Berlin is the first city in Europe where I skipped the mandatory guided walking tour and crafted one exclusive to my tastes and time. And through it all, the Berlin WelcomeCard (BWC) helped me immensely.

These are some of my recommended activities to explore with BWC, however, the complete list is exhaustive and diverse. To know about all experiences, go here.

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Berlin’s most photographed place, Brandenburg.

Get a guided tour with Insider Tour Berlin

Take a informative and credible walking tour with Insider Tour Berlin, who have been in the business since 1996. BWC holders avail a 28 per cent discount (i.e. €4) on their Famous Walk, Hidden Berlin & All Main Sites, Third Riech, Jewish Berlin and Berlin Today tours, amongst others. Paying up only €10 for a 4-hour walk is a steal!

Pro tip: Book online and well in advance.

Pedal with Fat Tire

Recommended by Lonely Planet Germany guidebook, explore one of the world’s most bike-friendly city with Fat Tire Bike Tours, by picking from any of their tours—Berlin Wall Bike Tour, Berlin Food Tour by Bike, Third Reich & Nazi Berlin or Berlin City Bike Tour. All card holders get a 25 per cent/€7 discount on bike tours and rentals.

Pro tip: They have package deals for those looking to add a little extra to their exploration on two-wheels.

Panoramic views from Berliner Fernsehturm

The Berliner Fernsehturm (TV Tower) juts out from the city  skyline. Avail a 25 per cent off on tickets to the observation deck, which is €15.50 otherwise.

Pro tip: If you are staying at Park Inn by Radisson Berlin-Alexanderplatz Hotel, you can skip Berliner Fernsehturm for the views of the flat city.

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At Checkpoint Charlie.
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Walking around Anne Frank Zentrum.

Explore Anne Frank’s world

An artistic passage on Rosenthaler Straße homes the Anne Frank Zentrum, which has exhibition on the famous diary and life of the German-born Jewish girl. Berlin Card holders enjoy 25 per cent off on entry fee.

Pro tip: Allot sufficient time to explore this neighbourhood, i.e. outside the museum.

Understand Berlin’s history

Checkpoint Charlie on Friedrichstraße was the border crossing where the East-West divide began and ended. Mauermuseum-Haus am Checkpoint Charlie (Wall Museum) is a few steps beyond this point and opened in 1962, soon after the Wall was built. The museum now has films documentaries, and important displays (escape car with boot compartment, suitcases prepared for escape attempts and fake and genuine travel documents) from the time. Use your BWC to get 25 per cent off on the entry.

Pro tip: Book a guided tour in advance. Go here.

Get a slice of East Side’s history

Show your card and get a 25 per cent off on the Wall Museum East Side Gallery, where personal accounts and objects, and film screenings narrate the history of this former death strip.

Pro tip: Don’t miss the multimedia artwork with Pink Floyd’s The Wall and Scorpions’ Wind of Change.

Also read exploring with Leipzig Card, Germany.

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The Anne Frank Zentrum.
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Buying souvenirs.

Hog at a historic vault

Berliner Kartoffelkeller serves traditional German cuisine amidst city centre (and has a beer garden too!) Get 25 per cent off on the set meal (starter and mains) when you present your BWC, before placing the order.

Pro tip: Make a reservation and carry cash (no credit cards accepted).

Drown in chocolate heaven

The world famous German chocolatier, Ritter Sport, Bunte SchokoWelt is a sprawling chocolate shop with a cafe. BWC holders get a 25 per cent off on food and drinks in the cafe.

Pro tip: Die Schokowerkstatt (ChocoWorkshop) is only reserved for children, where they can create (and eat) their favourite Ritter Sport chocolates.

Shop for souvenirs

Buy souvenirs from any of the BERLIN Stores across the city and get 15 per cent off on all purchases. All popular locales like Alexanderplatz, Brandenburger, Friedrichstraße, Zoologischer Garten and more have these stores.

Pro tip: Check all stores here.

Plunge from 125 metres

Park Inn by Radisson Berlin-Alexanderplatz Hotel’s high roof allows thrill-seekers to base fly from a soaring 125 metres. Get a swooping 25 per cent/€20 discount by showing your BWC and pay only €59.90 (regular price €79.90).

Pro tip: Check their website for best deals and even more reduction on price.

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Travel like the locals.
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Late nights in Berlin.

Also read exploring with the Dresden Card, Germany.

Practical information:
-BWC is available for 48- and 72-hours and 4-, 5- and 6-days . Zones: Berlin AB (Berlin City Centre) and Berlin ABC (Berlin+Potsdam+Schönofeld Airport).
-The card allows free transport across all modes.
-All BWC need to be validated before first use. This can be done at the validating machines at every U-Bahn, S-Bahn stations or Tram.
-BWC needs to be shown before buying any admission tickets, placing order at a restaurant or making a purchase at a shop.
-There are a host of other activities that are discounted/free on the card. Go here to know all.
-Many places allow even further reduction of rates/free entry for those who have a valid student or press card.

Have you used the fantastic Berlin WelcomeCard yet?

VisitBerlin helped me extensively to plan my first travel to Berlin.

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Amrita Das

I have been a travel and culture independent journalist. My bylines have appeared in many publications worldwide including National Geographic Traveller India, Lonely Planet Magazine India, The Indian Express and World Travel Magazine. A fellow of Media Ambassadors India-Germany 2019 program by Robert Bosch Stiftung and Centre for Media Competence, University of Tübingen. Currently, I am the photo editor for RoundGlass Sustain, a wildlife and conservation e-publication. I live in India.

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