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Top things to do in Berlin for first-timers

I get this question a lot. “It is my first time in the city. What are the top things to do in Berlin?”. Followed by: “Where should I visit? and What and where should I eat?”. So I decided to break it down to you. And to be honest, I believe this short list of things to do can probably be used by some people that have been living in the city for a while. The other day, for example, I got a comment on one of my Instagram Live Broadcasts (Yes, I am starting to do those!) from a woman that had been living in Berlin for 6 months and had never set food in Hackescher Markt! I mean….let’s get with the game, friends!

Statistically, visitors to Berlin spend three days and nights (on average) visiting the city for the first time. Or something like that. So I will use that as a guide to suggest the top things to do in Berlin for each day on various categories, ok?

If you are spending more than 3 days in town or if I didn’t hit the sweet spot with my tips, you can always keep navigating my website. I am 100% confident you will find something you like. Also,  check out the website’s AGENDA. I update it weekly with fresh and fun things to do!berlin fetival of lights

On each day, before you start your day, a great thing to do is to get some coffee and pastries at REFINERY. Or get your breakfast fix at one of our favorites from our BERLIN BREAKFAST & BRUNCH MAP.


Go historical and hit the main sights. I would hit the Government Area and Brandenburg Gate in the morning. If you are feeling sporty, walk up to the Victory Column and climb it! It will take your breath away!  Grab German food at CAFE EINSTEIN. Go for the one along Unter den Linden. The original (super cool one) is a little off the itinerary. But it’s your call.

Before heading to the Government Area, make sure to read our tip about how to visit the Parliament Building and the Dome! It’s a MUST!

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Photo Credit: Flavio Edreira Photography

After lunch, walk along Unter den Linden(Stunning Boulevard) towards the Museum Island. Take note of the amazing architecture but do not stop too often along the way (there are quite a few distractions). Otherwise you will not have time to explore the insane Museum Island. That said, browse through the cute vintage book fair in front of the Humboldt University building. I love spending time going through the used books. Important: this “openair bookstore” takes place just opposite to Bebelplatz, where the Nazis burned books considered subversive in 1933. #freedomwinsthings to do in berlin

At the Museum Island, pick one or two museums (AT MOST). I would start with the Pergamon Museum and The German History Museum or the Neues. After the museum (s), walk around the Island and sit on the grass in front of the Berliner Dom (Cathedral). Relax, enjoy the scenery and watch the day come to an things to do in Berlin

Check out a list of our favorite Museums to explore!

Go for dinner at one of our favorite RESTAURANTS. After dinner, get a cocktail or craft beer in one of our favorite BARS.

If you feel like going out into the night, check out our Agenda and our NIGHTLIFE tips!

**If you would rather explore the city on a bus, here is a cool article from our friends at with comparisons on the different types of bus tour options you can get in Berlin:

To keep it short and fun, I decided to break this article down. Make sure to read the following articles to complete your fun itinerary of things to do on your first visit to Berlin!


Take a break from the touristy areas and visit some of our favorite neighborhoods. Just like a local!


Leaving Berlin without diving into its amazing Art scene would be a shame, so enjoy a couple of our favorite art spaces. We recommend art openings and parties all the time in our AGENDA.

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