When it comes to city breaks, Berlin has got something for everyone. There’s a fascinating mix of history, architecture and culture combined with a more modern, vibrant, multicultural side. You won’t be short of things to do in Germany’s capital that’s for sure.
Here is a roundup of seven sights to see when in Berlin…
The Berlin Cathedral is absolutely stunning. The detailed architecture inside and outside is just incredible. The interior is decorated with beautiful ornamental and intricate designs and although there were a lot fo people inside, it was so quiet and peaceful. You can also climb 270 steps (it’s SO worth it) to the top of the Cathedral where you can see amazing panoramic views of the city. There’s also a small museum inside the church. The entrance fee is €7 which is very reasonable and there’s no time limit so you can stay as long as you want to really take in the beauty of it all.
Alexanderplatz is the biggest and most popular public square in Berlin. You’ll find an array of shops, cinemas, restaurants and lots of attractions nearby such as the TV Tower, Museum Island and Berlin Cathedral. The World Clock is also located in the square and is one of Alexanderplatz’s well-known features. It consists of an aluminium cylinder with 24 angles which represent the 24 timezones of the world and you can see the names of major cities in each zone. The clock was constructed in 1969 and is 10 metres tall, pretty cool!
Charlottenburg Palace is the largest and oldest existing palace in Berlin. You can enjoy a stroll in the stunning palace gardens which are are open daily and you can also have a tour inside the palace which is open Tuesday-Sunday. During the Christmas season you’ll also find Christmas market stalls outside the palace.
The iconic Brandenburg Gate is one of Berlin’s most famous landmarks. It used to symbolise Berlin’s Cold War division into East and West Germany. It’s now a national symbol of peace and unity. Apparently if you go at night-time the gate is lit up and it’s probably less busy then too. During the day there were a lot of people there so it can be difficult to get a good shot of the gate.
This was one of the most famous Berlin border crossings through the Berlin Wall between 1961 and 1990. It’s become a popular tourist spot and there are even two men dressed as solider who you can take photos with. It feels like it’s lost it authencity in a sense as it’s become a money-making spot essentially.
Berlin Wall Memorial
The iconic Berlin Wall Memorial gives you goosebumps. It was put up in a single night in 1961 and it’s the central memorial site of the German division. Situated at the historic site on Bernauer Strasse, it extends along 1.4 kilometres of the former border strip. The memorial contains the last piece of Berlin Wall. There’s also a museum across the road where you can view the wall from a balcony. Combined with the preserved grounds behind the wall you can get a full perspective of how the division would have looked.
This is the official residence of the Federal President of Germany. “Belle vue” means beautiful view in French and it’s fair to say it’s VERY beautiful. The Palace is located in the middle of the historic wooded parkland of the Tiergarten, a large park in the centre of the city. Although the Palce isn’t open to the public however you can still admore the building beautiful architireu and the suurounding gardens can be viewed for free from the Tiergarten.
Let’s Talk Transport…
The easiest and probably fastest way to see all the sights in Berlin is by using the Underground (U-Bahn.) The transport system is so well connected and if you plan your routes in advance and know which sights are relatively close to one another then you can walk there. It’s always nice to have a wander when visiting sights, you get to see so much more of the city that way. Best bet is to download a travel app to help you on your way.
Have you been to Berlin? What would you add to this list?
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Language - German
Currency - Euro (€)
Time Zone - UTC (+01:00)
Country Code - +49