Land Berlin Things to Do

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Land Berlin Things to Do

  • Reichstag

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Berlin Things to Do

    Parliament (Reichtag) is one of the most impressive building in Berlin. It was constructed in 1871. In 1933 it is known for a "famous" fire, when probably it was fired by Nazis and made them as one of the most popular party in Germany. After Second World War it was badly damaged, later was not used by purpose, as the parliament was moved to Boon....

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  • Checkpoint Charlie

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Berlin Things to Do

    Checkpoint Charlie was as the best known place to cross the border from one side of Berlin to another (East - West). It is like a symbol of Cold War now, Berlin wall was constructed in 1961 to prevent migration from East to West, as East Germany lost many of population due to it. Checkpoint Charlie was a place to cross with special permission,...

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  • Fernsehturm - TV Tower

    4 out of 5 stars

    Berlin Things to Do

    As Germany spread away and two different countries appeared (and also two parts of Berlin) Soviet influenced German Demokratische Republic decided to build a new TV tower. In 1950 it was a plan to do it a bit outside of city, but in 1969 it started to work just in very center of Berlin, in Alexanderplatz. The place before was to construct it even...

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  • Museumsinsel - Museum Island

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Berlin Things to Do

    This first visit to the sculpture collection of the Bode Museum was well above my expectations. Years ago I discovered the medieval sculptures at the Cluny Museum in Paris and since than I'm fascinated by this art on stone but even more on wood. I'm glad to say that the Bode Museum is the alter ego of the Cluny Museum for sculptures. The Sculpture...

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  • Berliner Dom - Berlin Cathedral

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    Hohenzollern is the name of the royal family that ruled in Prussia, Germany and Romania, from 1061 until the end of the World War First, when the treaty of Versailles disassembled the German Empire. The dead members of the royal family rest in a richly adorned sarcophagis which clearly showing who the dead was and which was his rank. The coffins...

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  • Potsdamer Platz

    4 out of 5 stars

    Berlin Things to Do

    Potsdamer square is like a symbol of Berlin modernity. Here you can see a few skyscrapers, among them - famous Sony center. the name of Potsdamer square comes from a road, that lead to historical town of Potsdam a few hundred years ago. During Second World War it was hardly damaged, so almost everything you see now - is modern. anyway, some...

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  • History - World War II

    Berlin Things to Do

    The House of the Wannsee Conference was the first place I visited on my first ever trip to Berlin in 2003. I have made a number of further visits since then. On 20th January 1942, in these beautiful surroundings, Reinhard Heydrich, Adolf Eichmann and 13 other Nazi officers made the decision which sealed the fate of millions of Jews. The decision...

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  • Berlin Wall

    Berlin Things to Do

    Berlin wall is probably the most popular object, that associate city of Berlin, the split of both parts of Germany and cold war. Berlin wall was constructed in 1961 and was used to border two parts of Berlin - East and West. It was made by East (so called Soviet block), as immigration to western Berlin had huge tempo. Some meters nearby the wall...

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  • Brandenburger Tor

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Berlin Things to Do

    The Brandenburg Gate is not just a symbol of Berlin. It was constructed as a symbol of peace, but then became a Prussian symbol, followed by a symbol for the Nazis and then a symbol of the division between East and West but I prefer to call it a symbol of iron. Thankfully, today it is regarded as a symbol of peace once again after the fall of the...

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  • Holocaust Memorial

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Berlin Things to Do

    Berlin is a city that has seen many contentious projects over the years but The Holocaust Memorial has been one of its most controversial ever. It wasn’t because it covers part of the site where Nazi propaganda minister Joseph Goebbels had his office, but for a variety of other reasons. The ’Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe’ to give it its...

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  • Tiergarten - Zoo

    Berlin Things to Do

    It is one of the places I definitely wanted to see in Berlin, as I have heard many good words about this ZOO. Anyway, it was probably I bit worse than I expected :) It is known that Prussian King Frederick William II firstly had his private ZOO here. Later in 1844 it was opened as first oldest ZOO in Germany, In 1913 an aquarium was opened. Now...

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  • Gendarmenmarkt

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Berlin Things to Do

    It was built at the end of the 18th century. During the Second World War, many buildings were badly damaged, but they were later refurbished. In the middle of the square stands a statue of German poet The Gendarmenmarkt accommodate two beautiful churches that are almost identical, the French Cathedral and the Deutscher Dom. The French Cathedral is...

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  • Unter den Linden

    4 out of 5 stars

    Berlin Things to Do

    On my most recent visit to the State Opera Unter den Linden I saw the opera Norma by Vincenzo Bellini (1801-1835). This is a bel canto opera, and the singing really is beautiful but the plot is often criticized. It takes place in ancient Gaul under the Roman occupation, and you keep expecting Asterix and Obelix to pop up from behind the bushes...

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  • Alexanderplatz

    4 out of 5 stars

    Berlin Things to Do

    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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  • Ku-Damm - Kurfürstendamm

    Berlin Things to Do

    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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  • Schloss Charlottenburg

    4 out of 5 stars

    Berlin Things to Do

    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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  • Siegessäule - Victory Column

    Berlin Things to Do

    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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  • East Side Gallery

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    Berlin Things to Do

    The section of the Berlin Wall that still remains between the Oberbaum Bridge and the Ostbahnhof on Muhlenstrasse is the longest open air art gallery in the world. In German it’s called the Kunstmeile, which in English translates to Art Mile. The East-West border here during the Cold War was the River Spree and this segment of the wall on the...

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  • Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche

    4 out of 5 stars

    Berlin Things to Do

    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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  • Topography of Terror

    4.5 out of 5 stars

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    The Topography of Terror is both an outdoor and indoor museum on the site of the previous Nazi headquarters for the Gestapo and SS. It lies at the intersection of Wilhelmstrasse and Niederkirchnerstrasse and covers the area once occupied by the Prinz-Albrecht Palais. The area around Wilhelmstrasse was the main centre for the Nazi administration,...

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  • Jewish Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    Berlin Things to Do

    The Jewish Museum in Berlin tells the story of the Holocaust, of course, but also of the two thousand years of German Jewish history that went before. There are vivid, detailed exhibits on fourteen historical periods, from the beginnings through the Middle Ages and up to the present, designed to "show how tightly Jewish life and German history are...

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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

    Berlin Things to Do

    Günter Litfin was the first people shot and killed on 24 August 1961 trying to flee from East Berlin to the West after the wall was put up on 13 August. Born on 19 January 1937 in Berlin he lived in the Weissensee District. When he was older he became a tailor in the western part of the city and commuted to his work place. Günter wanted to live in...

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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

    Berlin Things to Do

    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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  • Pergamon Museum

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Berlin Things to Do

    I was always thinking that gaping at the old, dusty vases or ruins is a complete waste of time. Who cares that it is an Umayyad art, stelea from Assur... even the perspective of seeing Ishtar Gate didn't seem to be that encouraging. I paid 9 Euro for the ticket which allowed me to visit all the museums around on the Musueum Island. Anyway, I was...

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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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  • Parliament Buildings

    Berlin Things to Do

    To complement the German Parliament in the grand old Reichstag, are the Parliament buildings housed in a very modern Paul-Loebe House next door. With sleek mathematical lines, huge glass frontage, and stacked office blocks reaching back to, and across, the Spee river, it's a very impressive piece of modern architecture. It's used to house the...

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  • Kreuzberg and Prenzlauer Berg

    Berlin Things to Do

    This monument and area is worth a visit only because it was created during the GDR days and probably would not exist today. Ernst Thälmann was leader of the German Communist Party during the Weimar Republic. When the National Socialists came to power he was arrested, held in solitary confinement for 11 years before being shot at Buchenwald...

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  • Bebelplatz

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Berlin Things to Do

    Located just off Unter den Linden is an elegant square called Bebelplatz, which dates back to 1740. It was originally called Opernplatz, after the Opera House which was built here from 1741-43. Bebelplatz is best known as the site of the first official book burning ceremony by the Nazis, held in May 1933, when they burned around 20,000 books....

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  • Neue Wache - New Guard House

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Berlin Things to Do

    It was built as a guard house in 1816 by an architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel. It was designed as an example of French classicism. At first it was actually used as a guard house, but frown the year of 1931 it was redesigned as a monument for these, who were dead in war. Nowadays it houses remains of an unknown soldier of Second World War, also a...

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  • Olympiastadion

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Berlin Things to Do

    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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  • Soviet War Memorial

    4 out of 5 stars

    Berlin Things to Do

    This is the third Soviet Memorial and cemetery in Berlin and the least known. Located in the district of Pankow it takes more of an effort to get to the memorial than the other two. I actually stayed at a hotel in Pankow and the receptionist had never heard of this memorial though he was local to the area. During the war the location of the...

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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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  • Stasi Museum

    4 out of 5 stars

    Berlin Things to Do

    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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  • Neue Synagoge

    2.5 out of 5 stars

    Berlin Things to Do

    Once the largest synagogue in Europe, this building was first built back in 1859-1866 by the German architect, Eduard Knoblauch. Sadly it was heavily damaged in World War Two and was rebuilt in 1988-1995. The current building is still fascinating to see (I don't see many synagogues where I live!) and there is a beautiful plaque by the door that...

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  • KaDeWe - Kaufhaus des Westens

    4.5 out of 5 stars

    Berlin Things to Do

    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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  • Rotes Rathaus

    4 out of 5 stars

    Berlin Things to Do

    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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  • Sony Center

    Berlin Things to Do

    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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  • Oranienburger Strasse

    Berlin Things to Do

    Oranienburger Strasse is located in the centre of the Scheunenviertel quarter, Berlins former Jewish quarter. After World War II this area was neglected and fell into a state of decay. These days however, this area has become very fashionable, with many buildings being restored to their former glory. There are lots of trendy bars, restaurants and...

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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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  • 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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  • Neue Nationalgalerie

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Berlin Things to Do

    The Neue Nationalgalerie is an impressive museum exhibiting art works from 1900 to 1945. A large collection of German Expressionist including Max Beckman and Otto Dix. There was also a nice exhibition of Charles Munch.

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  • Alte Nationalgalerie

    4 out of 5 stars

    Berlin Things to Do

    Actually there are three museums "Galeries" displaying paintings (and sculptures) in Berlin. This one called "Alte" is the oldest for the building built around 1870 on the Museumsinsel but not for the collection which is from the 19th century. The collection of ancient paintings called Gemäldegalerie, one of the best in Europe, from 14th to 18th...

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  • Marx Engels Forum

    3.5 out of 5 stars

    Berlin Things to Do

    The eastern bank of the Spree used to be a densely populated part of Berlin’s old town but Allied air-raids in 1944/45 reduced it to rubble. After the war, under GDR control, the ruins were cleared away and the area was left empty until it was decided to construct a park in honour of the founders of socialism - namely Karl Marx and Friedrich...

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