Planning Your Time

As one of Europe's biggest cities and top capitals with very distinctive individual neighborhoods and sights, Berlin is difficult to tackle in just one or two days. The Kurfürstendamm is the city's premier shopping boulevard. For culture buffs, great antique, medieval, Renaissance, and modern art can be found at the Kulturforum in the Tiergarten, and on Museum Island in Mitte—both cultural centers are a must, and either will occupy at least a half day. Most of the historic sights of German and Prussian history line the city's other grand boulevard, Unter den Linden, in eastern Berlin, which can be strolled in a leisurely two hours, with stops. Note that most shops are closed on Sunday, with the exception of those located in major train stations.