What should not be missed in Berlin!

A very active and modern European capital, Berlin has been the cornerstone of historic events and has surfaced as one of the most important cosmopolitan hubs of the old continent, bringing people from all around the world; here are the main attractions of this amazing city.

1. East Side Gallery

Whereas graffiti has been removed from the northern section of the Wall, the one-mile stretch known as the East Side Gallery is dedicated to art and preserves the paintings made on the eastern side when the Wall was brought down. You can witness some famous images within these walls, which are still curated and maintained today. This is one of the most absolute must do’s of Berlin.

2. Fernsehturm

The Berlin Television Tower, which is known to locals as the Fernsehturm and is instantly recognizable from the distance, stand outs of the skyline at 368 meters, making it the tallest building in Berlin. Built in the 1960s, visitors to the tower can enjoy a unique 360° panorama of the city. There’s a restaurant and bar at the top (surprise) and heavy security checks upon entering the elevator.

3. Berlin Cathedral

Famous for its 75-meter-high dome with its old bell from 1532, the Berlin Cathedral (or Berliner Dom) was completed in 1905 on the site of an earlier cathedral dating from the time of Frederick the Great. Built in the New Baroque style, the largest church in Berlin is divided into three main sections: the Memorial Church, the Baptismal and Nuptial Church and the Parish Church. Be sure to climb the 270 steps to the dome for superb views over Museum Island.

4. Museum Island

Berlin’s Museum Island is one of the UNESCO world heritage sites and home to the city’s most important exhibition centers: the Altes Museum (Old Museum), the Neues Museum (New Museum), the Bode Museum, the Pergamon Museum and the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery). The collections in these buildings encompass over 6,000 years of art and cultural history.

5. Gendarmenmarkt

The Gendarmenmarkt is one of the most stunning squares in the city, located close to Friedrichstraße, Berlin’s exclusive shopping street in the central Mitte district. Three of the most impressive examples of architecture in the capital city are to be found here: the Concert House designed by Schinkel and the German and French Cathedrals (the Deutscher Dom and the Französischer Dom).

6. Checkpoint Charlie

Visit Checkpoint Charlie, the famous east-west border control during the Cold War and now a tourist centre, for comprehensive display boards telling the Wall’s story until its disruption. Soviet and American tanks briefly faced each other at the location during the Berlin Crisis of 1961.

7. Holocaust Memorial

For more of an emotional way into history, walk night or day through the Denkmal für die Ermordeten Juden Europas — also known as the Holocaust Memorial. This memorial to the murdered Jews of Europe takes the form of 2,711 blocks of varying heights arranged across the area of a housing block.

8. Brandenburg Gate

Nothing says “Berlin” quite like the Brandenburg Gate, for long the city’s most defining monument. Loosely modeled on the Acropolis in Athens and built for King Frederick Wilhelm II in 1791, this 26-meter-high sandstone monument was Berlin’s first Neoclassical structure, notable for its four-horse chariot, its six large columns on each side and the two side buildings used by toll-collectors and guards. It continues to be of symbolic importance and has seen many famous visitors.

9. Reichstag

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.

10. Victory Column

The most important of the Tiergarten’s (the largest park in the city) monuments is the massive Victory Column, a superb 70-meter-tall structure built on a roundabout and crowned by an eight-meter-high gold statue of Victoria (seen in picture). Completed in 1873, it’s well worth climbing the 285 steps to the top of this magnificent monument for the views over the Tiergarten and the rest of the city’s skyline.

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