2 Days in Berlin; A Cheap and Easy Berlin Itinerary
Berlin is a massive city, and it’s pretty tough to squeeze it all into a couple of days but us hardcore backpackers need to undertake a spot of speed-tourism now and again to keep costs down and experiences up! So, 2 days in Berlin is possible. Don’t worry!
During my journey to every country in the world (there are 197 countries if you’re wondering!), I had to pack a lot into a little time. So itinerary like 2 days in Berlin became my bread and butter. I hope it helps you guys pack a lot into a little time too. I love Germany, and Berlin is a real highlight.
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DAY 1 in Berlin
Speed tourism is no walk-in-the-park folks. So forget the hangover and get an early start.
Get your morning coffee at the corner of Unter Den Linden by 8.30am (Café LebensArt is nice). Because each day between 10am and 11am, just outside the Starbucks there at Unter Den Linden for a free walking tour of the city. If you’re near the Brandenburg Gate, you’re in the right spot.
The Berlin walking tour follows the line of the Wall. Through the former Nazi Government District to Checkpoint Charlie. Then off to the 1920s Cabaret Mile and over Berlin’s grandest square, Gendarmenmarkt, to Museum Island.
The tour finishes up in the old royal gardens, the Lustgarten. That leaves you slap bang in the city centre. 4 hours of (free) culture. You’re off to a cracking start to your 2 days in Berlin already. Well done.
It’s all about culture today guys. Have a bite to eat because you’ve got a lot of information coming up!
From here, you’re just 10 minutes walk to some of the best museums in the world.
- The Altes Museum (world-class collection of Egyptian Art).
- The Altes Nationalgalerie (a must for art lovers).
- The Pergamon Museum (relics from Ancient Rome, Greece, and Egypt). Often regarded as Berlin’s finest museum.
I don’t mean to sound uncultured here but… After all that culture, combined with some serious speed-tourism, you’ve earned a few drinks. So jump into the Berlin night. It’s a great city for boozing.
Kick-off your party on Oranienburg Street in the Mitte district. This is central Berlin’s most vibrant street, and if you’re feeling extra thirsty there’s a daily (free) bar crawl from U-Bahn station at 9pm. Normally a big crowd to mingle with too. The night is yours.
DAY 2 in Berlin:
Not such an early start after last night’s shenangians but up before 10am if you can please.
Head back over to Brandenburg Gate again but this time check out the Reichstag. This is perhaps number 1 of Berlin’s ‘must-dos’.
Head inside and jump in the elevator to the top for some seriously awesome views over the city from the terrace. From here you enter the glass dome and learn all about the building’s turbulent history.
Using the stereotypically efficient (sorry to my German friends!) public transport, make your way to the best-preserved section of the Berlin Wall. Namely, the East Side Gallery in Friedrichshain. If you only see one piece of the infamous wall make it this bit.
Take a somber turn and pay your respects at the Holocaust Memorial for an hour or so. It’s dark, but important.
Then settle in for sunset on the top of the TV Tower Berlin. Views for days.
You’re probably knackered by now. But this whole speed-tourism isn’t for the faint-hearted.
Dust off the fatigue, prime that liver and make the most of your last evening during your 2 days in Berlin.That involves jumping over to Boxhanger Str. and Simon-Dach Str. in the Friedrichshain district. This spot is jam-packed full of bustling bars, restaurants and clubs. Prost!
Sleep in the next day, you’ve earned it. There is probably another week’s worth of stuff to fill an itinerary but if you’ve got 2 days in Berlin, then this gives you most bang for you buck! Enjoy and happy travels.
2 days in Berlin itinerary and map:
Here’s my google map folks, hope this helps too:
And the map for day 2:
Best time to visit Berlin?
It’s beautiful all year round. But there are 2 perfect times. European summer, for the heat. Or the month leading up to Christmas. Where, if you’re lucky, you’ll see gorgeous Berlin covered in snow, and you can experience the best Christmas markets in the world.
Is Berlin safe to travel? Even as a solo female?
It could barely be safer! Historically, Berlin’s boho vibes has kept it super safe. Recent years, influx of foreign gangs has increased the risk for solo females, but in general, it’s still one of the safest cities in Europe. That being said always make sure you travel with travel insurance, I use these guys at $9 a week with no contract. Check my safetywing review here.
Is Berlin Expensive to travel in?
Berlin is SUPER backpacker friendly. AND it’s great for those on a luxury budget too. Europe is great that way. You can scrape by on $50 a day, or $5k. All good.
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