Top-Rated 10 Things to See in Berlin
Germany’s capital Berlin is a lively city in the heart of Europe. If you want to combine art, history, fun and entertainment into your visit in Berlin, take note of these top ten things to see in Berlin
Brandenburger Gate, the only remaining former city gate and one of the main symbols of Berlin. The Berlin Wall used to run right past Brandenburger Gate – since the fall of the Wall in 1989 the Gate has become a symbol of German unity.
It’s a 368-meter-tall Television Tower and the number one landmark in Berlin. The Television Tower dominates the Berlin skyline – it is easily visible throughout central Berlin. You take the elevator up to the sightseeing platform at 204 metres above ground and enjoy the view on the complete city. Every citizen of Berlin and Berlin will meet the Berlin landmark several times a day . With its towering 368.5 meters, it always points the way to the center of Berlin. But the view of the tower is not nearly as spectacular as what awaits the visitor up in the ball. The magnificent view from the Berlin TV Tower delights guests from all over the world.
Brandenburg Gate in Berlin
One of Berlin most iconic landmarks is the Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor). In the course of German history, the Brandenburg Gate has played many different roles. It reflects the country’s turbulent past and its peaceful achievements like no other landmark in Germany.
During the Cold War, the Brandenburg Gate stood between East and West Berlin and was the sad symbol for the division of the city and Germany. It was where Ronald Reagan said these moving words:
“General Secretary Gorbachev, if you seek peace, if you seek prosperity for the Soviet Union and Eastern Europe, if you seek liberalization: Come here to this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, open this gate! Mr. Gorbachev, tear down this wall!”
When the wall fell in 1989 and Germany was reunited, the Brandenburg Gate became a symbol for untied Germany.
Checkpoint Charlie is the best-known East-German – West-German border crossing of the city. The history of Berlin as a divided city is tangible here. Also take time to check the Berlin Wall Museum nearby!
The Siegessäule, that is, the Victory Column, which stands at the heart of the Tiergarten park. People in Berlin love to give nicknames to buildings, so they choose to call the statue Goldelse, translated freely to “Golden Lizzy”.
Berlin Cathedral is located in the northern area of the Spree Island, close to many museums as well as the Alexanderplatz and the Television Tower. The cathedral was inaugurated in 1905, but during World War II the cathedral suffered heavy damage. Only in 1975 did the restoration begin, and it was only finished in 1993.
Next to the Berlin Cathedral is the Museum Island: a group of some of Berlin’s best museums, among others the Pergamon Museum, the Old and the New Museum and the Alte Nationalgallerie (the Old National Gallery)
Berlin’s East Side Gallery
Berlin’s East Side Gallery is the longest remaining section of the Berlin Wall. After the wall fell in 1989, hundreds of artists from around the world, among them Keith Haring, came to Berlin to transform the grim and gray wall into a piece of art. They covered the east side of the former border, which had been untouchable up to then, with more than 100 paintings and turned the into the largest open-air gallery in the world. If you are interested in the Berlin Wall, you’ll like the East Side Gallery. It’s an open air gallery created from the Berlin Wall itself. It’s more than a kilometre long, and it runs on the banks of the river Spree.
Make like a Berliner and stretch your legs with a stroll, jog or cycle through the city’s most famous park, which comes into its own during spring and summer particularly. Whether you’re hunting famous monuments, a beer and a sausage, or a spot to sunbathe naked, you’ll find what you’re looking for. This 5km (three-mile) circuit will return you to your starting point ready for your next adventure within an hour or so. Don’t worry if you get lost, the park is full of maps with ‘you are here’ markers.
Berlin Spa Sites
Berlin offers a great range of spas that promote wellness and relaxation. These include the Saltero Salt Cave and Spa, where a cave has actually been formed in a huge mass of salt, creating a special and luxurious ambience where you’ll enjoy a salt scrub massage or any number of other treatments. Liquidrom is designed to please the senses and has a saltwater pool in a darkened environment where soft music plays and invites you to simply ‘be’ for a while. This venue accepts discounts with the Berlin WelcomeCard, as does tranxx, another great location for floating spa treatments and sensory therapy.
Boat tour as low as 5$
Want to experience the German capital from the water together with your friends and family? Want your group to experience the city from a different angle? Then book a charter boat for your cruise through Berlin. Sail on Berlin’s rivers and lakes and enjoy a journey of discovery past many of the city’s most beautiful sights. A boat tour through the city centre will takes you past Berlin’s main attractions, but seeing them from a boat deck is an entirely different perspective on the city. Our partner has numerous jetties in the city, most likely very close to your hotel or from any other starting point of your choice.
Last but not least you should see the Alexanderplatz which at the foot of the Fernsehturm is the largest urban square in all of Germany! Take a look of the World Clock or do some shopping – around Alex there is always something to do!