The 10 best places to visit in Berlin

 

To the west of the city is an area known as Teufelsburg, where among the forests and hills is a little bit of Cold War history in the shape of an abandoned antenna tower. After a walk through the forest visitors will be met by what looks like an unofficial pay point where you'll be asked for 8 Euro's to continue. Those who choose to pay will be met with a rather unusual dilapidated building, covered in street art with a distant view of the Berlin skyline.

10. Teufelsburg

 

Built in 1890, the Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church was badly damaged during a bombing raid in 1943. Today it remains a famous landmark of western Berlin, left partially ruined as a reminder of World War II.

9. Kaiser Wilhelm Gedächtniskirche

 

Completed in 1713, the Charlottenburg Palace to the west of central Berlin is a large, decorative Baroque building surrounded by gardens and woodland. Badly damaged during the war, the reconstructed Palace is now a major tourist attraction with it's most prominent display being the crown jewels.

8. Schloss Charlottenburg

 

First built in 1688, the Gendarmenmarkt is a large square and the site of an architectural ensemble made up of the concert hall and the French and German twin churches that stand either side of it. Another set of landmarks in the city that were badly damaged or destroyed during World War II, thankfully they were all restored.

Climb to the viewing gallery in the domed tower of the French Cathedral for a wonderful view of the square.

7. Gendarmenmarkt

 

The Berlin Wall divided west Berlin from east Berlin and subsequently eastern Germany from 1961 to 1989. Built by the Communist east German authorities to keep people from fleeing to the democratic west, at it's peak it was 155 kilometres (96 miles) long. Upon it's demolition it marked the reunification of Germany. Today parts of the wall still remain, mostly covered in commissioned artwork, some of which is of a very poor standard.

6. East Side Gallery

 

The Museum Island is the site of the old city of Cölln, and the location of five internationally significant museums. The five museum buildings were designed to establish an organic connection with the art and artifacts they house, themselves becoming structures of historical and artistic importance. As such the whole complex has been designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Pictured is the Bode Museum and Spree River.

5. Museumsinsel

 

Built in 1894 for Germany's parliament, The Reichstag is one of the most historically important buildings in the city. The much newer giant glass dome allows visitors to climb the 47 metre (154 ft) spiral ramp to the top for a great 360 degree view over the city.

4. Reichstagsgebäude

 

Completed in 1969, the Berlin Television Tower standing at 368 metres (1,207 ft) high is the tallest building in Germany and the fourth tallest structure in the whole of Europe. At 207 metres (679 ft) the sphere holds a viewing platform and revolving restaurant for the best views in the city.

3. The Fernsehturm

 

The Supreme Parish & Collegiate Church, built in 1454 AD is better known as the Berlin Cathedral. Having been severely damaged during World War II the building was restored almost entirely differently to how it looked before, yet despite this it remains an iconic landmark in the city.

2. Berliner Dom

 

The Brandenburg Gate has stood on this spot since 1791, and though it did suffer considerable damage it was one of the few structures left standing after World War II. This enormous monument is one of Germany's best known landmarks. A symbol of the country, of the city and it's turbulent history it is now known for European unity and peace.

1. Brandenburger Tor

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