What is there to see and do in Berlin, and what's the best way to experience the city's best landmarks and attractions? At CityXplora we believe that however detailed you want your itinerary to be, you can't go wrong with the hop-on hop-off bus tour. The glory of hop-on hop-off is that you have the freedom to tailor your own sightseeing from the comfort and convenience of an open-top deck.
The Berlin City Bus Tour is the German capital's definitive self guided sightseeing experience, and it is divided into three unique parts: the Traditional Tour, the Wall and Lifestyle Tour, and the Westend Tour (April-October only). Each tour offers a different perspective on Berlin as well as a wealth of different things to see and do.
Join the Classic Tour and see all of the city's most iconic highlights. As you pass landmarks such as Brandenburg Gate and the Berliner Dom you'll also have the opportunity to hop-off at the famous Museum Island (Museumsinsel) in the central Mitte district. Here's where you'll find the classic Altes Museum in addition to the astounding Pergamon Museum (Ancient Middle Eastern and Islamic Art) and Bode Museum (Late Antique and Byzantine Art).
Close to Checkpoint Charlie (stop 5) we'd highly recommend a visit to the 'Topography of Terror', an exhibition centre that documents Nazi atrocities during WWII. Other interesting places within walking distance of stop 5 are the Jewish Museum and the Martin-Gropius-Bau exhibition centre for arts and culture.
The Wall and Lifestyle Tour focuses on Berlin's key cultural and recent historical sites. Visit the Berlin Wall Memorial and see the fascinating murals that adorn the East Side Gallery. Hop-off at stop 5 for the Berliner Unterwelten, a museum featuring guided tours which explore the tunnels beneath the city, their history, and especially those that served as bunkers during the defence of Berlin towards the end of WWII. By getting off at stop 5 you can also take a stroll through Mauer Park, which hosts a sprawling flea market on Sundays.
The Westend Tour takes the most scenic and diverse route through Berlin's old Westend. Its highlight location is the Olympic Stadium, with its distinctive Glockenturm (Bell Tower). Stop off at the stadium (stops 4 or 3) and join one of the building's regular guided tours. For the best panoramic views in this area of the city disembark at the old Funkturm Television Tower, whose observation deck rises 126-metres above the cityscape.