24-Hours in Berlin

“Berlin is a city condemned forever to becoming and never to being.” –Karl Scheffler, {Author of Berlin: Ein Stadtschicksal, 1910}

24-Hours in Berlin is a thing, read highlights of Berlin and discover what I got up to. Would I have wanted an extra day to explore this historically explosive city of Germany? The answer is a resounding yes as this city has so much history, the cold war springing to mind quickly. The level of brutality Jews experienced leaves something to be feared and hope it’s never replicated anywhere else. I like many others had different misconceptions about Berlin, insidertours.com certainly cleared them up.

During my 24-Hours in Berlin I was able to see more than I bargained for, happy days.Initially I had decided not to have a plan of any sort and just visit Berlin blindly. But upon my arrival I was informed of just how big this city is and having a plan helps. It was because of this that I decided to book a walking tour to explore the city on foot. After the walking tour I decided to take the tour bus to see other areas of Berlin.

24-Hours in Berlin

24-Hours in Berlin: Must See Places

Berlin like most of Germany offers you so much to feast your eyes upon as a tourist. Berlin does not boast to be a beautiful city someone once told me. But it has more history than most and has one of the best architectural buildings in Europe. The following places are what I was able to see during my 24-Hours in Berlin both on foot and tour-bus.

Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church {Gedächtniskirche}

A Protestant church in western part of Berlin built-in the 1890s and damaged during the World War II. The church was never rebuilt after the war, but a belfry was added besides the church. The church is located in Kurfürstendamm and is commonly known as Gedächtniskirche.

Brandenburger Tor/ The Berlin Gate 

Located in the western city centre of Berlin and is a famous monument built-in the 18th century. It was a site of major historical events and sits on the former city gate site. The Brandenburg Gate was not part of the old fortifications, but one of 18 gates within the Berlin Wall. Whilst the Gate is most closed off to vehicle traffic it is accessible by foot.

Holocaust Memorial 

It is also known as the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe featuring 2,711 concrete slabs. The location of the Holocaust Memorial has nothing to do with murdering of the Jews but serves as a reminder.

Gendarmenmarkt

A former market now a square in Berlin built-in 1688 which features a concert hall, a German Church and a French Church. Most of the square was badly damaged during the world war II but was fully restored, the church below is the German church.

Checkpoint Charlie

In 1961 during the Berlin Crisis, Soviet and American soldiers faced each other in a stand-off that would have led to world war III. Checkpoint Charlie or checkpoint C was a symbol of the cold war that separated East and West Berlin. Today Checkpoint charlie is a tourist attraction, it was dissolved with the Eastern Bloc during the unification of Germany.

Berliner Dom/Museum Island

Also known as Berlin Cathedral and is located on the Museum Island. The Berlin Cathedral has never been a cathedral in the actual sense of that term since it has never been the seat of a bishop

Humboldt Universität

With over 40 Nobel prize winners coming out from this university, it is considered one of the best in Europe. It was built in 1644 as University of Berlin and if one of the oldest universities in Germany. Karl Marx (founder of marxist theory) went to school here and Albert Einstein taught there.

The president’s home, Bellevue Palace

Lies on the northern edge of Großer Tiergarten (largest park and Berlin’s oldest). It is the official home of the President of Germany. A president in Germany is a diplomatic position only and holds no powers. It is definitely worth a visit over to the Bellevue Palace.

There are so many places you can see in Berlin and I certainly saw more than I have listed above. Have you ever been to Berlin?

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  • Natasha

    I’ve never been but want to go so bad! looks like a lot of fun in just 24 hours.

  • Angela Milnes

    That is a lot to do in 24 hours. I have spent one day in several european countries and the key for me is planning. It looks like a tour is the way to go on a short visit!

  • Frosted Events

    Wow, it really looks a nice place to visit and I really love to go there soon, glad you sharethis with us.

  • Marceline Dementori

    This cannot be more beautiful. I have always wanted to visit Berlin. Thanks for sharing these places. There’s so much that you can do in 24 hours!

  • I just love the horses atop the Brandenburg Gate. It looks
    like you covered a lot in your one-day excursion.

  • I’ve never been to Germany – only the airport haha! But I would love to go someday, it’s gorgeous!

  • Michelle Kneece Waller

    Oh wow!! You sure did see a lot in 24 hours! Would love to visit here one day, but have more than 24 hours to check it out 🙂

  • I have been wanting to visit Germany but haven’t gotten a chance yet. I want to visit my sister there.

  • What a wonderful place to visit! This is a great whirlwind checklist too!

  • Lovely Berlin .I plan to visit this beautiful city one day .How you tour in one day is a miracle .I don’t think I could enjoy rushing so much 😕.You have exceptional energy levels .

  • I would love to visit Berlin some day. The Berlin Cathedral looks beautiful. Love your photos.

  • Deimarys Colon

    Berlin looks like a wonderful place. I don’t think 24 would be enough for me to wonder and marble at it!!

  • Valerie CottageMakingMommy

    You are one lucky lady. I would love to see this architecture in person.

  • Amber Pilcher

    I’ve always wanted to visit Berlin, as it has great history within my family. My grandpa stood guard at Checkpoint Charlie post-WWII and was stationed there for (I think) 2 years. My brother recently visited Berlin this past winter, and it was amazing to vicariously live through his photos.

  • Marcie W.

    Berlin is definitely on my bucket list and you did great for having just 24 hours! As a Jew, the Holocaust memorial would be an absolute must see for me.

  • David Elliott

    This just reminds me that I need to plan a trip to Europe. There are such beautiful amazing places there. Really hope to go soon.

  • That’s a really well planned for 24 hours! I really need to make my way to exploring the continent. x

  • Blair Villanueva

    Wow just for 24hours?! That’s very short time for me and you did it great 🙂 After Berlin, where is your next 24hour destination?

  • shweta Aggarwal

    hats off u travelled whole of Berlin in just 24 hours… wow.. n thanks for the info

  • Kacie Morgan

    I’m getting very tempted to visit Berlin. I hear it also has a great party scene.

  • Stephanie Pass

    This looks so amazing to visit! This is the one thing about Europe I love, that you can visit so many places just near by like this.

  • T-Nicole Johnson

    This looks like a wonderful experience. I’ve always wanted to visit Berlin. I can’t wait to checkout some of these locations.

  • Alison Rost

    I’ve always wanted to go to Berlin. It’s amazing how much you’re able to see in just a day. I’d be especially interested in Checkpoint Charlie .. it’s one I’ve read about in books

  • I went to Berlin on a school trip many years ago but don’t remember much, I would love to go again one day and see it all again.

  • I spent a day in Berlin years ago and saw a few of these sites, definitely due another visit soon.

  • I haven’t been to Berlin but would love to visit someday! My father’s family is German and I would love to learn more about my family’s heritage.

  • I’ve been to Berlin once before for about 3-4 days and I didn’t even scratch the surface so I really want to go back x

  • tara pittman

    I am half German so this would be a place that I would love to visit. Love the details of the buildings.

  • OlderMommyStill

    I have never been to Germany, but it is on my bucket list! Berlin looks amazing and I have pinned your post so I can reference it when I finally get to visit!

  • Berlin is one of my fav cities. I just can’t get bored of it. Looks like you made the most out of your limited time there

    • I know what you mean I can not wait to go back.

  • Berlin is one of my favourite places I’ve been, we wasn’t there for long enough which was 5 days, you did so well to get so much done in just a day. The Kaiser Wilheim church was so interesting to visit!
    I’d love to head back soon!

    • I too would love to head back one day

  • Sometimes only having ONE DAY to explore a city is the best because you want to pack as much in as humanly possible! I did that in Sydney AUS and loved every second of it!

    • Ooh I would love to do that for Sydney one day and yes so true one day sometimes is enough

  • Wow you saw a lot in 24 hours! Would love to.explore Berlin x

    • I sure did and very proud of me lol 😂
      Thanks for stopping by

  • Kate Veggie Desserts

    I’d love to go to Berlin one day. So many historical sights, and such a cool city. Great tips for the sights to see in 24 hours there!

    • Thanks for stopping by its was a whirlwind journey

  • Hi Anosa,

    I love that Berlin gate! Like many European cities, Berlin has serious flavor. Only a few US cities – like here in NYC – can compare in that regard.

    Thanks for sharing 🙂

    Ryan

    • You’re most welcome and though I have not seen much of the USA but I agree

  • Berlin is such a cool city – I was there recently for two days and that still wasn’t enough!

    • I felt like a day was enough for the major sights but for everything else I need to see again

  • I love your photos! I’d like to go to Berlin. I love checking out old buildings.

  • Robin Rue

    Berlin sounds like such an amazing city. I would love to visit someday!!

    • It sure is amazing and can not wait to revisit

  • Berlin looks incredible so much history and definitely somehwere I’d like to go

    • Berlin is amazing with so much history that shaped Europe

  • Olujorby Chemqueen

    Even though I have not been to Berlin before, but with this write up I now have more knowledge about the place. Thanks for sharing.

    • Aww thanks glad to hear it

  • Jhilmil Bhansali

    Perfect, on the list when we’ll have plans to visit Berlin.. It looks such a beautiful place with culture hidden in it!