Berlin is pretty gritty, always buzzing, and a must for any traveler. And although there's a ton to do there, from culture to clubbing, you really can see the best of it in just 24 hours. So next time you're on a layover in Germany's capital city, use this legendary itinerary to have the mini excursion of a lifetime.
3pm: Stylin' Digs
First thing's first, you need a chic place to ditch your luggage (and crash later). Book a night at the nhow Berlin, Europe's first music hotel, which is more like modern art gallery than accommodation. Check in then check out the in-house art exhibitions, fashion shows, and if you're looking to indulge, snag the nhow suite. The two-story suite is on the seventh and eighth floors of the hotel and overlooks the Spree River. Take a quick selfie on your own private terrace, and get pumped for the next few hours.
4pm: Art Attack
With no shortage of cultural delights to visit in Berlin, begin at the world's largest open-air gallery, the iconic East Side Gallery. It's a 10-minute walk from the hotel, and though formally a monument to the fall of the Berlin Wall, the highlight is its insanely talented art. Over 100 images have been painted directly onto the stretch of the remaining wall, and they're well worth a browse. You'll need a solid hour or so here before your next stop (Insty gold takes time, ya'll).
5.30pm: Coffee Hit
With jet lag no doubt starting to sink it, it's time for a caffeine fix. Take a 20-minute walk across the river and you'll find yourself in the Kreuzberg area of Berlin, AKA hipster-ville. Grab a quick jolt of energy at Vögelchen – it's trendy but chilled, and serves some seriously delicious coffee.
7pm: Dinner and a View
After soaking up the riverside ambience, take a taxi to Soho House Berlin in Mitte (Berlin's center). The hotel's 1920s-inspired dining room has a 180-degree view of the city and a five-course prix fixe menu to die for (bonus: it's all from locally-grown produce). Sadly, you'll have to forgo any #foodporn posts – the restaurant prohibits phones and photography.
9.30pm: Drinks O'Clock
Post dinner, it's time for drinks at the U-Bahn. Take the U2 line from Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz to Hausvogteiplatz, where you'll come to your next stop, the suave Newton Bar. First thing you'll notice is the décor, a series of black and white nude photos courtesy of fashion photographer and the bar's namesake, Helmut Newton. Next thing you'll notice is how bloody good the drinks are. Sit on the heated terrace and tuck in.
12.30am: In 'da Club
After getting your buzz on, take the M29 U Hermannplatz bus four stops to Prince Charles, a hip-hop club set inside the remnants of an old swimming pool. You'll love it for the edgy vibes and live music. Another hot option for later is Berghain, an exclusive club housed in a former power plant. Don't rock up until after midnight though, clubs here get good late.
3.30am: Quick Nap
So, you could try party all night and keep the momentum going... But for those of us who need a few hours sleep before another jam-packed day, it's just an eight-minute cab ride back to nhow hotel and your (rather plush) bed.
6.30am: Sunrise Hike
Okay, at this point you're gonna be tired, but trust us on this: this hike is worth the painful start. Grab a cab and you'll be at Teufelsberg within 40 minutes. It's a manmade hill that's both one of the highest points in the city and an important piece of history (it's made from the rubble of a Nazi military college blown up after WWII). The sunrise view from it is seriously gorge.
11am: Breakfast, Finally
Head back towards your hotel to check out, then get on the S-Bahn line to Alexanderplatz (it'll take nearly an hour, so hang in there). Finally, at a nondescript public square in Mitte, you'll find Chipps. And boy, does it take breakfast food seriously! Fill up on the 'Morning After' omelet or 'Full English' – your hangover will thank you. Then wash it all down with a Bloody Mary.
11.45am: Culture Shock
After breakfast, take a brisk 20-minute walk to dispel any nightmareish food coma. You can see the Brandenburg Gate along the way, a neoclassical monument and one of Berlin's most-recognizable landmarks. Then, super nearby, you can visit the Holocaust Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. If you have time, walk another 15 minutes to see Checkpoint Charlie, a Berlin Wall crossing point during the Cold War. Don't stay too long though – it's interesting but pretty touristy, and if you're on a tight schedule, it'll eat into your precious time.
1.30pm: Street Eats
With all that walking, breakfast will be but a distant memory. Hail a cab and take a quick ride to the Markthalle Neun, a drool-worthy street food market. Grab an authentic bratwurst from The Sausage Man Never Sleeps, and ready yourself for one last activity.
2.15pm: Last-Minute Instas
Kreuzberg's street art is a top way to cap off your whirlwind tour of Berlin. Journey to the Hackescher Markt S-Bahn Station to take the Street Art Walk along Dircksenstrasse. The walk, under train tracks, has graffiti, stencil art, poster art, and much, much more. Snap a couple last pics, and get ready to catch your flight (and sleep for a decade).
Phew, you managed to see and do more in Berlin in 24 hours than some people get done in a week.