Why a must see list for Berlin
Berlin’s storied past and diverse cultural landscape can make planning a well-rounded itinerary here seem rather daunting.
As it is a city with hundreds of things to see and do, we have selected six must see attractions that will satisfy even the most demanding visitor.
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Reichstag, must see history
When the decision was made to move the Federal Government to Berlin, it was time to reawaken the Reichstag building from its long years of slumber on the Mauerstreifen, the military zone between the two sides of the Wall.
The building has since been completely modernized, and today’s visitors to the Reichstag can look out from the building’s glass dome to get a bird’s eye view of the hustle and bustle in the city.
Brandenburg Gate, must see for history lovers
Without a doubt, the Brandenburg Gate is Berlin’s signature attraction. Built in 1791, it was just one of many old city gates around the city of Berlin which, at that time, was still a manageable size.
The decorative Pariser Platz was laid at the foot of the gate and is now home to many of the city’s important buildings. For example, the Hotel Adlon with its wealth of history and the Akademie der Künste (Academy of the Arts).
Berlin Television Tower (Fernsehturm), must see Berlin View
Panoramastraße 1A, 10178 Berlin
Tickets: 18,50 €
Despite celebrating its 50th anniversary in 2020, the 368-meter-tall Berliner Fernsehturm (Berlin Television Tower) has lost none of its appeal to visitors to the city. Since opening in 1970, Europe’s third-tallest freestanding structure has attracted over 60 million visitors. Most of them drawn for the spectacular views over Germany’s capital.
Originally constructed to mark the prowess of communism (it’s located in the former East Berlin district), the landmark can be picked out from pretty much every corner of the city, making it more significant as a symbol of the city’s reunification in the 1980s.
Be sure to include the structure’s observation deck in your visit, and if you’re able to linger awhile, book a reservation at the 207-meter-high revolving restaurant.
EAST SIDE GALLERY, Must see art and Events in Berlin
The colourful East Side Gallery is the largest open-air gallery in the world and features a series of striking artworks on a stretch of the former Berlin Wall.
Stretching for over 1.3 kilometers, the East Side Gallery is the longest single segment of the Berlin Wall still remaining.
Right after the wall fell in 1989, 118 artists from 21 different countries painted this section of the wall. The artworks make a political commentary on events during the time as well as spread messages of love and peace.
CHECKPOINT CHARLIE, Must see for movie and history lovers
Many of the best spy movies feature this place.
The most famous border crossing point between East and West Berlin when the wall divided the city, Checkpoint Charlie is now a popular, attraction to tourists.
The signage above the checkpoint reads ominously, ‘You are now leaving the American Sector’, which up until 1989, signified the border between capitalism and communism, freedom and confinement.
This was the site of a few tense stand-offs during the days of the Cold War, most notoriously in 1961 when American and Soviet tanks faced off against one another.
MEMORIAL TO THE MURDERED JEWS OF EUROPE, Must see reminder of Nazi Germany
Very close to the Brandenburg Gate is the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe. Spanning a total area of approximately 19,000 square metres, 2,711 concrete slabs are arranged in a wave-like pattern.
The terrain is unevenly inclined and the pillars are of varying heights. The design is extraordinary and the memorial is a powerful tribute to the Jews that lost their lives as a result of the Holocaust.
There is no set direction that visitors should walk through the memorial and as you get lost among the narrow alleys, an eerie claustrophobia sets in. There is also an information centre under the site where visitors can learn more about the victims of the Holocaust.
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