While there are many tour bus companies ready to escort you to all your Berlin sightseeing destinations, the city 100 bus can take you to many of those same locales for only the 2.10€ price of the ticket. It runs from Zoologischer Garten to Alexanderplatz and back and stops at many essential Berlin spots along the way.
You can catch a double-decker 100 bus (direction Alexanderplatz) outside of Zoologischer garten U-Bahn station. Make sure to get a seat on the top deck for a better view. A few stops after your departure, you enter the Tiergarten (literally “animal park”), where Friedrich I did his game hunting in the 17th century. Now it’s a huge expanse of trees and greenery, perfect for walks and picnics. Still in the Tiergarten, the bus then stops at the Haus der Kulturen der Welt, a bowl-shaped building, nick named “the oyster” by locals, which hosts an array of music, art, and theater shows.
The next stops are the Platz der Republik and the Reichstag, where you can see the current seat of Germany’s government, and get a spectacular view of the city from the top of the Reichstag’s glass cupola.
Next is Brandenburger Tor, the famous dividing line and checkpoint between East and West Germany. You then continue on to Unter den Linden, the lovely linden tree-lined passageway, and Staatsoper, a beautiful opera house that has been in operation since 1742.
Then comes the Lustgarten, which is right outside the Berlin Cathedral and a quick walk from all the art and culture housed on Museum Island. You then make a stop at Marienkirche, one of the oldest churches in Berlin. Then, finally, the 100 bus drops you off at Alexanderplatz, where you can view the dizzyingly tall Fernsehturm (TV Tower) and other remnants of communist East Berlin.
The 100 runs every 7 minutes daily, so you can step off at any of these stops and have a look around, then catch the next 100 heading towards Alexanderplatz. And as long as you confine your sightseeing to two hours, you can use the same ticket for the entire trip.
Of course, an extended visit to one of Berlin’s fabulous museums, or a leisurely stroll through the Tiergarten just might be worth the price of another bus ticket.
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Photo by Wolfgang Staudt.