Berlin is the ideal destination for a weekend getaway, with flight times from the UK taking just over an hour-and-a-half. It’s filled with culture, history and a buzz like nowhere else in Europe. But if you’re thinking of spending 48 hours here, what activities should be on your list? Here, we’re bringing you all the fun things to do and see during your whirlwind weekend tour of Berlin.
Culture and history
Museum Island 🕋
Museum Island is a collection of five museums showcasing the best of Berlin. While it’s tricky to do all five at once, you can pick and choose from a selection that suits you. The Pergamon or Neues museums, for example, offer a vast array of exhibits that include the Pergamon Altar and bust of Nefertiti and make for a fun visit over the weekend.
See historic landmarks by boat ⚓️
Seeing everything Berlin has to offer over one weekend might prove difficult. But you can get a snapshot by doing a scenic boat tour along the River Spree. Over the course of an hour or so, you’ll see famous landmarks like the Reichstag and the Berlin Cathedral, as well as Hauptbahnhof (the Central Station) and the neighbourhood of Nikolaiviertel, which is the oldest residential area in the city. Most tours come with commentary so you can learn the history of Berlin.
Brandenburg Gate 🏛
A visit to Berlin isn’t complete without a trip to Brandenburg Gate, the spectacular neoclassical arch and the city’s most famous monument. It’s the only remaining gate of the 14 that initially surrounded the city and is a symbol of reunification, with thousands passing through here in 1989 when the nearby Berlin Wall was toppled.
The Holocaust Memorial ✡️
Germany’s history is well storied, and The Holocaust Memorial remembers the murdered Jews during World War II. Opened in 2005, it features 2,711 concrete slabs across 19,000 square metres with a spatial structure so you can fully immerse yourself to better understand the tragedy of the past while paying your respects.
Berlin is world-famous for its nightlife, with Berghain perhaps the most well known of all the clubs in the city. Many who visit call it their church, while non-clubbers even find themselves enamoured with Berghain. Here, you will find an open atmosphere, liberal attitude and eccentric characters listening to techno music among the walls of a preserved former industrial power station.
You won’t find anything seedy about Kitkat, a world-renowned sex and techno club. It features around half a dozen dancefloors, a swimming pool and a mock-operating room. Most nights feature a fetish dress code, and at the very least, you won’t be allowed in with jeans or chinos on. Indeed, you’ll be asked to leave them at the door and dance the night away in your underwear.
Club der Visionaere 💃
If you’re after something a bit more low key than Kitkat, try Club der Visionaere. It’s a summer-only canalside club with an intimate indoor dance floor and open-air wood-deck terrace. There is nothing but vibes in Club der Visionaere, whether you’re coming for a beer on a hot summer’s evening or dancing the night away. And if it’s some winter fun you’re after, the organisers host parties in the nearby Hoppetosse boat at Arena Berlin.
Head to Eins44 for fine dining with a history lesson or two. Set in a former schnapps factory, this spot serves lunch and dinner menus with everything from classics to six-course meals featuring a seasonal twist. Eins44 captures the industrial vibe of Berlin, giving a nod to its past while delighting your stomach with five-star food.
Berlin’s bustling Middle Eastern neighbourhoods mean you’re never far away from sampling mouth-watering shawarma. At Shaam, you can enjoy delectable bites in a Syrian spot with plenty of options to delight your taste buds. Order sharing plates and enjoy some of the finest food in the city.
Britzer Garten 🏞
After a couple of nights dining and partying, why not enjoy a scenic stroll on your last day in the city? Britzer Garten has miles of winding paths, neatly nestled in with pretty lakes and hills. It’s Berlin’s most varied park and has themed spaces, rainbow spring tulips and 7,000 dahlias in the autumn. Stop off at the cafe for a cake and coffee.
With its storied history, Friedrichshain has plenty of stylish cafes and boutique shops for you to sip a hot brew and explore. There’s also a collection of industrial art spaces and music venues, plus the Boxhagener Platz street food market taking place on the weekend.
Enjoy village vibes in the heart of Berlin with a visit to Rixdorf. There are cobblestone streets to wander and former farm buildings to explore. It also has a host of restaurants and cafes as well as one of the city’s most beautiful green areas. Körnerpark is a place where you can relax, wander the well-maintained garden and marvel at the Neo-Baroque statues.
A weekend in Berlin
There’s plenty to do and see during a weekend city trip to Berlin, and you’ll never experience a dull moment. Whether you’re seeing cultural sights with historical significance or partying until the sun comes up at legendary nightclubs, your trip to Berlin will be one you’ll never forget. Indeed, it won’t be long until you’re planning another visit to this fantastic city.