Berlin is one of the most cosmopolitan and interesting cities in Europe. Its eventful history merges with the young lively feeling to the city creating a wonderful contrast. Below are our favourite things to do while in Berlin!
1. Climb the Berlin Dom
This beautiful Cathedral was a highlight from our last trip to Berlin! The incredible interiors and size of the place blows you away. I thoroughly suggest climbing up to the top too to get a wonderful view over Berlin.
2. Take a trip to Museum Island
Museum Island does what it says on the tin. Its an island with Museums on it. These include the Pergamon Museum, Bode Museum, Neues Museum and a few more. In 1999 the museum complex was added to the UNESCO list of World Heritage Sites too!
3. Check Point Charlie
Check Point Charlie is the most famous checkpoint between what used to be the west and eastern Berlin. From Checkpoint Charlie you can visit an open air memorial to part of the wall and the history of the checkpoint. There is a museum about the Berlin wall too; what I would suggest though is checking out the main road that runs through the checkpoint as you can see signs of the past with Russian writing and images still on buildings and Decorative parts of the Berlin Wall that have been reimagined by modern artists. Definitely one to check out.
4. Pose alongside the East Side Gallery, The Berlin Wall
The East Side Gallery is probably the most famous part of the Berlin wall around the city because of the wonderfully creative graffiti and art that dornes the wall. Its funny what other people have added to the wall with their own writing and images (including a weird dolls head!) The wall is a great place to take some interesting snaps and some great art.
5. Get a selfie in a Photobooth
There are plenty of these cute little booths around the city! (Alice has even managed to get 5 people in one) take some memories home with the Photo Booth images and feel like you are in a German version of Amalie. To see some more images check out their gallery.
6. Topography of Terror
The Topography of Terror is a museum showing the repression of the Nazi’s and Third Reich. It’s interesting to see what lead to the Third Reich being in power, how propaganda effected their image and the showing some of the segregations and crimes that were enforced around Europe under the Nazi’s. The history of Nazi Germany is something that I believe they have approached so sensitively and it is so well done!
7. Reflect at the Jewish Memorial
The Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe is one of the most beautiful monuments we have visited. It’s understated appearance and quietness is so appropriate for this memorial. While walking round the different sized blocks you really have time to stop and think of the people that it is for. If you want to lean more about the history of the memorial and why it is there visit the informations centre/museum that is located underneath the monument- be warned you will need tissues!
8. Charlottenburg Palace
The Charlottenburg Palace is the largest palace in Berlin; built for Queen Charlotte Sophie the fist Queen of Prussia. Over time the family has extended the palace to what it is today. The beautiful interiors and gardens are a great way to spend the day and learn about royal German history.
The Reichstag is where German Parliament is held and has one of the best views over Berlin. The amazing glass dome was a highlight of our trip, spiralling up the dome slowly getting higher and higher over the city. As you go up you get told about different areas of the city and it’s history. We definitely recommend a trip up!
10. Brandenburg Gate
It is probably the most famous monument in Berlin! You can’t go to Berlin and not see the Brandenburg Gate. Located just a short walk away from the Jewish Memorial and the Reichstag, the Brandenburg Gate has become a symbol of the rocky history in Europe but also a symbol of peace. On the street between the Brandenburg Gate and the Reichstag there is a metal line that signifies where the Berlin Wall once stood, so keep your eyes peeled for that.
We can’t wait to go back to Berlin (even if it is not for long!)
Where is your favourite place to visit in Berlin?