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Berlin’s Top 13 Must-Visit Attractions

Don’t leave Germany without seeing Berlin if you are traveling to Euro 2024. The city is full of life and offers plenty of opportunities to enjoy both its rich cultural heritage and contemporary art scene and attractions. As part of planning your visit, it’s a great idea to put together an itinerary to make the most of your stay – and you can use the guide below to do just that.

Top 10 Berlin Sights that Euro 2024 Attendees Must See

1. Euro 2024 Fan Zones

The first thing you should see if you’re traveling for Euro 2024, is to see Berlin’s Euro 2024 official Fan Zones. Head to the Platz der Republik at the Berlin-Tiergarten, right in front of the Reichstag Building, where you can enjoy the action on the pitch from all 51 Euro 2024 matches on huge screens with other fans from around the world. 

Berlin Euro 2024 Special

Cultural programs will also be running over two stages, and the area will become home to the biggest fan pub in the world for the duration of the tournament. There will even be the chance to have a go at a game of football yourself!  Alternatively, visit the Fan Zone at Berlin’s Brandenburger Tor, where giant screens will broadcast all the matches held at the Olympiastadion, promising an unforgettable communal ambiance.

And that’s not all. The Brandenburg Gate is set to be transformed into the largest football goal in the world, while an artificial lawn will turn the surrounding area into a pop-up park where fans can come together to watch the games, relax, and enjoy the vibrant atmosphere.

For more information, check out travelingforsports’s Berlin Euro 2024 special page.

2. Olympic Bell Tower, Olympiapark

There are several Berlin touristic places close to Euro 2024 stadiums, but the absolute must-see is the Olympic Bell Tower on the grounds of the Olympiapark. Modernized in 2006, the 77-meter-tall building now boasts a glass-enclosed elevator, allowing visitors to get an even better insight into the history of the tower. The observation tower at the top offers stunning views over the city and surrounding areas – not to mention the stadium itself. On a clear day, you may be able to see as far as Potsdam.

The original tower was destroyed in 1947 as it had become unstable in the wake of a fire accidentally started by Soviet troops after World War II. The Olympic Bell, which had hung from the top of the tower and survived the original fire, fell and cracked and has been unable to sound since. However, it now serves as a memorial and can be viewed in the Olympiapark, just outside the stadium itself.

3. Brandenburg Gate

The Brandenburg Gate is one of the most well-known Berlin city attractions and a world-famous landmark. Once a symbol of German division during the Cold War, it now represents unity and peace.

The gate was commissioned by King Fredrick William II, and it’s now considered one of the most beautiful examples of architectural classicism in the world. Two years after its completion in 1791, a statue of a chariot pulled by four horses (known as the Quadriga) was placed on the top of the gate. Due to damage sustained by bombing during World War II, the original statue was replaced with a replica as part of the overall reconstruction work to the gate.

The Brandenburg Gate is located in the center of Berlin on the Pariser Platz, with plenty of other noteworthy buildings a stone’s throw away, such as the University of the Arts and the US Embassy. You can easily get to the gate via S-Bahn, U-Bahn, and bus.

brandenburg gate

4. Berlin TV Tower

A list of Berlin city attractions wouldn’t be complete without mentioning the Berlin TV Tower, the tallest building in Germany. The rotating observation tower at the top allows for jaw-dropping views over the city – and a trip to the gourmet restaurant offers the chance to enjoy the scenery over a delicious meal.

The tower is located in what was once East Berlin and was constructed to enable nationwide broadcasting. Building work began in 1964 and was completed and able to begin operations in 1969. It’s simple to get to the Berlin TV Tower, served by the S-Bahn, U-Bahn, bus, train, and tram routes.

5. Stadion An der Försterei, Köpenick

If you’re traveling for Euro 2024, why not pay a visit to the Stadion an der Forsterei, the home of the Union Berlin Football Club since 1920? While the venue isn’t one of the Euro 2024 venues, it’s the largest purpose-built football stadium in the city, and Union fans are known throughout the world for their passionate support of their team. A trip to the stands to catch a match makes for an unforgettable visit.

Stadium tours run most weekends from 1 pm, so you can get a backstage peek at the players’ dressing rooms, tunnel, press room, and VIP areas. The venue can be reached via the S-Bahn, which drops visitors off an approximately ten-minute walk from the stadium.

6. The Berlin Wall Memorial, Bernauer Strasse

The Berlin Wall Memorial offers visitors a moving insight into the history of the city’s division. This part of the former border strip is now home to a large open-air exhibition that features an observation tower, a visitors’ center, and historical audio material and pictures.

While here, pay a visit to the documentation center on the opposite side of Bernauer Strasse to take a look at the historical construction of the wall in 1961. You can also view the remaining parts of the border crossing from an observation tower. The Chapel of Reconciliation makes up part of the memorial site, where services are regularly held to remember the Wall’s victims; the Window of Memorial portrays the 130 people who died or were shot on the Wall and is a poignant, touching reminder of this troubling part of the city’s history.

7. The Reichstag Building, Platz Der Republik

One of the most-visited sights in Berlin, the Reichstag Building, with its distinctive glass dome and roof terrace, is the seat of the Bundestag – the German parliament. The building is linked to many important events in German history. The politician Philipp Sheidemann proclaimed the Republic from the balcony at the west portal on November 9, 1918, and two Red Army soldiers raised the red flag of the Soviet Union on April 30, 1945, flying it from the top of the Reichstag to mark the victory over Hitler and the Third Reich.

It’s easy to get to the Reichstag Building via the S-Bahn, U-Bahn, and bus, and admission is free. Please note that prior registration is required for visits to the roof terrace and dome. This can be done online on the Bundestag’s website.

the reichstag building

8. Charlottenburg Palace, Spandauer Damm

Constructed between 1695 and 1699, this gorgeous palace, in the Baroque style, was commissioned as a summer residence by the wife of Frederick I of Russia (whom it is named for) and extended in 1702. Although much of the palace was damaged or destroyed by bombing during World War II, some of the walls, ceilings, and halls still preserve the original furnishings, frescoes, and decoration.

The extensive gardens are a particular highlight. Designed in 1697, they were redesigned in 1788 to reflect the then-contemporary English romantic style; 2001 saw the gardens redeveloped again to take their design back to the original Baroque style.

Charlottenburg is open year-round but is closed on Mondays. It’s served by the U-Bahn, on line 7.

9. Holocaust Memorial, Berlin-Mitte

This memorial, opened in May 2005, is one of the city’s most impressive and affecting sights. It consists of a field of 2,711 concrete slabs, which can be walked between, and its design is intended to promote disorientation and reflection. 

Beneath the site can be found the Information Center, which documents the crimes of the Nazi era, exploring this topic from both personal and historic perspectives. Admission to both the memorial itself and the Information Center is free, and the site can be easily accessed via S-Bahn, U-Bahn, and bus.

10. Gardens of the World, Blumberger Damm

Have an outdoor adventure and explore the nine themed gardens that are part of the 51-acre Marzahn Recreational Park. The Japanese Garden features a pavilion, watercourses, a pond, and a dry garden and has been designed to be an oasis of peace, with its Japanese flowering dogwood and lavender heather.

You’ll also find here a Chinese Garden, a Balinese Garden, an Oriental-Islamic Garden, a Korean Garden, a Maze and Labyrinth, the Karl Foerster Perennial Garden, an Italian Renaissance Garden, a Christian Garden, and a Jewish Garden.

The Gardens of the World attraction is open all through the year.

11. Museum Island, Am Monbijoupark 

One of the city’s most important UNESCO World Heritage Sites, Museum Island is home to many of Berlin’s oldest museums, such as the Altes Museum. It’s built in 1830 to house royal treasures, including the crown jewels. Within the New Museum, visitors will find an extensive collection from the Egyptian Museum, the Collection of Classical Antiquities, and the Papyrus Collection.

Opened in 1876, the Alte Nationalgalerie exhibits Neoclassical paintings and sculptures from 1815 to 1848, while the Pergamon is Berlin’s most popular museum featuring stunning examples of Islamic art and historic, reconstructed buildings from the Middle East.

S-Bahn and U-Bahn network, as well as by buses and trams can take you to the Museum Island.

12. Zoo Berlin, Mitte

If you’re traveling with kids to a sporting event in Berlin, Zoo Berlin is an absolute must-visit destination during your time in the city. It’s home to the widest range of species of any zoo in the world, including Germany’s only giant panda.

The newly opened Rhino Pagoda allows visitors to see rhinos, lowland tapirs, and Visayan warty pigs peacefully grazing among watercourses and in the shade of ancient trees. Learn about the plight of the Greater One-Horned Rhinoceros and the importance of protecting natural biodiversity in general, and find out how the zoo is working to protect this species in its own home.

Located in central Berlin, the zoo is easy to get to on all forms of public transport throughout the city. It’s just a nine-minute walk from Kurfurstendamm. Purchase your day tickets online in advance of your visit. This will save you money compared to buying on the day.

Zoo Berlin Mitte

13. Computerspielemuseum (Computer Games Museum), Friedrichshain

Gamers will love visiting the Computer Games Museum in Berlin, which looks back at the history of gaming from the 1950s to today. View – and even have a go – at a range of rare, classic, and innovative new games, such as the original Atari Pong game and the first Commodore home computer. There are also exhibitions and installations dedicated to the latest virtual reality gaming tech.

The arcade area is particularly popular and gives visitors the opportunity to play retro games like Asteroids, Space Invaders, and a range of original coin-operated machines. Guided tours of the museum are on offer, too, in German on Saturdays and English on Sundays at 12.30 pm.

In terms of getting to the Computer Games Museum, it’s just a three-minute stroll from the bus stop on Weberwiese and a ten-minute walk from the stop on Strausberger Platz.

Final Thoughts: Getting Ready to Head to Berlin in 2024

Get an itinerary organized ahead if you’re traveling for sports – perhaps to see some of the Euro 2024 matches – or are heading off to Berlin for a family vacation. This way you will enjoy your vacation the most. Use the guide above to plan your perfect Berlin trip and ensure that you don’t miss a thing!