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Berlin is where you will see evidence of different historical periods in a short time, and on the same plane. The cosmopolitan capital city of Germany boasts of famous sightseeing landmarks starting from medieval buildings to the likes of the Brandenburg Gate, Reichstag and East Side Gallery. Today, Berlin is a young, dynamic city that buzzes with vibrant energy, setting trends in art, architecture and fashion.
Teufelsberg Field Station Berlin
In the heart of Grunewald lies Teufelsberg the highest mountain built from the rubble of the 2nd World War with a fantastic 360-degree view over Berlin. British and American secret services operated their most important and spectacular spy station here. On weekends, guided tours through the ruins with high profile street-art galleries are a Berlin highlight.
- Location: Teufelsseechaussee, Berlin
- Website: www.berliner-teufelsberg.com
With over 450 exhibits, for the first time ever a museum offers an extensive insight into Dalí’s mastership of almost every technique of art and does so right in Berlin’s lively centre.
- Location: Leipziger Platz 7
- Website: www.daliberlin.de
The DDR Museum is Berlin’s interactive museum. You’re taken on a journey into the socialist past, taking a seat in a Trabi, dancing the Lipsi, or rummaging around in an authentic apartment – a hands-on experience of history!
- Location: Karl-Liebknecht-Strasse 1, Berlin
- Website: www.ddr-museum.de
The world’s first computer games museum opened in 1997 in Berlin. Since January 2011, the museum presents its new permanent exhibition in Berlin’s trendy Friedrichshain district. A fascinating exhibition that has transformed the historic interior of the former East Berlin cult cafe Warsaw into a pixelated gaming landscape. The Computer Game Museum is situated right in the middle of the biggest European cultural monument – the Karl-Marx-Allee.
- Location: Computerspielemuseum, Karl-Marx-Allee 93a, Berlin
- Website: www.computerspielemuseum.de
Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe
Not far from the Brandenburg Gate is the Memorial for Europe’s Murdered Jews- a site of stelae (concrete slabs) arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field accessible from all sides. It serves as a central place of remembrance and admonition and is supplemented by an underground information centre, containing the names of all known victims and details on the places of horror.
- Location: Cora-Berliner-Straße 1 10117 Berlin-Tiergarten
- Website: www.stiftung-denkmal.de
- Timings: Field of stelae is always open
- How to reach: S U Potsdamer Platz, Brandenburger Tor
- Price: Free entry
Considered by Berliners to be the most beautiful place in Germany and even in all of Europe, the Gendarmenmarkt is a beautiful example of a harmonious architectural ensemble. It includes both the French and German cathedral as well as the Concert House.
- Location: Gendarmenmarkt 10117 Berlin Mitte
- How to reach: U Stadtmitte, Französische Straße
Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
The protestant Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church is a memorial to peace and reconciliation. And it also stands for the will of the Berliners to rebuild their city during the period after the war. This is proved by the fact that the structure, apart from including a church built in contemporary architectural style also consists of the ruins of the previous church which was destroyed during World War II. It is thus a living contrast between modernism and history.
- Location: Breitscheidplatz 10789 Berlin Charlottenburg
- Timings: Daily 9.00am-7.00pm
- How to reach: S U Zoologischer Garten, U Kurfürstendamm
Berlin Wall Memorial
The Berlin Wall Memorial is a reminder of the division of Germany and imparts an oppressive impression of the Wall and the times of the division. Located directly at the former border strip in the Bernauer Strasse is a piece of the Berlin Wall with a border strip and watchtower. Opened in 2009, the Visitor Centre is the starting point for visitors offering extensive information and orientation help.
- Location: Bernauer Straße 111 13355 Berlin Mitte.
- Website: www.berliner-mauer-gedenkstaette.de/en
- Timings: Visitors center: Tue to Sun 10:00am – 6:00pm; Memorial Grounds: daily 8:00am – 10:00pm
- How to reach: U Bernauer Straße, S Nordbahnhof
- Cost: Free admission, guided tours 3€ per person, free for school children
The Kulturforum is – beside the Museum Island – the most important centre for arts in Berlin. Many well-known and unique institutions are located here, including the New National Gallery, designed by architect Mies van der Rohe, and the Philharmonie and Chamber Music Hall as well as the Neue Staatsbibliothek (Berlin State Library) and, last but not least, the Gemaldegalerie, which has one of the most important collections of old masters worldwide.”
- Location: Matthi Kirchplatz 4-6 10785 Berlin Tiergarten
- Website: www.kulturforum-berlin.de
- How to reach: S U Potsdamer Platz
The five historical museum buildings on Museum Island have been part of UNESCO world heritage since 1999. These magnificent museum buildings located on an island on the River Spree were each designed by famous architects of their time.
The Museum Island is home to a set of unique museums and collections including the Altes Museum (Old Museum), the Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery), the Bode Museum, the Neues Museum (New Museum), and the Pergamon Museum. The exhibitions range from prehistory to ancient times and 19th-century artworks.
- Location: Am Lustgarten 1 10117 Berlin
- Website: www.smb.spk-berlin.de
- How to reach: S U Friedrichstraße, S Hackescher Markt
Checkpoint Charlie was the most famous of the inner-German border crossing points and a name known the world over. It was here that Allied border guards registered members of the American, English and French Armed Forces (and their families) before they visited East Berlin.
Today, one can find the Wall Museum located right next to it that showcases an almost incomprehensible number of original means and tools that people used during their escape out of the “DDR”- from the hot-air balloons, the Trabant and even chairlifts.
- Location: Friedrichstraße 43-45 10969 Berlin Kreuzberg
- Website: www.mauermuseum.de/en
- Timings: Daily 9.00pm-10.00pm
- How to reach: U Kochstraße
Being the oldest residential area in the city, one can get a taste of old Berlin at Nikolaiviertel. Containing the Nikolai Church from the 13th century, the typically medieval streets and numerous restaurants, this is one of the most popular tourist attractions for visitors to Berlin.
The main attractions here, in addition to the St. Nicholas church, include the Ephraim Palace, an 18th-century architectural masterpiece. Equally beautiful is the Baroque style Knoblauch house built in 1760, which offers an insight into the upper-middle-class world through its magnificent rooms and ornate furniture.
- Location: Nikolaikirchplatz 10178 Berlin Mitte
- Website: www.berlin-nikolaiviertel.com
- How to reach: S U Alexanderplatz, U Klosterstraße
With colourful sky-lit pavilion roofs of the Sony Center and the many high-rise buildings here, it’s hard t to imagine that Potsdamer Platz for a long time laid in the death strip of the Berlin Wall and was nothing but a desolate wasteland. In 1993, construction began on the DaimlerChrysler headquarters and a new urban centre arose from scratch in a period of just five years.
- Location: Potsdamer Platz 10785 Berlin Tiergarten
- Website: www.potsdamerplatz.de
- How to reach: S U Potsdamer Platz