I love travelling to the vibrant and cool German city that is Berlin. One of my favourite areas to base myself in is around Alexanderplatz.
Ever since German reunification, Alexanderplatz has undergone a gradual process of distinct change with many of the surrounding buildings being renovated.
Despite the reconstruction of the tram line crossing, it has retained its historical socialist character, and can be a very interesting place to go off on a wandering walk.
With great transport connections to other parts of Berlin, Alexanderplatz is a perfect location to situate yourself for a visit to Berlin.
Here are a few tips I’ve outlined to help you along on your next visit to Alexanderplatz, Berlin.
Transport options for Alexanderplatz and Berlin
Alexanderplatz has great transportation connections to explore the rest of Berlin, making it a great hub to locate yourself for your visit. If you happen to be flying into Berlin TXL airport, grab the TXL airport bus directly to Alexanderplatz. How awesome and easy is that!
My advice would be to get a seven day public transport ticket for one person: The ‘seven day ticket’ is valid for seven consecutive days from the day of its validation. The ticket costs 30 euros. Its validity ends on the seventh day at midnight and covers the TXL bus (Zone AB) and the most popular destinations across Berlin.
The S/U-Bahn trains, buses and trams are all covered after one stamp validation at the yellow machines you will see around, then you can keep it in your wallet and never have to line up for a ticket. You can purchase one from any ticket machine, even the one at the airport. You can grab the TXL bus to the city centre straight away.
Where to stay in Alexanderplatz: St Christopher’s Inn Berlin
St Christopher’s Inn Berlin is a great place to stay location-wise, with Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz (Berlin U-Bahn) metro station right by and a short 7 minute walk to Alexanderplatz S station.
There is a wonderful hostel party atmosphere at the main bar Belushi’s, with great deals and plenty of travellers to meet. I like to stay in the 12 bed pod dorms. You get your own private closed-off pod space with a locker.
Remember to book via the St Christophers Inn app to snap up the best price and free continental breakfast throughout your stay.
Go to the top of the TV Tower, Berliner Fernsehturm.
The Berliner Fernsehturm is the 2nd tallest structure in the EU, and is also known as the TV tower. It’s the main attraction of the Alexanderplatz skyline, and makes for a perfect picture when you get to the top.
Why not head up there and enjoy the stunning 360 panorama view of Berlin from the top of the tower. There are plenty of viewpoints inside the top of the tower for you to explore, and get to know the city of Berlin from a sky high view.
To save time and get my spot booked in advance I used Musement. This way I could get an E-ticket to go to the top for an affordable price. I saved a lot of time in the queue and used it taking amazing pictures at the top of the tower instead.
People watch at Alexanderplatz Square.
The square is not only a landmark area and popular meeting spot for Alexanderplatz tourists, but also for Berliners as well. This central square in the heart of Berlin was brought to life in the early 19th century, and has been a popular meeting spot ever since.
Here you can enjoy views of the TV tower, make the most out of the popular shopping spots, grab a bite to eat or drink, take a ride on the tram and transportation network connections, and enjoy some of the popular monuments.
Take a visit to the Fountain of Friendship between Peoples (Brunnen der Völkerfreundschaft), or grab a picture next to the World Clock (Weltzeituhr) which was built in 1969 and shows the time for over 140 cities across the world.
This is also your perfect opportunity to check out some classic Berlin delicacies. Berliners love their currywurst and kebab shops, and no visit to Alexanderplatz would be complete without a visit to either one.
Go on a Graffiti walking tour around Alexanderplatz
Explore some local artists and street art pieces around the Alexanderplatz area by going on the Alternative Street Art tour.
Meet at the Alexanderplatz TV Tower next to entrance of Starbuck’s on Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday at 12pm.
Meet a local artist who will show you around some of the most popular spots in the area and really show you what the lifeblood of the Berlin art scene looks like.
Grab a weekend Brunch at Sauers cafe.
Also located down Rosa Luxemburg close to St Christophers Inn you can find the Sauers cafe.
After enjoying the infamous Berlin party lifestyle, be sure to check out the weekend brunch menu with avocado on toast and weekend special pancakes that are definitely worth trying.
The weekend brunch menu has something for everyone in its cosy cafe setting, with great coffee to boot.
Grab a rental bike to explore Alexanderplatz
Berlin is fantastic to explore by bicycle, and especially so around Alexanderplatz. I like to use a Donkey Bike as you can use the handy app to locate one close by to your location for a reasonable day rate.
If you cycle out to where the Lidl is you can even find a section of the Berlin wall which still stands in Alexanderplatz.
Thank you for reading this blog post all about Alexanderplatz in Berlin. Wishing you an awesome future trip, happy travels!