The Berlin Cathedral’s history goes back to the 15th Century. It is an important landmark, both religiously and artistically. The Church has been built and rebuilt depending on the type of monarch that was present at different times. It was demolished in 1893, only to be rebuilt again in 1905. It suffered extensive damage during World War II and its full restoration was completed in 1993. Now, the Cathedral serves the Protestant community in Berlin. The Cathedral has many sights that should not be missed. Amongst them are the main nave and massive dome above it, as well as the Baptismal and Matrimonial Chapels. It is also the house to many events, including concerts. It is a magnificent experience to visit the Cathedral during a concert since it is also the house of two very impressive choirs, the Domkantorei and the Staats und Domchor Berlin. Tours of the Berlin Cathedral are open to everyone. You can choose to only visit the Cathedral or you can see it together with the crypt and museum.
Checkpoint Charlie is another famous site from the Berlin attractions. Named after the third letter of the military alphabet (A for Alpha, B for Beta, and C for Charlie), the place used to be the border crossing between East and West Germany. The Checkpoint was managed by the Allies during World War II and in 1961, the U.S and the Soviet tanks had a confrontation. Checkpoint Charlie also served as a place where many tried to escape from East Berlin. It has stories and photographs today of those who failed and those who succeeded the escapes. The site still has many of its original sandbags and signs, including the famous “YOU ARE ENTERING THE AMERICAN SECTOR” sign in different languages. The sign was a marker of the border crossing and signified the division during the Cold War. Today, it remains a landmark that must be visited by those who are traveling through Berlin. The scenery has been featured in many spy movies including James Bond.
Berlin Television Tower
The Berlin TV Tower is a must see amongst the Berlin tourist attractions. With 368 meters in height, it is Berlin’s most visible landmark and offers an amazing view of the city and beyond. It also holds the title of Europe’s highest building open to the public and for those who want to enjoy the view, a great bar and the revolving Sphere Restaurant. The TV Tower was built during the times of East Germany in only 4 years to showcase the efficiency of communism. This long and interesting history makes it an even more attractive sight and nowadays it is Berlin’s symbol both nationally and internationally. To avoid the extreme crowds and waiting time, we suggest waking up bright and early for a great breakfast with a view. Check the weather beforehand and book in advance if you know which times work best for you.
The palace built in a rococo style is a reminder of the great royalty of Prussia in Berlin. It is named after Sophie Charlotte, the first Queen consort in Prussia who used to walk the palace grounds with her philosopher friend, Gottfried Wilhelm Leibniz. She was an accomplished artist but died quite young, at the age of 36. After her death, the palace was named Charlottenburg after her. The palace suffered extensive damage during the war, but was later rebuilt and now is one of the best places to visit in Berlin. There are various golden adorned rooms which convey the royal grandeur. Rooms decorated with porcelain and silver can be seen from the visitors, together with the mausoleum of Queen Louise, the Belvedere tea house, and the Neapolitan villa, Neuer Pavillon. This palace attracts a lot of visitors and it was even the seat of the German President from 2004 to 2006 while Schloss Bellevue was in renovation. Nowadays, you can find interesting concerts and gala dinners with the Berliner Residenz Orchester, children’s birthday parties, and a relaxed Christmas market during the festive season.
The Gendarmenmarkt is said to be one of the most beautiful public squares in Berlin and even in the north of the Alps. It has several historical buildings, including two churches serving the French Protestants and the Lutherans, as well as the Konzerthaus Berlin theatre. The place was built in the 17th Century by Friedrich I for the Huguenot refugees from France. It got the name from the “Gens d’armes” regiment and was damaged during World War II. During the 1970s it was rebuilt by East Berlin and was renamed Platz der Akademie. However, after the reunification, it got its original name back in 1991. The square hosts many events year-round, including a Classic Open Air series of concerts during the summer and a Christmas market with small wooden booths with traditional handmade items and festive food.
The Tiergarten park is one of the oldest and biggest public parks in Berlin. With its 200 hectares of land, it is Berlin’s Central Park. It offers a place for people to relax and enjoy recreational activities in any season and contributes to Berlin’s climate positively. The park was built in the late 17th Century but went under various redesign depending on who governed. During World War II it was extensively damaged but it also suffered deforestation during the coal crisis in the winter of 1945. Afterward, in 1949 it was replanted with tree donations from Germany’s residents. Nowadays, it has many government institutions such as the president’s residence and the Bundestag. It also has various famous sculptures representing the Prussian history. If you are searching for a nice place to spend the day out and have a picnic, this park is a must-visit.