The German capital is a city rich in attractions. When I was preparing for the trip, as usual, I put marks on the map. As a result, there is practically no free space on the map. To visit all the sights of Berlin in less than one week is something unlikely. I have compiled for you lists of what to see in Berlin in 1 day, in 2-3 days, a week.
Berlin sights on the map:
Berlin best sights
In Berlin there are ancient monuments and relatively new buildings. Each temple or arch displays an event in the life of the Germans.
The peak of construction of architectural monuments falls at the end of the 19th-beginning of the 20th centuries. A map of the city of Berlin with attractions indicates that there are a large number of parks and gardens in the west and southeast, museums and theaters in the north, and post-war buildings in the east. In the capital of Germany – a magnificent zoo, a botanical garden. Separately, it is necessary to mention the opera house and the philharmonic. In Berlin, there are ten skyscrapers with a height of more than 100 m. Almost every of them has an observation deck, which offers stunning views of the city.
The main attractions of Berlin: what to see in 1 day
No. 1. Alexanderplatz
TOP sights of Berlin opens the central square Alexanderplatz. The main square of the German capital in perfect rectangular shape is located in the central area of Mitte. Established – end of the 17th century. Around the square: Berlin TV tower (see No. 2), hotel complexes, shopping centers. Here, the pre-war structure – the architectural monument of Berolin House and the large revolving clock (Peace clock) – the memory of the architecture of the former GDR. Locals call the attraction simply “Alex.” Up to half a million people pass through it daily. Under the square is the metro station – one of the busiest in the capital. In December, a large Christmas market opens here .
No. 2. Berlin TV Tower
Official site https://tv-turm.de/de/startseite/
It is located in one of the central areas of the city – Mitte, literally a couple of hundred meters from Alexanderplatz. Construction lasted 4 years (from 1965 to 1969). It is the tallest building in Germany. The height of the Berlin TV tower is 368 m. In addition to its direct purpose, broadcasting television and radio broadcasting, the building is used as a city attraction. More than 1 million tourists visit it annually.
The observation deck at the Berlin TV Tower is superbly equipped, located at an altitude of 204 m.
Adult admission (standard) will cost € 16.5, children – € 9.5. Up to 4 years old – free of charge. Such a ticket can be bought at the box office.
I read several reviews about how you can spend from 2 to 6 (!) Hours on the ascent to the tower: first, turn to the ticket office, where the ticket is sold for a specific time (not the fact of the near future), wait, and only then climb .
In the case of the TV tower, I definitely recommend buying FAST TRACK tickets online. In this case, the ticket price is € 22.50 (adult) and € 13 (children). The ticket is valid for a certain time, you can visit the observation deck and bar 203. Buy a ticket online >>>
The building has a bar and restaurant. The latter is of particular interest to tourists. Within 30 minutes, the institution makes one full revolution around its axis. These rotations of discomfort do not cause visitors, on the contrary, they cause delight.
No. 3 Berlin Cathedral
Official site https://www.berlinerdom.de/
If you can’t tell yourself what to see in Berlin first, take the advice – visit your local cathedral. This is the largest evangelical church in Germany in area (73 * 93 m). At the same time, 1,600 people can fit here.
The cathedral in Berlin reaches a height of 98 m. Date of foundation – end of the 19th century. The neo-Renaissance architectural style was chosen for the building. The inside is very beautiful: hand-painted stained glass windows, statues of biblical characters, white marble walls with lots of icons. In the center in the main hall is an old altar. There is a crypt on the territory of the cathedral, in which 80 people of royal blood have found refuge.
You can visit the cathedral in Berlin from 9:00 to 18:00. For the admission ticket you have to pay € 7. For children from 3 to 18 years old – € 5. Up to 3 years – admission is free. An audio guide in Russian will cost another € 4. You can buy a ticket on the spot or online on the site attractions.
No 4. Brandenburg Gate
This is one of the central historical monuments of Berlin, a symbol of the capital. The height of the gate is 26 m. They were erected by the German architect Karl Gottgard Langgans at the end of the XIX century. The order was given by King Frederick William II. Once in the German capital, there were 18 city gates, but only the Brandenburg gate survived to this day. They were badly damaged during the Second War. They were restored in the middle of the last century. It is always crowded here. Locals come here to remember the history of their people, and tourists to see with their own eyes the most famous landmark of Berlin.
In the center of the gate is a figure of the ancient Greek goddess Victoria, made of bronze. She rides in a chariot drawn by four magnificent horses. The composition is very bright and interesting. Napoleon Bonaparte liked her, and after the conquest of Berlin he took the Brandenburg Gate to Paris. After 8 years, they returned to their homeland.
The Brandenburg Gate Museum is a newly opened private multimedia museum. Every 20 minutes there is a photo exhibition using multimedia technologies. After the cultural program, you can have a cup of coffee or a snack in the cafe on the museum’s grounds overlooking the famous gate.
Opening hours: Monday-Friday entrance only as part of the excursion group.
Saturday and Sunday: from 10:00 to 20:00.
Admission is € 5. Children under 6 are free.
No. 5. Reichstag
Official website https://www.bundestag.de/en
The second, or perhaps the first most important symbol of Berlin is the historical Reichstag building. Exact address: Platz der Republik 1. The structure reaches a height of 47 m. It was laid in 1884. The German parliament sits here, but tourists have the opportunity to get inside the building and even visit the meeting room (of course, when sessions are not held there). Of interest is the glass dome, built much later than the Reichstag itself. It offers a picturesque view of the capital. You can get here for free, you only need to pre-register on the official website of the Reichstag. Opening hours: from 8:00 to 24:00. About how I signed up for the tour and what they tell (and show) during the tour, I tell in a separate article .
On the east side of the dome, on the roof, is a restaurant. If you want to have dinner here, you need to reserve a table in advance by calling +49 (0) 30 226-29933, mail email@example.com or immediately reserve a complex lunch / dinner:
No. 6. Gendarmenmarkt
This is the name of the square in the center of the German capital. A similar Roman attraction, Piazza del Popolo, was taken as a sample. The gendarmenmarkt was laid in the middle of the XVII century as the main place of street trading. Then she bore the name “Lime market.” In the middle of the 18th century, the square was built up with compact three-story buildings. On the north side of the Gendarmenmarkt is the French Cathedral, in the south – the German Cathedral. Around there are also many hotels, shops, cafes. In November, Berlin’s most popular Christmas market opens here .
The area is open to visitors around the clock. The easiest way to get here is by metro (lines U2, U6). Exit at Stadt Mitte Station.
No 7. Unter den Linden Boulevard
One of the most famous German boulevards is compactly located in the historical district of the capital Mitte. Translated from German, its name means “Under the lime trees.” Indeed, there are many of these trees. The boulevard is 60 meters wide and 1390 meters long – a favorite vacation spot for local residents. It houses the Madame Tussauds Museum (see number 30), the State Opera (see number 33), foreign embassies, including the Russian Federation, hotels, parks, palaces. Winter den Linden starts from Paris Square and ends near the Spree River.
No 8. Museum Island
Official website http://www.museumsinsel-berlin.de/home/
What do you need to see in Berlin? Museum Island! This is the name of the large museum complex included in the UNESCO World Heritage List. It was built over 100 years. Look for the museum island in Berlin in the northern part of the Spreinsel island. The place is very popular among tourists, especially people of creative professions love it.
The museum complex of the island consists of five buildings, each of which has unique collections of German and world art.
Museum Island Map
- Bode Museum
- Pergamon (Pergamonmuseum Berlin)
- Old National Gallery (Alte Nationalgalerie)
- New Museum (Neues Museum)
- Old Museum (Altes Museum)
The first is the Bode Museum. The neo-baroque style was chosen for the building itself. On the roof is a dome. Inside the museum you can study Byzantine paintings, sculptures from the Middle Ages, ancient coins.
Following Bode is the Pergamon Museum. Here are exhibits dedicated to Ancient Rome, Greece, Asia. In addition to a large collection, the Pergamon Altar and the ancient gate of Ishtar are of interest.
Following the Pergamon Museum, in the south-west direction, the New Museum was built. A large-scale reconstruction took place in 2009. It is famous for a rare collection of papyri and artifacts from ancient Egypt.
Another museum is the Old National Gallery. The building is an exact copy of the ancient Greek ancient temple. This is a place of business meetings, concerts, exhibitions.
Completes a series of museums Old Museum. It is represented by an antique exposition. Attention deserves decoration, home decoration, weapons. At the entrance to the museum is a granite bowl.
Tickets to museums start at € 10. Complex – from 18 €. Opening hours: from 10:00 to 18:00.
Berlin Museum Island – how to get to it? Public transport goes here:
- Bus lines 100 and 200 – Lustgarten Staatsope;
- metro – line U2, exit at the Märkisches Museum station;
- city electric train – line S5, go to the Hackescher Markt station.
The complex is a 20-minute walk from the Brandenburg Gate. You can walk on foot.
No. 9. Checkpoint charlie
This is one of the border checkpoints, the most famous, created in 1961 to divide the capital into two parts. Located on Friedrichstrasse. Today it is a “booth” in the center of the street with two shields on each side. In front of her are always two soldiers. By the way, you can take pictures with them for a fee (from 5 to 10 euros).
No. 10. KaDeWe Department Store
This is the second largest shopping complex in Europe, located at: Tauentzienstraße 21-24. It opens daily, except Mondays, at 10:00 and closes at 20:00. The full name of the department store is Kaufhaus des Westens or abbreviated KaDeWe. The complex consists of 7 floors, the total area of the premises is 60 thousand m². For comfortable movement between floors there are 60 escalators and 26 elevators. Everything is sold here, from electronics to antiques. All luxury boutiques are also concentrated here: from Louis Vuitton to Dior and Tiffany.
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No. 11. Red Town Hall
The Red Town Hall is the current administrative building of the city. Here is the metropolitan city and the Senate. Established in 1861. Construction lasted 7 years. For the building, the neo-Renaissance architectural style was chosen. The name came from the red brick, which was chosen as the main material of construction.
The main decoration of the Town Hall is a sharp quadrangular tower, which reaches a height of 94 m. During the military operations of 1941-1945, the building was completely destroyed. The reconstruction was carried out at the end of 1958.
Today, exhibitions are held in the columned hall. On the third floor there is a large exhibition dedicated to honorary citizens of the capital. The Town Hall is located at Karl-Liebknecht-Straße 8. It can be visited on weekdays from 9:00 to 18:00. Free admission.
No. 12. Fountain “Neptune”
Not far from the Berlin TV tower and the Red Town Hall is a neo-baroque fountain. It was built at the end of the 19th century (1891). He is a powerful patron of the seas – Neptune. God stands on an elevation to which three steps lead. On his shoulder lies a trident – a symbol of power and strength. A little lower is his “retinue” – newts. In the composition of the fountain, you can also see marine life (turtles, crocodiles, fish). A picturesque and completely free attraction! In winter, an ice rink is poured around the fountain. Admission with your skates is free; skate rental is 5 euros.
No. 13. Church of St. Mary
This is the oldest active temple of the city, built in the second half of the XIV century. Look for it near the Berlin TV tower. Exact coordinates: Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 8. It is known that on the gilded silver organ, which is still kept in the church, the great composer Bach performed his immortal works. The temple itself has undergone a full-scale reconstruction several times in its history. It was rebuilt in different architectural styles. As a result, in the church of St. Mary you can find elements of Gothic, Baroque, Classicism. In addition, a very rare and expensive fresco is stored here under the slightly sinister name “Dance of Death.”
The temple is open for visits from January to March from 10:00 to 16:00. In other months, from 10:00 to 18:00. Admission is free, donations are welcome.
No. 14. Hackesche courtyards (Hackesche hof)
The largest architectural complex of gated courtyards in Germany is located in the historical district of the capital, Mitte. It was founded in the middle of the 18th century by order of King Frederick II. Today it is the most expensive property in German Berlin. Khaki yards are residential and industrial premises, with a total area of more than 27 thousand square meters. Together they form 8 enclosed courtyards, wonderfully furnished. There are gardens, children’s and sports grounds, cafes, educational institutions, shops – everything you need for a full interesting life. Yes, and it is very nice to walk here, even in winter.
No 15. Church of St. Nicholas
This is the oldest basilica of the German capital, founded at the beginning of the XIII century. The building was rebuilt several times in the Gothic (neo-Gothic) style. The last time the temple was used for service in 1938. Today it is a branch of the Brandenburg Museum. Here are collected documents, artifacts, information about famous personalities associated with the history of the church. At the lower level, in the dungeon itself, is the crypt of Beyer. It contains ancient artifacts.
The attraction is open to the public from 10:00 to 18:00. The cost of the admission ticket + audio guide in Russian is € 5. Children under 18 years old get a discount of € 2.
St. Nicholas Church is located in the historic Nikolayfirtel district. I would describe this area as “good old Germany.” Narrow cobbled streets, cozy restaurants in the medieval style. On the embankment is a bronze sculpture of St. George with a dragon (oh, how long we looked for it during an interactive tour! ). During the war, Nikolayviertel was destroyed, but in 1987 it was completely restored.
No. 16. Shop and museum Rittersport
Another attraction of the historic Mitte district is the Rittersport Museum Shop. Address: Franzoesische Str. 24 Mitte. Here they sell chocolate of the legendary Ritter Sport trademark, and also make sweets right at your request (a “personal” bar of chocolate will cost about 5 euros). The number of species represented reaches several thousand.
The building consists of two floors, on the first is a store, on the second – a pastry shop. The interior is very bright, a lot of children’s toys. And also a fun machine for photographing. True, during our visit, it was broken and photos came to the post office only after 2 months.
No 17. French cathedral
Two Cathedrals (French and German) are located on Gendarmenmarkt Square (see No. 6). The Reformed Church in Berlin was inaugurated in 1705. The building was built in the neoclassical style. The interior is quite ascetic: there are few frescoes, icons, stuccos. On the territory of the cathedral there is an observation deck (in winter you can make cool photos of the Christmas market), a wine cellar, a restaurant and a museum, which contains information about French Huguenots. An interesting detail – there is no passage between the tower and the church. To get to the observation deck, you need to leave the main hall of the cathedral. Today (March 2019), the tower and the museum are closed for repairs, this is stated on the official site of the attraction.
No 18. German cathedral
One of the attractions of the German capital, the German Cathedral, was built in the Baroque style. It was intended for Lutherans and Calvinists. The complex includes not only the church building itself, but also the dome tower. The main hall has the shape of a pentagon with a pulpit in the center and an altar. The tower is decorated with stone statues of Saints.
You can visit the cathedral daily from 9:00 to 19:00. For admission you need to pay € 7.
No. 19. Charlottenburg
Charlottenburg Palace is one of the most striking examples of Italian Baroque in Germany. It was erected on the orders of Queen Sofia Charlotte in 1699, but was expanded over the course of the century, adding new buildings. Charlottenburg was originally used as a summer royal residence. The exact address of the attraction: Spandauer Damm 20-24.
Charlottenburg Castle is beautiful both outside and inside. The main entrance is decorated with a 48-meter dome, which depicts the goddess Fortune. Charlottenburg Palace in Berlin is divided into several thematic areas. In the right wing are the king’s luxurious apartments. Here you can see halls for receptions and meetings, a bedroom, a porcelain room. In the latter – a huge exposition of rare Asian porcelain. In the west wing is the greenhouse, built by the grandson of Queen Sofia Charlotte. Today it presents rare plant species.
The eastern side of the palace is the queen’s chambers. The interior is preserved in its original form, and the decor corresponds to the high position of the owners. There are many gilded chandeliers, mirrors, carpets of rare beauty. There is also a summer house-museum with a collection of German painting of the XVIII century.
Charlottenburg Palace Park deserves special attention. On its territory is a mausoleum in which some Prussian monarchs are buried. The park is very large and green, superbly equipped.
How to get to Charlottenburg.
It runs the metro (line U7, station – Richard-Wagner-Platz), city buses (route 309, 109).
Admission (+ audio guide) costs € 10. Entrance to the park is free.
Opening hours: from November to March – from 10:00 to 16:30. From April to October – from 10:00 to 18:30. Monday is the day off.
No. 20. East Side Gallery
The East Side Gallery is open to visitors around the clock. Free admission. It was founded in 1991 as a symbol of the fall of the Berlin Wall. Length – 1316 m. 101 paintings occupy this entire area. 3 million people come here annually.
The subjects of work are mainly related to politics and society. The most famous is, of course, “The Brezhnev and Honecker Kiss”.
No. 21. The Wall Museum
It was opened in the East Side Gallery in March 2016. The initiator of the monument was Mikhail Gorbachev. The history of the Berlin Wall is documented on the museum wall in multimedia form. Opening hours: from 10:00 to 19:00. Admission for an adult is € 12.5; students are € 6.5. Children under 7 years old have free admission.
Nearby in the souvenir shop you can put historical stamps in your passport. But prepare for these purposes an old passport or a special booklet. You can’t put anything into the current passport!
No 22. Oberbaumbrucke
If you got to East Side Gallery, then take a look at the most famous Berlin bridge, built at the end of the 19th century. It connects the urban areas – Friedrichshain and Kreuzberg. Locals call it an unofficial symbol of the capital. The total length of Oberbaumbrucke is 150 m, the width is more than 27 m. The height of the stone structure is about 5 m. A neo-Gothic style was chosen for the bridge. The architect of the project is Otto Shtan. There are two levels on the bridge, on the top there is a line of the city metro.
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No 23. Berlin Picture Gallery
Official site https://www.smb.museum/home.html
The 189-year-old Berlin Picture Gallery has carefully preserved one of the best collections of European painting in the world from the 13th-18th centuries. Here are rare works by Botticelli, Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens and other famous artists. In total – 3500 paintings, divided into 10 departments. The interior of the building is ascetic. According to architects, visitors should not be distracted from the contemplation of paintings.
The gallery is located in the cultural center of Berlin – Kulturoforum. You can get here:
- by metro (line U2);
- bus routes No. M29, M41, M48.
Exit to Potsdamer Platz. The art gallery is located 500-600 m west.
Schedule: Monday – day off. From Tuesday to Sunday – from 10:00 to 18:00. However, on some days, the building closes for tourists earlier due to events. Follow the news on the official website.
The cost of admission is 10 euros. There are no queues, but if you want, you can buy a ticket online .
No 24. Holocaust Memorial
The grand opening of the monument dedicated to the victims of Nazism took place in 2005. This is a huge field of 2700 gray concrete slabs. The distance between them is specially made narrow so that visitors can see the landmark one by one. The aura reigning here is not everyone will like it. There seems to be no end to these gray identical concrete blocks. At the very beginning of the memorial is an information center. It contains documents and photographs of the victims of the Holocaust. They often turn here for help in finding relatives. The center is open every day from 10:00 to 19:00. Free admission. An audio guide in Russian costs € 4. The memorial itself can be visited at any time of the day.
No 25. Neue Wache
The memorial to the victims of tyranny stands on Unter den Linden. He rebuilt twice. Today it is a classic style building. Inside are granite slabs on the floor, columns with bas-reliefs and empty space. In the center there is only one detail – a large sculpture by the artist Kate Kolwitz, which depicts a woman with a dead adult son on her lap.
No. 26. Kurfürstendamm
The famous Berlin street with a length of 3.5 km originates from Breitscheidplatz and ends near Rathenauplats. Kurfürstendamm is a gathering place for hundreds of shops and restaurants. The unofficial name is “Europe’s largest cafe”. She even has an official birthday – May 5, 1886, when the tram drove here for the first time. Great place for shopping and entertainment! The prototype of the street was the Paris Champs Elysees.
No 27. Breitsteideplatz and Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church
What to see in Berlin for 2 or more days? Area in Berlin Charlottenburg! It was built at the end of the 19th century. She is relatively small. In the center stands the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. Another name is Gedechtniskirche. The temple is very revered by the locals. It was built in 1891 on the personal orders of King William II. During the Second World War, the building was completely destroyed. A few years later, the ruins were placed on a special platform, and a new temple was erected nearby. The complex has become one of the symbols of post-war Berlin. The church attracts tourists as a unique combination of old and new. The architectural ensemble of ancient ruins and a modern building, 71 m high, looks very harmonious.
The interior of the church is rich: the ceiling is decorated with mosaics, over the old, rare beauty of the altar you can see the figure of the ascended son of God – Jesus Christ. Its height is 4.5 m. The temple has many windows that shine in blue.
Exhibitions are held in the western part of the temple. The walls here are decorated with bas-reliefs and mosaics that tell about the life of the Hohenzollern dynasty, later – the Prussian kings.
The memorial church is open from 9:00 to 19:00. The temple is closed for visiting during services, concerts, divine services. The rest of the time, admission is free. Tours are often held here, also free, but donations are welcome at the end of the program.
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No. 28. Berlin Wall Memorial
The Berlin Wall was on both sides of Bernauer Strasse. This is a former border crossing point, moving from western Germany to eastern. Today, a memorial complex was erected here, which serves as a reminder of the division of the state into two parties. It consists of a Monument, a Window of Remembrance and a Chapel. Near the metro Bernauer Strasse – commemorative tablets, historical posters. Separately, it must be said about the museum, which contains information about a difficult period in the life of the Germans (1961-1991). In it you can find information about the victims who tried to overcome the wall, the stories of witnesses. Many documents are stored in the library, but getting into it is not so simple. Special permission needed. Museum employees are engaged in scientific and educational activities, studying the influence of the Berlin Wall on the emotional development of German society.
To the right of the museum, 20 m, there is an observation deck. You can watch Berlin from here for free. Opening hours are the same as that of the museum – from 10:00 to 18:00.
No. 29. Potsdamer Platz
The historic square, an important German transport hub. It intersects all types of public transport in the capital. This is a whole quarter, built up with skyscrapers, boutiques, restaurants and nightclubs. It is always crowded at any time of the day or night. The famous shopping center Arkaden, three city cinemas, a musical theater are located on Postdamskaya Square. This is where the annual Berlinale Film Festival takes place. In 2010, an avenue of stars was opened here – a prototype of the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
No. 30. Madame Tussauds Museum
Official site https://www.madametussauds.com/berlin/de/
Look for one of the world-famous wax museums at: Unter den Linden 74. Nearby is the Brandenburg Gate. Similar museums are also located in London and Amsterdam.
Here, in the capital of Germany, the exposition occupies 9 halls, with a total area of 2500 square meters. Among the most famous figures, it is worth noting politicians Angela Merkel, Winston Churchill, John F. Kennedy, Pope Benedict XIV, and actress Marlene Dietrich. In total more than 100 figures. The museum is allowed to touch the exhibits, take a joint photo. For an additional fee, you can put on one of the celebrity costumes that are in the collection. At different times, the stars of music, cinema and sports generously donated their wardrobe to the needs of the museum. Here are Merlin Monroe’s famous white dresses, Rihanna’s stage outfits and Justin Bieber’s costumes.
Tickets for Madame Tussauds can be purchased at the box office or online. Price – from € 17.5 for a regular ticket and from € 20 for express entry (adults and children from 15 years old), from 3 to 14 years old – € 12. Admission is free up to 3 years. Waiting in line for tickets can last up to 2 hours.
The museum is open daily from 10:00 to 18:00.
You can get here by one of three types of public transport:
- urban commuter train (line S1, S2), exit at Brandenburger Tor station;
- metro (line U5), access to the same Brandenburger Tor station;
- bus routes No. 100, 200, TXL, bus stop – Brandenburger Tor.
No. 31. Big Tiergarten
This is the largest Berlin park with a total area of 210 hectares. It was defeated in the XVI century. At first, the area was used as a hunting ground. Today the complex consists of several lakes, ponds, thousands of trees and shrubs, cafes, children’s and sports grounds. The park has a large number of sculptures and monuments, flea markets.
On the north side of Tiergarten is the House of World Cultures. Almost every weekend there are flash mobs, music and dance performances. Here stands the huge 42 m Berlin Karyon tower. Upstairs – 68 bells. A little further, to the northwest direction, is the Victory Column in honor of the goddess Victoria. Its height is 70 m. It is protected at the legislative level as an important historical monument of Germany.
Greater Tiergarten Park is located at: Str. des 17. Juni 31 /
No. 32. Berlin Philharmonic
Lovers of live classical music! If you don’t know what to see in Berlin on your own, go to one of the most famous concert halls in the world. The Berlin Philharmonic solemnly opened its doors to the public in 1960.
The building itself was built in the style of modernism. It attracts attention from afar with its gilded light facade and asymmetric shape. Inside is a huge hall with five corners. Its length is 60 m, width is 55 m, the podium stands at a height of 21 m. More than 2400 people can fit here simultaneously. The scene is in the middle. Performing musicians are surrounded by spectators from all sides. German and world celebrities give concerts almost every day at the Berlin Philharmonic. Tickets start at € 8.
No. 33. German State Opera
It was founded in 1742 by order of the monarch Frederick II. Previously, the attraction was called the Royal Court Opera. For several centuries, performances were staged here, the outfits and talent of young actors and actresses were studied. Opera has traditionally been the meeting place of German high society. She was often placed by the king and his retinue. Today, concerts are held here almost daily. Tickets start at € 20.
No. 34. Bebelplatz
One of the central city squares is Bebelplatz. It was erected in the middle of the 18th century. The German State Opera was built a little earlier, and King Frederick II ordered that the city’s beauty and importance be emphasized by the elegant city square. Bebelplatz was fully completed in just two years. In addition to the opera house, the square houses the church of St. Jadwiga, the Old Library, branded clothing stores and restaurants.
Bebelplatz was known in the world after the sad events of 1933. Then, activists burned 20 thousand books in the square, which they considered “anti-German.” Many of them were of great cultural and historical value. Today, a thematic monument was erected at this place.
Bebelplatz is located at Unter den Linden, 10117 Berlin.
No. 35. German Technical Museum
Official website: https://sdtb.de/technikmuseum/startseite/
The museum was founded in 1982 and is located at: Trebbiner Str. 9. Here is a collection of computer, aviation, railway equipment. A separate room is dedicated to sugar production. Opening hours of the museum: Tuesday-Friday from 9:00 to 17:30. Saturday-Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00. Monday is the day off. Admission is € 8 per adult. Up to 6 years old – free of charge. Children from 7 to 18 years are free to visit the museum after 15:00. Until 15:00 their ticket will cost € 4.
No. 36. Kulturbrauray
This attraction is a complex of industrial architecture with a total area of 25 thousand m². It was built at the end of the 19th century. Today, cinemas, souvenir shops, restaurants work here, concerts and festivals are regularly held. Kulturbrauray is located at Schönhauser Allee 36. You may not want to go here specially, but if you live nearby, you can drop by. In December, if there are several days off, you can come to the Christmas market: among the locals it is considered almost the best.
No. 37. New Synagogue
The main Jewish house of worship in Berlin is called the New Synagogue. It was completely destroyed during the Second World War. Large-scale reconstruction took place in 1988. The building is decorated in the Neo-Moorish style. The facade is lined with colored brick with decorative elements of glazed ceramics. The gilded roof consists of three domes in the shape of oriental tents. The New Synagogue today is a prayer hall, memorial museum and Jewish cultural center.
No. 38. Bellevue Palace
Bellevue Palace is the official residence of the Federal President of Germany. The attraction is located near the Brandenburg Gate. Established – second half of the 18th century. The palace was built for the younger brother of the Prussian king Frederick II. You can get inside only by appointment as part of the excursion group. There is a magnificent park in front of the castle, and its entrance is free.
And this attraction of the German capital will appeal to children! AquaDom is a huge cylindrical saltwater aquarium in which fifteen hundred fish live. The height of the structure is 16 m. It accommodates 1 million liters of water. The aquarium was opened in 2003 in the lobby of the 5 star Radisson Blu hotel complex. Ticket price AquaDom & SEA LIFE Berlin from 15 euros. Buy a ticket online >>>
No. 40 Die Welt Balloon
The Die Welt Balloon is one of Berlin’s most vibrant attractions. It rises to a height of 150 m. The structure is connected to the ground with a strong cable. A ball filled with helium just rises into the sky, but does not fly away. It simultaneously accommodates up to 30 people. A kind of observation deck is located at the intersection of Wilhelmstrasse and Zimmerstrasse. Ticket price from 30 euros. Buy a ticket online >>>
No. 41. Spandau Fortress
Official website http://www.zitadelle-berlin.de/
One of the most important fortresses of the Italian Renaissance period in Europe is the Spandau Citadel. It is located in the north-eastern part of the German capital. Date of construction – the end of the XVI century. The architect of the building is Italian Francesco Chiamella de Gandino. This is a fortress with twelve faces, fortified with four bastions and surrounded by water. Historians say this is the best example of a military fort from the 15th-16th centuries. The modern Spandau fortress is an entertaining tourist complex. On the territory there are cafes, shops, a puppet theater. Festivals and exhibitions are also held here. Under the walls of the citadel and inside opened a museum of guns. One part of the complex was “given” for weddings and celebrations.
The citadel is located at: ZITADELLE, Am Juliusturm 64. It is convenient to get here by one of the types of public transport:
- Bus route X33, exit at the Zitadelle stop;
- city metro (line U7), Zitadelle station;
- intercity train (train) S5, station Spandau.
The road from the central area of Mitte takes about half an hour.
Opening hours of the Spandau fortress: daily from Monday to Wednesday from 10:00 to 17:00. From Thursday to Sunday from 13:00 to 20:00. Entrance fee is € 4,5 for an adult, children from 6 to 14 years old get a discount of € 2. Admission is free up to 6 years.
No 42. Köpenick Palace
The central attraction of the administrative district of Berlin is Köpenick. The palace was built in the middle of the XVII century. The architectural style is baroque. Today, there is a branch of the Museum of Decorative Arts. Of interest is also the main hall of the palace, agricultural buildings and the courtyard.
Köpenick Palace – how to get there? In the center, take the S-Bahn train and get to the Berlin-Kopenick station. Next – by tram number 62, 68 or bus number 164. Exit at the stop Rathaus.
Opening hours of the palace: day off – Monday. From Tuesday to Sunday from 10:00 to 18:00.
Entrance ticket – € 4.
No. 43. Berlin Zoo
Official site https://www.zoo-berlin.de/en
Berlin Zoo is located in the city center. At the entrance, guests are greeted by two huge stone elephants. Each sculpture weighs about 27 tons.
Here, on an area of 35 hectares, 13 thousand animals live. Among them are quite rare pandas, kiwi birds, gorillas, flamingos. The animals and birds are provided with conditions that are as close as possible to their natural habitat. Penguins live in pools with rocks, seabirds – on the shore with artificial waves. Nocturnal animals live in complete darkness and it is problematic to examine them.
The aquarium, souvenir shops and several cafeterias are open for visitors at the zoo.
Working hours of the attraction: from 9:00 to 18:00. Ticket offices close an hour earlier. Look for them near the main gate. A ticket to the Berlin Zoo will cost € 15.5 for an adult and € 8 for children from 4 to 15 years. Up to 4 years old admission is free.
If you want to visit not only the Berlin Zoo, but also the aquarium, get ready to pay € 21 for an adult entrance ticket, € 10.5 for a child.
The zoo in Berlin is easy to find. All kinds of public transport go here:
- express bus, route X9;
- metro (line U1, U2, U9, station – Zoologischer Garten U-Bahn);
- train (E1, RE2, RB21, RB22).
No. 44. Botanical Garden
Official site https://www.bgbm.org/
The Botanischer Garten und Botanisches Museum Berlin-Dahlem or just the Berlin Botanical Gardens are some of the most picturesque in Europe. It occupies an area of 43 hectares, on which 22 thousand plants are grown. The garden is divided into greenhouses. Of interest is the collection of orchids, cacti, rare insectivorous plants, camellias, eucalyptus trees. The complex has a museum, restaurant, souvenir shops.
The exact address of the attraction: Königin-Luise-Straße 6-8. Opening hours: from 9:00 to 19:00. Admission is € 6 for an adult, € 3 for children.
No. 45. Toyfelsberg
The artificially sprinkled hill of Berlin, Toyfelsberg, stands at an altitude of 120 m above sea level. Literally in German means “Devil’s Mountain.” Artists come here for inspiration, “street” exhibitions are held here. In fact, Toyfelsberg is an unofficial “base” for graffiti lovers. The whole building is covered with “paintings” of street art. Judging by the photo at https://lavagra.livejournal.com/98899.html , the place is trash (a former deserted woman who gained a second life).
No. 46. Treptow Park
The park is located in the east of Berlin. According to documents, over 7,000 Soviet soldiers were buried in this territory. Initially, an area of 82 hectares was planned as a recreation area. Here were supposed to build playgrounds and sports grounds, barbecue areas, gazebos, fountains, gardens. But after the end of hostilities 1941-1945 it was decided to perpetuate the memory of heroically dead Soviet soldiers in a picturesque park.
Treptow Park is divided into 5 zones. At the entrance there is a granite sculpture “The Mourning Mother”. Next to it is an alley of birches. Be sure to inspect the 8-meter statue of the Liberator, which is nearby. At its base is a folio in which the names of all the buried soldiers are written. There is also a rose garden, a sunflower garden and several dozen fountains.
The territory provides ample opportunities for a variety of vacations. It has equipped sports fields with outdoor exercise equipment, and there is a boat rental service. Visitors for about € 3 have the opportunity to ride on the Spree River. In addition, the park has an astronomical observatory (admission for adults is € 6, for children is € 3), a children’s playground with water attractions.
From the center of Berlin to the park – no more than half an hour away. It can be reached by bus (flights 166, 365).
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