Berlin is a cool, edgy and cultural city oozing with charm, highlighted by multiple layers of heartrending history and brazen beauty offset with a laidback, but nonetheless exciting attitude, pouring from every district. None more so than East Berlin. If you want to get the most out of your visit, here are some of the most interesting and best value ways to spend 24 hours in Berlin…
First things first, head over to the DDR museum, located by the River Spree, directly opposite Berlin’s impressive gothic cathedral, The Dom. Stepping inside the DDR museum, you’ll enter a time machine with the dial set to post-war Berlin and the socialist state of East Germany. With award-winning interactive, tactile and visual exhibits, by way of pulling levers, pressing buttons and grasping artifacts (this is actually encouraged), you’ll get to experience what life was really like behind The Wall, in the shadow of the Iron Curtain.
After that, you’ll probably need a bit of time for reflection so why not take a 25 minute walk . across the Spree towards The Reichstag, home of Germany’s parliament. On the way you’ll pass Museuminsel (Museum Island), home of the Pergamon Museum, the Egyptian Museum and the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery), amongst others. Shortly after, you’ll gaze in awe at the Iconic Brandenberg Gate, as well as stumble upon an art market and World War Two memorials galore. When you get to The Reichstag, look to your left, and you’ll find The Tiergarten, Berlin’s central park.
After all that culture you’ll probably be feeling peckish, so Hop on the U-Bahn and take the short journey to Hackescher Markt. Whether you fancy traditional German cuisine, an Italian or a steak, this grand market place boasts a wide range of options to suit all budgets and hunger levels. Walk off your meal with a stroll around the craft market before jumping on a train to the Berlin Ostbahnhof. From there, take a short 5 minute walk to East Side Gallery. Here, perhaps, you’ll experience one of the most touching moment of your travels. East Side Gallery features around 100 iconic pieces of graffiti art, created on a section of the Berlin Wall, left still standing in 1990. It only takes 30 minutes but will leave you with a lifetime’s worth of food for thought.
Clubbing in Berlin is crazy, hectic and full on; it is this hardcore, and often 24 hour, approach to partying which helped the city to earn the accolade of Europe’s party capital. So, to wind down your eventful day, why not spend your remaining time freaking out to the cheerful sounds of techno, set against the dark, quirky backdrop of a ruined church? If that sounds like the perfect way to end your Berlin baptism, you'll definitely enjoy throwing shapes to the dirty beats in superclub, Berghain .You’ll queue for hours, but you’ll love it!
From the fun, yet somewhat disturbing, to the grand and beautiful, to the poignant and satirical right up to manic and brutal, this city has it all. 24 hours in Berlin, done!