BERLIN TRAVEL GUIDE: 55 Things to Do in Berlin, Germany
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PLACES TO SEE IN BERLIN
BERLIN WALL - EAST SIDE GALLERY
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Berlin Wall was constructed in 1961 and basically stands as the symbol of the Cold War that divided the city. In 1989 the travel restrictions were lifted when the wall actually fell. The East Side Gallery stretch is very colorful and full of a sense of humor—erasing, only on the surface, of course, the harsh reality of the Nazi atrocities. Checkpoint Charlie became a symbol of the Cold War, representing the separation of really East and West, which actually is quite significant. Soviet and American tanks briefly faced each other at the location during the Berlin Crisis of 1961.
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Checkpoint Charlie mostly was the name given by the Western Allies to the Berlin Wall crossing point between East Berlin and West Berlin. Local people from Berlin literally were not allowed to cross at this border but only foreigners and diplomats. It is stated that during the Cold War this particularly was the only place where America and the Soviets directly confronted when the wall essentially went up. There is a museum with information on the Wall's history. At the checkpoint Charlie you will find actors in uniform who pose with tourists in front of the guard house in exchange for money. After the dissolution of the Eastern Bloc and the reunification of Germany, the building at Checkpoint Charlie became a tourist attraction. It is now located in the Allied Museum in the Dahlem neighborhood of Berlin, which mostly is fairly significant.
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Brandenburg Gate (Brandenburger Tor) symbolized division during the cold war, now it stands for reunification, which is fairly significant. Built in 1791, it is the only surviving city gate. The gate stands over a square called Pariser Platz where you will find banks and embassies. You will also find Adlon Hotel built in 1907 which has been visited by famous people such as Charlie Chaplin and Michael Jackson.
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The Holocaust memorial in Berlin (to the murdered European Jews) was constructed by an American architect called Peter Eisenman and has 2711 concrete columns. It is free to visit the place and it is open from 10 am to 8 pm every day except for Mondays as it is closed.
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Fernsehturm TV tower in Berlin at 368m high is the tallest structure in Germany. You can get a lift to the panorama level, at 203m high. At this height, the city view is stunning.
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Alexanderplatz is considered to be the main commercial hub of Eastern Berlin. It was named after Tsar Alexander I after he visited Berlin in 1805. The main attraction around Alexanderplatz is Fernsehturm TV tower.
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West of the Fernsehturm TV tower you will find this 13th-century church, which is Berlin's second oldest church. You will enjoy the flower beds and fountains next to it as well as its other natural and manmade beauty.
REICHSTAG & GOVERNMENT QUARTER
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Reichstag, basically, is where the German parliament—the Bundestag—mostly has dwelled since 1894. Spree river passes near the government quarters. You will need to be on a guided tour to see the plenary hall. But you are free to go to the glass dome. In 1894, after ten years of construction, the Reichstag generally was completed and its dome towered above the City Castle. Kaiser Wilhelm II, who was now in power and who was Kaiser Wilhelm’s grandson raged against this “pinnacle of bad taste." After being destroyed in the war, it was rebuilt between 1961 and 1971 in a simplified form without the dome, The accessible glass dome, which initially generated controversy, has since become one of the landmarks of Berlin.
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The Potsdamer Platz is the newest quarter in Berlin with shops, big office buildings, and other venues. The Sony center is one of the popular places in the quarter. Here you will find 'Museum fur Film, and Fernsehen where you pay money for an insight of Germany's film history. The gate stands over a square called Pariser Platz where you will find banks and embassies.
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Schloss Charlottenburg is the biggest surviving royal palace. It contains two buildings and a palace park (Schlossgarten). The palace began as a summer dwelling for Sophie Charlotte who was the wife of King Friedrich I.
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Tiergarten is a park in Berlin and is over 210 hectares in size. In fact, it is one of the largest urban centers in all of Germany. It is open from 9 am to 6 pm from Monday to Wednesday, and from 9 am to 3 pm on Thursday and Friday.
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Museum Island is an island that holds five different museums on it. More museums are planned to be added to the island. In 1999, it was added to the World Heritage SItes by UNESCO.
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Bellevue Palace is a presidential palace. In fact, the presidents of Germany have resided here since 1994. It has remained there since 1786. This beautiful white building sits right near the main road and is one of the attractions you see when you take the hop-on-hop-off tour buses.
UNTER DEN LINDEN
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This boulevard is named after the lime trees that encircle it. Many landmarks, Berlin attractions, and rivers are linked by this path. Just spending a day going down this road and seeing all it has to offer will make a day full of attraction.
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This neighborhood situated in the center of Berlin. While it used to be a slum before World War II, today it is a quite fashionable center very popular with the German youth. It is definitely worth checking out if you appreciate fashion and design.
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Kreuzberg is an area with rich culture and art. It has some of the best wall murals in the city, as well as a large Turkish population. Students and artists are common here as well. This diversity creates an environment which can produce some very interesting art and restaurants. This area is worth a stop on a trip to Berlin.
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Gendarmenmarkt is a public square in Berlin that is home to many popular attractions in the city. Here you can find the German and French Cathedral and the Konzerthaus by Schinkel.
OTHER PLACES TO SEE IN BERLIN
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