Often dirty, usually smelly but always an experience, Berlins public transport offers a unique insight into the German capital. If you’re new to the system then check out “How to Bahn” everything you need to know for a smooth ride. Once you have that sorted, jump aboard at your nearest station and check out one of our suggested itineraries below.

The following are a sample of stops along some of Berlins most picturesque, insightful and historic routes.

In Berlin, even the underground doesn’t conform. Refusing to stay confined to subterra darkness the U1 soars (or rattles) above the streets on a viaduct, offering a view of some of Berlin’s most legendary street art.

Highlights:

  • RAW Gelände
  • East side Gallery
  • Kreuzberg
  • Urban Nation street art museum

Following World War Two Berlin was wrenched apart and spent the next forty years split into two cities. That meant two governments, two town halls, two personalities and two hearts. Connecting the two these days is Berlin’s most popular bus route, the 100. You’ll likely be sharing the bus with plenty of tourists as this double decker passes many of the big sites. With a few In the Know tips though you will have a head start on those pesky tourists – so don’t be put off. Grab your selfie stick and go and see where history happened.

Highlights:

  • Unter den Linden
  • Bebelplatz
  • The Reichstag
  • The Victory Column
  • Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church

The 40km Ringbahn which surrounds Berlin’s inner-city offers a perfect opportunity to explore some of the cities slightly more outlying districts. Whether you just want to sit and watch the world go by, or stop and explore the various stops along the way, the Ring offers a unique perspective on the German capital. With this handy guide letting you know what to look out for, take a ring around the Hauptstadt and see the real Berlin.

Highlights:

  • Stasi Museum
  • Treptower Park
  • Tempelhofer Feld
  • Schillerkiez
  • Schloss Charlottenburg