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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  1. Natasha
    May 25, 2017 / 4:26 am

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

  2. Angela Milnes
    May 20, 2017 / 10:04 pm

    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!

  3. Frosted Events
    May 19, 2017 / 6:44 pm

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

  4. Marceline Dementori
    May 19, 2017 / 2:04 pm

    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!

  5. May 19, 2017 / 4:16 am

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

  6. May 19, 2017 / 1:39 am

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

  7. Michelle Kneece Waller
    May 18, 2017 / 7:20 pm

    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 🙂

  8. May 18, 2017 / 4:52 pm

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

  9. May 18, 2017 / 8:28 am

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

  10. May 18, 2017 / 5:01 am

    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 .

  11. May 18, 2017 / 2:43 am

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

  12. Deimarys Colon
    May 18, 2017 / 1:01 am

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

  13. Valerie CottageMakingMommy
    May 17, 2017 / 11:41 pm

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

  14. Amber Pilcher
    May 17, 2017 / 9:33 pm

    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.

  15. Marcie W.
    May 17, 2017 / 6:01 pm

    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.

  16. David Elliott
    May 17, 2017 / 5:37 pm

    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.

  17. May 17, 2017 / 5:33 pm

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

  18. Blair Villanueva
    May 17, 2017 / 11:26 am

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

  19. shweta Aggarwal
    May 17, 2017 / 10:15 am

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

  20. Kacie Morgan
    May 17, 2017 / 9:15 am

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

  21. Stephanie Pass
    May 17, 2017 / 6:33 am

    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.

  22. T-Nicole Johnson
    May 17, 2017 / 5:20 am

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

  23. Alison Rost
    May 16, 2017 / 11:54 pm

    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

  24. May 16, 2017 / 10:41 pm

    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.

  25. May 16, 2017 / 8:13 pm

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

  26. May 16, 2017 / 8:07 pm

    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.

  27. May 16, 2017 / 7:17 pm

    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

  28. tara pittman
    May 16, 2017 / 6:30 pm

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

  29. OlderMommyStill
    May 16, 2017 / 5:29 pm

    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!

  30. May 16, 2017 / 4:36 pm

    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

    • May 16, 2017 / 4:43 pm

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

  31. May 16, 2017 / 4:27 pm

    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!

    • May 16, 2017 / 4:43 pm

      I too would love to head back one day

  32. May 16, 2017 / 4:10 pm

    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!

    • May 16, 2017 / 4:42 pm

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

    • May 16, 2017 / 4:42 pm

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

  33. Kate Veggie Desserts
    May 16, 2017 / 2:59 pm

    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!

    • May 16, 2017 / 4:41 pm

      Thanks for stopping by its was a whirlwind journey

  34. May 16, 2017 / 2:55 pm

    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

    • May 16, 2017 / 4:41 pm

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

  35. May 16, 2017 / 2:51 pm

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

    • May 16, 2017 / 4:40 pm

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

  36. May 16, 2017 / 1:39 pm

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

    • May 16, 2017 / 4:39 pm

      Thanks Amber

  37. Robin Rue
    May 16, 2017 / 10:49 am

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

    • May 16, 2017 / 4:39 pm

      It sure is amazing and can not wait to revisit

  38. May 16, 2017 / 8:07 am

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

    • May 16, 2017 / 4:38 pm

      Berlin is amazing with so much history that shaped Europe

  39. Olujorby Chemqueen
    May 16, 2017 / 7:55 am

    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.

    • May 16, 2017 / 4:38 pm

      Aww thanks glad to hear it

  40. Jhilmil Bhansali
    May 16, 2017 / 7:41 am

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

    • May 16, 2017 / 4:37 pm

      Glad to hear it

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