I want to go to the hip area for clothes,art and restaurants...
If you are looking for a good way to orient yourself to the city in a short amount of time, try the free walking tour given by New Europe Tours. You can see details at their website: http://www.neweuropetours.eu/ I only had 48 hrs in Berlin, and spending 4 of them on that tour was a very good choice. The guides all speak English and are generally students who are living and studying in the city, so they know all the popular places for locals, and are more than willing to give you tips on what to see and do after your tour is over. about 8 years ago
Berlin is my favorite city in Europe. There is always something nice to do and see.
If its your first time in Berlin there are some things you really must see!!
My TOP 5 for a 3day trip to Berlin:
1. Visit the Museum Island – Surrounded on all sides by the River Spree, Museum Island is literally an island with museums on it, isnt that clever? It is not only home to some of the citys top class museums such as the Altes Museum and the Pergamon Museum, but also the Berliner Dom and the tranquil Lustgarten.
2.Brandenburg Gate – Every 10, 20 and 50 cent German Euro coin is minted with a picture of this big city gate on its reverse side. Stranded in a lonely no-mans land between 1961 and 89 thanks to the East German government, no other structure in Berlin better symbolises the temporary division of the city.
TIP: Take your camera and get snapping; its not going anywhere anytime soon.
3.Checkpoint Charlie – Berlins most famous crossing point between East and West and a lasting symbol of the citys fragile Cold War relations. Commemorated today by an ersatz replica of the original American checkpoint and two historically inaccurate pictures of Soviet and American soldiers.
TIP: Avoid the museum, its disorganised, expensive, and there is way too much information.
4.Tacheles – One-time department store then SS headquarters in the heart of Berlins former Jewish quarter, the Tacheles was taken over by squatters in 91. Behind the buildings bombed out façade is a wealth of art studios, two cinemas, 3 bars, a beach bar, a café and a newly opened bourgeois restaurant.
TIP: Watch out for the fire-breathing dragon in Café Zapata!
TIP: Just opposite youll find delicious French fries served from a dodgy looking trailer called Beckers Fritten.
5. Karl Marx Allee - Rent a bike at the reception and explore this sweeping communist boulevard where the GDR Government used to proudly present their weapons of mass destruction at their May Day parades.
TIP: Along the way youll pass Café Moskau, which boasts an actual-sized replica of Sputnik. Youll think the Cold War never ended...
For more recommendations on things to do in Berlin I could recommend this BLOG http://blog.eastseven.de about 8 years ago