Our first visit in Berlin was a successful one. The weather was fantastic, we took hundreds of photos, had some great food and overall great time.
Every time we travel to any big city we make plans ahead, especially when there are only two or three days of touring around the town. Our main focus is to photograph as many famous and recognizable places as we can for Piviso so we never leave home without a city map, public transport map and our own trip plan. Here's how we planned our 3 days full of attractions in Berlin, Germany.
We arrived at the Berlin Schönefeld Airport (SXF) around 3PM and took a bus to our friends' apartment in the Neukölln district. We left our bags and jumped on bikes to go to the Tempelhofer Feld located at the old military Berlin Tempelhof Airport. It covers over 300 hectares and is Berlin's largest city park. Really great place to chill after a long day. That was basically our only plan for this day - we spent the rest of the evening catching up with our friends.
We left early in the morning and took a U-Bahn (subway) to the Berlin Olympic Stadium (Olympiastadion). Btw U-Bahn and S-Bahn rapid transit railway system in Berlin is really good. U-Bahn is underground (well at least for the most part) and S-Bahn is more like a suburban train. We took some photos of the stadium and went to the Berlin Zoo (Zoologischer Garten, 8 U-Bahn stops, around 12 min ride).
After 4 hours wandering around the Zoo and Aquarium we went to U-Hansaplatz (1 U-Bahn stop from the Zoo) and walked down the Altonaer Strasse to the iconic Victory Column (Siegessäule). Then we turned into the Spreeweg road to see Bellevue Palace (around 3 min walk from the Column) and after a brief stop at the residence of the President of Germany we went on a walk across the Tiergarten park.
Park alleys led us directly to the famous Potsdamer Platz. Then we took the U-Bahn to U-Kochstrasse to see the historic Checkpoint Charlie which was a Berlin Wall crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War. We also visited the Berlin Wall Memorial which is only 6 min walk from Checkpoint Charlie. Then we came back to the Potsdamer Platz to meet with our friends and grab a bite. We went to an Indonesian restaurant called Mabuhay which is only 10 min walk from Potsdamer Platz.
It was already dark outside when we finished our dinner, so we decided to take some night shots of the nearby area. We walked back to the Potsdamer Platz and then continued down the Leipziger Strasse past the Mall of Berlin and via Friedrichstrasse and Mohrenstrasse to the historic Market Square (Gendarmenmarkt) where we took night photos of Neue Kirche, Konzerthaus Berlin and French Cathedral (around 20 min walk). In total we walked around 25 kilometers (15 miles) today and it was definitely about time to go back home to get some sleep.
We left early, right after breakfast - while in Berlin you have to try delicious croissant. Our first stop today was Bahnof Warschauer Strasse station, and from there we went to see the Oberbaum Bridge (Oberbaumbrücke), a historic double-deck bridge crossing Berlin's Spree River. Then we turned into the Mühlenstrasse and went along the East Side Gallery which is a remnant of the Berlin Wall with a series of murals painted on it. After a short walk we reached the Mercedes Benz Arena, a multipurpose indoor venue. We took some photos there and went back to Bahnof Warschauer Strasse and took the S-Bahn train to the Alexanderplatz.
Alexanderplatz is a large public square with the Berliner Fernsehturm TV tower in the middle. We stopped for a coffee and snack and then went down the Rathausstrasse to Rotes Rathaus (Berlin City Hall) and continued to the famous Museum Island, which is a complex of 5 significant Berlin museums (Altes Museum, Neues Museum, Alte Nationalgalerie, Bode Museum and Pergamon Museum, around 12 min walk from Alexanderplatz) and the Berlin Cathedral (Berliner Dom).
After a brief visit on the island we crossed the Spree River via Schloss Bridge and went down the Unter den Linden boulevard, past the Humboldt University and Berlin State Opera straight to the Brandenburg Gate. It was a hot summer weekend so it was very crowded there. Right next to the Gate, around 5 min walk north is the Reichstag Building (German Parliament) and a large Government District of Berlin.
Also next to the Brandenburg Gate, 5 min walk south is the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe (Denkmal für die ermordeten Juden Europas), also known as the Holocaust Memorial. Soon we met with our friends again and had some dinner and then we went to a music festival in the House of World Cultures (Haus der Kulturen der Welt), also nicknamed as The pregnant Oyster (Die schwangere Auster).
The concert ended late in the evening so our friends gave us a long ride home through the night streets of Berlin. We stopped at the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag Building, Berlin Hauptbahnhof (main railway station) and close to the Fernsehturm Tower to take some night shots. It was another long and productive day, another 25 kilometers on foot covered.
Next day was the departure time, we took some nice photos from Schönefeld Airport and flew back home. Hope you enjoy our set of free photos from Berlin - as always no attribution required and no registration, just download!