Berlin, born in the 13th century, is a city of many faces, in constant change. This is the strength of Berlin, capital of Germany, the new economic power in Europe. Berlin is in a head to head contest with London for the scepter of the most active center of the old continent. Of course, Berlin attracts groups of alternative artists and youth from all over the world, with the complicity of its libertine atmosphere and its many leisure attractions. There is something for all tastes, from cinema to art and culture, from techno music to crazy nights at the club. The Holocaust Memorial and the remaining parts of the Berlin Wall, on which graffiti were painted, are a testimony of its disturbed past. Split in two during the Cold War, Germany adopted the Brandenburg Gate as a symbol of its reunification. Another important landmarks of Berlin are the TV Tower, the museum island and the Berlin Philharmonic, a golden building built in 1963 whose roof has a particular geometric shape.
The Berlin Wall
, Berliner Mauer in German, is the wall that was built to divide the eastern side of the capital to its western side. It was used also to prevent the citizens of Eastern Germany from fleeing to Western Germany. Also known as Wall of Shame, the Berlin Wall was demolished on 9th November 1989. Nowadays remains of Berlin Wall have become an open air street art gallery, named East Side Gallery. The graffitti painted on the the Berlin Wall have become famous worldwide, symbolizing the peace and the end of the division of Germany. The Berlin Wall is an important landmark to visit in Berlin to understand the last decades of its history.
The Pergamon Museum
is one of the museums in the Island of Museums located in Berlin. This museum was designed by Alfred Messel, and the construction process finished in 1930. In 2007 Pergamon Museum was visited by 1.135.000 people and got the title of the most visited museum in Germany. The tickets for the Pergamon Museum are sold online as individual entrance, but the entrance to the museum is also included in the Museum Island Pass.
As the name suggests, the Tv Tower
, Fernsehturn in German, is a Tv tower located in central Berlin. The Democratic Republic of Germany has aimed to make this tower the symbol of Germany. With its 386 meters height, it is the tallest construction in Germany. From the top of the TV tower, you are able to appreciate a 360° view over the city. A fancy restaurant is also located at the top of the Tv tower.
used to be used as the council by German Assembly until Adolf Hitler took control of the government. Nowadays, the Parliament of Germany is located inside the building of the Reichtag. The cupola of the Reichstag can be visited as well. However the tickets sell out very fast. The visit to the glass dome of the Reichstag is usually included in the guided tours of the building.
Sachsenhausen Concentration Camp
The Sachsenhausen concentration camp
is a Nazi concentration camp which had been active between 1936 and 1945, located 35 km away from Berlin. Sachsenhausen used to be the center of Nazi concentration camps and SS trainings. It was established in 1936. Even today, there are sections, such as gas rooms and pathology laboratory, which are kept closed to visitors.
The Altes Museum
, built between 1823 and 1830, was designed by the architect Karl Friedrich Schinkel in neoclassical style, with the aim of exhibiting royal collection. During WWII, it had been damaged, so that it could not be used for a while. In 1966, following the restoration work, ancient artworks started being exhibited here again.
The Brandenburg Gate
is one of the main symbols of Berlin. The Reichstag is located right in the north side of this monument. During the Cold War, Reichstag had been in Western side while the Brandenburg Gate had been in Eastern side. This gate was built between 1788-1791.
The Jewish Memorial
, Denkmal für die Ermordeten Juden Europas in German, is a monument dedicated to Jewish people killed in the holocaust. The Jewish memorial transfers a feeling of sadness and loneliness to the visitors, thus silently evocating the terrible memories of the holocaust. Located open-air in the center of Berlin, the Jewish Memorial is now a landmark of Berlin for the visitors.
Alternative Berlin Tours
"Berlin is poor, but sexy!". With these words, the former mayor of Berlin described its city, underlining the economical conditions of the city during the ninetees and the vibrant cultural and artistic scene established in Berlin from the late 90s. The Alternative side of Berlin
is, in fact, one of the most representative description of the city. Several districs, such as Kreuzberg, which were populated by artists, are full of street art and cultural projects. Several tours guided by locals provide guidance to the visitors who want to experience more the local life of Berlin.
Aquadom & Sea Life
In Berlin, aside from history and art, it is possible to have a great time with your children thanks to many alternatives. When it comes to enjoying your time with your kids in Berlin, the aquarium comes as the first choice. If you desire to learn more about the worlds of sea animals, the Aquarium of Berlin
gives you a great opportunity.