Out and About in Berlin

Berlin – things to see and do:


  1. Berliner Dom (Berlin Cathedral) – Prussia's glory, the main church of north German Protestantism: the Berliner Dom on the Spree Island.
  2. Alexanderplatz – Whether in the 1920s, the East German era or today: the famous Alexanderplatz remains one of the liveliest squares in Berlin.
  3. Berliner Rathaus (Berlin City Hall) – Since reunification, the town hall in the middle of Berlin is again the seat of Berlin’s state government.
  4. Brandenburger Tor – Berlin's most famous landmark was transformed from a memorial to the city's division to a symbol of German unity.
  5. Bundeskanzleramt (Federal Chancellery) – The chancellor governs from her office in the architecturally appealing Chancellery building.
  6. Checkpoint Charlie – The former border crossing at Friedrichstrasse is an attraction for all visitors.
  7. East-Side Gallery – Open-air gallery and also the longest monument to peace and reconciliation.
  8. Fernsehturm (TV Tower) – The tallest building in Berlin and Germany, visible far and wide, marks the center of the capital.
  9. Gedächtniskirche (Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church) – In the center of West Berlin, the ruined tower of the Memorial Church is an impressive symbol for peace.
  10. Gendarmenmarkt – The theater and two imposing cathedrals make this one of the most beautiful squares in Europe.
  11. Hackesche Höfe – There are numerous small shops within a network of eight courtyards.
  12. Holocaust Memorial – The "Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe" invites visitors to come to terms with the darkest chapter of German history.
  13. Jüdisches Museum (Jewish Museum) – Sensational architecture and an unusual exhibition concept inspire and touch millions of visitors each year. A journey of discovery through two millennia of German-Jewish history.
  14. Kulturforum – Modern center for art and culture with a painting gallery and museum of applied arts.
  15. Kurfürstendamm – The 3.5 kilometer-long boulevard is one of the main shopping streets in Berlin.
  16. Museumsinsel (Museum Island) – The Museum Island is one of the preeminent museum complexes in Europe
  17. Neue Synagoge (New Synagogue) – What is left of it shines even brighter today: the New Synagogue on Oranienburger Strasse.
  18. Nikolaiviertel (Nikolai Quarter) – Old Town charm with historic houses, restaurants and coffee shops.
  19. Potsdamer Platz – More than any other construction project, Potsdamer Platz represents the New Berlin.
  20. Reichstag – Symbol of the new capital: the Bundestag in the renovated Reichstag building.
  21. Siegessäule (Victory Column) - Once a symbol of victory at war, now a highlight for visitors to Berlin: the "Gold Else" atop the Victory Column.
  22. Zoologischer Garten – The traditional Zoological Garden is located in the middle of the western part of the city. Around 19,000 animals romp across the 34-hectare site.
  23. Tierpark Friedrichsfelde – Wild animals from all over the world live in Europe's Pergamonmuseum – The Pergamon Museum houses three museums: the Collection of Classical Antiquities, the Museum of the Ancient Near East, and the Museum of Islamic Art, and exhibits art from ancient Greece and Rome.
  24. DDR Museum – Vivid and interactive, the DDR Museum presents everyday life in former East Germany with all its facets – FDJ (youth organization), Stasi (secret police), Trabant (automobile), Plattenbau (concrete slab housing) and much more.
  25. Deutsches Historisches Museum – With 8,000 selected exhibits, the German Historical Museum traces two thousand exciting and eventful years of German history in the European context.
  26. Neues Museum – The New Museum presents the development of prehistoric and early Eurasian cultures from the Paleolithic to the Late Middle Ages.
  27. Botanischer Garten - Garden art meets science: one of the largest and most diverse botanical gardens in the world has existed in the southwest of Berlin for more than 100 years.
  28. Schlosspark Charlottenburg – A magnificent baroque garden spreads out around Charlottenburg Palace, merging into an English landscape garden at the rear.
  29. Tiergarten – The green heart of Berlin is found between Potsdamer Platz and the government quarter, the Brandenburger Tor and Bahnhof Zoo.
  30. Tempelhofer Park – Airy expanses, endless meadows, room for everyone: the former airport is slowly being transformed into a large park.
  31. Gärten der Welt – The Gardens of the World in Berlin: the Marzahn district is a unique oasis in the capital. Visitors should plan plenty of time here – there is much to see.
  32. Mauerpark – The former Berlin Wall "strip" between Prenzlauer Berg and Wedding has become a hot spot, with flea markets, barbecue parties and karaoke, especially on the weekends.
  33. Schiffstour Spreefahrt (Spree Boat Tour) – A trip on the Spree is a longer version of the city center trip and shows even more famous Berlin sights.
  34. Schiffstour Abendfahrt (evening boat tour) – Berlin evening cruises follow the same route on the Spree and Landwehrkanal as the bridge tours and start around 7 pm.
  35. Olympiastadium Berlin (Olympic Stadium) – Berlin’s Olympic Stadium is one of the world’s most famous sporting venues. Visitors do not need to wait for the next football game: guided tours show more than just the playing field.
  36. Berlin Underground – The beautiful surface of Berlin is seen on many photos. But how does it look under the asphalt? Special tours lead to fallout shelters, tunnels and other subterranean worlds.
  37. Märzmusik – March Music, a festival of contemporary music, combines the diverse currents in contemporary music into a multifaceted panorama featuring renowned artists from around the world.
  38. Brasilianisches Filmfestival – The Brazilian Film Festival presents a selection of films showing the uniqueness and diversity of different regions in Brazil.
  39. Berliner Halbmarathon – The Berlin Half Marathon is the season opener for runners, walkers, inline skaters, wheelchair users and hand cyclers.
  40. Lange Nacht der Museen (Long Night of Museums) – Over one hundred Berlin museums and exhibition venues open their doors from 6 pm to 2 am to give visitors the opportunity to take a close look at exhibitions, collections and installations.
  41. Karneval der Kulturen – Since 1996, the Carnival of Cultures has been celebrated in Berlin Kreuzberg every year on Whitsun weekend: opulent costumes, bold make-up, imaginative masks and decorated handcarts roll through the streets and demonstrate the cultural diversity of Berlin.
  42. Klassik Open Air am Gendarmenmarkt – Under the stars, on five evenings in July, popular classical and modern melodies can be heard, framed by the magnificent neoclassical architecture of the Konzerthaus, the French Cathedral and the German Cathedral. The events are accompanied by light and fire shows.
  43. Christmas markets in December – Over 25 Christmas markets invite you to stroll and shop.
  44. Theater des Westens – At the Theater of the West only well-known musicals are shown, from "Les Misérables" and "Dance of the Vampires" to "Der Schuh des Manitu". Berlin's oldest musical theater is unstoppable.
  45. Theater am Potsdamer Platz – After the "Blue Man Group" performed in the theater at Potsdamer Platz for three years, musicals are now again on the program.
  46. Bluemax Theater – Since February 2007 the "Blue Man Group" now has its own theater. Although the theater is smaller, the show is nevertheless exceptional.
  47. Friedrichstadt-Palast – Stars, divas, water bearers: Europe's largest variety theater is a marvel of technology and offers plenty of room for long legs.

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