Berlin is a city ingrained with history, art and culture. It is jam-packed with interesting and wonderful things to find. Among its cultural hubs, the German capital offers tourists a bountiful sightseeing experience, from iconic architecture to unique street art. So in no order, here are the top five tourist attractions in Berlin.
Due to the Coronavirus pandemic, foreign travel has been largely restricted at the time of writing. Meaning people have plenty of time to properly plan and research their ideal destination. For all it has to offer, Berlin might be perfect for you when it becomes safe to travel again.
Disclaimer, this list consists primarily of scenic and historical locations native to the city. It barely scratches the surface of what Berlin has to offer so stay tuned for part two.
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Located in the northern section of the Spree, Museum Island offers visitors a vast array of historically significant museums. It is one of the most visited locations in Berlin and became a designated UNESCO World Heritage site in 1999.
Museum Island consists of the Atlas Museum, the Neues Museum, the Alte Nationalgalerie and more. The exhibits of which encompass roughly six thousand years of artefacts, so it is definitely worth paying a visit to this unique collection of museums.
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This location dates as far back as the seventeenth-century and is an ensemble of historic architecture, including the Berlin concert hall, the monumental statue of Friedrich Schiller and the Franzosicher and Deutscher Dom. All of which make for wonderful sightseeing opportunities.
Depending on the time of year that you visit, there are street markets and stalls for you to browse wares, this is a particularly popular feature at Christmas time. Therefore, if you plan on visiting Berlin in the festive period, you definitely want the Gendarmenmarkt on your itinerary.
3. The East Side Gallery
The East Side Gallery is one of the most unique locations the city has to offer. It is a roughly-mile long open-air gallery that exhibits striking graffiti murals that cover a plethora of social and political themes. It is the most significantly sized remaining portion of the Berlin Wall.
Iconic works include, ‘The kiss between Brezhnev and Honecker’ by Dmitri Vrubel, ‘The Wall Jumper’ by Gabriel Heimler and many more. It has become a modern symbol of the city of Berlin and takes roughly two to three hours to view every piece on display. It is a remarkably resourceful and colourful use of the once dividing structure.
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2. Reichstag Building
The once destroyed and decaying parliament building of Berlin has been completely refurbished and restored after German reunification in 1990. This historically significant location offers a lot for tourists to see and experience. Just make sure to book your visit in advance!
You can view the inside of the Reichstag building as part of a guided tour in a variety of different languages. You will have the opportunity to explore the location and gaze upon real bullet holes and graffiti from World War Two. Furthermore, you can enter the glass dome at the top of the building and enjoy a vast and scenic view of Berlin.
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1. Brandenburg Gate
Arguably the most iconic monument in Berlin, At one time, it represented the division between East and West Germany during the Cold War. The Brandenburg Gate became a melancholic symbol of a country segregated by bricks. Ever since the wall came down, however, it was transformed into a beacon of freedom and coming together.
While it does not formally cost anything to visit the gate yourself, it is featured on many sightseeing tours of the city. From open-top buses to bicycle tours, you cannot avoid this iconic landmark that has witnessed many significant chapters in history. Standing at twenty-six metres tall and sixty-five metres wide, it is hard to miss! As far as he top five tourist attractions in Berlin, this definitely ranks first.
As you can see from this limited list, the German capital has a lot to offer visitors. This is before considering famous bars, music venues, art galleries and museums. Not to mention more historical landmarks.
For a unique and cultured experience when foreign travel reopens, you ought to consider Berlin. So there are he top five tourist attractions in Berlin. Stay tuned for an indefinite part two to this list.If you are a fan of alternative music and are tempted to try a music festival experience, check out our festival survival guide!