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Go Berlin City Pass Review| Is This Berlin Sightseeing & Museum Pass Worth It?

Is the new Go Berlin City Pass worth the money? We do an in-depth analysis to see if this sightseeing pass is a good deal.

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The new Go Berlin City Pass is a museum and sightseeing pass that replaces the old Berlin Pass. In many ways, this new tourist pass is similar to the former version but they’ve made a handful of changes. But is this new Berlin pass worth the money? I know these passes can be confusing so I wanted to do an in-depth Go Berlin Pass review to see if it’s a good value.

Quick Overview Of The Go Berlin City Pass

The Go Berlin Pass is a sightseeing pass that gives you entry to more than 60 attractions in Berlin at a discount. This is more than a museum pass as it includes entry to various touristy attractions and other things like walking/bike tours.

The Go Berlin Pass comes in two variations: All-Inclusive and Explorer. Both versions include the same attractions but the All-Inclusive lets you see all you can in a set amount of days and the Explorer lets you choose a set amount of attractions you want to visit in a 30-day window.

Let’s take a deeper look at the difference between the two variations:

Go Berlin Explorer Pass Overview

The Go Berlin Explorer version gives you more flexibility as you get 30-days to visit 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 attractions out of a choice of 60+ attractions (see all the attractions).

  • 3-Choice Pass: €64
  • 4-Choice Pass: €79
  • 5-Choice Pass: €104
  • 6-Choice Pass: €124
  • 7-Choice Pass: €144

Note: Go City sometimes has sales so check the Go City Website to see if there is a discount.

Go Berlin All-Inclusive Pass Overview

The Go Berlin All-Inclusive Pass is basically an all-you-can-eat option that lets you do as much as you want in 2, 3, 4, or 5 consecutive days.

  • 2 Consecutive Days: €79
  • 3 Consecutive Days: €104
  • 4 Consecutive Days: €131
  • 5 Consecutive Days: €159

Note: Go City sometimes has sales so check the Go City Website to see if there is a discount.


Attractions Included in the Go Berlin Sightseeing Pass

Go Berlin City Pass Review

The Go Berlin City Pass includes entry to more than 60 museums, sights, attractions, walking tours, and more.

I know it’s a little confusing but the Go Berlin pass includes a 3-Day Berlin Museum Pass (which is a separate pass that gives access to 30+ museums in Berlin). NOTE: The 3-Day Berlin Museum Pass is a physical card that you have to collect in Berlin.

The Berlin Museum Pass is automatically included with all Go Berlin All-Inclusive Pass purchases. However, with the Go Berlin Explorer Pass, the Berlin Museum pass can be selected as one of your attraction options to be used over 3 consecutive days – Please note that the rest of your attraction choices with the Explorer Pass will still last for 30 days.

MUSEUMS AND SIGHTS

The Go Berlin pass includes entry to Berlin’s most popular museums — there are a few that aren’t on the pass but the major sights are there.

  • PERGAMON MUSEUM: €19
    • Berlin’s most popular museum featuring the Pergamon Altar and Ishtar Gate. Note: Pergamon Altar is closed for renovation until 2019.
  • BODE MUSEUM: €12
    • Know for European sculpture a large collection of Byzantine art.
  • EGYPTIAN MUSEUM BERLIN: €12
    • Features sculptures of Pharaohs, decorated coffins, and the famous bust of Nefertiti.
  • CHECKPOINT CHARLIE MUSEUM: €14.50
    • Details the history of the Berlin Wall and the various ways people tried to escape the wall.
  • ALTES MUSEUM: €10
    • Art and sculptures from ancient Greek and Roman times.
  • SCHARF-GERSTENBERG COLLECTION: €12
    • Paintings and sculptures from the surrealist period.
  • BAUHAUS ARCHIVE: €10
    • The history and work of Bauhaus — Germany’s most important school of architecture.
  • DDR MUSEUM: €10
    • Get an in-depth look into life in East Germany and its eerily-recent history.
  • See The Other Museums Listed On The Berlin Pass

TOURS

It also offers multiple different tours. They’re all solid tours. However, most people will probably only go on two or maybe three tours — especially in the span of two or three days.

  • One-Day Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour: €30
    • A good way to get a quick view of the city.
  • I Love Berlin Tire Bike Tour: €28.
    • Excellent bike tour.
  • Insider Walking Tours: €15.
    • Insider Walking Tours offer multiple themed tours — WWII and Hitler, Cold War Berlin, Famous Berlin Walk, Berlin Today, LGBT, etc.
  • River Cruise: €12.
    • See Berlin from the water. This is a great nighttime activity.

OTHER “TOURISTY” ATTRACTIONS

This is where the Berlin Pass either becomes worth the money or it loses its value. That’s because these attractions are fairly expensive but they’re also ultra touristy and are geared toward kids — like LEGO Land, Madame Tussauds Wax Museum, Berlin Dungeon, etc.

If a few of these attractions are on your list then the Berlin Pass quickly becomes worth the money. 

  • MADAME TUSSAUDS BERLIN: €24.
  • BERLIN DUNGEON: €21.
  • AQUADOM & SEA LIFE BERLIN: €18
  • LEGOLAND: €18
  • OLYMPIASTADION BERLIN: €7

Is The Go Berlin Explorer Pass A Good Value?

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Ok, let’s take a deeper look at the value of the Explorer Pass and ways to get the most value out of this pass option. Remember, the Explorer pass lets you pick 3, 4, 5, 6, or 7 attractions out of a choice of 60+ attractions. However, one of your attractions can be the “3-Day Berlin Museum Pass (€29)” and that lets you visit many of the city’s best museums over three consecutive days.

First, we need to calculate the pass’s average cost per attraction to see which attractions will give you your money’s worth:

  • 3-Choice Pass: €64 (Average of €21.34/attration)
  • 4-Choice Pass: €79 (Average of €19.75/attration)
  • 5-Choice Pass: €104 (Average of €20.80/attration)
  • 6-Choice Pass: €124 (Average of €20.67/attration)
  • 7-Choice Pass: €144 (Average of €20.50/attration

As we can see, you need to spend an average of around €21 per attraction to make the Explorer Pass worthwhile.

However, this is a little complicated since the Three-Day Berlin Museum Pass (€29 value) lets you visit as many museums as you want in three consecutive days. The average museum cost around €12 so visiting 3-5 museums (using the Berlin Museum Pass) and then visiting a few other attractions covered by the Go Berlin Pass could actually save you a decent amount of money.

To get the most value from the Go Berlin Explorer you need to visit the “high ticket” activities offered the pass — notably the Hop-On-Hop-Off Bus Tour, the walking/bike tours, etc.

Furthermore, if you don’t choose the Three-Day Berlin Museum Pass as one of your options then the Go Berlin Explorer Pass isn’t a good value.

Sample Itinerary Using the Explorer Pass

Let’s look at a way to make the 3-Choice Explorer Pass worth its €64 price.

  • Three-Day Berlin Museum Pass: €29
    • PERGAMON MUSEUM: €19
    • BODE MUSEUM: €12
    • EGYPTIAN MUSEUM BERLIN: €12
    • BAUHAUS ARCHIVE: €10
  • Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Berlin: €30
  • I Love Berlin Bike Tour: €28

If you were to do all these things individually it would cost you €111. Of course, if you replaced the Hop-On Hop-Off Big Bus Tour (€30) with something cheaper like the excellent DDR Museum (€10), you’d still get a value of €91.

I suggest seeing which attractions look interesting and then doing some quick math to see if it’s worth the value.


Is The Go Berlin All-Inclusive Pass A Good Value?

Ok, let’s take a deeper look at the value of the All-Inclusive Pass and ways to get the most value out of this pass option.

The Go Berlin All-Inclusive Pass is basically an all-you-can-eat option that lets you do as much as you want in 2, 3, 4, or 5 consecutive days. Therefore, if you have the energy, you can conceivably do five or six (or more) attractions in a day.

Furthermore, the Three-Day Berlin Museum Pass is automatically included in the all-inclusive pass. And since the Museum Pass is a physical card, you don’t have to use it during the Go Berlin pass’s active days (but you must collect the card during the pass’s valid period).

First, we need to see calculate the daily cost of the pass to see how much you need to do each day to get your money’s worth:

  • 2 Consecutive Days: €79 (€40/day)
  • 3 Consecutive Days: €104 (€35/day)
  • 4 Consecutive Days: €131 (€33/day)
  • 5 Consecutive Days: €159 (€32/day)

As we can see, you need to spend an average of around €35 per day on attractions to make the All-Inclusive Pass worthwhile.

The average museum costs around €13 so you’d need to visit at least three museums a day to get your money’s worth — which is a lot of museums. However, if you add in a few of the more expensive activities (like the tourist bus, bike tour, walking tours, river cruises, etc.) then you’ll come out ahead.

The key is the schedule your days in a logical manner. For example, visit a museum as soon as it opens, then do another museum, then do a mid-day walking tour, and then do a river cruise at night once the other museums/attractions have closed.

You can get even more value from this pass buy not using the 3-Day Berlin Museum Pass until after the All-Inclusive pass has ended. For example, buy the two-day pass and do all the non-museum activities during that time, and then use the 3-Day Museum Pass later to visit those museums. You can actually get a lot of value using this strategy (assuming your trip to Berlin is long enough).


Conclusion: Is The Go Berlin City Pass Worth The Money?

If you use the Go Berlin Pass wisely, it can actually be a great way to save a good amount of money.

Like most sightseeing passes, you need to take advantage of a few of the “touristy” things like hop-on tourist buses, walking tours, bike tours, and other attractions. These are normally expensive things to do on their own so the Go Berlin Pass helps make them affordable.

However, if you just want to visit a few museums them it makes more sense to purchase tickets separately.


Where To Buy The Go Berlin City Pass

The Go Berlin City Pass is a fully digital pass that can be purchased at the Go City Website. You simply download it to your phone and activate it once you want to use it.

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