First of all, a note on our own behalf: All of our suggestions can be easily reached with our Hop On - Hop Off city tours, so you save time and nerves, get information about the city via audio guide in 16 languages and can concentrate on the essentials; and when the weather is nice, we open the roof for you to have a wonderful convertible feeling.
You got it the right way. The Berlin Zoo is actually the oldest of its kind in Germany. Around 20,000 animals from almost 1,200 different species live on an area of 33 hectares. This makes the zoological garden one of the most biodiverse zoos in the world. What is also unique in Germany are the giant pandas. With Meng Meng, Jiao Qing and their kids, you have the opportunity to observe the animals up close. Visit the Zoo with your children and attend the events such as the seal´s feeding times. An absolute must-see!
Location: Hardenbergplatz 8, 10787 Berlin
Hop Off: Stop 13 (line 1) - Kurfürstendamm
The view from the television tower is world-famous and for many visitors to Berlin this is the first point of contact to get a view of Berlin from above. There is however an alternative directly at Potsdamer Platz which we think is just as interesting. The fastest elevator in Europe takes you to the 24th and 25th floors of the Kollhoff Tower in 20 seconds where a combination of viewing platform, exhibition and panorama cafe awaits you. The view from the top will delight you and you will be rewarded with the best view of the Brandenburg Gate, the parliament, and government district or the Gendarmenmarkt.
Location: Potsdamer Platz 1, 10785 Berlin
Hop Off: Stop 17 (line 1) - Potsdamer Platz
Visiting Berlin without seeing the remains of the Berlin Wall is of course not possible. This special part at the banks of the Spree is the largest open-air gallery in the world and has been visited and admired by millions of people every year since it opened in spring 1990. 118 artists from 21 countries painted this section over a length of 1.3 kilometers.
If you are a little tired from running and your children need fresh air, we recommend you take a look at the neighbouring Mercedes Platz. There, you will find numerous restaurants and cafes to strengthen yourself.
Location: Mühlenstrasse between Ostbahnhof and Oberbaumbrücke
Hop Off: Stop 3 (Line 2) - East Side Gallery
If you need a little break from all the hustle and bustle, you will find the first and oldest residential area in the city between Alexanderplatz and the new city palace, the Nikolaiviertel. As early as the middle of the 13th century, the first houses in Berlin were built here with the Nikolaikirche (Saint Nicholas Church).
The area was almost completely destroyed in the Second World War and was not reconstructed until the city's 750th anniversary in 1987. Today, you will find 40 small shops, 30 cafes & restaurants and 5 museums in a prime location. The narrow streets convey their own charm and invite you to stroll and linger.
In Christmas time, it is worth visiting the area with children even more. There are small Christmas shops, Musik, Christmas gifts, Glühwein and cookies.
Location: Am Nussbaum 3, 10178 Berlin
Hop Off: Stop 3 (Line 1) & Stop 6 (Line 2) - Rotes Rathaus