Sightseeing on wheels: A bus trip through Berlin

Berlin is a huge city and there is so much to see. If you don’t have a lot of time, a city tour is a good option, and the bus number 100 of the public transport services represents an affordable alternative to organised tours. It goes past all the major sights, but visitors should make sure that they have a guidebook at hand, since the bus driver won’t be volunteering interesting stories about the attractions. You can, of course, simply get off, have a look around, and continue the tour with the next 100.


The trip begins at Zoologischer Garten train station, just around the corner from the Hotel Palace. From here, the bus continues along Kurfürstendamm, past the Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche, affectionately called the ‘hollow tooth’ by Berliners because of its roof that was partially destroyed in WW2. Then, we head towards Tiergarten, an enormous park of 210 hectares. With birds chirping and bunnies bouncing around, it’s hard to believe that you’re in the centre of a busy and noisy city. If the weather is good, a stroll around this calm oasis is highly recommended.

“From a bridle path to a boulevard”:  You can find out more about the history of Kurfürstendamm in this previous blog post.

Next, the bus drives around the Victory Column. The top of the almost 150-year-old war memorial is adorned with the Viktoria, the Goddess of Victory – casually known in Berliner vernacular as Goldelse because of her radiant colour. If you fancy scrambling up the 285 steps in the tower, you can go pay her a visit.

A trip through history

Past the home of the Federal President, Bellevue Palace, the journey continues along the Spree to the Reichstag, with its glass dome. From there, it’s just a short step to the most important landmark in Berlin – the Brandenburg Gate.

Along the famous avenue Unter den Linden, you can see the main building of the Humboldt University, the State Opera and Bebelplatz, where the book burnings organised by the Nazis took place. The German Historical Museum and the Armoury are other interesting sights along this boulevard. The journey ends at the TV Tower at Alexanderplatz, the landmark of the former GDR. The route goes from the heart of the former West to the centre of the former East – a ride through the history of Germany’s capital city in just 30 minutes. It’s really worth the trip.

Info: Line 100 operates daily and departs every five minutes. The entire trip takes about half an hour. The ticket costs €2.70, is valid for two hours and you can get on and off at any stop.

There are plenty of bus tours with commentary in Berlin. Some offer additional entertainment, such as the Comedy Bus, which generally avoids the tourist routes and features stand-up comedians as tour guides. Or the Music Tour, which visits the locations associated with Iggy Pop and David Bowie, Die Ärzte, Nina Hagen and Seeed. If the weather is good, a boat tour is a great idea – have a look at our previous post called Discover new perspectives from the water for an overview of how to discover Berlin from the Spree.


Reichstag: Reichstag (1) © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien
Brandenburger Tor: Brandenburger Tor/Brandenburg Gate (4) © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien
Fernsehturm: Fernsehturm/TV Tower © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien
Goldelse: Siegessäule/Victory Column (1) © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien
Berliner Dom: Berliner Dom/Berlin Cathedral (2) © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien
Hohler Zahn: Kaiser-Wilhelm-Gedächtniskirche/Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien

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