The most famous palace in Park Sanssouci drips in opulence and overlooks vine-draped terraces and a big fountain.

Berliner Dom The royal court church has impressive dimensions, a palatial design and elaborately carved sarcophagi for the remains of kings and queens.

Pfaueninsel Romantic island with a fanciful palace and strutting peacocks, built by a king for tête-à-têtes with his mistress.

Schloss Schönhausen Petite palace built for Frederick the Great's wife and which later hosted Castro and Gaddafi.


Berliner Philharmonie Berlin's most iconic classical concert venue and home of the world-famous Berliner Philharmoniker.

Bearpit Karaoke Feel-good Sunday karaoke event in the Mauerpark drawing wannabe stars from around the world.

Konzerthaus This jewel designed by Karl Friedrich Schinkel graces Gendarmenmarkt and is a fabulous classical music venue.

Sonntagskonzerte Intimate concerts amid the faded glamour of a century-old mirror-clad ballroom.

Astra Kulturhaus This midsize concert hall with commie-era decor draws big rock, pop and electro names.


Flohmarkt am Mauerpark Gets deluged with visitors in summer but still offers a primo urban archaeology experience.

Street Food Thursday Global bites, local craft beer and people-watching in a 19th-century market hall.

Türkischer Markt Berlin meets the Bosphorus at this bustling canal-side farmers market with budget-priced produce.

Nowkoelln Flowmarkt Hipster flea market with lots of handmade treasures and impromptu concerts.

Kollwitzplatzmarkt Discerning gourmets can source the finest morsels for that ultimate picnic.


Fat Tire Tours An eclectic roster including English-language tours for foodies, history buffs and urban explorers.

Trabi Safari Turn the clock back while driving yourself around the city in an original East German Trabant car.

Berliner Unterwelten Get a look at Berlin from below as you explore a dark and dank WWII bunker.

Berlin Music Tours See where the late, great Bowie lived, recorded and partied while staying in Berlin in the '70s.

Alternative Berlin Tours Tap deep into Berlin's graffiti scene on artist-led street-art tours followed by your own hands-on session.

Green Me Berlin Tours Join insider walking tours that take you behind the scenes of Berlin's active and creative eco and sustainability scenes.

Parks & Gardens

Tiergarten Take pleasure in getting lost amid the lawns, trees and paths of one of the world's largest city parks.

Schlossgarten Charlottenburg Stake out a picnic spot near the carp pond and ponder royal splendours.

Park Sanssouci Find your favourite corner away from the crowds for a little time sans souci (without cares).

Volkspark Friedrichshain Explore this rambling 'people's park' offering plenty of diversions and covering two 'mountains' made from WWII debris.

Viktoriapark Seek out this pint-sized park atop Berlin's highest 'peak', the 66m-high Kreuzberg, with beer garden and playground.

Luxurious Touches

Desbrosses Enjoy an opulent Sunday brunch with gourmet buffet and free-flowing Champagne at the Ritz-Carlton.

Horváth Dine at a Michelin-starred restaurant; there's over a dozen more to choose from, including Tulus Lotrek, Einsunternull and Facil.

Galeries Lafayette Let the personal shopper put together the perfect outfit just for you.

Berlinagenten Feel like a Berlin insider as your guide takes you on a private lifestyle tour of the city's culinary, cultural, party and shopping hotspots.

Naughty Berlin

KitKatClub Dive in and be as nice or as nasty as you desire – but do follow the dress code.

Insomnia Worship at the altar of hedonism at this sassy, sexy dance club with performances and playrooms.

Schwarzer Reiter Classy purveyor of anything individuals with imagination might need for a fun encounter.

Lab.oratory The place for gays to live out their most frisky and completely uncensored fantasies.

Other Nature Discover alternative pleasures at this sex shop with a feminist and queer focus.

1920s & Cabaret

Chamäleon Varieté Intimate former ballroom delivering an alchemy of acrobatics, artistry and sex appeal.

Bar Jeder Vernunft Gorgeous mirrored art nouveau tent that makes you feel as if you're on the set of Cabaret.

Friedrichstadt-Palast Europe's largest revue theatre has high-tech Vegas-style shows with stunning costumes, singing, dancing and acrobats.

1. Absinth Depot Berlin Make a date with the 'green fairy' at this eccentric libation station.

Free Stuff

East Side Gallery The longest surviving section of the Berlin Wall, now an open-air mural.

Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer Memorial exhibit that offers a primer on the wall and its impact.

Humboldt-Box Futuristic structure that opens up a window on the Berlin City Palace.

Reichstag Free access to the cupola with online advance reservations.

Clärchens Ballhaus Great 19th-century dance hall; book a table.

Tempelhofer Feld Hang out on former runways at one of the world's largest urban parks.

Bearpit Karaoke Crowds go crazy for this pop-up karaoke phenomenon in the Mauerpark’s amphitheatre.