Arriving at Berlin? Want to explore famous tourist and local attractions? Here is a guide that will come in handy!
1. The Reichstag Building
The most interesting part of the Reichstag building is the glass dome that is above it and gives a mesmerizing view of the entire city of Berlin. It is open for visitors with prior registration. The Reichstag building was opened in 1894 and the purpose was to house the meeting of the parliament.
Unfortunately, it caught fire under mysterious circumstances during the Nazi period. It also has an interesting history from the time of the cold war, the reunification of Germany, etc.
2. The Brandenburg Gate
The Brandenburg gate is a symbol of European peace and unity and the controversial history of Germany. It is primarily famous for the celebration of the reunification of Germany that took place in 1990, after the Berlin wall (coming to this one in the next point) was demolished.
It is pretty in the daylight, but it is even more pleasing to the eyes at night to look at the Brandenburg gate. It was also lit up to look like the French flag after the November 2015 Paris attacks.
3. The Berlin Wall
The not so good history of the wall is known to quite a lot of us. It mainly divided Germany into two parts; East Germany and West Germany. The demolition of the wall began on November 9, 1989, and continued for a couple of days, making it a memorable day in history. The remains of the wall can be seen at Muehlen street even today and have some heart touching graffiti on it. The view of the wall can also be acquired from the U1 (train from Warschauer street to Uhland street). It is indeed a spectacular view.
4. The Museum Island
The museum island is an actual “island” that comprises of 5 museums; the old museum, the new museum, the old national gallery, the Kaiser-Friedrich museum and the Pergamon museum. The first ever exhibition was held in 1797 at the old museum on the royal antiquities. It has been a part of the UNESCO’s World Heritage sites since 1999 and the historic architecture is why it is a must-visit place when you’re in Berlin.
5. The River Spree
The river flows through two countries, i.e. Germany and Czech republic and is about 400kms long. It flows through three states of Germany; namely, Saxony, Brandenburg, and Berlin. There are river cruises available and you can explore Berlin via a water-body rather than take the typical route by the road, allowing you to see Berlin from a different perspective.
Imagine seeing some of the best places that you could ever think about and look at them from a boat! Exciting, isn’t it? The trip doesn’t cost much and you have the choice to choose the duration of the cruise/boat trip.
6. The Treptower Park
The Treptower Park is a park located alongside the spree river, being the most beautiful place to be at during summers. It is house to the soviet war memorial that was built for the fallen soldiers of the battle of Berlin that happened from April-May 1945.
The amusing part about this park is that there is another park inside this park and is known as the spree park. It is an abandoned amusement park that functioned for a few years and then the owner just took off to Peru because he went bankrupt. Weird, right? It is also believed that he took a few of the rides from this park and started another smaller amusement park in Peru.
7. The Friedrichstadt-Palast
The Friedrichstadt-Palast is the place for all of you art-loving persons out there. The place is home to a variety of shows ranging from children’s shows to festival galas to comedy shows and so on. It is the largest showplace in the whole of Europe and has the capacity to accommodate almost 2000 people as guests and another 2000 on the performing floor. It is also known for being a very modern place. If you love art, and I mean the art of any kind, then this is the place to be.
8. The Aquadom
The Aquadom is a humongous cylindrical glass aquarium, it is the largest in the world. The transparent elevator makes the establishment even more exciting and a fun place to be. The place is home to over 1000 fish of over 90 different species. They offer special discounted rates for big groups and students. It was built in 2004 and cost millions. Not only is it home to a lot of fishes, over the years it has also become a place for a romantic wedding ceremony. Ladies, grab the earliest dates, not much good fish are left in the pond!
9. Checkpoint Charlie
Checkpoint Charlie is known as the best border security system in the world, unfortunately! It was the crossing point between East Germany and West Germany during the cold war. This checkpoint was destroyed and shops and buildings were built but it has been marked even today.
The place has a museum called the Checkpoint Charlie museum that is specifically aimed at not letting people forget about the dreadful times of the cold war and the circumstances that the common man had to go through. Today, there are several shops at Checkpoint Charlie that sell things that represent the time of the cold war.
10. Berlin Zoological Garden
An ideal place for all the animal lovers out there, located in Tierpark, Berlin, this place is home to over 1000 species and more than 20,000 animals. The main amongst them are our favorites like the giant panda and the polar bear.
It has millions of visitors every year making it the most visited zoo in Europe. It is a primary tourist attraction in Berlin. The zoological garden was opened in 1844 and also encompasses an aquarium. It is the first zoo in Germany and is a habitat to animals from all over the world, literally!
Updated: March 1, 2017