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Land Berlin Things to Do

  • Reichstag

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Berlin Things to Do

    A Large impressive building which gives tours up into the impressive glass dome at its peak. Please note: These do however need to be booked in advance. It housed the main parliament in the run up to 1933 (before the 3rd Reich) of the Weimer republic.

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  • History - World War II

    Berlin Things to Do

    At first glance the Schwerbelastungskörper (heavy load bearing body) looks like a gasometer. The ground in this area is sandy and this huge concrete cylinder was constructed in 1941, at a cost of 400,000 marks. It weights 12,650 tonnes, it is 21 metres in diameter it extends 18 metres into the ground and is 14 metres tall. It was used as a test bed...

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  • Checkpoint Charlie

    3.5 out of 5 stars

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    The old border between the Soviet and American sector of Berlin. A museum stands to one side of the old sentry gate and there are usually a few actors dressed up as gardens as a re-enactment. You can have your photo taken with them and you can even have the old stamps put into your passport if you wish. evidence of the old regime is still around...

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  • Tiergarten - Zoo

    Berlin Things to Do

    Berlin zoo is one of the biggest zoos in Germany. It is also quite famous worldwide, so when I visited Berlin, I knew I wanted to go to the zoo as well. I had big expectations and the zoo fully met them. The zoo is well maintained. It is nice to just have a walk in there. There is a great number of various animals in the zoo. However, What...

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  • Alexanderplatz

    4 out of 5 stars

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    You get a really good view from up there. Go there when they open then there´s no line. If you are travelling in a group and somebody dosen´t want to go up, there´s a Starbuck on ground floor where they can have a coffee while waiting.

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  • Holocaust Memorial

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Berlin Things to Do

    The memorial close to Brandenburger Tor is also something not to be missed. The sheer number of blocks and stones of various sizes give weight to the number of people lost during the holocaust. Take a moment when you are there and remember that these crimes of lives gone past must never be forgotten and thus never be repeated.

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  • Fernsehturm - TV Tower

    4 out of 5 stars

    Berlin Things to Do

    Probably the best view of Berlin that you can possibly get. I was there on a very busy saturday and purchased my tickets around 1pm, but then needed to wait for around 4 hours before i was able to go up in the lift to see the view. By then it was already dark but being school holidays it was natural to be busy so i occupied myself visiting other...

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  • Potsdamer Platz

    4 out of 5 stars

    Berlin Things to Do

    If you ask me, this was the place I could have skipped. O.k. Maybe you should see this kind of place. Just to see that there is something so different in the town. But I really can´t say we would have enjoyed to see these buildings. Maybe Sony center "inside" (it is not actually inside, when you go under the roof). But old buildings are much more...

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  • Berlin Wall

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    Some guides tell you this museum is not as popular as some of the others like Checkpoint Charlie because it is not as central; do not be fooled. After being closed for a year the museum was reopened by the Chancellor Angela Merkel on 09 November 2014. The museum which is free to enter, documents the history of the wall with photographs and personal...

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  • Unter den Linden

    4 out of 5 stars

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    This venerable opera house has been the scene of some very lively and innovative productions in recent years, for instance Rinaldo by Georg Friedrich Haendel (1685-1759). This production was not only hilarious, it was also carefully timed so the gags and the slapstick fit in very well (I thought) with Haendel's music. All the singers seemed to...

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  • East Side Gallery

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    This is one of the longest surviving sections of the Berlin Wall being 1.3 kms in length and is the largest open air gallery in the world. It comprises of the work of 118 different artists from 21 different countries as a tribute to the fall of communism. It was organised by a Scottish artist call Chris Maclean in 1990. Unfortunately souvenir...

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  • Brandenburger Tor

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    Like others mentioned here it is indeed most cruel irony that this monumental gate was built as a symbol of peace. The Brandenburg Gate was commissioned in 1788 by Friedrich Wilhelm II, King of Prussia, to represent peace. For countries like the neutral Belgium invaded in August 1914 and again in May 1940 by Germany the Brandenburger Tor does not...

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  • Gendarmenmarkt

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    I’m not going to lie to you. I’ve never regarded Berlin as a beautiful city - fascinating yes - but not beautiful, but the Gendarmenmarkt is as near as it gets for a Berlin Square/Plaza/Piazza to be considered worthy of special acclaim. It’s not somewhere you would come to enjoy a picnic on the lawn under a shady tree - it’s far too hardcore for...

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  • Museum Island - Pergamon Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    Another astonishing part of the Pergamon museum is that of the monumental reconstruction of archaeological building ensembles of Babylon (modern Iraq). After passing under the Roman Gate of Miletus the visitor is projected in time and space in the Ancient Near East part of the Museum. On each of my visits to the museum I was full of admiration...

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  • Berliner Dom - Berlin Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    As someone whom has been brought up as a christian, i find it very odd to be asked to pay to enter a church so i decided on this moment not to go inside, however the outside of the church is still very impressive.

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  • Kaiser Wilhelm Gedaechtniskirche

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church, colloquially called Gedachtniskirche, is located in Kurfurstendamm avenue and is definitely the main landmarks of Berlin. The original church was built in 1890 by order of Kaiser Wilhelm II who decided to name the church in honor of his grandfather, Kaiser Wilhelm I. The church was badly and irreparably damaged in...

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  • Schloss Charlottenburg - Charlottenburg...

    4 out of 5 stars

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    Charlottenburg is the largest palace in Berlin, used by Hohenzollern family. It was built as a summer residence for Sophie Charlotte, in 1695 - 1699. After a few years palace was expanded, it was one of the great examples of baroque in Berlin. During Second World War it was almost completely destroyed, but now it is presented with a former look,...

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  • Siegessaeule - Victory Column

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    The victory column was built to commemorate the Prussian victory over Denmark in the Danish-Prussian war in 1864. By the time it was completed in 1873 Prussia had also defeated Austria in the Austro-Prussian War of 1866 and France in the Franco-Prussian War of 1870/1. The column is 69m tall topped with an 8.3m gilded figure sometimes referred to as...

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  • Jewish Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

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    This museum, designed by the world famous Polish-American architect, Daniel Libeskind, is a mixture of both old and new. Entry is through the former Kollegienhaus, a fine Baroque building which dates back to 1733-1735, but I suspect most people are anxious to see Libeskind’s modern addition. Anybody who is familiar with his work won’t be...

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  • Topography of Terror

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    Anyone who has an interest in where the Nazis held their seat of power may want to include Wilhelmstrasse on their itinerary - but it has to be stressed that very few buildings have survived from that period. Nevertheless, the Berlin authorities have helped in this regard by erecting notice boards at locations which are of interest. The road runs...

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  • Ku-Damm - Kurfuerstendamm

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    The Kurfürstendamm or simply Ku'damm is Berlin's most popular shopping street. Stretching for 3.5 km (2 miles) westwards from the Memorial Church it is a wide boulevard flanked by shops, hotels and restaurants and despite competition from the East's up-and-coming shopping areas around Friedrichstrasse and Hackescher Markt is has maintained its...

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  • Museumsinsel - Museum Island

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    I hope I will live long enough to see the end of the renovation works at what is going to be one of the cultural highlights of our old continent. On my first visit in the early 1990s I saw the Pergamon Museum and part of the Altes Museum. My impression from outside looking at this DDR part of Berlin was that WW II had only just stopped! On my...

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  • Nikolaiviertel

    Berlin Things to Do

    The church today hosts an ecclesiastical museum. You can also see a model of the original church. The interior is exceptionally light. I would not expected this of such an old and darkish brick exterior. The pillars that hold the Gothic arches are bright white, as is the ceiling with its fine red and green fan-vaulting (and blue in the side...

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  • Hackesche Höfe

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    The Hackesche Hoefe are eight interlinking courtyards at the heart of the new Berlin that give a whole area its name and host a wide range of entertainment and culture - day and night. The courtyards were build around the turn of the century as an organic complex of living and business space, including art & culture, crafts, business and...

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  • Hitlers Bunker - Führerbunker

    Berlin Things to Do

    I am sure that Berlin changed a lot after Second World War. Hitler's bunker place is a quarter of block of flats now with a car parking. It is hard to tell if something survived under the soil, as bunker was quite big and well equipped. This place is a place where Hitler committed a suicide. Possibly his body was burned into ashes. Now is just a...

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  • Bundeskanzleramt - Chancellor's Office

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    The modern expressionist-style is one of a complex of buildings situated around the Reichstag. The design of the building has been referred to by some as Oriental in style A series of free-standing white columns frame the entrance, with huge pear trees growing atop some of them the underside of the white concrete roof is curved and a unique seen...

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  • Day Trip to Potsdam

    Berlin Things to Do

    I thought Potsdam was an interesting town but the highlight for me was our chance to explore the enormous park west of the town of Potsdam. The park has numerous Palaces or Schloss created during the reign of Frederick the Great, but the nearest royal residence to the town is the SansSouci Palace (built between 1745 - 47) which gives its name to...

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  • Parliament Buildings

    Berlin Things to Do

    There’s no point in trying to explain the set up of German politics any more than it is anywhere else. Politicians world-wide have it all sewn up, but it’s useful to understand the layout of the new government quarter since a unified Germany has brought it back to Berlin. The Reichstag (parliament) holds centre stage and I have written a separate...

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  • Stasi Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

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    The GDR Ministry of State Security - or Stasi - operated from 1950 until 1989 with its most important complex situated in the Lichtenberg district of East Berlin. Its sole purpose was to ensure that the population adhered to the strict Marxist-Leninist ideology of the GDR, and in most cases they conformed - outwardly at least. For those who didn’t...

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  • Neptune Fountain - Neptunbrunnen

    Berlin Things to Do

    Fountain was designed by architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel, but it was not made for that time. Another architect Reinhold Begas finished the project in 1888. Firstly Neptune was located nearby Berlin city palace, but later, in and after Second World War it was moved from public eye. It was again relocated to nowadays place in 1965 -1969. It is...

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  • Olympiastadion

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    Situated in the Ruhleben district of West Berlin, and with so many other things to see in the city centre, you’re probably wondering if it’s worth taking the time and trouble to travel over here. Of course it’ll depend on how much time you have available but whatever your priorities are it’s definitely not a waste of time to visit the Olympic...

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  • Sony Center - Potsdamer Platz

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    The Sony Center (or Centre if you prefer the original English spelling) is one of the most compelling icons of modern Berlin. Situated in the heart of Potsdamer Platz which was decimated in WW2 and then turned into a Nomansland in the Cold War, it became prime real estate when the Berlin Wall came down. Designed by Helmut Jahn, the German-American...

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  • River Spree

    Berlin Things to Do

    There are a number of companies along the River Spree that offer 1 hour and longer river cruises. The one I took was moored at Museum Island. Its a 1 hour cruise that shows you parts of the city from the water including Museum Island and the Government Quarter. You have good views of many important buildings, past and present. Onboard, there is...

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  • Berlin-Mitte

    Berlin Things to Do

    I was in Berlin and instead taking one of the standard sightseeing busses, me and my friends have taken the Trabi XXL stretch limousine for our sightseeing tour through Berlin. www.trabi-xxl.de was easy to book. great fun!. eye catcher limousine. superb chauffeur. we had such an awesome time with it. It comes with one bottle of "Sekt" included...

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  • History - Cold War

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    This museum deals with the history of the allies in Berlin but particularly the Berlin Airlift. The museum is unusual in as much that the indoor part is located in some rooms in a cafe/lounge/cocktail bar. Handy as after your visit you can obtain some refreshments. The museum has on display artefacts from the time. There is an area outside with 3...

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  • Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp

    Berlin Things to Do

    There is a lot of information and there are exhibits and detailed accounts and explanations in both German and English.... although some of these you may not wish to read - especially the experiments involving children. There is a visitors information centre and it is possible to get a translated map and information sheet (I think it cost €0.50...

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  • KaDeWe - Kaufhaus des Westens

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    KaDeWe (Kaufhaus des Westens) is the largest department store in continental Europe and there's something for everyone. Even if you don't want to buy anything, I recommend a visit to the food hall, it's amazing! And do try some of the cakes, they're delicious.

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  • Graveyards

    Berlin Things to Do

    The Old Garrison Cemetery covers an area of 0.9 ha is one of the oldest cemeteries in Berlin and dates back to 1706. The cemetery was split between officers and men and was used until 1867 when it was changed into a park. During world war two it was used as a burial site for some 350 war victims. During the 1970s a lot of the graves were removed...

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  • Rotes Rathaus

    4 out of 5 stars

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    Name of Red Town Hall comes from simply the color of building. It was built in the second half of 19th century on former site of medieval Berlin houses. It is neo - Renaissance style, putting a few examples of buildings into one, author of project was Hermann Friedrich Waesemann. The main building looks like Torun (Poland) town hall, and the...

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  • Walking

    Berlin Things to Do

    A few minutes walk from Messe Nord/ICC Railway Station is the listed Lietzensee Park. Surrounded by houses this park is an oasis with a central crescent shaped lake, grassed areas, boathouse, paths and a flower covered cascading waterfall. The lake and surrounding park covers an area of nearly 17 hectares and it provides a beautiful backdrop for...

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  • Neue Wache - New Guard House

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    We were walking Unter den Linden to Brandenburger tor and noticed this nice but not so big building with people going in. We didn´t see any signs to tell it is this place, or even a public place, but since we saw people getting in, we followed them. You should pop in, if you walk by. It is nice monument, and wont take too much your time. Originally...

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  • Museum Island - Altes Museum

    Berlin Things to Do

    Famous German architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel projected one more nice example of classicism, this one located in Museum Island (UNESCO protected). Old museum was built in 1823 - 1830. It is one of the landmarks of Berlin. Museum, as the name tells, houses old treasures - Greek and Roman sculptures, art. I haven't still visited it. My visit one...

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  • Tours

    Berlin Things to Do

    I highly recommend the original walking tour in Berlin. Conducted in English and my guides - Jim for the Discover Berlin Tour and Carlos for the Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp Memorial Tour were both great! They were knowleageable, professional and very considerate. I enjoyed both tours and highly recommend it to anyone who wants a good indepth...

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  • Egyptian Museum

    Berlin Things to Do

    The Egyptian Museum of Berlin is for me one of the three best European museums about Egypt with Le Louvre and the British Museum. I have visited the collection twice when it was located in Charlottenburg ( ref. my tip on Reopening ) The collection has been moved to the Neues Museum on the Museumsinsel. The icon of the museum is the bust of...

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  • Marienkirche

    4 out of 5 stars

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    There aren’t too many medieval structures left in Central Berlin so if you’re anywhere near Alexanderplatz it’s worth checking out St. Mary’s Church. This protestant church started life in the 13th cent but don’t come in here expecting to see too much from the early days, because as you can imagine, during its lifetime it’s gone through various...

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