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Our most recommended Berlin Day Trips

Berlin: Luxury Solar Catamaran River Tour

1. Berlin: Luxury Solar Catamaran River Tour

Admire Berlin's waterways from a unique perspective aboard a 2-hour luxury solar catamaran cruise sailing down the Spree River. Start your trip at the bridge Jannowitzbrücke where you can get views of hidden clubs like "Kater Blau" and the last original part of the Berlin Wall at the East Side Gallery. Pass the oberbaumbrücke and head towards Treptow Park. Here you can see a very green part of Berlin. Enjoy scenic views of the harbor of Treptow and the small island "Insel der Jugend". After, relax on your way back to Jannowitzbrücke.

Potsdam: Sanssouci Palace Guided Tour from Berlin

2. Potsdam: Sanssouci Palace Guided Tour from Berlin

On your beautiful tour of Sanssouci, stroll past the grand buildings that were once the center point of Prussia's imperial grandeur. Take in the stunning gardens of Friedrich II's legendary Sanssouci Palace, and experience a true piece of history. After meeting at Kurfürstendamm, take a short bus ride and arrive in Potsdam for a guided tour of the city. Your guide will show you all of the city's best sights, and they're sure to tell you a fascinating story or two. Stroll through the Dutch Quarter to admire its magnificent buildings and admire the Russian colony of Alexandrovka along the way. The highlight of this tour is, of course, the visit to Sanssouci Palace. A walk through its beautiful park grounds, passing by magnificent Chinese teahouse or the New Palace, are sure to inspire.

Berlin: 1.5-Hour Stand-Up Paddle Boarding Tour

3. Berlin: 1.5-Hour Stand-Up Paddle Boarding Tour

Enjoy paddling on a stand-up paddle board in a small group through Berlin’s vibrant area in the eastern part along the Plänterwald. You will start your tour at the famous DDR radio station called Funkhaus which hosts the largest sound studios in the world. An experienced guide will guide you along the shore and stop for some explanations. You will have time to look around and enjoy the new perspective on this amazing city. From far away you get a glimps on the Alex TV tower, the molecule man statue. The island of youth, two nature reserve islands and many interesting floating devices which were built hand made in Berlin's famous alternative style are waiting to be discovered. Join us on this unique guided city tour on the water!

Berlin: JetSim Flight Simulator Experience

4. Berlin: JetSim Flight Simulator Experience

Be a pilot for a day and take your first flight with the JetSim Flight Simulator in the cockpit of an Airbus A 320. Fly from one of 24,000 airports around the world to enjoy the indescribable feeling of being above the clouds. Discuss your flight plan with your personal JetSim flight instructor, whose real flight experience is at your disposal, then choose your weather conditions, the season and your destination. After a short introduction, begin your personal flight experience, guided the whole time by your trusty co-pilot, who can advise you along the way. At the end of the day, earn your simulator license and have a few memento photographs taken.

Berlin: Scavenger Hunt for School Classes and Families

5. Berlin: Scavenger Hunt for School Classes and Families

Explore exciting Berlin on your own with this scavenger hunt tour that gives families, school classes and day-trippers the opportunity to get to know Berlin in a unique way. The compact version of the Berlin City Scavenger Hunt will lead you to the most famous sights of this vibrant city. The starting point for this unique Scavenger Hunt City Walk through Berlin will be the World Clock at Alexanderplatz. Continue on to the TV tower, which offers a wonderful view of the city of Berlin from its observation deck (ticket not included in the price). A puzzle will also await you at Berlin Cathedral, a perfect spot to take a little breather. You will be able to take a break from the Scavenger Hunt City Tour Berlin whenever you feel like it. Perhaps you would like to take a closer look at the Berlin Cathedral, for example, or visit the Pergamon Museum on Museum Island. Afterwards, continue on to the Neue Wache, the Humboldt University and probably the most beautiful place in Berlin, the Gendarmenmarkt with its picturesque French and German Cathedrals. Needless to say, the puzzles will also lead you to Pariser Platz, where the symbol of Berlin, Brandenburg Gate, stands. The tour will end at Potsdamer Platz with its famous Sony Center. The city game box contains 9 sealed and numbered envelopes with puzzles that need to be solved. Guided by clear and unambiguous directions, you will make your way through Berlin. Solve the puzzles and let the clues lead you to the next destination. The envelopes will also contain detailed background information of each attraction - its history and today's use, which can be used, among other things, for follow-up in class.

Berlin: Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp and Potsdam Tour

6. Berlin: Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp and Potsdam Tour

Acquire deeper knowledge of World War II history and understand the cruelty of the crimes committed against the victims of Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp with a guided visit. Afterward, explore the ancient Slavic town of Postdam and its royal palaces and gardens. Board your bus at the TV tower at Alexanderplatz and begin your drive to the first stop. Meet your Sachsenhausen Memorial guide and enter the camp to understand the dimensions of the cruelty that took place there. Learn about how jobs were distributed and how the camp was run. After your visit, set off towards Potsdam. Hear the story of how it went from being a Slavic town to becoming a royal residence. See the palaces and gardens where the royal families and their courts ruled and walked. Take a guided walk and enjoy some free time to discover the area on your own.

From Berlin: Royal Palaces & Gardens Private Black Van Tour

7. From Berlin: Royal Palaces & Gardens Private Black Van Tour

Start this fascinating tour with pickup at your hotel in Berlin. From there, you will be transported to the beautiful city of Potsdam to begin an 8-hour tour through an atmospheric city crammed full of history and cultural heritage. Whether it's the Prussian Royal Family or Cold War espionage that excites you most, you will not be disappointed. Less than 1 hour from Berlin, Potsdam is a small city surrounded by picturesque landscapes, beautiful nature, abundant palaces, castles, and baroque architectural wonders. Led by an expert guide, explore the picturesque Potsdam and learn the stories behind the city’s spectacular façade. You will visit Glienicker Brücke (Bridge), which crosses the River Havel and runs through the middle of the East/West division. There, hear exciting stories about the spies’ exchanges, undertaken by the allies 3 different times. Many other historic traces of the German division can still be found here as well. The tour will lead you through the former KGB headquarters, the unusual small colony of wooden houses built almost 200 years ago, and other highlights that expose the Soviet influence after the Second World War. Next, visit the Dutch quarter, whose endless rows of red brick houses will remind you of Amsterdam. Potsdam is a city constructed from a patchwork of cultures. The New Garden was commissioned by King Frederick William II more than 200 years ago. After roaming this beautiful fairy-tale garden, the tour guide will lead you to Cecilienhof Palace, the location of the famous Potsdam Conference, built in 1916.  There, walk through the very halls where Stalin, Truman, and Churchill negotiated after the war. Perhaps one of the most visited places in Potsdam is the grave of Frederick the Great at Sanssoucci; situated at the top of a vineyard, it's a truly wonderful spot. You can also visit the other Prussian Royal Family graves at the awe-inspiring Peace Church. The spectacular design of the church is known to evoke spirituality even in those who do not believe. There is so much to see and hear about in this city. At the end of the tour, just sit back and relax as the tour guide transports you back to your hotel.

From Berlin: Potsdam Half-Day Guided Tour

8. From Berlin: Potsdam Half-Day Guided Tour

Berlin without Potsdam is like Paris without Versailles - leave Berlin without a trip to its royal residence, and you can't say that you've seen it all. Potsdam's fairy-tale landscapes are inviting and playful, and make any walk a delightful experience. Arrive from Berlin at the “Kaiser Bahnhof”, the final Emperor’s personal train station, and set off through the sprawling Sanssouci gardens. Accompanied by an expert guide, you will learn all about the Prussian Kings. From the ridiculous to the impressive, from the ineffective to the mighty, you’ll learn how Prussia rose from a minor European power to the foundation of the German Empire! Discover where Wilhelm II fled Germany at the end of World War I, see the impressive Venetian mosaic in the solemn Church of Peace, and find out just why Germans leave potatoes on Frederick the Great’s grave! Enjoy a relaxed trip from Berlin and back again on a 4-hour trip to Potsdam’s most famous and beloved park.

Potsdam: Guided Private Car Tour from Berlin

9. Potsdam: Guided Private Car Tour from Berlin

Start your Potsdam sightseeing adventure from the comfort of your accommodation in Berlin. Here, your driver will be waiting to pick you up. After a short meet and greet you and your group will hop aboard your private, air-conditioned vehicle and set off to Potsdam.  Enjoy the luxury of a schedule that can be completely customized to your needs. You also have the ability to combine your 4-hour Potsdam tour with a Berlin city tour. Throughout the duration of your tour, you will ride in a business class vehicle, equipped with air-conditioning and a microphone, allowing you to learn from your professional and informative driver. When traveling through Potsdam, you'll can see the following sites: Glienicke Palace, Babelsberg Palace, Glienicke Bridge, Palace and Park Sanssouci, New Palace, Orangerieschloss, New Chambers, Charlottenhof, Cecilienhof, Dutch Quarter and the Potsdam old city center. You will also have the chance to stop at some of these sites and enter the premises. Finish your tour with a relaxing drive back to your accommodation in Berlin and enjoy an evening of rest after a day of adventure. 

Berlin: All-in-One Shore Excursion from Warnemünde Port

10. Berlin: All-in-One Shore Excursion from Warnemünde Port

This shore excursion is adjusted to each ship’s docking times and starts promptly after your vessel’s arrival, returning with plenty of time to spare - ensuring that you will not miss your cruise ship’s departure.  Meet your host in front of your cruise ship as soon as it docks. Board a comfortable, air-conditioned bus and take a relaxing journey through the picturesque flatlands of East Germany. Arrive in Berlin and meet your professional English-speaking tour guide. Begin the tour in West Berlin at the Charlottenburg Palace. Stretch your legs as your knowledgeable local guide gives you an introduction to the city. Then, drive through the former British sector along Berlin’s Champs-Élysées - the Kurfürstendamm, past the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church and the KaDeWe, the largest department store in continental Europe. Next, head to East Berlin - visiting the impressive parliament building, the Reichstag - on the way. Stroll through the famous Brandenburg Gate and nearby Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Admire the Tiergarten central park, the Victory Column, a Soviet memorial, the Memorial to the Murdered Sinti and Roma as well as the Paris Square. Continue on to the site of Hitler’s bunker, through Potsdamer Platz to one of the few remaining pieces of the Berlin Wall before reaching the former site of the Headquarters of the SS and Gestapo, today known as the Topography of Terror. Next is your chance to pass through Checkpoint Charlie – the most famous crossing point between East and West Berlin during the Cold War - and visit the former US sector. After some free time for lunch (not included in the tour price), continue the tour through the former Soviet sector of East Berlin to visit the spectacular Gendarmenmarkt and Bebelplatz – famous for being the ‘Nazi Book Burning Square’. Visit Berlin’s historic former Royal Quarter – the beautiful boulevard of Unter den Linden, the UNESCO World Heritage Site of Museum Island, the Berlin Cathedral, and Alexanderplatz with its iconic TV Tower. Time permitting, your tour guide might drive past the longest remaining stretch of the Berlin Wall with its world-famous graffiti – the East Side Gallery or stop in the former Jewish Quarter, which has recently become the fashion and art center of the German capital. At the end of your Berlin tour, say goodbye to your tour guide, and be whisked off in comfort back to your cruise ship.

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What are other things to do than Day Trips that are worth visiting in Berlin?

5 best day trips from Berlin

Day trip to Leipzig

1. Day trip to Leipzig

The cultural hub of Leipzig is an enriching day trip from Berlin. In the 20th-century, Leipzig was a leading urban area of East Germany, and visitors today can take a walk through history from that era up to the present at the Forum of Contemporary History. Art lovers can peruse the Leipzig Museum of Fine Arts, while classical music fans can visit the Bach Museum before paying respects at the composer’s tomb in St. Thomas Church. Get off your feet for a bit at Coffe Baum, a historic cafe that’s been open since 1686.

How far is Leipzig from Berlin?

Situated about 160 kilometers (99 miles) from Berlin, the ICE express train can get you to Leipzig in 70 minutes. By car, the journey is closer to two hours, depending on traffic. Express buses can take anywhere from an hour to two hours, depending on the time of day.

Day trip to Dresden

2. Day trip to Dresden

Taking a day trip to Dresden is an excellent way to get to know the city sitting on the Elbe River. Easily accessible from Berlin, the Saxon city is renowned for its splendid royal buildings. Though many have been rebuilt from ruins, sites like Zwinger and the Hofkirche are as majestic as ever. Stop into the city’s iconic Frauenkirche, which was rebuilt from its own rubble after sitting as ruins for 60 years. While walking around the city, always make sure to keep your eyes peeled for the incredible street art.

How far is Dresden from Berlin?

The 193 kilometers (120 miles) between Berlin and Dresden take around two hours by car (without traffic) or by Eurocity train. The bus is the most affordable option and will take two and a half hours.

Day trip to Wannsee

3. Day trip to Wannsee

The two lakes of Wannsee are a popular escape from the heart of the city for locals and travelers, alike. A retreat for the rich and famous, this picturesque area boasts a collection of luxurious villas; you can get a glimpse into this lavish lakeside life at the Liebermann Villa. Wannsee is also home to the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of the elegant Jagdschloss Glienicke, and the Phaueninsel castle. Of course, during nice weather this large lake region is full of sun-worshipers enjoying the outdoors and water recreation.

How far is Wannsee from Berlin?

Located in the west of Berlin, Wannsee is an easy 25 kilometers (15.5 miles) from the center of Berlin. You can get there in just 30 minutes by car or public transportation.

Day trip to Hamburg

4. Day trip to Hamburg

Head north for the day to explore the northern port city of Hamburg. Known for its maritime importance and heritage, can learn about the city’s history at the Internationale Maritime Museum. But this hip city is more than boats and cargo. Tour the Speicherstadt — the largest warehouse district in the world and a UNESCO World Heritage Site, check out the St. Pauli Piers, or see the modern design of the Elbphilharmonie. If you have time, the nightlife in the St. Pauli district is unforgettable — and where The Beatles honed their musical chops.

How far is Hamburg from Berlin?

The express train is by far the fastest option to Hamburg, making the 285-kilometer (177 miles) trip in just 90 minutes. For more affordable options, traveling by bus or car will take closer to two and a half to three hours.

Day trip to Szczecin

5. Day trip to Szczecin

Head over the eastern border of Germany for an adventure in Szczecin, Poland. This charming seaport city on the Oder River offers travelers a delightful day of culture and sightseeing. Not to be missed is the commanding Ducal castle, once the seat of the dukes of Pomerania. Don’t miss the old town, or stare miasto, with its colorful facades and town hall, which now houses a museum and the Wyszak Brewery. Architecture fans should head to Solidarity Square to see the ultra-modern Szczecin Philharmonic building.

How far is Szczecin from Berlin?

However you travel, the journey of 143 kilometers (88 miles) from Berlin to Szczecin will take between two and three hours. The bus takes closer to three hours, while driving is usually around two. Travel by train ranges anywhere in between.

Berlin day trip FAQ

What are the best transportation options for my day trip?

There are several different ways to travel around for a day trip from Berlin. Your decision depends on your priorities and your preference.
  • • Berlin day trips by train

    The train is always a smart and efficient choice when traveling around Germany. Though it may not always be the cheapest option, trains to most popular destinations are frequent and on time, and often faster than driving in traffic.

  • • Berlin day trips by bus

    From Berlin, the bus is almost always the most affordable option for taking a day trip, though it may not be the quickest. Travel times for the bus tend to be about equal or slightly longer than driving. Local buses that make more stops may take significantly longer.

  • • Berlin day trips by car

    Having your own car gives you the freedom to do your day trip your way. You can take breaks to admire the scenery, or power through without any undesired stops. You can also access more rural areas faster than you would on public transportation.

Should I take a guided tour for my day trip?

If you want to take your day trip to a whole new level, a guided tour is a great idea. Whether you’re visiting sites with long lines and ticket reservations or trying to combine three different locations into one trip, a guided tour can make it happen with minimal work for you.

What should I pack for my day trip?

What to bring on your trip always depends on a number of factors. If you’re taking a guided tour, they may provide you with meals, rain gear, and even souvenirs. Regardless of where you’re headed, cold weather clothes are necessary for the winter months.

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I've done this tour a few times and it's always such a nice and relaxing activity. The people running the tour are very friendly and there's a pleasant atmosphere on board. Plenty of outside space to sit and enjoy the views. Good value for money. Lovely, will do it again!

Our castle guide was just great! Charmingly funny ( for me as a native of Basel it was a pleasure ) and very competent. Our driver was great too. Best wishes to both E. RothCueni

The city of Potsdam is amazing, the tour was extremely organized, punctual, the guide very prepared.

Tour guide was knowledgeable and friendly. It was a great way to spend a day.

Very educational and well-presented. Had an excellent time.