The capital city of Germany is also ahead of the other cities in politics, science, culture and media. It also does lead in offering amusement and entertainment opportunities to its tourists. Berlin embraces a wonderful combination of the relics of the past and the new-age structures and the culture of the present. It compliments and upholds very well both the antique and the modern adornments, after refurbishing what has been ruined during World War II. Several hundred art galleries, the Berlin Opera, Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra and the museums collectively contribute to the cultural and physical beauty of Berlin. If you are wondering about the things you should do and where you should go when you visit Berlin, then read on to find out. Here is a list of the top day trips from Berlin to explore the nearby locales.
Leipzig is brimming with art, culture, and history alongside several exciting outdoor activities. It was one of the most populous cities in Germany. In fact, it is considered the 10th most populous city in Germany. Leipzig, with a 1000-year-old rich history, is known as the city of music, of commerce and of heroes. It houses plenty of historic buildings and towers, such as The Old Stock Exchange, The Old Trade Fair, and the Panometer. This city is popularly referred to as Little Paris, Athens on the River Pleisse, and the Venice of the North.
Address: Saxony, Germany
Sanssouci Park is one of the most sought-after tourist destinations in Germany, especially if one is visiting Potsdam. The Sanssouci Palace along with several other historic structures are surrounded by this park. It encompasses the palaces and complexes where Prussian kings had ruled from. Being a UNESCO World Heritage site, the park attracts tourists from all around the world. There is so much to explore out here that you can easily spend a whole day touring.
Potsdam with Guided Sanssouci Palace Tour from Berlin
Duration: 4 hours
Dresden is the place where you will find wonderful works of art to admire and culture to marvel at. Explore places like Zwinger palace, Semperoper and Frauenkirche and learn about the history of the place. The parks, European architecture and the riverbanks along Elbe (with stunning views of the city and the skyline) are all worth the experience. Also, enjoy your way to Dresden from Berlin in an air-conditioned coach.
Dresden Day Trip from Berlin
Duration: 10 hours
It was one of the first concentration camps built by the Third Reich. It is six hours away from Berlin, and you will be travelling with a tour guide and historian, who will divulge details about the history and establishment of the place. The command headquarters and execution trench are a few locations that will be worth exploring in this camp. The camp is considered a national memorial for the prisoners who lived and died here.
Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Tour from Berlin
Duration: 6 hours
Wannsee is referred to as the family pool of Berlin, accommodating up to 30,000 bathers. It has covered beach chair rentals, water slide, sunbathing areas in both the beach and the recreation park. There is a children’s park, and the adults can play volleyball and soccer. It comprises a boat rental and several eateries to feed your spirit for adventure and keep you well nourished. Take a stroll by the beach or enjoy a swim.
Address: Wannseebadweg 25, Berlin
Potsdam has some very beautiful palaces, parks and gardens. Visit Potsdam from Berlin via a seven-hour guided tour. Prussian kings and German emperors resided here for three centuries. There are so many stunning places to explore here. Cecilenhof Palace is where Churchill, Truman, and Stalin wrote world history. Check out Sansoucci Palace, which is one of the largest World Heritage Sites in Germany under UNESCO, the castle of Babelsberg and the Marble Palace. Also, explore the city centre, the Glienicke Bridge and the Dutch Quarter.
Private Tour: Potsdam Day Trip from Berlin
Duration: 7 hours
Spreewalt Biosphere Reserve is a UNESCO World Heritage site, with its lush natural greenery, as the likes of a wild garden, and a network of rivers. You can cross these rivers aboard a shallow punt boat called a Kahn. On some of these waterways, popularly known as Fließe, stand farmsteads and small islands, which you can explore. You can go kayaking, canoeing or stroll the walking trails to discover the natural beauty of the Reserve. Lübben and Lübbenau are the two towns here, which are usually flocked with tourists enthralled by not only the natural beauty but also the art and culture of this place.
Address: Berlin, Germany
Szczecin, being the political, cultural and industrial capital of the Pomeranian region, is the largest city in Northwestern Poland. Out of the several historical buildings, the ones that survive and have been rebuilt are the 15th-century Town Hall and the 16th-century St. James Cathedral. Szczecin is also known for the historic buildings along River Odra in Wały Chrobego. The remaining Old Town or Stary Miasto and the Pomeranian Dukes Castle are beautiful adornments in this city, which are worth your visit.
Pfaueninsel too is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and it is also a nature reserve for wild birds. This island on River Havel is as though it is out of a fairy tale, encompassing a mesmerising white castle and an unfurling parkland packed with peacocks, cormorants and woodpeckers among other wildlife. Pfaueninsel or the Peacock island affords the perfect destination in Berlin for a romantic day out. The exterior of the castle looks as though it is made of marble, but it, in fact, is painted wood.
Address: Pfaueninsel, 14109 Berlin, Germany
Price: By ferry 4 EUR (4.48 USD)
10. Usedom Island
Usedom Island is well known as the Sunny Island, receives over 2000 hours of sunlight every year, is the second-largest island in Germany. It is situated on the Baltic Sea, encompassing not only 42 kilometres (26 mi) of white sandy beach but also 200 kilometres (124.3 mi) of cycle trail and 400 kilometres (248.5 mi) of the hiking path. Usedom Island is usually teeming with tourists all year round. Music and theatre performances outdoors are a constant here. A large number of both luxury and budget-friendly hotels and villas line the beach. Canoeing, wind and kite surfing are also prevalent here.
Address: Island divided between Germany and Poland
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The list of tourist destinations in Berlin, Germany, can run on and on. It is not possible to cover all the destinations in one article. But do visit the places mentioned above, as they constitute some of the most famous destinations in Berlin.
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