Berlin was strongly influenced by the different eras and styles since its founding in the 13th century. Each epoch – Monarchy and Prussia, Weimaer Republic, Third Reich and the divided city during the Cold War – left its traces. This is one of the reasons why a Berlin Sightseeing tour is such a unique and exciting experience. Here we will give you a short list of Berlin highlights – exceptional architecture, and cultural highlights.
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Berlin TV Tower – the Berlin TV tower with its 368mts altitude is the highest building in Germany and one of the most distinctive symbols of Berlin. It is situated close to the former East Berlin Citycentre – the Alexanderplatz. The ball at 207mts contains 2 levels – a viewing platform and a restaurant which can be reached by an elevator (price: 8,50€). The restaurant is turning twice an hour, so while eating up there, one can enjoy the complete view on Berlin without having to get up.
Berlin Cathedral – is the colloquial name for the Supreme Parish and Collegiate Church. The Berlin Cathedral had never been a Cathedral in the actual sense of that term, because Berlin had never been the seat of a Catholic bishop. The Berlin Cathedral has always been a Protestant church. In its current shape it was built between 1894-1905. Its origins go back though to the 15th century.
Brandenburger Gate – probably the best know symbols of Berlin and a national symbol for many important events in German history. It was errected between 1788-1791 by Carl Gottfried Langhans. Its predecessor was one of 14 gates of the City wall that surrounded Berlin back than. Until reunification, the Brandenburger Gate marked the border between East and West. After the fall of the Berlin Wall it became the symbol for reunification.
Reichstag – since 1999 the seat of the German parliament (Bundestag). It was already opened in 1894 and severely damaged in a fire 1933. That verdict has been a subject of controversy over the years because the NSDAP under Hitler used this event as an excuse to begin a purge of traitors in Berlin and to ban the Communists. After WWII the building remained in ruins until the reunification when it underwent reconstruction led by the renowned architect Sir Norman Foster. One of the highlights is a visit to the glass dome on top of the building. It is open between 8am-10pm and free.
Memorial Church – its full name is Kaiser Wilhelm Memorial Church. It is located in the former West Berlin city center at the Kurfürstendamm. The original church on the site was built in the 1890s. It was badly damaged in a bombing raid in 1943 but kept as a memorial. The present building, which consists of a church with an attached foyer and a separate belfry with an attached chapel, was built between 1959 and 1963. The damaged spire of the old church has been retained and its ground floor is now a memorial hall.
Holocaust Memorial – is called the “Memorial to the Murdered Jews of Europe”. It was designed by architect Peter Eisenmann and opened in 2005. It consists of a 19,000 square meter (4.7 acre) site covered with 2,711 concrete blocks (stelae), arranged in a grid pattern on a sloping field. According to Eisenman’s project text, the stelae are designed to produce an uneasy, confusing atmosphere, and the whole sculpture aims to represent a supposedly ordered system that has lost touch with human reason. An attached underground “Place of Information” holds the names of all known Jewish Holocaust victims.