Top 20 places to visit in Berlin

Berlin is a city with a complicated history, which, nevertheless, has managed to turn the past in its favor. Tourists go to the capital of Germany to visit museums and look at monumental architectural monuments. What interesting places in Berlin are worth seeing first, find out in this article.
07 april 2020

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1. Brandenburg Gate

The top places in Berlin are topped by the Brandenburg Gate. It is the city's calling card, one of the symbols of the reunification of West and East Berlin. Built in the early 18th century, the gate is the best example of German classicism. If you come to Berlin in winter for the New Year's holidays, make sure you go here on the night of January 1 - it's where locals gather to celebrate the New Year.

Address: Pariser platz

Brandenburg Gate - Berlin
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2. East Side Gallery

Want to visit Berlin's instagram places? Then the first place to go is the East Side Gallery. This is where the famous street art depicting Brezhnev and Honecker kissing is located. The largest open-air gallery in the world, with a total length of 1.3 kilometers. It is located on part of the surviving Berlin Wall. After its fall in 1989, more than 100 artists from 21 countries gathered to paint pictures dedicated to peace and love.

Address: Mühlenstraße 3-100

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East Side Gallery
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3. Berlin Wall Memorial

The Berlin Wall Memorial is all that remains today of the state border between the German Democratic Republic and West Berlin. It is an architectural symbol of the separation and unification of the two Germanies.

To learn more about this moment in history, take the tour "About the Wall and... a little bit across" - we promise the guide will tell you a lot of interesting things.

  • Address: Friedrichstraße 43-45
  • Open hours: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

4. Reichstag

This building was once a symbol of Nazism and its victory in World War II. Today, however, the Reichstag is the current German parliament building and the most famous landmark in Berlin.

  • Address: Platz der Republik 1
  • Opening hours: Daily from 8:00 to 12:00

Register online to climb up to the famous glass dome - from there you'll get an amazing view of the city.

Reichstag - Berlin
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5. Museum Island

Also worth a visit in Berlin is Museum Island, which houses five world-famous museums at once - the Pergamon Museum, the Bode Museum, the New Museum, the Old National Gallery and the Old Museum. The island was almost destroyed during World War II, but has now been restored and recognized as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Tickets can be bought here (price depends on the museum and exhibition chosen).

  • Address: Am Lustgarten.
  • Open hours: Tuesday through Sunday from 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m., closed on Mondays
  • Cost of admission: full price - €18, discount ticket - €9, for children under 18 years old - free

If you want to learn about the Pergamon Museum's most unusual exhibits, sign up in advance for a tour; there is a similar tour of the New Museum.

6. Berlin Cathedral

If your goal is to see Berlin's top sights, be sure to add this city's largest cathedral to your travel plan. For €7 you can climb up to the dome and get a bird's eye view of Museum Island. Will you be in town during the warmer months? Feel free to have a mini-picnic in the square near the cathedral, which is where the locals frequent.

Am Lustgarten.

Berlin Cathedral
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7. Holocaust Memorial

Not far from the Brandenburg Gate is an unusual monument - a huge labyrinth of more than 2,000 concrete slabs. The place impresses not only with its uncommon design, but also with its meaning - it is dedicated to the Jews who perished during the Holocaust. There is also a small information center where you can learn more about this black page of history.

  • Address: Cora-Berliner-Straße 1
  • Open hours: Daily from 10:00 to 20:00, closed on Mondays
Holocaust Memorial
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8. Jewish Museum

Another Holocaust-themed attraction in Berlin. Take a guided tour at the museum and learn more about the Jewish pages of Berlin's 19th- and 20th-century history. If you don't have time for a guided visit, at least check out the building from the outside - it's one of the most impressive pieces of architecture in modern Berlin.

American architect Daniel Libeskind has designed a building with lines that resemble a huge, half-ruined Star of David, an ancient Jewish symbol.

  • Address: Lindenstraße 9-14
  • Open hours: Daily from 10:00 to 20:00

9. Berlin TV Tower

What is a must-do in Berlin? Certainly climb the TV Tower to see the city from 203 meters high. This tower is known locally as the Eiffel Tower. And indeed - it has become a modern symbol of the German capital and is visible from literally every neighborhood. The TV Tower is also the most popular attraction. Every year it is visited by more than a million people.

Jewish Museum
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There is an observation deck at the top, with admission starting at €13. You can buy tickets to the Berlin TV Tower here.

  • Address: Panoramastraße 1A
  • Opening hours: Daily from 9:00 to 12:00, no viewing room on Mondays

10. Charlottenburg Castle

The 18th-century summer residence of Prussian rulers is now considered one of the world's symbols of Baroque style. When you're here, check out the garden behind the palace - it's one of the most beautiful in all of Europe.

  • Address: Spandauer Damm 20-24
  • Open hours: Daily from 10:00 to 18:00, closed on Mondays
  • Ticket price - from €12

11. Tiergarten

The Tiergarten is to Berliners what Hyde Park is to Londoners or Central Park is to New Yorkers. It's a huge flowering park in the center of the city where all the locals like to go. It's also home to the Victory Column and the official residence of the president of Germany - Bellevue Palace.

Address: Str. des 17. Juni 31

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12. Gendarmenmarkt Square

Most locals will put this square at the top of their "Most Beautiful Places in Berlin" ranking. Gendarmenmarkt was built in the late 17th century and is surrounded by three beautiful buildings: French Cathedral, German Cathedral and Berlin Drama Theater. The ensemble is really impressive, and in winter the square is magical. At Christmas time there is a large-scale festive fair.

Address: Gendarmenmarkt

13. The Chapel of Reconciliation

An active church, which is a kind of symbol of reconciliation and peace. The cathedral complex includes the old church, which was half-destroyed during the war, as well as new buildings - a symbol of the rebirth of the German people.

Address: Bernauer Str. 4

14. GDR Museum

A very unusual and illustrative museum. What was daily life in East Berlin during the communist rule really like? The GDR Museum will give you an interactive glimpse behind the curtain of that era.

  • Address: Karl-Liebknecht-Str. 1
  • The entrance fee is €5. You can purchase it here
  • Open hours: daily from 10:00 to 20:00, Saturdays from 10:00 to 22:00

15. Potsdamer Platz

The business center of the city, where life is constantly buzzing. All the expensive boutiques and restaurants are concentrated here. A stroll around the square gives you a taste of what modern Berlin lives and breathes. To get to know the city from different angles, take “the Character of Berlin” tour.

Address: Potsdamer Platz

16. Aquadome

Wondering what unusual things to see in Berlin. Head to the lobby of the Radisson SAS Berlin hotel. There you will find a cylindrical aquarium with a volume of 1,000,000 (!) liters. To see the fantastically beautiful fish, you can lower yourself inside the aquarium in a transparent elevator or even dive into the flask with a scuba diver.

  • Address: Spandauer Str. 3
  • Cost of admission: adult - €19, children from 4 to 14 years old - €15,50
  • Opening time: daily from 10:00 to 19:00

16. Aquadome

Wondering what unusual things to see in Berlin. Head to the lobby of the Radisson SAS Berlin hotel. There you will find a cylindrical aquarium with a volume of 1,000,000 (!) liters. To see the fantastically beautiful fish, you can lower yourself inside the aquarium in a transparent elevator or even dive into the flask with a scuba diver.

  • Address: Spandauer Str. 3
  • Cost of admission: adult - €19, children from 4 to 14 years old - €15,50
  • Opening time: daily from 10:00 to 19:00

17. Botanical Gardens

The giant garden with tens of thousands of exotic plants is one of the oldest and most beautiful in all of Europe. If your trip to Berlin is during the warmer months, it's a must-see.

  • Address: Königin-Luise-Straße 6-8
  • Cost of admission: adult - €6, children - €3
  • Opening time: daily from 9:00 to 20:00

18. Classic Remise vintage car museum.

An unusual attraction in Berlin will impress both men and women. This museum has dozens of vintage cars ranging from vintage cars of various makes to tricked-out experimental supercars.

There is also a beer garden. You can only get to Remise on a group tour, which is available in two languages - German, English.

  • Address: Wiebestraße 36 - 37
  • Open hours: daily from 8:00 to 20:00, on Sunday - from 10:00 to 20:00

19. Hackesche Höfe

And this is Europe's largest complex of enclosed courtyards in Europe. There are 8 courtyards with galleries and cafes. Connoisseurs of alternative culture should check out the Haus Schwarzenberg courtyard near the Hack Courtyards. This is the cradle of the underground, a kind of Berlin for young people, where you'll find street art, the Haus Schwarzenberg cultural center, the alien bar Eschschloraque, and a shop with works by young artists.

20. Designpanoptikum

Of interest in Berlin is also the new and highly original Designpanoptikum museum. It is essentially a collection of original items and designs, each with its own unusual and touching story. The owner of the museum will personally give you a guided tour and humorously tell you about the exhibits.

  • Address: Poststraße 7
  • Opening hours: Daily from 11:00 to 18:00, except Sundays.
  • Opening hours: Daily from 11:00 to 18:00, except Sundays.
  • The entrance fee is €10

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