Attractions in Berlin
Wonderful Berlin has so many attractions and sights. It may not be so strange considering the size of the city. Therefore, you must first of all make sure that you certainly do not get all of what Berlin has to offer. Fortunately, because then you can visit this great capital of Germany several times!
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The Brandenburg Gate can be found at Pariser Platz. This triumphal arch is perhaps the most famous landmark in all of Berlin. The Brandenburg Gate was built in 1734, but was applied in a neoclassical style in the late 18th century. During the Cold War, the triumphal arch was the marked distinction between east and west.
This is the old summer residence of the lords of the Hohenzollern. The castle is surrounded by majestic Baroque-style park-like gardens, which are referred to as the most beautiful in Germany. Perfect as a relaxation from the hustle and bustle of the big city.
Zoo in Berlin
The big zoo in Berlin is called Zoo Berlin. (Zoo Berlin) and is located in Hardenbergplatz 8. The zoo is one of Europe’s largest, and it is highly recognized. It is also the oldest zoo in Germany. In total you will find about 20,000 animals here. The entrance fee costs just over NOK 150, or you can get a combo ticket with both the zoo and the aquarium for about NOK 210.
This museum is Berlin’s finest museum and a must for visitors to the city. The name is given to the museum because of its Pergamon altar from ancient Greece. The museum is located on the Museum Island in the east of Berlin.
The parliament building is a powerful expression of Germany’s past. It has not been many years since the Reichstag was the subject of remodeling and renovation, and today it appears with renewed vigor and is a tourist magnet. Head to the top of the building for glorious views of Berlin. Admission is free, but be prepared for a long queue and a half hour wait.
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Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
This is perhaps the foremost symbol of Berlin after the Brandenburg Gate. The church is only a ruin, but the tower symbolizes the horrors of war. The church was originally built as a memorial to Emperor Wilhelm the 1st.
TV Tower in Berlin
The TV tower Fernsehturm is located on Alexanderplatz and extends as much as 365 meters into the air. The Eiffel Tower.
The viewing platform is 203 meters above the ground, offering the city’s best views. There is a rotating restaurant in the TV tower, where the restaurant uses approx. half an hour on the round.
Berliner Dom is located on the Museum Island, Am Lustgarten and was rebuilt in the New Baroque style around 1900. The church dome extends almost 100 meters above the ground, and the interior of the church impresses even the most critical spectator.
Originally, the church was built in the mid-18th century. The church has been restored in modern times. Also, remember to visit the tomb of the vicar when you visit the church.
Tourist in Berlin
Berlin is a city full of life and culture, and the city oozes a very special atmosphere. You must try to bring Berlin’s diversity during your visit here. Berlin is a very sprawling city and it will take a long time to walk between all the attractions.
Either you can buy a day pass or three day pass on public transport, or you can join one of the many sightseeing buses that take you around the city with comments in optional language. These stop at all the major sights, where you can jump off whenever you want and continue when you want. The price is 200-300 kroner for most people. Everyone stops at the Brandenburg Gate and Reichstag, where you can buy a ticket and start the tour.
Day 1 in Berlin Attractions and Tourist
Start your day with a hearty breakfast at the hotel before making your way down to the Unter den Linden and Bebelplatz streets, east of Berlin. After seeing the many sights on Bebelplatz, such as the State Opera and Neue Wache, walk west along the Unter den Linden towards the Brandenburg Gate at the Paris Platz. This triumphal arch is perhaps the most famous landmark in all of Berlin.
Continue from the Brandenburg Gate to the Reichstag, which is just north of the Paris Platz. The building in many ways symbolizes Germany’s history. We recommend everyone to take a trip into the parliament building, walk up the dome and enjoy the view of Berlin. Admission is free, but there is often a long queue, so be prepared for at least a half hour wait.
After visiting the Reichstag, return to Paris Platz and follow the Ebertstraβe just south. You will pass the great and controversial memorial of the millions of Jews murdered during World War II. This consists of hundreds of rectangular concrete blocks set up in a symmetrical pattern over a 200x200m area. Just south of this was Hitler’s Leading Bunker, but it cannot be visited and is not marked in any way to avoid it becoming a pilgrimage site or memorial for neo-Nazis.
You will soon arrive at Potsdamer Platz, which in many ways is Berlin’s new center. Here you will find cinemas, musical theaters and a variety of restaurants. There are many modern and architecturally intriguing buildings that tower around Potsdamer Platz, not least the Mercedes headquarters and the new Sony Center entertainment center. For the merry-go-round, the arcade at Potsdamer Platz is the place. Feel free to grab a coffee, a beer or some food at Potsdamer Platz before heading on.
Go Potsdamer Straβe to the Culture Forum at Sigismundstraβe. This is a complex of museums, be it the Gemäldegalerie, the Neue National-Galerie or the Kunstgewerbemuseum. Treat yourself to one of these museums for a cultural aha experience. If you have children with you, you can continue all the way to the Zoologischer Garten, the Berlin Zoo which is also Germany’s oldest and one of the very best.
Close to the zoo you will find Breitscheid Platz, where you will see the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. The church was bombed during World War II and has been left “untouched” in memory of the world war. From Breitscheid Platz you go Kurfürstendamm west. This is Berlin’s second major parade street, and maybe you are staying in a hotel just down this street?
Kurfürstendamm has lots of shops and plenty of restaurants. Join the “The story of Berlin” presented as a multimedia show in Kurfürstendamm 206. The sign for the show is an old flying wing. See also Galerie Brusberg, which represents the magnificent old Berlin, and get the contrast when you see the skyscraper Neues Kranzler-Eck afterwards. Feel free to grab a beer or coffee at Café Kranzler in front of the building. This cafe is legendary in Berlin.
Day 2 in Berlin Attractions and Tourist
Today we have to walk less, but to a greater extent enjoy art and culture. After breakfast at the hotel, head to the Museum Island and first and foremost the Pergamon Museum. Keep in mind that this area is hugely popular because of its many sights, and on weekends you have to count on long queues.
The Pergamon Museum is perhaps one of Berlin’s major sights, and features world-leading art and architecture from ancient times. Many startling finds made by German archaeologists can be found in their entirety in the Pergamon Museum.
For those of you who are more than average interested, we recommend buying a day pass on the Museum Island, which gives you access to all the island’s museums.
Bohemia parts of Kreuzberg
After visiting the Museum Island, you will reach Kreuzberg, which in our opinion is Berlin’s most fascinating district. Here is a blissful mix of immigrants, bohemians, artists, gays and students. All in all, this is a melting pot that is teeming with exciting shops, bars and eateries. Here is also the Jewish Museum, which should be compulsory for all tourists in Berlin. The museum offers nearly 1,000 years of Jewish history, including the time around World War II. The address is Lindenstraβe 14.
Close to the museum (Friedrichstraβe 43-45) is Checkpoint Charlie. This was the most famous border crossing between East Germany and West Germany. There is not much to look at here anymore, but you are on historical grounds. Exit Kreuzberg and head to Victoria Park, which is a wonderful oasis where those who want to relax while others throw themselves over the shops in Bergmannstraβe. End the day with a dinner at one of the many good restaurants. We can suggest the street Carl-Herz-Ufer and the restaurant Altes Zollhaus.
In the evening we recommend a visit to one of the city’s many jazz clubs, or one of the three opera houses. For those who are first time visitors, maybe Komiche Oper can be an alternative? Or why not visit one of the city’s squatters?