This Berlin guide in one day It is designed for travelers who have little time or to optimize the route for a first day in one of the most amazing cities in the world.
Berlin is a city with a strong character marked by a tragic history, in which its almost total destruction during World War II and the subsequent construction of the Berlin Wall during the time of the "Cold War", are still very present in several places of the city. And although with the passage of time, Berlin has become a modern and multicultural city full of museums, parks and places with a liberal atmosphere, in which it is impossible to get bored at any time, history is still very present in many of their places.
Based on the experience of our trips to Berlin in 7 days and Berlin in 4 days we have made this guide to travel Berlin in one day. We start!
How to go from the airport to the center of Berlin
Keep in mind that most low-cost airlines land at the Berlin-Schönefeld Airport located 24 kilometers from the city while large companies arrive at the main airport of Berlin-Tegel, located 8 kilometers. The 2 airports have several means of transport to reach the city center or your hotel.
- Train: The Airport Express leaves from Schönefeld airport which will take you to several stations in central Berlin such as Hauptbahnhof, Friedrichstrasse and Alexanderplatz in half an hour. Another option is to take the suburban train (S-Bahn) that takes a little longer, although you may be interested according to the schedule. In both cases you will have to buy a ticket for areas A, B and C that costs 3.40 euros per person and route.
- Bus: The JetExpressBus leaves from Tegel airport which will take you to Alexanderplatz in half an hour for 2.80 euros. From this square you can connect with several subway lines with which you can reach your hotel. Please note that from the Schönefeld airport it is not advisable to use the bus.
- Cab: The prices to go to the city from the two airports are between 30 and 40 euros.
- Private transport: With a price slightly higher than the taxi, it is the most comfortable option, since a driver at the airport will wait for you with a sign with your name, which will take you directly to the hotel. You can book it here.
You can find more information about the transfer in this post on how to go from the Berlin airport to the center.
Accommodation in Berlin
Our recommended hotel to make a route through Berlin in one day or more is the Park Plaza Wallstreet Berlin, located very close to Museum Island and 100 meters from the Spittelmarkt metro stop. In addition to having a good location, it has spacious and clean rooms, friendly staff and a good buffet breakfast included in the price.
Tips for saving in Berlin
Other tips that can help you prepare the trip:
- Buy a 24-hour transport ticket for areas A and B for a price of 7 euros, perfect since most tourist places are concentrated in these 2 areas. This pass includes all public transport and you get profitable if you are going to use the transport more than 2 times a day. Another good option is to buy 4 tickets for 9 euros, which you can combine with more people, an option also recommended considering that the individual journey is 2.80 euros.
- Book a free tour in Spanish in Berlin Free! To learn about the great history of the city while visiting its most interesting places.
- Buy the Berlin WelcomeCard, with which you will have free public transport and discounts of up to 50% at more than 190 attractions in the city.
- If you do not want to pay commissions when withdrawing money from ATMs and always have the current exchange, we recommend using the N26 card to pay and the BNEXT card to get money, our two favorite cards for travel.
You can find much more information in the post of the best cards to travel without commissions.
For more recommendations you can consult this post of tips for traveling to Berlin essential.
Berlin guide in one day
This Berlin route in one day start early entering the Reichstag, which opens at 8 in the morning, to see its incredible glass dome designed by Norman Foster. To access you need to make a reservation online, in advance, with which you can ensure the date and time of entry. A good opportunity to learn more about the history of this classic-style building, currently the seat of the German Parliament since 1999, is to take an audio guide in Spanish.
Map of the route through Berlin in one day