Things to see in Berlin

Berlin - Brandenburg GateBrandenburg Gate is the famous symbol of Berlin. It is situated in the center of the city, in Pariser Platz, close to the Reichstag and to Potsdamer Platz. It was once the symbol of the division between Western Berlin and Eastern Berlin. After the German reunification, it became the symbol of the reunited Berlin. Many concerts and the New Year’s Eve party take place right in front of the Brandenburg Gate.

 Berlin - BundestagThe Bundestag is the German parliament building. It is situated in the center of the city, close to the Brandenburg Gate. The main attraction and the only area of the building you are allowed to visit is the cupola. This was built from steel and glass and provides the building with natural light during the day. When visiting the cupola, you can watch the German parliament members working. You also have a great view of the city center from here. It is free to visit, but queues get quite long sometimes. You may wait less if you visit it during late evening.
Official website: www.bundestag.de
Museumsinsel means “Museums Island” and is a nice place with many different museums. You can find here Pergamom-Museum, with many Greek, Islamic and Middle-Eastern art. Altes Museum houses an Egyptian collection, but this will move to Neues Museum once it gets restored. Alte Nationalgalerie is a museum with German paintings. Bode Museum presents a collection of sculptures and Byzantine art.
Official website: www.museumsinsel-berlin.de
Deutsches Historisches Museum or German History Museum presents the history of Germany, starting with pre-history and getting to present times.

Official website: www.dhm.de

Jewish Museum talks about history of Jews in Germany.
Official website: www.juedisches-museum-berlin.de

Museum fur Naturkunde or Natural Science Museum presents history of the world of animals and plants.
Official website: www.museum.hu-berlin.de

Checkpoint Charlie was the border between Western and Eastern Berlin, where diplomats were allowed to pass between the two parts. People wanting to escape Eastern Berlin often did it through this checkpoint. You can find here Mauermuseum, which houses objects of that time.
Official website: www.mauermuseum.de

DDR Museum shows a lot of objects from former German Democratic Republic. This is the best place to remember the Trabant and other such things.
Official website: ww.ddr-museum.de

Berlin - FernsehturmBerliner Fernsehturm is a 368 meter high TV tower. It is situated in Alexanderplatz and offers a great view of the city, as the observation deck is about 200 m high.
Official website: www.berlinerfernsehturm.de

Berlin - ZooBerlin Zoo is very big and has a great variety of animals. An Aquarium is nearby. Both have separate entrances, so you can visit only one of them or both.
Official zoo website: www.zoo-berlin.de
Official aquarium website: www.aquarium-berlin.de

Tierpark Berlin is the second zoo of the city. It is bigger than Berlin Zoo, but there are less animals.
Official website: www.tierpark-berlin.de

Berliner DomBerliner Dom is a famous church in Berlin. We recommend you climb in the dome, you will have a great view of the city.

Marienkirche is located near Alexanderplatz and has the highest church tower in Berlin (90 m).

Nikolaikirche is the oldest church in Berlin. It was built in the 13th century.

Topography of Terror presents the terrors applied by the Nazi to their opponents. It is made up on a prison used by the Nazi regime.
Official website: www.topographie.de

Neue Nationalgalerie or New National Gallery houses temporary art exhibitions.
Official website: www.neue-nationalgalerie.de

Tiergarten is the largest park in Berlin. Many concerts are held here or next to the Brandenburg Gate nearby. Tiergarten is full of people during weekends.

Berlin - Schloss CharlottenburgSchloss Charlottenburg or Charlottenburg Palace was the summer residence of Sophie Charlotte, Frederick 3rd’s wife. A tour of the palace will take you through all the rooms inside. All of them are beautifully decorated. Don’t miss the gardens, they are very nice during summer.
Official website: Schloss Charlottenburg

 World’s Garden is a place that presents garden art around the world. You will find here a Chinese garden, a Japanese garden, a Korean garden and many more. It’s quite far from the city center, but is very well connected by public transport. World’s Garden is a very beautiful place, although it is not very popular among tourists.
Official website: www.gruen-berlin.de/parks-gardens/gardens-of-the-world

 

Stasi Museum presents the procedures applied by DDR secret police.
Official website: www.stasi-museum.de