Berlin - Sustainable Sightseeing
Sustainable hop-on hop-off sightseeing with bus line 100
Everyone knows them: Hop-on hop-off buses for tourists*, where a day ticket takes you to the most famous sights of the city.
But did you know that Berlin also has a public bus, the Buslinie 100, that connects many of the top sights for you? The line starts at Alexanderplatz (stop "Memhardstraße") and goes to the Zoologischer Garten. Not only does this save you money, but it also supports public transportation - for the city and for our environment.
Connecting East and West Berlin
After reunification, bus line 100 was the first line to connect the former East and West Berlin. And in fact, this bus line is primarily intended for visitors. For those who want to get from the Alex to the zoo in the fastest way today, it is best to take one of the numerous S-Bahn connections on the route. But if you have more time and want to discover Berlin's most famous sights and monuments, the bus line 100 is the right choice.
Start at Alexanderplatz
If you get on at the "Memhardstraße" stop, you've probably already discovered Alexanderplatz and the TV Tower. From here, you start off in a westerly direction. After a short time you will see the Red City Hall, St. Mary's Church and the Neptune Fountain on the left side. The Red City Hall is the seat of the acting mayor as well as the senate.
Museum Island & Unter den Linden
Continue across the Karl Liebknecht Bridge over the Spree River. Here on Museum Island (stop "Lustgarten"), the first thing that catches your eye is the Berlin Cathedral on the right and the new Berlin City Palace on the left. But the island is also home to some of the city's most famous museums, such as the Old National Gallery, the Bode Museum and the Pergamon Museum.
The bus leaves the island again via the Schlossbrücke and has now arrived on the avenue "Unter den Linden". In a moment you will come to Bebelplatz, where you will discover the State Opera House on the left. Right next to it is the Humboldt University, which has buildings on both sides of the street. If you get off here, you can find a monument in the ground on Bebelplatz that commemorates the book burnings by the Nazi regime in the Third Reich.
Continuing along the avenue, your tour will take you past the State Library, which is just past the university on the right. After that, you'll cross Friedrichstraße - the second famous street in Berlin, which crosses "Unter den Linden" and runs from north to south.
"Unter den Linden" ends at the Brandenburg Gate. At the stop of the same name, if you want, you can get off and discover in more detail perhaps the most famous sight of Berlin. From the Brandenburg Gate you can also reach the "Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe", which is located south of the Brandenburg Gate, in just a few steps. In the other direction, you can walk to the Reichstag, the seat of the German parliament, where you can get back on bus line 100.
Tiergarten & Victory Column
On the right you can see the Federal Chancellery in some distance, before you continue through the Tiergarten. Next you will pass the "Haus der Kulturen der Welt" (House of World Cultures), which appears as a striking orange building on your right. Shortly thereafter, you will discover Bellevue Palace, where the German Federal President is based. Immediately after that, you'll walk along the Großer Stern once around the Victory Column, on which the goddess of victory, Victoria, is enthroned.
Behind the Tiergarten, you'll pass the Nordic Embassies, which you'll recognize by their distinctive green facade. Here the embassies of Denmark, Norway, Sweden, Finland and Iceland are connected.
End of the Sightseeing Tour in the West of Berlin
After crossing the Landwehrkanal, your sightseeing tour is on the home stretch. It's now over the last stops past the zoo with the impressive Elephant Gate and on to Breitscheidplatz. The Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, with its steeple destroyed by war, remains a memorial to peace to this day.
The bus line ends at the stop "Zoologischer Garten". If you want to go back to Alexanderplatz, you can either take one of the S-Bahn heading east, or take the bus line 100 on the (almost) same route back.
The bus tour itself takes about 30 minutes, and longer if you want to get off and explore the sights along the way.