Berlin is one of the most visited cities in Europe. It is home to 138 museums, over 400 art galleries, countless historical landmarks and unlimited things to see. With this many options, it can be overwhelming planning your trip. Luckily, this quick and easy tour will guide you through a day in Berlin.
1. Berlin Wall Memorial
After having a morning coffee and brötchen (bread rolls), your first stop is the Berlin Wall Memorial. Built in 1961, the Wall separated communist East Germany from West Germany. It was a symbol of the world’s separation of capitalist and communist states during the Cold War. It wasn’t deconstructed until the 1990’s. Once called “The Iron Curtain,” the memorial is the last piece of the Wall. It extends roughly 200 feet. Visitors can also take tours of Berlin Wall Documentation Center, a Chapel of Reconciliation and The Window of Remembrance.
Photo courtesy | Ted and Jen
2. Berlin TV Tower (Fernsehturm de Berlín)
From there, hop on the Berlin U-Bahn at the transit stop, U Bernauer Str., which runs every 10 minutes. Take it towards S+U Hermannstr. After three stops hop off at S+U Alexanderplatz and walk five minutes towards the very large tower. If you don’t want to take public transportation, bicycling is always an option! The Berlin TV Tower is an eight-minute bike ride from the Berlin Wall. Constructed in the 1960’s, the Tower was built as both a working television tower and a symbol of Germany. At 1,200 feet high, the Berlin Tower is the tallest structure in Germany and the fourth tallest in Europe. Visitors can go into the Tower for a tour and an incredible view of the city. Dining options are also available for those wishing to celebrate a special occasion.
Photo courtesy | Michael Duxbury
3. Berlin Cathedral Church
Take a three-minute bike ride or an eight-minute walk down the street, over the beautiful Spree River, and you will find the Berlin Cathedral. This impressive building is the largest church in the city and the vital center of Protestantism in Germany. The church holds services, concerts, tours and many more events. All people from all over the world are welcome to visit this prime example of a beautiful structural design. For those able, the church has 270 steps leading to a stunning view of Museum Island and other parts of Berlin. Visitors can also marvel at the ceiling of the massive dome, the beautiful granite staircase, or the palace-like architecture.
Photo courtesy | Vicente Villamón
4. Brandenburg Gate
A six-minute bike ride, a four-minute taxi drive or a 20 minute walk down the same street and you will find the Brandenburg Gate. One of the best known landmarks in Germany, this Gate is much older than our first two stops. Commissioned by King Fredrick William II of Prussia, it was built in the 18th century as a sign of peace. Like the Berlin Cathedral, it was damaged in World War II and went under restoration which was finished in the beginning of the 21st century. Not only does it stand as a symbol of major historical events, but also as a sign of European unity.
Photo courtesy | Davis Staedtler
5. Reichstag Building
A six-minute walk away and we come to our final stop, the Reichstag Building. Built for the Diet (or general assembly) of the German Empire, it was a working building until a devastating fire in 1933. Today it has been partially refurbished, but still not used by government. Instead, it stands as an historical landmark. Visitors can enter into the new dome which is now a symbol of government and parliament. It is over 75 feet high with 360 mirrors in the center to provide daylight. To end your day in a special way, make a reservation in the rooftop restaurant right next to the dome.
Photo courtesy | Patrick Seifert Fotografie
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Cover photo courtesy | Ntino Poulak