If your time is limited, or if you’re a newcomer to town, we’ve made two short, connectable city walks that will lead you past the highlights of Berlin. Each takes about 45 minutes, without breaks. The sights mentioned along the walk are to be found in the Sightseeing section.
The first walk is a beeline from Alexanderplatz along Karl-Liebknecht-Straße and down Unter den Linden, that takes in many of the most important sights in Berlin. Your camera’s reward at the end of the stroll 'Under the Linden Trees' is the Brandenburger Tor.
Alexanderplatz to Brandenburger Tor
From Alexanderplatz walk through the squares bordering Karl-Liebknecht-Straße, passing beneath the Berliner Fernsehturm, and then by the Marienkirche, Neptune Fountain and, to the left, the Rotes Rathaus (city hall). Patiently awaiting you on the near-empty Marx-Engels Forum opposite Spandauer Straße are the statuesque men themselves, Karl Marx and Friedrich Engels. Now take Karl-Liebknecht-Straße, named after the Communist leader slain in 1919, over the Spree River and onto the Museumsinsel. On your left is the much-maligned Palast der Republik (1976), the former East German parliament building. It’s slated for demolition to make room for a rebuilt royal Schloss, which before the East Germans dynamited it in 1950, stretched to the next bridge. Facing the lawns of the Lustgarten are the Berliner Dom and the Altes Museum by Karl Friedrich Schinkel. Cross Schinkel’s Schlossbrücke bridge and note that you can turn right to reach the must-see Pergamon Museum.