The iconic Brandenberg Gate in Berlin, Germany
1. Hot-air balloon (called Hi-Flyer) which gets you 150 meters high so you get a great view of the City from above. It is 20 minutes for around 20 euros. The balloon is tied down so it only goes up but it’s a unique way to see the sites and take a high-flying selfie.
2. Brandenberg Gate- It’s worth going at night as it is well illuminated so you can see the artwork inside each column. From there it’s a 20 minute walk to Victory Tower, a wide road where you walk past a forest and war memorials.
3. Fassbender und Rausch, the first chocolate restaurant in Europe, located on the Gendarmenmarkt- There is a shop downstairs and giant chocolate sculptures. You can have a dessert for around five euros, a decent sized cake. The ultra rich dark chocolate variety is a divine combo for chocoholics. It’s a glamorous setting with helpful staff.
4. Berliner Unterwelten - The tour takes you down to the historic abysses beneath the city through abandoned tunnels and bunkers where the Nazis holed up during WWII. Tours are in German,Spanish and English.There is a book you can buy which gives useful information to accompany the details given by the guide. To see the rooms with fluorescent paint used on the walls and the weapons deployed first hand is a surreal experience.
5. The Magicum is Germany’s first magic museum. It is very interactive - we spent nearly three hours there and the time flies by. There are puzzles and challenges and a sheet about your tarot card readings to fill in. There are also artefacts and info around the role of magic in the major religions. The owner is a larger than life character who interacts well with visitors.www.magicum-berlin.de
6. Berlin wall - A good way to burn off the calories walking around the site of the old wall and admiring the artwork. There is an informative outdoor exhibition in the Checkpoint Charlie area. Next to it is an impressive indoor panoramic painting of the city, which makes you relive life during the 80s when the wall was up,
7. Olympic Stadium - The ground which will stage June’s Champions League final. The tour has an audio guide which will immerse you in the rich history including its staging of the 1936 Olympics and how the atmosphere changes on matchdays when Hertha Berlin host games. It is a huge site which does need better signposting though as it is easy to get lost.
8. Computerspielemuseum Berlin - This a Computer games museum which includes some rare originals, playable classics & game art. Gamers young and old will love spending time here, as you explore the past, present and future of gaming. There is also an arcade with some retro games games inclining Pacman and Space Invaders. Expect some sore hands afterwards.
Visitors to Berlin can buy a WelcomeCard to use on trains and buses as well as get a discount on attractions: Berlin WelcomeCard – das Erlebnisticket für Berlin Touristen