When sightseeing in Berlin, the ideal is to have all the time and all the money in the world to enjoy what the city has to offer, but, as this is not always the case, there is a resource to save time and money: the Berlin Pass.
1. What is the Berlin Pass
The Berlin Pass is a tourist pass designed for visitors to Berlin to get to know its main points of interest with a series of benefits and saving money and time. Paying a fixed amount you will be able to:
- Free admission to more than 50 museums and monuments in Berlin without waiting in line
- Get discounts at selected restaurants and retailers
- Take a cruise on the river that runs through the city
- Enjoy a tour on the tourist bus
- Get a color city guide to help you plan your trip
- Use the city's public transportation free of charge if this option is selected
Depending on your travel plans, you can choose between the two-day Berlin Pass and the three-day Berlin Pass and, for a little extra, you can add free use of the city's public transport covering zones A, B, and C to either of them.
2. How the Berlin Pass works
The way any city pass works is simple: it is activated with the first use and from then on you have a certain time to benefit from its advantages by showing it at the entrance of museums and monuments. Look for the special entrance for those who have this card at the landmarks and tourist sites included in the pass.
You can buy the Berlin Pass in Berlin, but you can also get it online easily and choose between picking it up in Berlin at an authorized distribution point or having it delivered to your home. Once you buy it you have a period of two years to activate it, so you don't have to worry about your travel plans being changed or canceled. By purchasing the Berlin Pass online you can resolve any queries you may have by email when making your booking.
Prices per time of use
- 2 days: $ 116
- 3 days: $ 140
- 2 days + transportation: $ 134
- 3 days + transportation: $ 170
Children under the age of six do not need the Berlin Pass to use public transport and to access most of the city's museums and monuments free of charge when accompanied by an adult. There is a special pass for children from 6 to 14 years old which includes the same as the adult pass and has a reduced price.
Ana's Traveller Tip
Calculate the distance from your accommodation to the places of interest you plan to visit to find out whether or not you should add the transport option to your Berlin Pass.
3. What attractions and experiences are included in the Berlin Pass
You already know what the Berlin Pass is, how it works, how to buy it, and what are its advantages. Now I will tell you about the most interesting part: what free entrance to museums and monuments it includes and what experiences you can do during the time you have it active, also for free.
Located at Checkpoint Charlie, the most famous of the Berlin Wall's border crossings, it is dedicated to the history of the wall that separated the city of Berlin in two and to the years of the Cold War. An ideal option to learn in depth how this historical period affected the inhabitants of the German capital and how it has influenced what the city is today.
The most visited of the famous Museum Island, one of the most important museum complexes in Europe. It houses Islamic and Near East art, among which the Pergamon frieze and the Miletus market gate stand out.
Climbing the Berlin Cathedral
One of the best places to contemplate the views of the city while visiting one of the most recognizable buildings of the city.
Former National Gallery
Techniques such as classicism, romanticism, impressionism, and modernism are mixed in this renowned gallery.
Also located on Museum Island, it houses Byzantine art and is a favorite visit for treasure hunters.
Madame Tussauds Museum
It is one of the best wax museums in Europe and the quality and quantity of its figures make it worth a visit. It can also be a fun plan for the whole family.
Tourist bus tour with free stops
This is one of the main advantages of the Berlin Pass. During a day of your choice, you will have access to a tour on the Berlin sightseeing bus with sightseeing tours and commentary on board. This tour also includes free stops: you can get on and off the bus at the stops you want using it as a means of transport that will facilitate your sightseeing in the city.
City River Cruise
If you travel to Berlin in summer (in winter the low temperatures do not allow it) you will also have access to a one hour cruise on the Spree River. I recommend you to take advantage of this opportunity; you have different times available and it is an ideal opportunity to enjoy the sights of the city without haste or stress.
Bicycle tour through Berlin
During your visit to Berlin, especially in good weather, you will see hundreds of passers-by riding bicycles. This is a very widespread means of transport in the city and it is also an original and comfortable way to take a guided tour visiting the main points of interest of the city.
You will recognize it by the architectural complex that lies on the surface and is a must-see on any visit to Berlin. Reserve a minimum of two hours to see it as inside there is a multitude of testimonies and contextual elements that will help you immerse yourself in a dark period of German history.
Dedicated to German espionage and the different historical moments in which it played a fundamental role in the development of the war and the future of the country.
Museum of photography
This museum analyzes different themes through the photography of both the most recognized personalities of the genre and contemporary photographers.
German Historical Museum
More than 8000 objects of different types speak of the different periods of German history in this interesting museum. A must for history lovers.
A paradise for the little ones and a curious and fun visit for adults. In the complex dedicated to Lego you will disconnect from the hustle and bustle of the city for a few hours.
City walking tours
It is what you can never fail to do when visiting any city. Having an expert guide accompany you during a walking tour not only means discovering interesting corners of the city that you would not otherwise visit but also learning important curiosities and historical facts that will help you appreciate even more everything you see during your trip.
Ana's Traveller Tip
Many museums in Berlin are closed on Mondays; please keep this in mind before activating your Berlin Pass.
4. Should I buy the Berlin Pass?
Before deciding to buy this or any other tourist card my advice will always be the same: plan your trip and do the math. A city pass is an excellent option to save money and time, but you have to have a minimum of planning to take advantage of it.
- Your idea is to visit the city at an intensive pace during the time the Berlin Pass is active and see two or three museums and monuments per day.
- You will be using the city's public transportation regularly either because your hotel is far from downtown or because you do not plan to walk.
- You are going to visit the city in high season during a weekend and you want to save time waiting.
- You are interested in experiences such as the cruise or the tour bus tour.
- The museums you want to go to are closed during one of the days your card is active.
- You can access museums or monuments with any kind of special discount (by groups, age, profession, etc).
- You only want to visit two or three museums during your visit and the individual cost of the tickets does not cover the cost of the card.
Whatever you choose, remember that the city of Berlin is not only museums and monuments; there are neighborhoods and green areas to walk around and also places of interest that do not require an entrance ticket. Reserve at least one of the days of your trip to walk around Berlin at your leisure without rushing or schedules.
5. Difference between Berlin Pass and Berlin Welcome Card
If you have done the math and planning and have come to the conclusion that the Berlin Pass is not the best for your trip, before you completely rule out buying a tourist pass you can also check the conditions of the Berlin Welcome Card. This is another option with which you can also save money during your visit to the German capital and I have written everything you need to know about the card here: Berlin Welcome Card.
The main difference between the Berlin Welcome Card and the Berlin Pass is that the first one is more focused on free public transport (it is included in all its modalities) than on the entrance tickets to museums and monuments; in its standard version you can access with discounts to the main points of interest of the city, but not for free. On the other hand, while the Berlin Pass is valid for two or three days, the Berlin Welcome Pass can also be used for 4, 5, or 6 days.
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There is one visit that is not included in the Berlin Pass and that, if you have time, is well worth doing during your trip to the German capital: the tour of the Charlottenburg Palace.
This 18th-century palace is the most important in the German capital and, in addition to being able to enjoy its sumptuous interior decoration, it has impressive free gardens open to the public. The visit is ideal to get away from the stress of the center of Berlin, is easily accessible by public transport and will take you no more than a morning.
In addition, Charlottenburg Palace also offers premium experiences such as a concert of classical music by the Berlin Resident Orchestra or an elegant three-course dinner in the Orangery. If you are interested in learning more about this experience, you can visit this article on Charlottenburg Palace.