Top Berlin Attractions
Brandenburg Gate (Branderburger Tor)
One of the most iconic landmarks in Berlin.
Originally, one of the many old city gates and a grand entrance to the Unter den Linden boulevard which led to the palace of Prussian kings. The design was inspired by Acropolis in Athens and it is one of the finest examples of a neoclassical style monument. A symbol of division during the Cold War now representing unified Germany.
Find out more about the Brandenburg Gate here.
One of the city’s most significant historical buildings.
Current home of the German parliament has been burned, bombed and finally rebuilt and adorned with a magnificent glass dome. Thousands of visitors take advantage of a free lift ride to the terrace to admire spectacular views over Berlin and a close-up of the dome. Make sure to make a free reservation online.
Find out more about the Reichstag here.
Television Tower (Fernsehturm)
Enjoy a unique 360° panorama of the city.
Build in 1960s, the Fernsehturm stands out of the Berlin skyline at 368m. In times of GDR, the base of the TV tower on Alexanderplatz was a popular hang-out of East German skateboarding community. Many people would stop to watch the skateboarders perform their tricks. Today, the tower is not only the city’s most visible landmark but also the highest building in Europe open to general public.
Find out more about the Fernsehturm here.
Museum Island (Museumsinsel)
Berlin’s Louvre of the Spree and one of the UNESCO world heritage site.
The Museumsinsel (Museum Island) is a home to five of world’s most important museums.Visit the Altes Museum where you can admire Greek, Etruscan and Roman antiquities, the Neues Museum showcasing the Egyptian collection with the bust of Nefertiti, Alte Nationalgalerie focuses on 19-century European art, in the Pergamon Museum you can immerse yourself in the world of ancient civilisations and the Bode Museum is famous for its medieval sculptures.
Find out more about the Museum Island here.
Berlin’s newest landmark is located right across from the Museum Island.
The reconstructed baroques palace with ultra-modern elements houses outstanding interactive collections spreading over five floors. An impressive foyer, a sculpture hall, a Humboldt Laboratory and much more awaits curious visitors.
Find out more about the Humboldt Forum here.
Berlin Wall Memorial
Outdoor memorial of German division, located in the middle of the capital.
Extending along 1.4km along Bernauer Strasse and integrating and original section of the Wall you can explore multimedia stations, panels, excavations and visit a Documentation Centre which will provide context and explain what the border fortifications looked like and how they shaped the everyday lives of people on both sides of it.
Find out more about the The Berlin Wall Memorial here.
East Side Gallery
A symbol of hope, creativity and resilience and the longest open-air gallery in the world.
At 1316 metres long, the open-air art gallery on the banks of the Spree in Friedrichshain is the longest continuous section of the Berlin Wall still in existence. After the wall fell in 1989, hundreds of artists from around the world, among them Keith Haring, came to Berlin to transform the grim and gray wall into a piece of art. They covered the east side of the former border, which had been untouchable up to then, with more than 100 paintings and turned the into the largest open-air gallery in the world.
Find out more about the East Side Gallery here.
One of the most evocative and controversial monuments to the Holocaust
Located in the center of Berlin, between Potsdamer Platz and the Brandenburg Gate, on a site of the football field size, the American architect Peter Eisenmann placed 2711 concrete slabs of different heights. The area is open day and night and from all four sides you can fully immerse yourself in the fully accessible spatial structure.
Find out more about the Berlin Holocaust Memorial here.
The most expensive address in the city, the Champs-Élysées of Berlin.
One of the most famous avenues in Berlin is lined with shops, houses, hotels and restaurants. On the Ku’damm you will find the most exclusive brands and the Europe’s biggest department store KaDeWe is situated on the street known to locals as the Tauentzien (short for Tauentzienstrasse) – the extension of the Ku’damm.
Find out more about the Kurfürstendamm here.
Berlin’s urban heart, stylish and cool.
If you are looking for local and emerging designers, look no further. Explore the old-school Berlin with its narrow streets, charming boutiques and Art Nouveau courtyards. Don;t miss the Hackesche Höfe, walk along Oranienburger Straße, check out galleries on Auguststraße or get a delicious, fresh Vietnamese meal atMonsieur Vuong on Alte Schönhauser Straße. You may also want to look for lesser-known tiny Museum Blindenwerkstatt Otto Weidt or have a coffee in one of the cosy Café.
Find out more about the Hackescher Markt here.
Market on Winterfeldtplatz
The best-known and largest weekly market in Berlin.
Visit on Wednesday or Saturday morning for farm-fresh seasonal produce (most of it local and organic) handmade cheeses, cured meats, and tubs spilling over with olives, local honey and spicy Turkish sausage. After a stroll through the market, chill out in one of the many nearby Cafés.
Find out more about the Market on Winterfeldtplatz here.
Berlin Flea Market (Berliner Trödelmarkt)
Berlin’s oldest flea market (since 1973).
Open on Saturdays and Sunday and just a stone throw from the Congress Venue – on Strasse des 17. Juni in the Charlottenburg district. Offers a plethora of yesteryear’s fur coats, silverware, jewellery, lamps, dolls, hats and other stuff one might find in granny’s attic.
Find out more about the Berlin Flea Market here.
Tiergarten Park & Café am Neuen See
The green heart of Berlin.
Former hunting grounds for Prussian kings was transformed into the city’s largest park in the 18th century. In the center of the park, you’ll find the golden Victory Column, a 230 feet high monument commemorating Prussia’s victory over France in 1871. Enjoy a stroll along small creeks, have a picnic go jogging or visit Café am Neuen See a café-restaurant located on a lake under tall trees.
Find out more about the Tiergarten here.
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