5 Places To Visit in Berlin

by Diana

PLACES YOU MUST VISIT IN BERLIN

Now, let me start with the conclusion, Berlin really is a fun, colourful, vibrant city that is definitely worth visiting. I’m still not sure if it’s the right time to do it in the winter, but I can assure you that it has a lot to offer. I know some of you think that this city is not worth visiting and take into consideration other German cities before thinking about Berlin, but you have to give the capital a chance. Once you start moving around, oh, and about that, you will move around very quickly, the city transportation network is one of the best in the entire world, you will understand what I am talking about.

1. REICHSTAG BUILDING

The Reichstag is one of the most impressive and famous buildings in Berlin.
Is near the Brandenburg Gate, the Jewish Museum and the Russian Memorial, so it’s very well located for a visit.

The building itself was built for the purpose of housing the Parliament (called the Imperial Diet in the old times) in 1894. It was badly damaged during the World War II and fell into disuse for several decades. But the German reunification gave a reason to fully restore the building, to become the seat of the new German Parliament.

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • Free entry to visit the dome. You have to make a reservation on Bundestag website 2 days in advance (you can also be lucky, like we were, and make a reservation just 2 hours before visit).
  • ID card or passport are mandatory for entry.
  • Check the weather! When we visited the dome, the weather was really foggy, so when the guide was telling us to look outside at different buildings, we couldn’t see a thing!

2. HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL

The Holocaust Memorial – or, to give it its full name, the Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe – commemorates the Jewish lives lost in the Holocaust.

This whole memorial has an amazing architecture. While walking through those ‘graves’, you will sense powerful emotions. Monuments convey very strong the sense of loss, without any escape and suffocation. It really represent perfectly the terrible fate of the European Jewish population during the Second World War.

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • It’s free. It’s situated near to Reichstag and Brandeburg Gate.
  • Be respectful, the monument recalls a horrific part of human history.

3. CHECKPOINT CHARLIE

When the Berlin Wall was built in 1961, there were three military checkpoints between West Germany and East Berlin, all given names according to the NATO phonetic alphabet. Checkpoint Alpha was at Helmstedt, on the border between the Federal Republic of Germany (West Germany) and the German Democratic Republic (GDR) and Checkpoint Bravo was at Dreilinden, on the border between the GDR and the American Sector in West Berlin.

The third checkpoint that used to exist between both Germanies was situated at Friedrichstrasse and got the name Charlie.

Checkpoint Charlie was the military border post between the American Sector in West Berlin and East Berlin (the Soviet Sector).

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • To take a photo with the guardians you have to pay 3 euro.
  • Fun place to visit. The ‘guards’ are very funny.
  • Checkpoint Charlie is one of those places that you have to visit, even though you know it’s a tourist trap.

4. BERLIN WALL

For 28 years a concrete wall over 100 km long divided Berlin, and the entire country. Now it’s one of the main go-to sights in the city. The East Side Gallery it’s the world’s longest open air gallery.

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • free art experience.
  • Creativity at its finest

5. BERLINER DOM

This is a beautiful cathedral with some astounding architecture. You can also walk up into the dome and walk around the outside. The Dome is situated on the Museum Island where numerous other museums are located.

THINGS TO KNOW:

  • Entrance fee: 7 euro

P.S.: try the local food, and yes, that means the fast food too. Come on, you`re in Berlin. The diet can wait.

If you know other interesting places to visit in Berlin that you think I left out, please share them with me. And don`t be too cruel, i wrote the conclusion in the introduction, remember?

If you want to find out more interesting facts about Berlin, check this link below: https://www.thelocal.de/20160523/10-bizarre-facts-you-never-knew-about-berlin 

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