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Berlin 3-day Itinerary (child-friendly and includes Berlin Christmas Market)
The freedom of wandering randomly in a city and traveling to a foreign city without some proper planning certainly decreases once you are equipped with kids.
We opted to spend a long weekend in Berlin, Germany, before Christmas with our little ones. We flew to the Tegel airport, which is 45 minutes bus ride away from the city centre. We chose to stay in the centre where almost everything is in walkable distance to avoid going up and down with public transportations with the baby prem. The hotel, Nikolai Residence (see hotel review) turned out having a fantastic location and we only need to get on the bus twice to get bit further away.
Below itinerary is organized in logical walking route.
Berlin Cathedral - DDR Museum - Museum Island
We started our day at 13:00 afternoon in Berlin and headed straight to the Berlin Cathedral.
The Berlin Cathedral was completed in 1905 and has gone through numerous architectural renovations. You can reach the top of the cathedral by climbing a spiral staircase which brings you to a magnificent 360 degree view of the Berlin city. (Our baby pushchair cannot reach there so we took turn to get up there!)
On the second floor is an exhibition displaying the history of the Cathedral. We spend around an one and half hour there.
Right across the Cathedral is the DDR museum, an interactive museum that brings you back to the DDR era and the life of East-German.
It was a great fun learning experience for our 12 year old to touch and feel the historical artifacts. Would appreciate if more museums can be organized this way.
Walking further on the other side of the Berlin Cathedral is the Museum Island, a cluster of 5 museums. We did not check out all of them but only the Neues Museum.
For more info of the Museum Island, check http://www.berlin.de/orte/sehenswuerdigkeiten/museumsinsel/index.en.php.
Day One Itinerary
The DDR Museum
Branderburgen Gate - Reischtag - Memorial to the murdered Jews - Potsdamer Platz - Topography of Terror – Checkpoint Charlie - Has am Charlie Museum
We took an 8 minutes’ bus ride to reach Branderburgen Gate after breakfast. Branderburgen Gate has over 200 years of history and is a symbol of the divided city.
Right next to the Branderburgen Gate is the ‘Reischtag’, the Parliament building. Would recommend to book the free guided tour to visit the Parliament building as well as the magnificent dome on top. See link for registration.
After visiting the Parliament building, we shifted to the Memorial to the murdered Jews before we went on with a 5 minutes walk to the Potsdamer Platz for lunch.
There is a well organised Christmas market in the Potsdamer Platz and at the same time you can choose from the restaurants from the side streets around the plaza, or in the Sony Center. An small outdoor exhibition of the original Berlin Wall is located also in the Potsdamer Platz.
After our traditional German lunch, we walked for another 8 minutes towards the Topography of Terror. Pay attention on the pavement on your way as there are marks of the location of the original Berlin wall.
The Topography of Terror is quite an emotional museum showing the history of secret police and other the history of terror in other countries.
And if you follow the trace of the pavement mark towards the famous Checkpoint Charlie, you will find the Checkpoint in another 8-10 minutes walk. The Has am Charlie Museum, seen as one of the best museum in Berlin by locals is right there.
Inside of the Reichstag dome
Day Two Itinerary
East-side gallery - Alexanderplatz
We planned to go to East-side Gallery but at the end we felt that we’ve seen enough of the Berlin Wall in previous 2 days so we skipped it to avoid the train ride. Surely it would worth the visit of you have the time.
We went to Alexanderplatz for lunch and some serious shopping in the shops and Christmas market before we fly our in the afternoon.
The 'Berlin Wall' sign on the pavement
Day Three Itinerary
We were all very glad that we planned the trip this way and it was almost hassle free even to travel with a 15 month-old.
Berlin is a very child-friendly city. We got no problem in any of the restaurants to get a child-seat or to park our pushchair.
Enjoy your visit in Berlin!
© 2014 Moxyl