How to Explore Berlin on Foot?

If I was asked what the best way to discover a city is, my answer is definitely walking. Walking gives you the opportunity to see the city with wide eyes, to uncover its hidden stories, to connect with people and take your time to admire its beauty. Walking could be a big challenge for a big city as Berlin. With hundreds things to do and lots of places to see, I’ve rounded up the city’s main attractions in a long walking tour specifically crafted for wander-lusters. But Berlin is a big city so if you’re not in a good physical condition or walking isn’t your thing unfortunately this tour won’t suit you. You could follow through the route shown on the map below or use this link: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1lqqKE8SD52XDOyLMn-PdPHR9hYQ&usp=sharing.

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TV tower

Your starting point is Fernsehturm or the TV tower, one of the most iconic attractions in Berlin situated in its most popular area: Alexanderplatz. You can ride to the top of the tower and enjoy a panoramic view over the tallest building in the city or if you want to satisfy your adrenaline rush you can do a bungee jump from the top of park inn hotel. After that you should go towards the Museum island, an extraordinary ensemble of five world-renowned museums, you can also visit DDR museum before you cross the bridge. Your first thing to see is Berliner Dom; a large cathedral famous for its greenish blue dome. Navigate your way through the island, visit the museums or just chill in lustgarten in front of the dome.

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Lust Garten

Then exit towards Unter den linden street, a long street named after the linden trees that lines it all the way towards Brandenburger gate. If you’re a car freak on this street you’ll find Mercedes Benz and Volkswagen showrooms, as well as Madame Taussauds and many other fancy shops, especially after you take a left into Friedrichstraße , a major street in Berlin. Walk on it for a while and then take a left through Französische Straße towards Gendarmenmarkt , where you will find yourself surrounded by three historic buildings: Französischer Dom, Deutscher Dom and Konzerthaus Berlin.

Deutscher Dom

Deutscher Dom

Take a peek inside them, have some photos and then return back to Friedrichstraße. Walk it all the way till you reach Checkpoint Charlie the famous Berlin Wall crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin during the Cold War, take a history class and read a brief summary of the war illustrated on the walls over there.

Now it’s time to visit Berlin’s newest area: Potsdamer platz, wou will be surrounded by modern architecture, skyscrapers, five star hotels and one of the biggest malls in Berlin. You can reach it through Zimmerstrasse and you will pass next to Topography of terror along the way so you may take a look. From Potsdamer platz youcan walk all the way towards Berlin most famous monument ‘Brandenburg gate’. On your way you can stop by the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe and have a maze run through its pathways. After you visit the Brandenburg Gate and take the postcard picture, continue to the last stop: The Reichstag building. A historical building that became the meeting place of the German parliament. You will be amazed by its glass dome, make sure to visit it and have a picturesque view of the city. The entrance is free, but you should book it online in advance.

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If you have followed through my footsteps, then you have seen most of what Berlin has to offer and walked more for more than 7km, so chill around the Tiergarten; Berlin’s largest park and celebrate the achievement.

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