Three days in Berlin – a stroll through West Berlin – day 3
Day 1 in Berlin saw us take in Mitte and Alexanderplatz while on day 2 we got to grips with the city’s troubled history. On our third and final day in Berlin, we’ll experience some of the highlights of West Berlin and give you the option of visiting Charlottenburg Palace or the Olympic Stadium.
To kick off your final day, you have the option of either paying a visit to the majestic Charlottenburg Palace or the historic Olympic Stadium. Both attractions are reasonably spread out so we’ve factored in enough time for you to enjoy your choice.
09:30 Charlottenburg Palace
If you have an interest in kings and queens you are in for a treat. Considered the finest palace in Berlin, Charlottenburg was designed for the use of King Fredrick I and his wife Sophie Charlotte. The grounds of the baroque- style palace were modeled after Versailles. You can visit the gardens for free but we recommend you venture inside the palace itself. The free audio guide is excellent and talks you through the large number of rooms on show. You can almost imagine Sophie Charlotte entertaining and being entertained, or picture Frederick flaunting his wealth in the ‘porcelain room’ with its 7,000 pieces of fine porcelain.
To get to Charlottenburg Palace, take the M45 bus from Zoologisher Garten (direction Spandau Johannesstift) to Schloss Charlottenburg.
: Although you pay an extra 3€ to take pictures inside the palace, the lighting is not great for pictures in many of the rooms and you’re not allowed to use flash photography.
09:30 Olympic Stadium and Olympic Park
Are you a big sports fan, into sporting history? Then you’re going to love your day at the Olympic Stadium and Park.
The Stadium was originally built for the 1936 Olympic Games. You can take a guided tour around it and visit the Olympic park grounds. There’s a lot to see around the vast Olympic area such as the swimming stadium and the ‘Maifeld’, where huge rallies were held for May Day and Hitler Youth. One of the most popular attractions is the Bell Tower observation point, which offers panoramic views of Berlin. The Bell Tower point also offers exhibitions, documentaries and multimedia exhibits, giving a fascinating insight into the history of the stadium and of German culture controlled by the Third Reich at the time. (Please note the Bell Tower’s opening hours are seasonal and depend on the weather.)
To get to the Olympic Stadium, take the U2 U Bahn from Zoologisher Garten to Olympia Stadion.
Guided tours are only available in German and English, and English tours are only on Saturdays (at 12:30). You can book online
12:30 - around Wittenbergplatz
Your day 3 itinerary continues at one of the oldest metro stations in Berlin - Wittenbergplatz. It’s well worth spending a few minutes taking in the impressive station hall and entrance, which were designed by Alfred Grenander in 1912. Leaving the station, head for Wittenbergplatz where you can admire the Ages of Life fountain designed by Waldemar Gryimek. You’ll also find Wittys Organic Food
kiosk here, which specialises in Currywurst and Bratwurst.
Next up head for KaDeWe, Berlin’s most exclusive department store. The food court in particular is guaranteed to have you salivating.
: You can sometimes sample a yummy free chocolate from the chocolate section.
For lunch, try out one of the restaurants at the KaDeWe food court or grab something outside at Witty’s Organic Food stand.
14:30 - Tauentzienstraße
Walk along Tauentzienstraße, a major shopping street with many high-fashion designer stores, towards Breitscheidplatz, where you will find the Europa Centre. Originally constructed in the 1960s, it’s now a shopping mall.
Continuing along Breitscheidplatz you’ll arrive at the square with the World Fountain designed by Joachim Schmettaus. Look up and you’ll see the unmistakable sight of the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church with its damaged spire and the towering new functionally designed church next to it. The inside of the new church looks amazing and the chances are it’s unlike any other church you’ve visited before, with its stunning blue stained glass and striking gold Jesus figure suspended from the altar.
You may want to visit the nearby Zoologister Garten, one of the most visited zoos in Europe, which is also very near to the impressive Aquarium.
16:00 - Kurfürstendamm & Savignyplatz
Walk down Kantstraße and head towards Kurfürstendamm, one of Berlin’s most famous streets which sat at the heart of the golden ‘20s period in Berlin. Nearby you can see the Theater des Westens from which you can walk to Savignyplatz with its shops, restaurants and cafés. Make sure you look out for the lovely garden originally designed by Erwin Barth in 1926 – it’s a peaceful little corner.
Explore some of the streets around the area and you’ll find galleries, swish boutiques and highly sought-after apartments. Finally, head to the Käthe-Kollwitz-Museum, which has the Literaturhaus Café next door and is a great spot to stop for a well-deserved coffee, slice of cake or even a late lunch.
How to spend your last evening in Berlin
Why not finish your three days in Berlin by catching a show at the Theater des Westens or maybe dinner at the elegant Cafe Einstein?