Berlin Top Sights
Berlin is a modern metropolis with many traces to its roots. A trip to Berlin is a must for any traveler. Personally I rank Berlin as one of my favorite cities, having spent time living there while attending Freie Universität Berlin.. I would love to move back one day. Having spent many a day exploring Berlin I have compiled a list of the must see sights the city has to offer. Check out these Berlin Top Sights!
Check Point Charlie
Though it’s a bit of a tourist trap. Checkpoint Charlie is one of the former boarder crossings between East and West Berlin. The sandbags and flags in front of a guard hut are a popular picture spot for many a tourist. When I visited last I stopped into the Mauermuseum for a glimpse at the history of the sight. Many daring escapes were made by those in the East wanting a better life in the West.
Brandenburg Gate, a site know for its link to many significant moments in Germany’s history. Most recently it was the meeting point for the West and East German leaders in 1989 when the Berlin Wall came down. Today it is a popular tourist destination. In 2009 I was there for the 20th anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin Wall. It’s also my favorite metro exit, climbing the stairs from below ground to see Brandenburg Gate is always a pleasant experience!
The Reichstag building is a building with quite a history. It was the home of the German Parliament before being burned out in 1933. It wasn’t until 1990 during the German reunification that the building was scheduled to be rebuilt. In 1999 it was reopened for use by the German Parliament. I recommend taking some food along and enjoying a picnic on the lawns in front of the magnificent building! You can also get a great view by climbing to the top of its glass dome.
Tiergarten is an urban park in downtown Berlin Germany. It is one of the largest urban parks in Germany. Tiergarten’s origin dates back to the early 1500s when it was used as a hunting ground. Today Tiergarten is a great place for a quick break from the hustle and bustle of city life.
Alexanderplatz is a large public square in Berlin. One of the biggest attractions in Alexanderplatz is the Fernsehturm. This tower is home to a restaurant and bar. Constructed by the German Democratic Republic it was completed in 1969. When the sun reflects off of its surface it tends to glimmer in the shape of a cross. This was quickly referred to as the Popes revenge.
Potsdamer Platz is an important central square in Berlin. Before World War Two Potsdamer Platz was the bustling center square of Berlin. Much like Times Square in New York City. After World War Two it was part of the Berlin Wall. Since the end of the Cold War it has become a central square once again. It is situated nearby Brandenburg Gate and Tiergarten. Potsdamer Platz is one of my favorite places to hangout at night when in Berlin. There’s a number of great restaurants and in the adjacent Sony Center there’s a really nice movie theater.
A fun trip for children (of all ages) is the Berlin Zoological Garden! I personally enjoy going every time I’m in Berlin as I can visit the animals I’ve seen in the past. With 20,000+ animals and over 1,300 different species there is a lot to see in Germany’s oldest Zoo! Located in Tiergarten the zoo takes up 86 acres.
The Berlin Cathedral is a beautiful Neo Renascence building located on Museum Island. In its current form construction was completed in 1905. However the cathedral has been rebuilt many times since it was first opened in the mid 1400’s.
The Holocaust Memorial in Berlin Germany is located next to the U.S. Embassy and one block south of Brandenburg Gate. The memorial opened in 2005, 60 years after the end of WWII. The Memorial is a massive collection of towers of varying heights. The best way I’ve heard it interpreted was by a local professor who said that the memorial was built in such a way that didn’t make sense, just like the atrocities committed during the war.
Topography of Terror
A fascinating indoor and outdoor museum the Topography of Terror sits on the most feared address from World War Two. Sitting on the site of the former Reich Main Security Office. The Topography of Terror is a museum containing a permanent exhibit on the crimes of the Nazis. Across from the Topography of Terror is the longest still standing part of the outer Berlin Wall.
German Historical Museum
Deutsches Historisches Museum located on Unter den Linden is a museum of the History of Germany. Opened on October 28th 1987 to celebrate the 750th anniversary of the founding of Berlin. The museum houses a wide range of artifacts from the history of Germany. From the Napoleonic conquests to World War Two. One of my favorite sections of the museum is the collection of old uniforms.
Hopefully you’ll have a pleasant visit to Berlin! If you have a favorite sight feel free to share!