One of Europe’s most historical and culturally vibrant cities, Berlin provides visitors with an eclectic mix of sites and activities, from concerts and beer gardens to museums and galleries. Whether you’re a seasoned visitor to the capital of Germany or this happens to be your first of many future Berlin breaks, you’ll quickly discover that this cosmopolitan city is one of Europe’s best. If you’re planning your trip to Berlin, here are a few things you’ll want to do along the way.
Visit the Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie
Here is your chance to visit two historically significant sites in Berlin, both of which are iconic symbols of the Cold War. The Berlin Wall and Checkpoint Charlie were physically significant in dividing the cit and you will laso get the opportunity to learn many of the stories that make up their history. The best place to learn about the history of the Berlin Wall and see preserved parts of it is the Gedenkstätte Berliner Mauer.
Make your way to Museum Island
Situated within the banks of the Spree River this complex is a UNESCO World Heritage Site that includes The Altes (Old) Museum, The Neues (New) Museum, The Alte Nationalgalerie (Old National Gallery), The Bode Museum, and The Pergamon Museum. These museums feature many of the city’s and country’s most cherished relics and artworks from both Germany and abroad.
Explore the Reichstag Building
The Reichstag Building was constructed in 1894 and is home to Germany’s Federal Diet. After being partially destroyed during World War II it has been retrofitted with a glass dome that now presents visitors with stunning panoramic views of the surrounding city.
Walk beneath the Brandenburg Gate
Perhaps Berlin’s second most iconic monument after the Berlin Wall, the Brandenburg Gate was built in the late 18th century. Like many of Berlin’s landmarks, the Brandenburg Gate had suffered significant damage following WWII. Today it has been fully restored and appears particularly elegant when lit-up in the nighttime or during the Festival of Lights.
Whether you’re going to tour the famed sites of Berlin or simply want to walk the streets and enjoy the local food and drink, a trip to this thriving European city is sure to be one to remember.