24 hours to spare? Spend them in Berlin!

Every year small group tours to Germany are becoming more and more. Little wonder, as a short break European destination it excels. People are beginning to realise that there is so much to discover in Germany, not least its fabulous food, wealth of history and blended architecture.  Where better to experience German hospitality than in its quintessential capital where history meets modern day creativity to forge a truly unique culture. Keep reading for some inspiration on how to spend 24 hours in Berlin!

Want to be immersed in art and culture?

From A to Z and art to zany culture, Berlin has been a city of wonder since its founding in the 13th century.

Take a few hours to languish on Museum Island, home to five museums, each with their own unique collections. Amongst them, the Pergamon houses, the imposing Pergamon Altar, and the reconstructed terrace of an acropolis from the 2nd century BCE. Another museum of note – the Neues (new), was built to house collections of prehistoric and ancient artefacts. Here you will find the ancient bust of Nefertiti, one of the most copied works of ancient Egypt.

The gorgeous Berlin Cathedral

More of a modernist?

Some might say that it would be impossible to visit modern Berlin without acknowledging its recent past.

Available as an optional excursion on our popular group tour from Paris to Milan, the Topography of Terror is an emotionally charged and powerful destination. Set in the previous headquarters for the Nazi regime, the building now houses a permanent exhibition focusing on the institutions and crimes of the Third Reich.

Checkpoint Charlie is a must see and just a short walk away. As the most visible Berlin Wall checkpoint, Checkpoint Charlie has featured in countless movies and books. The booth you will see is a replica, the original can still be seen in the Allied Museum in Zehlendorf.  For more of the history of the Checkpoint, head over to the Museum Haus am Checkpoint Charlie (visible from the booth).

For some of the best views of the city visit The Fernsehturm (Television Tower). The tallest structure in Germany, the Tower has a turbo lift that takes you to the viewing platform where you can look across at the Reichstag, home to the German government. From the modern to the traditional, make sure you stop by the beautiful 19th century cathedral to admire the stunning baroque domes.

The Berliner Dom (Berlin cathedral) is also situated on Museum island. Dating back to the 15th century, the Dom is well worth a visit, if only to catch sight of the imposing pipe organ.

Do you like your food?

Of course you do, and Berlin is the place to indulge your passion!  Stop any local and ask where to get the best schnitzel and they are sure to tell you.  24 hours might not be long enough to enjoy every local favourite…

Kaffee und Kuchen (coffee and cake) is taken seriously in Berlin. Often not as sweet as in other countries, German cheesecake is still very creamy and devilishly good.

From street stalls to restaurants, kartoffelpuffer is sold across the city. This gorgeous vegetarian delight is a pancake of potatoes, eggs and onions.  If you hanker after spice then try currywurst, pork sausage seasoned with curry powder and ketchup.  

Still got space? Round off any meal with apfelstrudel, a delicious pastry filled with apple and raisins, flavoured with cinnamon.

Traditional Currywurst in Berlin

Fancy a beer?

No trip to Germany would be complete without enjoying the local beer scene. Steins and singing, it’s cultural…right?

Have you ever wondered about the stein?  Steins (literally meaning stone) originated in the 14th century during an outbreak of the bubonic plague and an invasion of flies lead to a law that required all drinks to be covered to prevent the flies getting in.

No such worries today, as German beer is without doubt some of the best in the world. The classic flavours stem from the German Beer Purity Law of 1516 which decreed that only hops, barley, yeast and water could be used to make beer. Who could guess that over 5000 brands of beer could be created from these four humble ingredients?

Whether your preference is to grab a bottle of Sternbergfrom at a local Spati (neighbourhood kiosk) or relax in your hotel with a slightly classier Augustiner, German beer is unmistakable. If you want to avoid the tourist crowds, join the locals in one of the many corner pubs.  

Beer can be consumed in public and non alcoholic beers are available that do not compromise on taste.

A highlight of Berlin is the lively beer scene

Not quite ready for bed?

You are in luck, as Berlin has a zany vibe to keep you going through the night and we recommend that you save some of your energy for the famous nightlife. From atmospheric bars to zinging jazz clubs, Berlin has it all.  

But it’s Berlin’s techno and clubbing scene that has locals and tourists alike flocking to the city every weekend.

Don’t be fooled by the austere exterior, Berghain is all about the music. Housed inside a former power plant, this must visit club attracts world class DJs. There is a strict door policy, there to ensure that the right party people get to party.

When the locals can’t get to Berghain, they head to the Golden Gate. A small yet vibrant club housed in an old bike shop underneath some railway arches. Less down to earth as underground altogether, the club attracts some of the best DJ’s in Berlin playing techno-house into the small hours of the morning.

How do I get there?

All Tucan Travel group tours to Germany visit Berlin.  If you want to combine time in other amazing destinations we also have a fabulous range of small group tours to Europe that include Berlin. With tours from London and Paris that can include Amsterdam, Milan and Vienna there is something for everyone!

With its historic charm and modern feel, Berlin is a must see destination. We look forward to seeing you there!

About the Author

Tanya Clover works as a freelance copywriter for Tucan Travel. Tanya’s passions are travel, reading and horses. She has recently returned from 2 years working in Australia, where she travelled extensively. She has travelled in India, Thailand, North and Eastern Africa, Egypt and Peru. Travels in Europe have included Romania, Bulgaria, Norway, Northern Ireland, Ireland and Italy. Her favourite destinations last year were Egypt and Jordan. Follow Tanya on twitter @tancloverkent and Instagram @tandealkent

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